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RetiredRich

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We are planning a 7 day Alaska from Seattle.  We always fly in the day before....can't risk late flight.  So need a good motel maybe close to the airport and better even with shuttle to cruise terminal.  Any advice will be helpful.

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You should ask on the West Coast Departures board. Plenty of airport hotels, but none will have a complimentary shuttle to the cruise port.

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For a motel, you may try this:

The Super 8 by Wyndham, SeaTac Airport looks forward to welcoming you as an overnight or extended stay guest. The Super 8 by Wyndham, SeaTac Airport hotel is located 12 miles south of the City of Seattle, and provides shuttle service to both Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Seattle Cruise Port Terminal. For your convenience, shuttle runs to the cruise port every 30 minutes from 8am to 1pm on departure days. Shuttle will only pick up return cruise guests on the morning of the ships return. It will not pick up guests who wish to linger and sightsee. The hotel offers 71 comfortable rooms with amenities like iron and ironing board, hair dryer, kitchenette, and more. Local shops and restaurants as well as the South Center and Seven-Screen Movie Theater are located nearby.

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I always stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Downtown, walking distance from many attractions and 3 years ago when I did an Alaska cruise Seattle to Seattle they had a free shuttle to the cruise port.

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Not sure about the shuttle service at the Wyndham Super 8 at the airport.  You will be very far from any Seattle sights and nothing to do at a SEA airport hotel.  You may want to take the light rail downtown (much closer to terminal) and an Uber to the terminal.  Not sure how mobile or active your are?  

  Another suggestion is to stay in the neighborhood of Magnolia or Queen Anne..  which is north of town and much closer to ship terminal.  

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1 hour ago, Krazy Kruizers said:

We have stayed at several different hotels down town and used ALreadyThereTownCar to get to the pier.

Agree this should be researched on the West Coast Departures board, here:

 

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/315-west-coast-departures/

 

Had a very bad experience with AlreadyThere this summer, and their attitude was "Oh well". The STILA car service based at the airport couldn't have better and easier. They are recommended frequently on the West Coast Departures board.

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We like to stay at The Inn at The Market, but OP asked for a motel close to the airport with shuttle to cruise port. Pretty much anywhere you stay in Seattle can get you to the cruise port in a short period of time.

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6 hours ago, Seasick Sailor said:

We like to stay at The Inn at The Market, but OP asked for a motel close to the airport with shuttle to cruise port. Pretty much anywhere you stay in Seattle can get you to the cruise port in a short period of time.

 

Except from the airport; it's much further out, and traffic can be horrendous.  But perhaps not on weekends?

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43 minutes ago, Lady Chew said:

 

Except from the airport; it's much further out, and traffic can be horrendous.  But perhaps not on weekends?

 

We live in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and take the 55 minute flight many times throughout the year to Seattle, as we have several couples we visit often. On our Alaska Explorer trip in July we actually came over the day of our cruise and even with the crazy bridge construction and driving thru the homeless camps, we made it to cruise port within the hour. Retired Rick, don't worry about booking anywhere from airport to Market to cruise port.. you'll make boarding time with no problem. 

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We've toured Seattle several times so for recent cruises, we stay near the airport since there are numerous motels there.  We use Seattle Express to the cruise terminal.  They pick up at all area hotels, (but not Sea-Tac airport), and can return passengers to the airport at cruise end.  Their charge of $30 round trip and is about half the charge of companies that are allowed to pick up at the airport.

 

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We also used Seattle Express last summer to get us to the ship and from the ship to the airport. We couldn't have been more pleased with their service and cost. 

 

We stayed at the Cedarbrook Lodge, near the airport, last June, and it was absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend it.

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