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Smith Tower Chinese Room & Observation Deck

506 Second Avenue, Ste. 220, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
+1 206-622-4004
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Ranked #32 of 212 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers
Owner description: The Chinese Room & Observation Deck at Smith Tower, once the tallest building on the West Coast, have offered Seattle's best views to the public for... more » Owner description: The Chinese Room & Observation Deck at Smith Tower, once the tallest building on the West Coast, have offered Seattle's best views to the public for 100 years. Our elevator operators will whisk you in an old-fashioned copper and brass elevator car to the 35th floor where you'll step into the past as you explore the historic Chinese Room. Engross yourself in the newspaper headlines of 1910 when Smith Tower was just a lofty idea, or soak up the good luck of the room by taking a seat in the Wishing Chair. Guests are welcome to enjoy the sights of Seattle from inside - just in case you arrived on one of our famous Seattle rainy days - or outside on the Observation Deck that provides 360° views of the city. From every angle you'll see the best of Seattle, including the Space Needle, Great Wheel, Columbia Center, sports stadiums, Pioneer Square, and the International District, as well as our natural surroundings, including Mount Rainier, the Cascade Mountains, the Olympic Mountains, and Puget Sound. Ticket sales close 20 minutes prior to posted closing time. « less
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Des Moines, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Old world charm with an amazing view at the top! The Smith Tower boasts better views of Seattle than the Space Needle for nearly half the price. Make sure to go on a clear day and you can see for miles. The Chinese Room is stunning. The entire building is well maintained and the staff there are very friendly.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

On the 35th floor, we had great views of all directions of Seattle. It was a clear day and we could see for miles. It was not crowded and it was very reasonably priced. Check out the Chinese Room with beautiful authentic furniture and information on how it came to be a part of the Smith Tower. We enjoyed the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Smith Tower hosts a lot of events so the observation deck is often closed. It's a great view of the city for a lot cheaper than the Space Needle. The elevator ride is like time traveling. Very fun way to spend some time in the afternoon.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We decided to opt for the Smiths tower over the space tower, as it was the first high rise in Seattle built in 1914 & being the fourth highest building in the world at the time we thought we check it out.. The cost to enter was very good $26 for a family of four, the building is just so... More

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We visited this building on our trip to Seattle. The view is beautiful. The exterior and interior architecture is beautiful. The interior decor is fabulous on the ground floor, and then you arrive on the Chinese floor! The history is interesting. After all of the lovely experience, when you arrive back on the ground floor, there is an excellent pub/restaurant... More

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Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

We bumped in to the tower and decide to go up. It is a beautiful old sky scraper with a perfect view over Seattle and the needle! Very helpful personnel and a great affordable alternative for the needle. I recommend

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

You needn't go to the Space Needle where you pay and wait to go to the top just for the views of the Seattle area. We went to the Smith Tower and didn't have to navigate crowds or wait in long lines and the entry fee was minimal comparatively speaking. The views of the city were great and the building... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We decided to visit the Smith Tower because of the positive TA reviews, and we wanted to experience the antique elevator. Cool ride up & down. Very nice indoor / outdoor observation level. Interesting history of the building, and info about the private apartment that's overhead in the top of the tower. We also learned about some of the nearby... More

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place has the old fashioned person operated elevators. The Chinese Room & Observation Deck is impressive. You have a 360 deg view of the city and Puget Sound and the Cascade & Olympic mountains. Much better than the Space needle.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We opted to visit Smith Tower rather than the Space Needle. No queue's here, just walked in the door and went into a beautiful old style elevator which took us to the Chinese room. The information about the tower was well presented and the day we visited was clear and sunny. We spent an hour here looking at the city... More

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