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“used to be a good place to visit when the Chinese room was open.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Smith Tower Chinese Room & Observation Deck

Smith Tower Chinese Room & Observation Deck
506 Second Avenue, Ste. 220, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
+1 206-622-4004
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Ranked #24 of 178 Attractions in Seattle
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks
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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.
Seattle, Washington
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“used to be a good place to visit when the Chinese room was open.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Neighborhood is sketchy and the building has a lot of vacantcies last time I went. The Chinese room does not exist and there is no opportunity to see the best parts of the building...

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“Good view on a historic building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Take note that this historic building was built in 1914 and is the oldest skyscraper in the city. It was the tallest building west of the Mississippi until 1931 and remained the tallest building on the West Coast until the Space Needle was built in 1962. The views from the observation deck are great of course and you can see the Space Needle all the way at the end of an avenue which makes for a great photo. Well worth visiting. As an interesting fact, after the restoration in the early 1990s, workers removed the water tank in the top of the tower. The resulting space along with a former maintenance man's apartment became a three-story penthouse, the only residence in the building.

Visited April 2012
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“Best place to take out-of-state friends to”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

3 times cheaper than Seattle Center - great view of the down town, sports arenas plus inimitable historic charm!

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“On a clear day....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

The view from the top is spectacular - but not on a foggy day. We went up to the top for our anniversary in 2010 on a spectacular clear day. It was really fun to get inside and see this Seattle icon.

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“AWESOME”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

If you don't want to spend the ridiculous amount of money for the Space Needle and would simply enjoy a quiet, relaxing, and beautiful sight of the Seattle skyline, this is the place to go! The building is really cool, and still has the old school, Hollywood-tower-of-terror-esque elevators. All of the employees are very nice and it is just a lot of fun walking around the observation deck. I would definitely come here again!

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