by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 01, 2018

Local Update

 Last December, the Seattle City Council voted to impose limits on short-term rentals in the city, creating safety, insurance and licensing requirements for operators such as Airbnb. The regulations go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

 A new headquarters hotel for the Washington State Convention Center will open this fall. The 1,260-room Hyatt Regency Seattle will have 103,000 square feet of its own meeting space, and the property will seek  LEED Gold certification.

 An expansion of the Washington State Convention Center, long in the planning stage, could begin toward the end of this year. The project will double the size of the facility, adding about 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, 60,000 square feet of ballroom space and 125,000 square feet of breakout rooms.

 The 223-room Edgewater Hotel is introducing a Pearl Jam Suite and has revamped its Beatles Suite. Honoring some of the storied property's most famous guests, the Pearl Jam Suite will sport a turntable and cassette players, guitars and amps for guests to play with, and more. The décor of the Beatles Suite has been redone and includes new memorabilia.

 A $54 million project will bring the vintage 1933 Seattle Asian Art Museum up to 21st-century standards. About 13,900 square feet of space will be added, including a new gallery.

 The former Roosevelt Hotel, which originally opened in 1929, has been reborn as the 153-room Hotel Theodore. The property features 3,200 square feet of meeting space and the Rider restaurant, with a décor that celebrates the region's most defining characteristics: the forest and the ocean.

Meeting Hotels: The city's top properties include the 1,236-room Sheraton Seattle, 891-room Westin Seattle, 557-room Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 450-room Fairmont Olympic Hotel and 355-room Seattle Marriott Waterfront.

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Convention Center: Washington State Convention Center; exhibit space, 205,700 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 61. (206) 694-5000

Airport Transit: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 13 miles from downtown Seattle. Transfer cost by taxi, $40; by shuttle, $20

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

Group Venues: Olympic Sculpture Park, which is run by the Seattle Art Museum and features an ever-changing array of large works, also has indoor and outdoor space for groups of up to 350. (206) 654-3100  

Does your group have a competitive streak? Host a ping-pong tournament for up to 300 people at Spin Seattle. The center court has three tables and built-in spectator seating for the final rounds, while the Kitchen serves locally sourced and sustainable delights. (212) 982-8802

Contact: Visit Seattle, (206) 461-5800