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History & Legends

Learn the exciting history of our Downtown Seattle hotel.

Built for the 1962 World’s Fair

Resting atop Pier 67 on Seattle’s sparking Elliott Bay, the four story 223-room Edgewater is Seattle’s original waterfront hotel. Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, The Edgewater Hotel remains as Seattle’s only waterfront hotel and has become a beloved local landmark.

The Beatles

In 1964, during their first world tour, The Beatles stayed at our Seattle hotel, newly completed for the World’s Fair. At the time, no other hotel in the city would accept The Beatles as guests; however The Edgewater happily welcomed them. 

Beatlemania so consumed Seattle that The Edgewater had to install cyclone fencing around the hotel to keep the screaming fans at bay. Some fans even tried swimming across Elliott Bay to reach the Fab Four. After their concert, The Beatles were rushed back to the hotel in an ambulance, while taxi cabs and stand-ins were used as decoys. During their stay, the band famously fished from the window their suite, the photo of which has become legendary. 

Rock n’ Roll Legends

Since opening in 1962, The Edgewater Hotel has hosted some of the most famous names in music, including: The Beatles, Pearl Jam, The Village People, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, Wings, Neil Young, Frank Zappa, Blondie, Jewel, David Bowie, Emmy Lou Harris, Iggy Pop, Jessica Simpson, Mel Tormé, REM, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, and more.

Led Zeppelin

  • Stayed at the Edgewater in the late 1970s.
  • Once, while they were checking out, one of the front desk people asked if they would autograph a soccer ball she had with her (she was a big soccer fan). They obliged and signed the ball for her then had an impromptu soccer match with it in the lobby!
  • Robert Plant has visited many times throughout the years – both with the band and on his own.


  • Also stayed at the hotel in the late 1970s.
  • Checked into the hotel in full costume and any time they left their rooms, they were in full concert makeup and attire.

The Village People

  • Also stayed at the hotel in the late 1970s.
  • After their big concert, they headed to the hotel bar for a few drinks. While in the bar,  they started a spontaneous version of their hit song “YMCA”.