Columbia Center

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Columbia Center
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Food Golf
Edinburgh, UK275 contributions
Aug 2019
What's good:
- Staff
- The views
- Lots of food options
- Very clean

What's not so good:
- Very expensive for the top floor
Written August 25, 2019
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meredithandmarley
Seattle, WA78 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
I always take out-of-town visitors to the 40th floor Starbucks and tell them that if the weather is clear and they like the view, then we can buy tickets for the observatory on the top of the building. It's like free pre-view (with good chai) before you lay out about $25 per person to go to the actual observatory.

The view from the Starbucks to Puget Sound is limited (between streets), but it's unobstructed looking east to Bellevue. I've never been there when I couldn't find a couple of seats, either. The elevator ride from the lobby is free and there are restrooms just beyond the elevator bank on the 40th floor.

Note: this "pre-view" strategy is especially helpful during Seattle's overcast days or, as we have been having the past 2 weeks, forestfire smoke. My guests here this week opted not to go to the top observatory since the haze from the smoke was so bad that even at this height you couldn't see very far. Bummer for them, but saved them wasted $.
Written August 24, 2018
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Robin A
Devon, UK195 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
Good points about this visit: uncrowded, at least on an April weekday. No need to book in advance. Plenty of space and time up there to stare and photograph, and work out how the different neighborhoods fit together. Brilliant views into the long distance on a clear day. By the way: downstairs, there's a food court in Columbia Center where there will be something to please anyone, at reasonable prices; this is where a lot of local office folks eat lunch.

Additional thoughts: some reviewers seem to have been choosing between this observatory and the space needle. They are very different experiences. (I did both the same week). At the 73rd floor level (900 ft or more), you are seeing things differently than at 500 or 520 ft. Personally, I spent more time at the space needle, studying things. At Columbia center, though, you are more taken in by the sheer sweep of space and variety of geography and cityscape; your connection to the ground feels more remote than with the space needle. It's more like looking out of an airplane; whereas the needle never lets you forget the ground is down there.

I can appreciate folks not wanting to spend money on both; but if you are not likely to visit Seattle more than once or twice in your life, and you took the trouble to get there, then I would suggest doing both. Especially if you have kids with you.
Written May 1, 2019
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ruze
Seattle, WA20 contributions
Nov 2019
When we paid for our ticket we were told it "included a drink from the bar." When I ordered my bourbon they said only wine or beer was offered on that ticket. That's bad cause I ordered nothing and was not happy. Then the young man came after me five min. later (Forrest was his name) and said he could pour my bourbon and the one on the rail was priced so reasonably, he owed me a dollar...that's good.
Then the weather was so grey we had no sunset...that's sad.
But a fellow near us proposed to his girl and she cried and said "yes!"...that's happy.
When we looked at our funny pictures taken before riding up, they turned out really cute...that's good....but..they wanted wayyy too much money for them so we passed...that's sad.
Then the fire alarm went off and we could not use the elevator and had to walk down five floors and wait for the fire dept...that's bad. Then the fire dept said it was just a candle and we could use the elevators to go...that's good.
Written December 10, 2019
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Helen T
Melbourne, Australia79 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
I had no idea about this place until my last day in Seattle but I wish I had found it earlier. The Colombia Center offers spectacular views of the Puget Sound and Seattle. I was there early so there were not a lot of people there which was nice. The staff were so lovely the friendly from the ticket sellers to all the people up on the observation deck. I loved every second up there and would recommend to anyone visiting the area but maybe go on the first day to get your bearings in the city.
Written June 29, 2019
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John W
Olympia, WA10 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
The day started a bit cloudy, so we were advised by the very friendly ticket seller that the views might be a bit limited. We used Groupon to get discounted tickets, which the ticket seller happily accepted. There was little wait time, the elevator takes two minutes between trips. The staff people were all very friendly and answered any questions regarding the scenery we could see from the observation deck. It was an amazing view! The haze prevented a really clear view of the Olympics and Mt. Rainer but they could still be seen. They would be stunning on a clear day. One can’t go outside like at the Space Needle, but the view is better and it’s almost half the price. Also, the bar has very reasonably priced drinks, wine, beer, cocktails as well as wraps, chicken tenders, etc. the wraps were 10.00, for example, and our turkey BLT wrap was delicious! The bar tenders were also so friendly. Our 14 Year old nephew enjoyed the chicken tenders. It was not at all crowded, though the bartenders said it could get crowded at times. We were there on Saturday 12:30 until 2:00. We are going to try an evening visit sometime to see the night view of the city lights, and enjoy the food and drink and view again.
Written June 1, 2019
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tg22wa
Seattle, WA49 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
I made a second visit to the Sky View Observatory with three Italian guests on August 3. Since my last visit the system had been completely upgraded. No longer do visitors have to take two different elevators. The service was very friendly and helpful. The elevator ride up provides beautiful video presentations on 3 sides of the elevator. At the enclosed Observatory the views are phenomenal. Coffee, snacks and other drinks are on offer. Restrooms are accessible from several different directions.

The views from the observatory are higher than the Space Needle and currently the Space Needle web site says some parts of their observation deck are closed during renovation. We had no long lines for tickets and the entire experience is well thought out and enjoyable.
Written August 6, 2018
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Paul M
Scarborough418 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
We visited here before the Space Needle, which made the Needle even more disappointing. The view from the 73rd floor here is stupendous. You have to take one elevator up to the 40th floor, then get a different one to the 73rd. There's huge glass windows all around offering unobstructed views in 360 degrees. For just under $15 this was a steal. It will be even better when they complete their food and beverage area.

There was even an employee cleaning finger and nose marks off the windows!
Written June 1, 2018
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Seth L
Colorado Springs, CO131 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
I learned about this place from Wolters World (they got great travel video's BTW). It has better views of Seattle and it's cheaper.
Written August 11, 2019
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Hull_is_great
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK348 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Noted the other reviewers helpful advice about Starbucks on 40th floor is a free viewing area. Restricted view as only 2 directions to look out from and a tall building next to Columbia tower also restricts view. Was worth it for us as forest fires meant smoke so distant views impossible when we visited so top floor or Space Needle would have not been good value
Written August 13, 2018
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