We had a big year for hotels in 2018, but there’s little sign of slowing down in 2019. The latest opening: The Sound Hotel Seattle Belltown, located in the first ten floors of the 41-story luxury apartment tower Arrivé. The hotel, including its ground-floor restaurant Currant Bistro, opened earlier this week. The 142 guest rooms are part of Hilton’s Tapestry Collection, a string of smaller, boutique hotels with a younger focus (kind of like Moxy by Marriott). It’s the first Tapestry hotel to open on the West Coast, although others exist in Chicago, New York, and Dallas.
For Sound Hotel, decor places a strong emphasis on murals, including an exterior mural by local muralist Weirdo, known for his hyperrealist spray paint work—including the Jacques Cousteau and jellyfish murals on the Reef in Capitol Hill and a portrait of Raúl Ruidíaz outside Neumos.
Murals continue on the interior, too: Photos of a guestroom show line art of skyscrapers and the Space Needle spanning one wall. In gathering space the Sound Bite Lounge, enlarged art is installed on a series of wall panels.
Unlike some other boutique chains aimed at the younger set, prices at this hotel are still Hilton-level—a cursory search for rooms shows prices starting in the mid-300s per night—but the rooms are larger and have a more luxury focus. Despite just being 10 floors, it also maintains a small meeting space: The dividable Lupine Room seats 35.
Interiors were designed by California firm Hirsch Bedner Associates, and the hotel will be managed by Edmonds-based The Hotel Group, which manages several Hilton properties across the country.