Marriott has expanded its portfolio of W Hotels
in North America with the opening of W Bellevue close to Seattle.
Locally known as the ‘Eastside’, and neighbor to some of the world’s most well-known technology
companies such as Microsoft and Amazon, Bellevue has become best
known as the Pacific Northwest’s tech playground.
“Throughout the brand’s nearly
20-year history, W has come to be known for reinvention,” said
Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide “Our
design process has evolved to center around each destination’s
respective history, environment and culture, and with Bellevue as
a tech-capital and center for innovation in its own right we are
thrilled to unveil W Bellevue, the first new-build W Hotel in
North America in seven years with more on the way!”
Built as a W from the ground up, the 245-room W Bellevue
was inspired by the region’s setting beside Lake
Upon entering, guests are immediately greeted by a
striking, reclaimed wood staircase surrounded by rich, colorful
street art from famed international artist Gaia. Additional
original artwork from renowned artists Lady Aiko and Zio Ziegler
make unexpected appearances throughout the property.
hotel’s Living Room (the brand’s take on the hotel lobby) is a
clubhouse for the modern traveler, showcasing exposed A-frame
beams that line the ceiling – reminiscent of a log cabin home.
Mirrors contour the interior edges of the room, creating the
illusion of open ceilings that connect seamlessly with the
open-air porch area and adding a modern feel so guests can always
be on view. Deep sofas and lounge chairs, modeled after ‘70s
vintage furniture that one would find in a lake house, are mixed
with rustic plaid throws and plush pillows creating texture and
warmth in the room.
Just steps off the Living Room, The
Porch provides an open-air, pop homage to the lake house where
guests can mix and mingle with a house-made cocktail in hand or
relax on a porch swing by the roaring fire.
The Library is a
pulp-pleasure paradise for those looking for a bit of wit with
their drinks. Living up to its name, guests can cozy up with one
of the racy romance novels that fill the shelves or help
themselves to vintage board games.
Each of the 220 guest rooms and 25 suites at W
Bellevue bring guests closer to the communal history of the city,
dating back to the first settlers who gathered around the docks
and ferries and served as the center of community and commerce.
Rooms feature design elements like side-table lights which mimic
traditional dock lamps and inflatable tufted headboards, a nod to
historic dockside décor. Beds are adorned with painted pillowcases
featuring pulp poetry reminiscent of the summer escapist novel
while ‘wine spilt’ carpets reflect the burgeoning wineries of the
region. Glass showers, placed in the middle of each room,
personify the boundless nature of the hotel’s design.
2,300-square-foot, two-bedroom Extreme WOW Suite (the brand’s take
on the traditional Presidential suite) is a decked-out party
palace with sweeping views of sparkling Lake Washington. Perched
high on the thirteenth floor, the double door entry opens to a vibrant suite featuring two king beds (with one hanging from the
ceiling) a state of the art surround sound audio system (vinyl included), an in-room pool and poker table and retractable flat
screen TV. Modern hanging porch swings line the border of the
suite, offering guests a chance to feel as if they’re floating
The hotel is pet-friendly, features numerous F&B
outlets and also has a variety of meeting facilities.
“As a city known for its lake houses, W
Bellevue embraces this tradition while reinterpreting the design
in a fresh and innovative way,” said Matt Van Der Peet, General
Manager, W Bellevue. “From being welcomed by bold street art,
surprised by a library of pulp fiction, and quenched by craft
cocktails at the Living Room bar, W Bellevue is sure to become a
destination in its own right for both guests and locals alike.”
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