I have noticed most of apartment rentals in downtown/Belltown Seattle do not guarantee air conditioning. We are coming for 3 days pre cruise August 31, 2019. Will the lack of A/C be a problem?
There have been summers when it never hit 90 degrees. But the past few summers have been much warmer.
Are you planning to hang out in the Vacation Rental during the day or will you be out & about? It really cools off at night, so if you're out all day you can just open windows when you return from your tourism and the place will likely cool off quickly.
Does the property owner/manager provide a few fans?
You’ll find many rentals and restaurants don’t have a/c. We were there during a 90 degree heat wave this summer. Our Airbnb host actually bought and installed a window unit for us before we arrived. Another room had a ceiling fan. One had nothing and an open window made for noisy sleep. In hindsight, we should have either asked for or bought a fan for that room.
Heat waves like that aren’t the norm though.
Heat waves ARE the norm now. Global warming has been making itself felt during the last five summers in Seattle. This last summer was awful. There were over 10 days during which the temps passed 90 degrees. The worst heat was in July, and usually, Aug. 31 would be well past the worst. However, there is a new wrinkle to consider: smoke from forest fires blowing into the region. Again, last summer was ghastly in this respect, as the air smelled of smoke and represented a health hazard to people with asthma, heart disease, or other medical conditions affected by pollution.There is every reason to fear that fires will strike next summer, too. Look up the summer temps for the last 5 years online to see what you might encounter in Seattle. You will see that 2017 tied for the hottest and driest summer on record. Then 2018 came along.
I shake my head whenever I hear people saying that summer visitors don't need AC in Seattle. That used to be true. It no longer is.
I don't remember any heatwaves happening as late as the last day of August though.
but I still advise AC in a rental.Edited: 19 September 2018, 04:17
Although we've been visiting Seattle several times a year for 10 years, we just moved last May from Alaska. I could not imagine not having A/C. Might depend on where you're from. We just weren't used to it and it was a warm summer. Since you've asked, you appear to need it too.
I have a top floor condo with windows on 3 sides and 5 fans I run in the summer-time ;-)
FWIW I don’t know anyone who does not have ac in their home. We are in a suburb, but our kids are in the city and they both have ac units as do their friends. As kaleberg mentioned, things have changed a lot over the years in this regard.
I didn't say people don't have AC :-) I only said I don't know anyone who does. Because I don't -haha.