I am in the early stages of planning a trip to Seattle with the family. We are going to rent a car, for a possible side trip up to Vancouver and to visit other places beyond the reach of public transportation. That being said, if we are going to have a car, is there any good reason to stay at a hotel in Downtown Seattle? Hotels in the city center are roughly $300/night plus parking, while hotels in the burbs are $200/night with free parking, that adds up to a lot for 2 rooms over 5 days. Specifically looking at a couple in Kirkland, Bellevue and North Seattle. Is there really any good reason to stay downtown? What would my expected drive times be from the hotel to the city, or vice versa, during the worst traffic?