As most Seattleites would be quick to bemoan, it’s been an unusually chilly spring in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle actually broke records this April with cold temperatures, snow, and hail.
As we long for warm, sunny days, it may be a good time to seek out the next best thing. We’ve rounded up the top ten saunas, hothouses, hot tubs, and more in the Seattle area. Whether you’re looking to squeeze in a quick hour on a weekday or planning a full spa day (or even a weekend retreat), there’s plenty of options here that will have you warmed up in no time.
1. Hothouse Spa & Sauna
If you’re looking to avoid a crowd, Hothouse Spa & Sauna is the place to go. This gender-inclusive spa allows up to four people to reserve a private time slot of two to four hours. Open seven days a week with hours that include evenings, it offers use of a hot tub, a cedar sauna, an herbal steam room, and a cold plunge shower. You’ll find it in the conveniently central location of the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
2. Olympus Spa
Olympus Spa is a women-only spa that has two locations: one in Lynnwood and the other in Tacoma. For the cost of a $48 day pass, you can enjoy the use of their hydrotherapy pools, far infrared energy rooms, steam room and more.
3. Banya 5
You can make an appointment to use the Parilka sauna, Turkish steam room, and various pools at Banya 5. Located downtown (not far from the Space Needle), this would be an excellent place to relax after a day of sightseeing or shopping.
4. Float Seattle
If you’ve ever heard of float therapy or sensory deprivation tanks, they’re actually the same thing. You can go to Float Seattle to enjoy an hour-long float in an enclosed saltwater tank. The weightless feeling can create a sense of peace and relaxation that lasts beyond your appointment. They have four convenient locations: Greenlake, Greenwood, Bellevue, and South Lake Union. Three of these locations also offer the use of an infrared sauna.
5. Sauna Hut
If you’re looking to spend some time warming up and relaxing in an infrared sauna, check out the Sauna Hut. Instead of heating the air like a typical sauna, these infrared saunas use wavelengths of light to raise your core temperature. They have three locations: Ballard, Green Lake, and Edmonds.
6. City Sweats
This chic spa is another Seattle spot for enjoying an infrared sauna session, although they are unique in that they include chromotherapy as part of your sauna experience. You can also opt for a concentrated heat experience via their infrared sauna wrap. You can find City Sweats locations in Bellevue, West Seattle, Wallingford, and Madison Park.
7. Little Red Day Spa
If you’re looking for a relaxing and romantic retreat with your partner, check out the Little Red Day Spa in SODO. This urban retreat offers several private suites for you and your loved one where you can both relax in the comforting warmth of jetted tubs and saunas.
8. Penelope And The Beauty Bar
Penelope and the Beauty Bar is another excellent option for relaxing after a busy day spent downtown. Located inside the historic Fairmount Olympic Hotel, this sophisticated spa offers the use of their exclusive jade-lined infrared sauna. After you’ve warmed up in the sauna you can choose from any one of their many beauty treatments.
9. Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Enjoy a weekend getaway in nature at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. Located on the Olympic Peninsula (about four hours from Seattle), this resort is open from the end of March to the end of October. You can book a rustic cabin and spend time relaxing in the natural mineral hot springs in addition to hiking and exploring the beauty of the Olympic National Park.
10. Lake Union Hot Tub Boats
Last but not least, we’d be remiss to not mention the famous hot tub boats on Lake Union. Regardless of the weather, you can get out on Lake Union and enjoy a stunning view of Seattle while staying warm in a wood-fired hot tub boat. You can have up to six friends join you for two hours on the lake, making this rental an excellent option for parties and celebrations. Get all the details on the Lake Union Hot Tub Boats website.
Stay warm out there, Seattle!