by Hunter R. Slaton | March 01, 2008

Alexis HotelThough it’s only a few blocks from the bustling Pike Place Market, Kimpton’s genteel 121-room Alexis Hotel, right, feels a world away. Aspects of its past life as a residential building are evident in the wood-burning fireplaces and refined yet unfussy decor. Last October, the hotel completed $10 million in renovations to its rooms, lobby and meeting space (4,000 square feet).

In other news, the Sheraton Seattle, adjacent to the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, unveiled a new tower; the 1,258-room hotel is now the city’s largest.

Seattle also is celebrating the grand opening of its Olympic Sculpture Park, plus a major expansion of the Seattle Art Museum.