by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 01, 2016

Local Update

 A $12.5 million renovation has been completed at Meydenbauer Center, including a remodeling of the 12,000 square feet of meeting space on the fourth floor. The facility features 54,000 square feet of space in all, highlighted by the 36,000-square-foot Center Hall.

 Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is bringing a new-build property to the city. The 120-room Bellevue Kimpton will be part of a mixed-use development scheduled to break ground in early 2017. The hotel will open in 2019 with about 5,000 square feet of meeting space, a full-service restaurant, and a rooftop swimming pool with adjacent event space and a lounge.

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, 54,000 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: Treat groups of up to 100 to tasty American fare and live music at Bake's Place in Bellevue, near Meydenbauer Center. An outdoor patio can host up to 250 for a private reception. (425) 454-2776

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