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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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Description: 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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Instead of Space Needle

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

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.

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Anaheim
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 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.

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Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Observation & Chinese room was closed when we went to visit. There was no sign or anything outside saying it was closed so when we went it and asked the people inside seemed annoyed with us. not our fault it's closed and you don't have proper signage up.

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Kingston, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The Smith tower and the Chinese room are beautiful. The elevator is very unique, that was fun. It was fun to do once.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Check out the Smith Tower and the Chinese Room. The observation day overlooks much of the Sodo district. The really cool part is the room decor is the room itself.

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Seattle area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

In terms of skyline viewing locations in Seattle, in my opinion the Smith Tower echoes more of the historic Seattle over that of the Space Needle, because, umm, it IS more historic. For the better part of the 20th Century, the Smith Tower was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It's situated a block away from the historic... More 

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Hayward, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Hasn't changed much since I first went to the top over 50 years ago but now is surrounded on 2 sides with much taller buildings. Still a great view of Elliott Bay. The tallest building West of Chicago when built in 1912.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Smith Tower is easily the most historic building in all of downtown Seattle. For a while it was the tallest building east of the Mississippi. Smith has taken great strides to keep its legacy strong, from the elevator operators to the grandiose lobby. IMPORTANT: As of June 2015, the observation deck is no longer open to the public. I'm not... More 

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Oldtown, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is well worth a visit. I came here with my teen age son and he enjoyed it as much as I did. Everyone seems to go to the Space Needle for Seattle views and we have been there too but this is much cheaper, with no crowds or lines yet the views are just as good if not better.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

we were really intrigued by this building. frankly it felt out of place for seatle. It felt like a building that should be in as much older city. we have seen next nothing in seatle that has such old school charm and opulence. and its really cool that people actually live in the penthouse. skip the needle and come to... More 

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