So I have a short business trip to Seattle in mid-June and all the hotel rates are outrageous. I am a govie so I am suppose to stay on a gov't rate but none of the main hotels in downtown Seattle have any gov't rates. The gsa rate is $190.00 in June for Seattle and the closest I have found is $229 at a Holiday Inn Express. Can any give me any suggestions as to which suburb I should try to stay in if I have to go that route? My one day meeting is downtown near the art museum. Unfortunately I probably will not be able to have a rental car so I will have to get there and back by public transportation or cab/Uber. My division is not paying for the trip so it is hard to go to the folks paying and say I need a waiver to stay at a more expensive hotel. I know traffic can be horrible in the greater Seattle area so I know cabs/Uber would not be cheap either but I may be able to share with a coworker if we can agree on where to stay. Does anyone have any suggestions even of what suburbs to stay in or even a specific hotel? They would be greatly appreciated. I have been to Seattle once but stayed right downtown so I know nothing about the surrounding areas. I am staying one extra night at the Crown Plaza on points but I don't want to use them up when work should pay for my hotel. We have to present a bill so I cannot just be reimbursed the $190.00 and use my points.