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The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle

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Discerning bookworms will appreciate a trip to The Elliott Bay Book Company, a bookstore featuring thousands of books in a rustic shop. Everything from the newest bestseller to rare and out-of-print volumes is offered, and once you've made your purchase, you can spend some time reading in the downstairs cafe. Check ahead of time for special events, as the store regularly hosts readings and book signings. Add The Elliott Bay Book Company to your Seattle travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Seattle vacation route planner.
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Famous for its architecture, Seattle's downtown area features a range of lodging options, including high-end hotels offering expensive rooms with views over Elliott Bay. Remember that despite their prices, many hotels in this waterfront district provide rather small rooms. If you need more space but don't want to break the bank, head out of downtown to some of the city's outlying neighborhoods. Seattle's diverse suburbs offer affordable bed and breakfasts, providing you with all the comforts of home and allowing you to see what local life is really like.
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  • What a beautiful store with a great selection of books and plenty of spots to relax. I liked the local/northwest section right at the front of the store.  more »
  • They had anything you might want. Books, magazines, and "etc" items. I bought a magazine and a page size magnifier I had been looking for. I saw lots of cute and unique greeting cards that I want to g...  more »
  • I remember Elliot Bay when they were in Pioneer square. never really knew where they were till we went to dinner in the area and and discovered it's new location. Open late we went to the bookstore af...  more »
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  • Unique book store that has an antique feel with a modern day vibe. Can definitely feel the Capital Hill culture here. Upstairs and downstairs with a cafe inside. Staff are very helpful and prices are fairly low compared to most retail chains. The best part.are the staff recommendations. Good to see what others have thought about it before reaching up to grab it off the shelf
  • I love Elliott Bay Books. Going to school on capitol hill, I loved stopping by to browse the shelves and usually buy a book or two. I hope you guys stay open through the continuing rise of online booksellers! Elliott Bay really is a Seattle gem.
  • I napped here. Sometimes it's hard to find a comfortable place to sit, but when you do it's all good. The cafe has lots of cookie and drinks options, is a little priccey though but great for a treat. I stayed here for like 2.5 hours. My friend read a whole book. The information desk people were really nice and helpful. The books are beautiful. The bathroom line was usually 2-3 people at any point in time though
  • One of my favorite places to visit. I love the selection of hard to find photography books and like that I'm able to hang around perusing for hours at a time. Definitely a place I'm happy to support.
  • Until today, this was the only bookstore in Seattle I would spend money at. I have come to Elliot Bay Books every Monday to buy my new books for the week and talk to the employees about their recommendations and favorite QTPOC coming of age novels. No more. Very disappointed in Tracy, the general manager, and the white, bald man with glasses who refused to give me his name. As a low income nanny and volunteer Girl Scout leader, I have been receiving the educator discount for the past 6 months on books related to race, gender, immigration, lgbtq issues, coming of age, gender-based violence, and the environment. Today, not only was I denied the educator discount, the white, bald man with glasses told me that I'm "not really and educator." I told him that I have received this discount as an educator for months and that as someone who has been raising other people's children for the past 10 years and volunteering my time as a Girl Scout leader I find it extremely disrespectful to say that I, and others in my field, are not educators. At this point Tracy, the general manager, stated that their policy is for classroom teachers and librarians with ID cards. "Policy." I explained ha this is my favorite bookstore in the city and have been coming for years and how disappointed I am with this interaction and their opinion that solely classroom teachers and librarians are educators. I reminded her again that I have been receiving this discount for many months. She and he claimed they have never heard of anyone giving a discount to someone other than a teacher or librarian. I think it's cowardly and gross that the white, bald man wouldn't give his name and I think it's disgusting that I was treated the way I was. I have scoured their website and there is absolutely no such "policy" listed anywhere. I am very sad to say and decide that I will not be returning to Elliot Bay Bookstore again. I cannot, however, support a business that does not see the importance of education outside of a classroom or the importance of regular customers.