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The City on Puget Sound Is Booming

April 9, 2007 By: Dan Butcher Travel Agent

Seattle has many hotel renovations and new properties on the horizon

With record numbers of over-night visitors and cruise passengers, Seattle's tourism industry continues to thrive. To keep up with demand, there are a slew of hotel renovations and expansions underway and new properties set to launch this year and next. 

The Seattle Sheraton is scheduled to complete its new 25-story tower
this spring, bringing its total number of guest rooms to 1,253.

Rendering of the Heathman Hotel, to open in May 2007

The Heathman
is a luxury waterfront hotel opening May 2007, with 91 guest rooms
and suites, a spa and a restaurant.

The Arctic
Club Hotel Seattle
will open in fall 2007, with 120 rooms, 5,800 square
feet of meeting space, restaurant and lounge and fitness center. The hotel,
which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is in a building that is
was erected by adventurers who had made their fortune in the Klondike
gold rush.

A mixed-use Hyatt Place hotel will open during the second quarter of 2008. The
hotel/condominium project will have 158 hotel rooms and 56 condominiums.

 Boats move in and out of the Bell Harbor Marina in Seattle, also a busy cruise portThe Hyatt brand is expanding its holdings in downtown Seattle with the
construction of Hyatt at Olive 8, a
$175 million, 39-story hotel-condominium project. Expected to open in summer
2008, the property will have 231 condominiums on the upper 22 floors and 346
hotel rooms on the lower 17 floors. On-site amenities available to both
condominium owners and hotel guests include a spa, pool, maid and dry-cleaning
services, valet parking and 24-hour room service, in addition to separate
lobbies and elevators for the hotel and condominium components of the building.

Construction of the 21-story, $120 million Four Seasons Hotel and Private
Residences Seattle
is well under way. The luxury property will have 149
guest rooms, 36 private residences, a signature water-view restaurant, events
and meetings space including an expansive ballroom, and an outdoor infinity
pool overlooking Elliott Bay. It is scheduled to
open in mid-2008.

Guest room at Starwood's 1 Hotel, to open in late 2008

Starwood Capital Group has announced plans to build a hotel
called "1", which
the company describes as "eco-friendly." The building will be
constructed to meet nationally accepted standards for the design, construction
and operation of "green" buildings, as defined by the U.S. Green
Building Council. The new property will include 97 condominium units and 110
guest rooms. It is scheduled to open in late 2008.

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