by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 01, 2011


Plans to expand the Washington State Con­vention Center keep getting new life. An amendment to the budget proposal in the Washington State House would extend a temporary tax on hotels, rental cars and restaurants to fund the work. The levy originally was earmarked for Safeco Field (home of the Seattle Mariners), which will be paid off later this year.

The city's largest meetings property, the 1,258-room Sheraton Seattle, is putting the finishing touches on the Garden Walk, turning 7th Avenue into a pedestrian corridor leading to the convention center.

Meeting Hotels
Downtown Seattle is filled with suitable properties, including the 1,258-room Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 891-room Westin Seattle, 553-room Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 450-room Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 425-room Grand Hyatt Seattle, 424-room W Seattle, 415-room Crowne Plaza Seattle, 358-room Seattle Marriott Waterfront, 346-room Hyatt at Olive 8, 297-room Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue, 250-room Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Lake Union, 237-room Hilton Seattle, 223-room Edgewater, 189-room Hotel Monaco, 123-room Best Western Executive Inn, 120-room Hotel 1000 and 119-room Hotel Andra.

Convention Center 
Washington State Convention Center; exhibit space, 236,700 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 72. (206) 694-5030

Airport Transit
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 13 miles south of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi to downtown, $45-$50; from downtown hotels to the airport, flat fee of $32; by shuttle, $15 and up. Sound Transit Link light-rail direct from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to downtown (30 minutes), $2.50 one-way

Room tax, 7%; sales tax, 8.6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15.6%

Group Venue
The Mainstage theater and Musicquari­um Lounge at The Triple Door present a variety of local and national musical acts, ideal for topping off a busy agenda. Buy out the venue for 425 people or use one of the Musicaquarium's sections for up to 100. (206) 838-4330

Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bu­reau, (206) 461-5800