Pacific Northwest

Boise Idaho downtown art

Why here?
The northwest corner of the country has breathtaking beauty and outdoor activities for groups, even as constant work is being done to enhance the meetings infrastructure. To that end, convention centers are being upgraded and expanded in Bellevue, Wash.; Boise, Idaho (pictured), and Seattle.

 A $1.6 billion project to double the size of the Washington State Convention Center will begin in summer 2017. When finished in 2020, the facility will have more than 850,000 square feet of space.

 The 158-room Thompson Seattle opened in June by Pike Place Market. More than 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space is available, including the Nest rooftop.

A new taproom is open at the Meriwether Cider Co. in Garden City, just outside Boise. The tasting room holds up to 25 people, who sip concoctions like Apricot Sage and Gin & Juice.


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.

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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

Tulalip Resort Casino in Washington's Snohomish County has revamped its 360 hotel rooms, adding new heating and cooling controls, USB power outlets and new furniture. A Bluetooth-enabled media hub is part of the new technology, along with 55-inch smart TVs and faster WiFi.

The property features approximately 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 15,000-square-foot Orca Ballroom, which often hosts comedy shows; the 3,000-seat Tulalip Amphitheatre, and the more intimate Canoes Cabaret.


Local Update
 Debuting this month is phase one of Boise Centre's new $38 million multiphase expansion, which includes a new 12,750-square-foot meeting area and a 15,000-square-foot ballroom. Phase two will create a concourse to connect the new and old buildings. Phase three will renovate the existing building.

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 303-room Riverside Hotel, 254-room Grove Hotel, 195-room Boise Hotel & Conference Center, 124-room La Quinta Inn & Suites Towne Square and 112-room Hotel 43.

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Convention Center: Boise Centre; exhibit space, 25,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 20. (208) 336-8900

Airport Transit: Boise Airport, six miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $15; many area hotels offer complimentary shuttle service

Taxes: Room tax, 7%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%

Group Venue: A short walk from the Boise Centre, the farm-to-table Wild Root Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and features eclectic fare such as coffee-rubbed roast beef. Up to 40 people for dinner and 60 for a reception are welcome Monday through Wednesday. (208) 856-8956

Contact: Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, (208) 344-7777 or (800) 635-5240