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Smith Tower Chinese Room & Observation Deck

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Address: 506 Second Avenue, Ste. 220, Seattle, WA 98104
Phone Number: +1 206-622-4004
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The Chinese Room & Observation Deck at Smith Tower, once the tallest...

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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Wow! What a View!

We decided to visit here instead of the Space Needle because I had heard about all the "barriers" to work around while trying to get good photos at the needle. So glad we did... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Sherwood, Arkansas

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Sherwood, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to visit here instead of the Space Needle because I had heard about all the "barriers" to work around while trying to get good photos at the needle. So glad we did! There was no wait to go up, no wait to get in, and the views were just magnificent. We got some great photos and even stayed... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We didn't go to see the Chinese Room but we got several good pictures of this cool building in Seattle. Smith Tower is a skyscraper in Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington. Completed in 1914, the 38-story tower is the oldest skyscraper in the city and was the tallest office building west of the Mississippi River for many years.

Thank ClintPage
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

This is only a block away from the transit station, you REALLY cannot miss the Smith building. I like how this place is classy. You get to experience ridding an old school posh gold everything elevator with a very sweet and kind elevator operator all the way to the top floor. The observatory is less packed compared to the Seattle... More 

1 Thank Dee F
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Please go here, beautiful inside and then the veiw !! This is also rental-able by groups. The elevator has "operators" !!

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Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

When Smith Tower was built it was the tallest building West of the Mississippi. You great a great panorama of the area from the observation deck. The Chinese Room is a delightful space to view the city from. You will enjoy reading the history of the building and the room when you visit. The deck is closed for renovations during... More 

1 Thank Robert S
York, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

i am only posting this to let you know that the room is currently closed for renovations. I went there last week and learned this from the guards on the first floor. When I asked when it would reopen, I was told, "we have no date, but some time next year"

7 Thank danf_would_travel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Great place to go to get a 360 degree view of Seattle day or night. The Chinese room is small but the detailed furniture and ceiling art work is amazing. Can be a little crowded, but the view from up top is worth it!

Thank Loreen P
Troutdale, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

It opened in 1914. The original Otis Elevator hoisting machines and cabs are still taking tenants and visitors to their destinations. The 35th floor outside observation deck still has the best views in the city.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

Instead of spending the money and time waiting in line for the Space Needle, my family went to Smith Tower. It is a beautiful historic building with excellent views and information.

4 Thank annaswaim
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The Columbia Tower has a great view of the skyline and it would have been wonderful to see it at night. The 40th Floor Starbucks was welcome and a great place to sit and enjoy the view, plus enjoy your coffee. Walking uphill for at least seven blocks (from the Seattle Aquarium) was quite the hike, but worth it.

1 Thank Renee W

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