by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 11, 2018
The 1,260-room Hyatt Regency Seattle has opened in the heart of the city. This major meeting property is just two blocks from the Washington State Convention Center and will be adjacent to the center's expansion, the new Summit, that will open in spring 2022. The largest in the Pacific Northwest, the hotel is the third full-service Hyatt property in the city.
Floor-to-ceiling windows bring natural light into all of the guest rooms, which also sport 65-inch TVs and décor marked by black-and-white photographs shot by six Seattle artists. The hotel also features a StayFit Fitness Center outfitted with Peloton bikes and other state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment.
"Progress is all around us," said Tom Wolf, general manager of the new property. "No other addition to Seattle's vastly updated cityscape is more important for Seattle tourism than the new, very visible, contemporary building right in the middle of town: Hyatt Regency Seattle. With the opening of the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest this year, Seattle will finally have the meeting space options it needs."
The more than 103,000 square feet of meeting space, with most rooms named after Washington State bodies of water, include the Columbia and Regency Ballrooms, each with more than 19,000 square feet of space and featuring 24- and 30-foot-high ceilings, respectively. The two junior ballrooms are the 7,200-square-foot Elwha and the 3,400-square-foot Quinault. The rest is made up of the 24-person Deschutes Executive Boardroom, with a private balcony; eight natural-light-filled prefunction areas ranging from 4,292 to 7,022 square feet; and an additional 46 meeting rooms, ranging from 600 to 1,900 square feet, all with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Three dining options are on-site. Andare, a fast-casual Italian-style trattoria, features a variety of homemade pasta dishes, salads and pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven. An outpost of Daniel's Broiler, an upscale and locally renowned steakhouse owned by Schwartz Bros. Restaurants, serves the requisite steaks as well as seafood, and offers extensive lists of wine and whiskeys; a piano bar provides entertainment. The Market is a 24-hour grab-and-go store offering hot and cold food and beverages, with café seating. An expansive Hyatt Regency Club lounge entices with fire pits and a wraparound patio with views of downtown Seattle.
The Hyatt Regency Seattle was built to LEED Gold standards and is aiming to be certified in 2019. Among the sustainable elements at the hotel are large-format refillable bath amenities in guest-room bathrooms, a light-colored roof to reduce the urban heat-island effect, and a highly efficient laundry system that captures both heat and water after use to reduce the need for additional energy to preheat water going into the laundry system.