We arrived one day before the ship departed and stayed at the Quality Inn Seattle Center just next to the space needle. Rooms there were extremely simple and small but clean. Staff was friendly and helpful.
On the first evening we walked down to Pike Place Market and enjoyed browsing all the vendors there. I couldn't resist stopping across the street at the first Starbucks store (I'm a junkie) and gladly stood in line for about 15 minutes to say I had been there. We then had a very tasty dinner at Belltown Pub on 1st street before returning to the hotel and then exploring the park around the Space Needle.