BENCHMARK expands in the Pacific Northwest with Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel

  • BENCHMARK expands in the Pacific Northwest with Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel

     
    POSTED January 31, 2019
     
  • BENCHMARK expands in the Pacific Northwest with Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel

     
    POSTED January 31, 2019
     
  • BENCHMARK expands in the Pacific Northwest with Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel

     
    POSTED January 31, 2019
     
  • BENCHMARK expands in the Pacific Northwest with Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel

     
    POSTED January 31, 2019
     

BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company, will be expanding its presence in the Pacific Northwest to operate the newly-announced Avenue Bellevue InterContinental Hotel. Part of a new billion-dollar condo, hotel and retail development in downtown Bellevue, Washington, the new property will be InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ first venture in the Pacific Northwest. 

Construction is set to start mid-2019, and the two-tower development will feature 332 luxury residences and 85,000 square feet of high-end retail, food and nightlife, including a new restaurant from a three-Michelin-star chef. Avenue Bellevue will also feature the 252-guest room InterContinental Hotel, which will feature a full-service spa and fitness center, meeting space and other luxury amenities.

“We are tremendously proud to be part of this visionary project and to welcome InterContinental Hotels into the Benchmark management portfolio,” says Alex Cabañas, Benchmark’s CEO. “It is thrilling to be part of this thriving global city that is home to some of the world’s most innovative technology companies and equally welcoming to new startups and smaller businesses.” 

Located just east of Seattle on the shores of Lake Washington, Bellevue is noted for its world-class shopping and dining, excellent transportation system, a skilled workforce and high quality of life. 

Designed in partnership with Seattle-based Weber Thompson and HBA, the largest hospitality design firm in the world, Avenue Bellevue residents will have access to the InterContinental Hotel amenities, including room service, housekeeping service, spa and fitness center, concierge assistance and valet parking.

Brasada Ranch, located outside of Bend, Oregon, recently unveiled new meeting venues and group experiences, expanding upon one of the most idyllic venues in the Pacific Northwest.

At Brasada Ranch, guests are inspired by the wide-open setting, sustainable and contemporary design, limitless recreation opportunities and flexible event spaces that include indoor barn venues, outdoor areas, and new spaces including The Studio and Cascade Event Lawn.

 
In July, Chris Heeter, The Wild Institute and thousands of fans had to say goodbye to beloved speaker dog Tuu Weh.

With her fists closed tightly, Chris Heeter let her hands drop lightly to her sides, opening her palms widely and wildly. And with that small, simple motion, Heeter was unknowingly opening not just her hands, but her heart to a presence that would change her life as well as thousands of others.

 

For the first time ever, Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience is being hosted by 30 Pacific Northwest Arts Organizations.  

Set to be held October 17-20, this inaugural glass festival will be filled with tours, demonstrations, parties, and exhibits perfect for both visitors and locals. Hands-on glassmaking demonstrations will fascinate kids and adults alike, while evening parties and exhibitions by renowned artists will attract the adult crowd.