by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 01, 2012
Pan Pacific Hotel SeattleThe 153-room Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle has received Green Globe Certification after adopting a zero-impact policy. Among numerous other sustainable efforts at the property: The key cards are biodegradable, and the front-desk staff wears uniforms made from material incorporating recycled plastic bottles. The hotel has seven meeting rooms, including a 1,600-square-foot ballroom.
The ground floor at the 426-room W Seattle has been revamped, and a new restaurant, Trace, has been added. The eatery features a living-room lounge, a minimalist look for its 100 seats, a sushi bar and a menu serving regional cuisine. The hotel offers 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

A $20 million, multiple-phase renovation is under way at the Washington State Convention Center, to be completed by the end of 2013. Sustainability is the theme here, including the use of carpet and wall coverings made with recycled materials, and long-life, toxin-free porcelain tile. The center's new on-site Conference Center features 71,000 square feet of flexible space.

Meeting Hotels
Downtown's many top group properties include 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 and 415-room Crowne Plaza Seattle.

The nearby city of Bellevue offers the 733-room Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 353-room Hilton Bellevue, 337-room Westin Bellevue and 178-room Sheraton Bellevue Hotel.

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, approximately 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 SeaTac to downtown, $2.50 one-way

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

Group Venue
Too often, banquet space has the look of false majesty draped on a ballroom. Not so The Ruins, a private dining club with four function rooms. The eclectically decorated spaces include the Chocolate room, which holds up to 35 people; the ballroom, accommodating up to 112 for a dinner; the dining room, holding 72; and the more intimate Maisonette, which can fit up to 18. (206) 285-7846

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