Five Ways to Pass the Time at Seattle-Tacoma Airport

The city of SeaTac may not be the most popular vacation spot, but its affordable hotels, like the Hampton Inn Suites Seattle Airport, and convenient location near to both Seattle and Tacoma help to make it an excellent base for exploring King County and beyond.

Seattle-Tacoma Airport is the 15th largest in the United States and it has a whole host of handy facilities and shops, including delicious eateries, designer stores, and even a massage bar. Read on for the best places to eat, shop, and relax in Seattle-Tacoma Airport.

Airport Eats

There are a range of dining options for all tastes and budgets. Pre-security you can find a Pilot House, Dish D’Lish, and Alki Bakery. Plus you can enjoy a freshly brewed coffee at Starbucks or a glass of vino at the Vintage Washington Wine Bar. If you’re in a rush, simply grab a snack or drink on the go from one of the many vending machines found around the airport.

Post-security there is a selection of bakeries, delis, sit-down restaurants, and fast-food joints. Check out the Seattle-Tacoma Airport Website to see exactly what food places are located near to the Central Terminal and each of the departure gates.

Superb Shopping

Most of the shops are found around the airport’s Central Terminal and C Gate. Here you can browse the racks for designer wares, pick up some electronic goods, or shop for souvenirs. Stores found here include Bose, Planewear, The Body Shop, Wishing Stone, and Hudson News. Kidworks will help to keep those little ones entertained as it stocks a selection of books, toys, and children’s clothing.

Pampering Stations

As well as eating and shopping, visitors to the airport can also indulge in pampering treatments. Butter London in C Gate is the place to head for fabulous, toxin-free manicures and pedicures and to purchase products for all your nail care needs.

Traveling can really take it out of you, so why not relax and unwind with a massage? The Massage Bar in Gate C and Gate N provides relaxing seated chair and foot massages as well as high quality spa products.

Additional Facilities

Shoe shine services are available in Gate C and Gate D. Self service luggage carts and ATMs are available in most of the gates and in the baggage claim area. A list of additional airport services are listed here.

Affordable Airport Hotels

If you have a long stopover, you might want to consider booking a room in one of these SeaTac hotels. Are you having trouble finding a nearby airport hotel? A stay in the Days Inn Seatac Airport or the Red Roof Inn SeaTac puts you minutes away from the airport. Hipmunk compares all nearby accommodation options, including Airbnb and Homeaway listings, to find you the best deals going.

What do you think of Seattle-Tacoma Airport? Share your travel tips with others in the comments section below.

Author Bio: Alisha Smith is a writer with a serious case of wander lust. She’s most likely to be found road tripping up the West Coast, sipping coconut water on a beach in Bali, or writing about her adventures on

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