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Palihotel Seattle opened in November 2018.
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Seven Seattle hotels that opened in 2018

It was a big year for hotel construction

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Palihotel Seattle opened in November 2018.
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Seattle’s been in a bit of a hotel boom the last few years, peaking this year with the addition of more than 1,200 rooms from a giant Hyatt Regency alone. But we saw some smaller openings this year, too, from Hotel Deca’s new life as Graduate Seattle to bubbly Moxy to the tandem project of fitness-themed Even and the more conventional Staybridge Suites.

Part of that, of course, is Seattle’s rapid tech expansion: People are traveling here a lot for business or to visit some of Seattle’s new residents. So a few of these hotels ended up in South Lake Union. But some new rooms (actually, the bulk of them, thanks to the Hyatt) cropped up in the very logical hotel neighborhood of downtown. The outlier is the latest chapter for the Robert Reamer-designed, Art Deco Edmond Meany hotel out in the University District.

Take a peek at the nearly 2,000 new rooms added to the Seattle hotel market this year. (And that doesn’t even include Tukwila!)

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Graduate Seattle

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While this concrete, Art Deco tower started its life in 1931 as the Edmond Meany Hotel—designed by Old Faithful Inn architect Robert Reamer—in recent years it’s been known as Hotel Deca. That incarnation folded last year, and the hotel reopened as Graduate Seattle, the 12th in a chain of university-adjacent hotels, in November.

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Staybridge Suites South Lake Union

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One of two adjacent hotels opened by International Hotel Group (IHG), the South Lake Union location of Staybridge Suites is built for business travel, with full kitchens and work areas. It opened 112 rooms in April.

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Even Hotel Seattle

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Neighboring Staybridge Suites is the Seattle location of IHG’s wellness-themed hotel chain, Even. with fitness equipment in every room, workout-friendly floors, an extra-fancy gym, and “hydration stations.” The 123-room boutique hotel opened its doors in April.

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Moxy Seattle Downtown

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Another hotel chain to hit South Lake Union is Moxy, Marriott’s quirky boutique chain, slightly more affordable and catered at a younger demographic. The 146-guestroom hotel opened in February, and while a plan to create a selfie zone in the elevator was ultimately scrapped, interiors still feature Pinterest-level decor, and Bar Moxy seeks to stand out from the typical hotel bar experience with trivia, art classes, and other activities.

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Hyatt Regency Seattle

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This one’s a doozy: More than a half a decade in the making, the Hyatt Regency finally opened in December, adding more than 1,200 rooms to the downtown Seattle hotel inventory in a 45-story tower. The space not taken up by hotel rooms includes more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and conference space and a massive Daniel’s Broiler.

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Palihotel Seattle

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In November, California chain Palihotel opened its first out-of-state location with a rehab of the historic Colonnade Hotel, first built in 1898, matching its original 96-room count and crafting a meticulous vintage look. The look and feel extends into a bottom floor bar, diner, and coffee shop.

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Embassy Suites Pioneer Square

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Part of the Stadium Place transit-oriented development, Embassy Suites opened what it’s now calling its flagship location back in March. The 282 keys include both studios and multiple-bedroom suites, and some rooms toward the top of the 23 floors have views inside Centurylink Field. The hotel also includes a 7,433-square-foot ballroom.

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Graduate Seattle

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While this concrete, Art Deco tower started its life in 1931 as the Edmond Meany Hotel—designed by Old Faithful Inn architect Robert Reamer—in recent years it’s been known as Hotel Deca. That incarnation folded last year, and the hotel reopened as Graduate Seattle, the 12th in a chain of university-adjacent hotels, in November.

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Staybridge Suites South Lake Union

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One of two adjacent hotels opened by International Hotel Group (IHG), the South Lake Union location of Staybridge Suites is built for business travel, with full kitchens and work areas. It opened 112 rooms in April.

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Even Hotel Seattle

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Neighboring Staybridge Suites is the Seattle location of IHG’s wellness-themed hotel chain, Even. with fitness equipment in every room, workout-friendly floors, an extra-fancy gym, and “hydration stations.” The 123-room boutique hotel opened its doors in April.

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Moxy Seattle Downtown

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Another hotel chain to hit South Lake Union is Moxy, Marriott’s quirky boutique chain, slightly more affordable and catered at a younger demographic. The 146-guestroom hotel opened in February, and while a plan to create a selfie zone in the elevator was ultimately scrapped, interiors still feature Pinterest-level decor, and Bar Moxy seeks to stand out from the typical hotel bar experience with trivia, art classes, and other activities.

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Hyatt Regency Seattle

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This one’s a doozy: More than a half a decade in the making, the Hyatt Regency finally opened in December, adding more than 1,200 rooms to the downtown Seattle hotel inventory in a 45-story tower. The space not taken up by hotel rooms includes more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and conference space and a massive Daniel’s Broiler.

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Palihotel Seattle

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In November, California chain Palihotel opened its first out-of-state location with a rehab of the historic Colonnade Hotel, first built in 1898, matching its original 96-room count and crafting a meticulous vintage look. The look and feel extends into a bottom floor bar, diner, and coffee shop.

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Embassy Suites Pioneer Square

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Part of the Stadium Place transit-oriented development, Embassy Suites opened what it’s now calling its flagship location back in March. The 282 keys include both studios and multiple-bedroom suites, and some rooms toward the top of the 23 floors have views inside Centurylink Field. The hotel also includes a 7,433-square-foot ballroom.

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