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Smith Tower

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Address: 506 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-2343
Phone Number: 1.877.412.2776
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9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Smith Tower is open for business once again! Current ticket and tour...

Smith Tower is open for business once again! Current ticket and tour options include 'The Legends of Smith Tower' self-guided tour, and 'Straight Up' Observatory admission offerings - both great ways to discover (and re-discover) this local icon in new and exciting ways. Starting August 25, when you arrive for your tour, you'll be able to browse the new Smith Tower Provisions general store, and indulge at Smith Tower Temperance café and bar. More information about these visitor amenities, event bookings, and more coming soon.

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beautiful building

We visited at the end of July and the building was closed for remodelling, due to re-open the day after we left, which was disappointing. I was looking forward to how the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Midlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited at the end of July and the building was closed for remodelling, due to re-open the day after we left, which was disappointing. I was looking forward to how the observation deck compare to Space Needle and the Columbia Center and the Chinese room. The exterior of the building is a sweet piece of design, I hope your... More 

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you for your comments and I am sorry we were closed for remodeling when you last visited. I am excited to let you know that we will be opening on August 25, 2016 with a brand new tour experience, a new ground-level general store, and a speakeasy themed cafe and bar in our observatory. Please do come... More 

Fullerton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Smith Tower the first week of August and we were so glad we did. The observation level of the tower is cheaper, higher, and less crowded than the Space Needle observation floor. We could even look down on the Space Needle form where we were. Even better, the stamp you get allows you to return anytime that same... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had hoped to go to the observation level but it was closed for renovation work. Should be open on our next visit to Seattle. Most of the building is taken up with offices. When it was built it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you for your comments and I apologize for our temporary closure. I am excited to announce that we will be open once again beginning August 25, 2016. The new Smith Tower Visitor Experience will include exciting new tours, Provisions general store on the ground floor, Temperance Cafe and Bar on the 35th floor, and, of course, the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

...to see the view from the 22nd floor and the Chinese Room. Right now, all you'd be allowed to see if you aren't a tenant in the building is the lobby, which has some amazing detail in the crown molding. The building owners plan to open a small shop on the ground floor of the building, which will serve as... More 

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you for your comments on Smith Tower! I am pleased to announce that the Smith Tower Visitor Experience will open on August 25, 2016. This includes Provisions general store on the ground floor, Temperance Cafe and Bar on the 35th floor, and, of course, the famed Observatory. I hope to see you back again soon to experience... More 

Bremerton, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've taken my now nearly teen granddaughter to the Smith Tower almost every time we visit Seattle. We last went up last Spring, 2015. Then it was on our Seattle list last week, July, 2016. Alas, it was closed. We thought it was a mistake, but no. It's closed until sometime in August for remodeling on lower floors from what... More 

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you very much for your kind words! I apologize for our temporary closure, but I am pleased to announce that we will be open once again on August 25, 2016. Our new Smith Tower Visitor Experience will include exciting new tours, Provisions general store on the ground floor, Temperance Cafe and Bar on the 35th floor, and,... More 

SEATTLE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

At one time this was the tallest building in the US west of the Mississippi. Now overshadowed by the increasing number of skyscrapers in Seattle, its profile is unique. last time I visited there was still an elevator with an operator to take you to the viewing desk on top. The old Chinese Club there is closed, unfortunately.

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Jeff W, General Manager at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you for your comments about Smith Tower! I apologize for our temporary closure as we work to enhance the visitor experience, but I am pleased to announce that the Smith Tower Visitor Experience will open on August 25, 2016. Our new experience will include Provisions general store on the ground floor, Temperance Cafe and Bar on the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

We were really looking forward to our visit to smith tower based on other reviews of "best views of city". We planned a morning run through the city to arrive there before brunch later. A relatively surly doorman informed us we can come back mid-August to see the newly renovated observation floors. 😟

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Stephen W, Social Media Coordinator at Smith Tower, responded to this review

Hello there, We sincerely apologize for this unfortunate mishap; Smith Tower will be opening next month to the general public. At that point, guests will be able to visit our prohibition-themed bar on the 35th floor, as well as our brand new ground floor retail shop. Should you and your party choose to make a return trip in late August,... More 

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

A grant building always worth a look at .. I don't know if they offer tours, they should. I once had to meet someone on the top floor and the view was wonderful.,

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Once upon a time, Smith Tower was the tallest high-rise west of the Mississippi river. Now it is a quaint little tower in the shadow of commercial buildings towering 76 floors above it (Columbia Tower). Still it has a lot of character - including personal elevator operators 24x7. It's a good way to step back in time and imagine the... More 

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

The Smith Building and its observation deck is a wonderful place to visit. The architecture and history is stunning--a lobby filled with polished brass, carved sculptures of native chiefs, and an open deck to see the city views.

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