Next fall will see the debut of the largest hotel ever to open in Seattle—and the largest in the Northwest.
The 1,260-room Hyatt Regency in downtown Seattle will add pep to the Convention Center District when it opens this year with LEED-certified, design-driven meeting space (some 100,000 sf in total), including 35,000 sf of naturally-lit pre-function space overlooking the city’s skyline. The hotel will also be adjacent to the Washington State Convention Center’s (WSCC) planned 1 million-sf expansion that will create a more engaging street front with pedestrian and convention-goer amenities. Here are a few more Seattle developments to keep on your radar for 2018:
A Hotel for Makers
Just a short walk from the famed Pike Place Market, Provenance Hotels recently debuted the 151-room Hotel Theodore, whose design pays homage to the city’s makers and creators. In collaboration with the Museum of History & Industry, the luxury hotel showcases photography and patent drawings that illustrate the inspiration behind mainstream innovations that emerged here and an entire floor will be dedicated to the local record label, Light in the Attic, who has worked with music greats Willie Nelson, the Grateful Dead and Bette Davis. Groups will surely taste nature itself in the Rider restaurant’s cuisine, which is rooted in two of the Pacific Northwest’s most defining characteristics—the forest and the ocean. The sustainable dishes are born from seafood from local fishermen, artisanal goods from local farmers and locally foraged herbs and vegetables.
In between meetings, groups can learn about the city’s aviation history with a visit the Space Needle, which will be adding floor-to-ceiling glass windows around its observation deck and the world’s first rotating glass floor to its restaurant this summer. Tiptoeing through vintage airplanes at the Museum of Flight is another way to go, and up to 1,200 attendees reception-style can dine among and beneath aircraft and exhibits.
The Best Views in Town
The best views of the city can arguably be found during a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel’s climate controlled gondolas, one of the largest Ferris wheels in North America, and with sips from more than 100 Washington wineries available in nearby Woodinville, finding ways to unwind after a day of meetings is just a matter of dropping a map and pointing a finger.