by Michael C. Lowe | September 01, 2015
Why here?
The Pacific Northwest is teeming with activity, from Seattle's $1.4 billion convention center proposal to the millions of dollars in hotel projects under way throughout the region. In Bellevue, Wash., a $12.5 million renovation of the Meydenbauer Center will wrap up next month.

New In Portland, Ore.
 A new AC by Marriott is expected to open next fall in the city's downtown district. The 13-story, 204-room boutique hotel will offer a bar, a lounge, a fitness center and meeting rooms. Stay tuned for more details.

 At press time, the 199-room Porter Hotel was set to open under Hilton's new luxury boutique brand, Curio. Features include a rooftop restaurant, a pool and a spa.

Getting Greener
The Oregon Convention Center is installing what is said to be the largest array of solar panels atop any such facility in the United States. The 6,500-panel project is scheduled to be completed this fall.
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Local Update
The Seattle Marriott Bellevue opened in July with 384 guest rooms, each equipped with 55-inch HD TVs, mini refrigerators and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. The property has 21,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 6,240-square-foot ballroom.

 The Meydenbauer Center currently is undergoing a $12.5 million renovation. Among highlights: The center hall lobby will be outfitted with new carpeting, wall treatments, lighting and colors; the 12,000 square feet of meeting space on the fourth floor will be completely remodeled, and the facility's audiovisual technology will be upgraded. The project is set to finish in September.

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 732-room Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 384-room Seattle Marriott Bellevue, 353-room Hilton Bellevue, 337-room Westin Bellevue and 178-room Sheraton Bellevue Hotel.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit

Convention Center: Meydenbauer Center; exhibit space, 36,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, nine. (425) 450-3777

Airport Transit: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 17 miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $50; by shuttle, $20

Taxes: Room tax, 4.9%; sales tax, 9.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.4%

Group Venue: Attendees can mingle while sampling homemade suds at the Bellevue Brewing Company. Since its opening in 2010, the popular joint's handcrafted beers have become local favorites, and thirsty hordes of up to 200 people can watch the intricacies of the brewing process firsthand, with running narration from a veteran sudsmaster. The establishment also offers several hospitality rooms that can accommodate groups of from 14 to 36. (425) 497-8686

Contact: Visit Bellevue Washington, (425) 450-3777