New in Oregon
The 70-room Inn at the 5th
opened in Eugene in March, with a 1,400-square-foot meeting room, a boardroom and a garden plaza that accommodates 125 people.
The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau has changed its name to Visit Anchorage. The move is similar to that of other destination marketing organizations that have rebranded to put the focus on marketing and bringing visitors to their destinations.
The Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, which allows certain flyers to go through an expedited security check, is scheduled to be begin at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport later this year.
Renovations at the 198-room Westmark Anchorage Hotel finished up earlier this year, adding flat-screen TVs to the guest rooms and redoing the bathrooms. The property offers 4,862 square feet of meeting space.
The 92-room Aspen Suites Hotel opened in midtown in June. Each room features a fully outfitted kitchen with a ceramic cooktop. The hotel is minutes from the airport and the convention district.
Properties in Alaska's largest city include the 606-room Hilton Anchorage Hotel, 546-room Hotel Captain Cook, 392-room Anchorage Marriott Downtown, 375-room Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa, 251-room Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, 248-room Millennium Alaskan Anchorage and 198-room Westmark Anchorage Hotel.
Dena'ina Center; exhibit space, 72,240 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 15. (907) 263-2850
The Egan Center; exhibit space, 30,534 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 21. (907) 263-2800
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, approximately 5 miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $20
Room tax, 12%; sales tax, 0%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12%
Alaska Ambassadors offers attendees two walking tours through the city: the Taste of Anchorage Culinary tour, featuring sample bites and chef wisdom from a variety of local restaurants; and the Art, Chocolate and History tour, visiting the city's public art collection and historical spots. Groups of up to 25 are accommodated. (907) 538-2643
Visit Anchorage, (907) 276-4118
The Boise Centre, the city's main convention facility, takes its commitment to sustainability programs seriously. Last year, aside from donating about 6,000 pounds of food to a local rescue mission, approximately 6,300 pounds of kitchen compost were collected, 5,850 pounds of coffee grounds were composted, and 300 cases of wine bottles (more than one-third of them purchased from local wineries) were recycled or donated.
The city's group properties include the 303-room Riverside Hotel, 254-room Grove Hotel, 195-room Boise Hotel & Conference Center, 112-room Hotel 43 and 100-room Owyhee Plaza Hotel.
Boise Centre; exhibit space, 50,000 square feet; meeting rooms, 20. (208) 336-8900
Room tax, 7%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%
The walls have plenty to say at the Old Idaho Territorial Penitentiary, built in 1870 in what was then the Idaho Territory, and in service until 1973. The four-acre "Old Pen" welcomes outdoor events for groups of up to 1,200 in the main yard and grounds. (208) 334-2844
Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau; (208) 344-7777 or (800) 635-5240
The 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.
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.
Washington State Convention Center; exhibit space, 236,700 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 72. (206) 694-5030
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%
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