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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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If you want to see Seattle from above and avoid the crowds on the needle SMith tower is the best alternative. Not to mention your photos will actually include the needle!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2012
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

If you want to see Seattle from above and avoid the crowds on the needle SMith tower is the best alternative. Not to mention your photos will actually include the needle!

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Shoreline, Washington, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

Classy old skyscraper; beautiful views from the top floor wrap-around balcony; very cool "Chinese Room" on top floor.

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Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

You are not only paying less than half of the price of the Space Needle to get the same view (well, almost), there are also antiques and decorations from 19th century Asia that you don't wanna miss. Maybe you are not boarding one of the fastest elevators to get to the top, but this authentic 1930 ish lift demonstrates greatly... More 

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Burien, WA
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

The real attraction here is the full 360 degree walk-around observation deck. Go when the weather is clear enough to enjoy the view. Other than that, the history of the building, and the observatory room may appeal to some. The ornate elevator is also quite interesting. The elevator operator (yes, it requires an operator) loves to answer questions about it.

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Everett, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

Elevators with operators, old time style but a bit dated.

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Seattle, Washington
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

My partner and I had a 2-for-1 coupon to visit the Smith Tower. We decided to make a day touring downtown (even though we live on Capitol Hill). We entered the building and took the elevator up to the observation deck. It was nice to be able to spend the time we needed to view the inside where you can... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

A fine building with poor managment letting things go in disrepair.

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seattle
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

at least it was for years. It marked the Seattle skyline and identified Seattle on pictures. Still has the friendly elevator operators, the feeo of Old Seattle and the decor of the 20's

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

For some reason, the Smith Tower appealed to me. It is a great historical building, and I enjoyed hearing about it on a tour we had gone on. I wish we would have scheduled time to go up because I think we would have enjoyed that more than the Space Needle.

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Kirkland, Washington
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

I've been to a party at the very unique private residence at the top and up inside the little ball on top. Will never forget that. I've also been to a party in the entertainment area there for rent as well. New Years Eve. Wonderful amenities and the views are fantastic. A true Seattle landmark!

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