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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 #30 of 213 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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Victoria, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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31 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We stumbled upon this attraction looking for a money exchange and saw people cueing up for the elevator. The view was good and the ceiling of the Chinese room was beautiful... but in general a little disappointing as an attraction. If you are looking for a good place to take pictures - go visit... if you are looking for an... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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45 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Great views from this building - once the highest building in Seattle - interesting history - lovely old fashioned lift takes you up to the observation deck. Much cheaper than the Space Needle and no queues

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Turton, United Kingdom
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74 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We visited this early skyscraper that must have dominated the Seattle skyline for years. A beautiful building both inside and out. A small fee allows you to ride the elevator complete with slightly mad operator to the Chinese room and observation deck. From there the view of the city and its environs is superb. Well worth an hour of anyone's... More

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Galway
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We were recommended to see this by local people in Seattle . We had been to see the Seattle Space needle the day before so we saw the city from the another end. No queues and saw some Seattle history. Great view of the football stadium . Inexpensive as well .

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Des Moines, Iowa
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

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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