It’s been referred to as Ninth & Stewart, 8th & Howell, and “the largest hotel in Seattle when it’s built.” All of those names are technically correct, but when the 45-story hotel is finally finished on the block bounded by 8th and 9th avenues and Stewart and Howell streets, you’ll probably be referring to it as a Hyatt. Because, uh, it’s going to be a Hyatt.
Technically, it will be a Hyatt Regency hotel and the 1,264-room structure will actually be the largest hotel in the entire Pacific Northwest. It will be Seattle’s first Hyatt Regency hotel but the region’s third (Bellevue & Renton each have one).
The history of this project has been marred with problems, lawsuits, and fighting from all corners. For a while it seemed as though it might not be built and it did actually come down in terms of height and rooms from the original plan. But now the dust has settled and it will be the biggest in a series of a new hotels that are adding almost 3,000 new rooms to the city by 2018.
This hotel project will be open by mid-2018.