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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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Cheaper and great view.

Cheaper than the needle and great views! Interesting history. I think the old elevator is one of the coolest parts! If you go here, go to the London Plane for breakfast first.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 7, 2015
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81 reviews 81 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Cheaper than the needle and great views! Interesting history. I think the old elevator is one of the coolest parts! If you go here, go to the London Plane for breakfast first.

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Dayton, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Public access was closed 5 December, 2014. There was no timetable for it to re-open. The notice was buried at the bottom of their web page, so check carefully before going

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Smith Tower’s Chinese Room and Observation Deck is probably the location that offers one of the best 360º views of Seattle and yet does not have anywhere near the number of visitors that the Space Needle has. You take an old-fashioned copper and brass lift to the 35th floor (where it feels a bit like you have stepped back in... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We had a Groupon for the Smith Tower which made it an excellent value. Great views of the city and the Space Needle, even on a rainy day! We stood out on the observation deck with our umbrellas admiring the views- watching the ferries come and go was really neat. Loved the Chinese room and the ride up in the... More 

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is as we were told a very underrated attraction, when we reached the top there was only one other couple there so we had the whole thing to ourselves. The view of the stadiums is awesome, and there is a killer view of the skyline and the space needle. Really worth the walk and the price is cheap for... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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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7 helpful votes 7 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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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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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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