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Another change to Seattle’s skyline is on the horizon: The 45-story Hyatt Regency Seattle is under construction in the city’s Denny Triangle neighborhood. It’s set to be the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest, with 1,260 guest rooms and 103,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Scheduled to open in late summer/early fall 2018, the hotel will be located at 8th and 9th Avenue between Stewart and Howell streets.

According to Danielle Boyles, director of sales and marketing for the hotel, the meeting space will be tiered onto three levels. On the first level is the 19,000-square-foot lower ballroom, which will be divisible by three. The first level also includes breakout rooms, approximately 8,000 square feet of pre-function space, city skyline views and natural lighting. 

On the next level up are the hotel’s junior ballrooms: the first, a 7,200-square-foot room divisible by two, and a second 3,500-square-foot ballroom. That same level also includes pre-function space and breakout rooms. The third level features a 19,000-square-foot upper ballroom, as well as pre-function space and breakout rooms. In total, there are 46 breakout rooms in the hotel, ranging in size from 600 to 2,000 square feet. All three levels are connected by elevators and escalators. On-site amenities include two restaurants, a 3,500-square-foot fitness center for guests and a Hyatt Regency club lounge.

Hyatt Regency Seattle will be two blocks from the Washington State Convention Center and is directly across from the site of the proposed convention center expansion, which is set to begin construction later this year, with completion in 2020. It is also near area attractions, such as Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and the Seattle Aquarium, as well as Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill and Lake Union neighborhoods. The project is being developed by R.C. Hedreen Company, which currently owns Grand Hyatt Seattle and Hyatt at Olive 8. hyatt.com —Teresa Kenney 

The Northwest is home to a number of intriguing international districts in which to host your next meeting or event. From a museum in Seattle to a traditional Vietnamese restaurant in Portland and a high-energy nightclub in Vancouver, here are six spots you should definitely check out. 

SEATTLE; CHINATOWNI NTERNATIONAL DISTRICT

Wing Luke Museum

 

The soon-to-open Omni Frisco Hotel in Dallas has announced the names of its new director of operations, director of finance, director of sales and marketing, director of engineering, director of human resources and neighborhood services general manager.

The hotel will open in July 2017. All of the announced positions will report to Jeff Smith, hotel general manager.

 

As I write this, I am sitting in the Hilton Anchorage getting ready to head out for a day of tours and adventures with a group of about 30 event planners. About two weeks ago, I was in Vancouver, BC with a group of three other editors/writers doing the same thing in that city. Yeah. I know. I have a pretty fabulous job. And so, I wanted to give a shout out to the CVBs who plan these trips and help me get better acquainted to everything our region has to offer so that I can, in turn, introduce you to new places and things to do when you’re planning a meeting or event.