Loews Hotel 1000, a four-star hotel on First Avenue and Madison Street downtown, just completed a multi-million dollar renovation of their lobby, lounge, restaurant, and guest rooms.
In a press release, Loews said the design sought to juxtapose “the lush nature that surrounds the city and the urban grid of the city itself.” They worked with Chicago’s Simeone Deary Design Group to complete the look.
In practice, that means abstract surfaces in neutral tones topped with bright fixtures. This starts in the lobby, where a white marble desk is lit by 250 hand-blown LED glass droplets. Previously dark finishes were replaced with white. A few walls were removed for a more open space, and two large-scale paintings were added for soft pops of neutral color.
The palette switches to green both for the open staircase and for the adjacent Bell Lounge, where plush green seating is accented by more pastel tones by a black marble fireplace.
Cocktails will be available in the lounge from the bar that takes a more industrial look, contrasted by natural-look hardwood in the floors and at the bar itself. The bar was constructed by local reclaimed wood furniture maker Meyer Wells. A new wine cellar, featuring Washington wine tastings, has a Meyer Wells table.
The guestrooms contrast dreamy blues and whimsical fixtures with more traditional marble surfaces and neutral textiles. Soaking tubs are a nice touch at a time when walk-in showers are in vogue.
The renovation comes along with a switch in restaurants, too: What was previously Boka is now All Water Seafood and Oyster Bar.
Seattle hotel renovations are pretty hot right now, with Motif and the W Hotel both completing renovations earlier this year. The new looks will compete with some entirely new hotels, including the Hyatt Regency; Palihotel’s first non-Los-Angeles offering; and Mariott’s younger brand, Moxy, opening in South Lake Union.