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Smith Tower Chinese Room & Observation Deck

Address: 506 Second Avenue, Ste. 220, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
Phone Number: +1 206-622-4004
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Ranked #26 of 176 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks
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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.

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San Jose, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

One of my fav spots, loved the view, you get to see downtown, space needle, piers and stadium area. Only 7.50$ to go up to the top, try doing late afternoon visit to see the sunset.

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Plover, WI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I thought it was a beautiful old building with an old fashioned elevator ride with an attendant in an old elevator. The view was not comparable to the Space needle. The room with Chinese antiques was okay.

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Hayward, Wisconsin
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We went on the Underground Tour 11/16/14 and received a $1 discount on the price of the Smith Tower admission, so decided to do this instead of the Space Needle. It was not crowded and very relaxing. It is a beautiful old building with character and history.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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37 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We did both the Space Needle and Smith Tower. If you're doing Seattle on a budget, I'd do the Smith Tower. Still get great views of the city at a fraction of the price. Narrow walkway outside around the building. Cool to think someone lives on the top floor! The elevator ride up and down was great - you can... More

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Great history, cool elevator, Spectacular views. Tip: Try and time your visit for a Sunday when the Seahawks are playing a home game, we got free fireworks and views into the stadium. Also try get a sunny day (haha god luck) We are guessing the views to Mt Rainer must be amazing

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

For a fraction of the cost of the Space Needle you can take a trip in the elevator of this historic building, with amazing panoramic views of the city - that actually include the Space Needle! We were very pleased with our decision to visit the Smith Tower & learn some history of the city of Seattle.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Enjoyed seeing the lobby of the Smith Tower and the Chinese Room and Observation Deck. Interesting historical background and glimpse into the factors at play in its construction.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A friend just got back from Seattle and when I asked "Did you see the Smith Tower" her answer was "What's that?". I was so sorry she hadn't visited it when she had the chance. It's one of those attractions that's unique and shouldn't be missed, and when we visited it in 2010 it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Celebrating... More

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Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Definitely a historic attraction worth a visit. The mood is set when you enter the vintage elevator complete with an elevator operator (for those of us on our first ride in this new fangled contraption!) Lucky for us, it was great weather the morning we visited the 35th floor of the Smith Tower. Views were awesome, with the piers off... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is the oldest Skyscraper in the city, build 1914 and you will have a ride in the original Elevator up to the 35 floor and out on the observation deck. The chines room is full of finest woodwork and you have a beautiful overview over downtown Seattle.

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