• Astra Hotel Seattle Opens in South Lake Union

    FROM THE Fall 2022 ISSUE
    Photo credit: Astra Hotel Seattle

The 16-story, 265-room Astra Hotel Seattle, a Marriott Tribute Portfolio property, opened in the city’s South Lake Union neighborhood on July 10. With 5,000 square feet of event space—including the rooftop ALTITUDE Sky Lounge and the veggie-forward Otium Grill & Greens on the lobby level—the Astra can accommodate groups up to 200 seated and even more theater-style. Both the rooftop bar and Otium are available for buyouts.

The banquet menu features chef-curated dishes from Otium, made with both local and sustainable ingredients. “Otium means ‘a place of leisure’ in Latin, and that’s exactly the type of environment we sought to create: a place to hang out at,” says Alleah Pac, the Astra’s director of sales and marketing. “It’s a fresh, Northwest-style restaurant with Mediterranean influences, and the cuisine [emphasizes vegetables]. The roasted beets have goat cheese and pistachio butter, and it’s my favorite dish on the menu. You’re looking at veggies in a very different sense after you try [Executive Chef Kalen Schramke’s] meals.” (That said, carnivores will not go hungry: Sustainable albacore, New York steak, and Alaska king salmon are all on the menu.)  


The average event-goer spends long days sitting in meetings or professional development sessions, followed by an hour or two of standing and sipping cocktails. But holding your next big event at a spa resort opens a realm of possibilities for wellness breaks. Moving the action from the boardroom to the steam room can improve morale by combining business with pleasure—while also boosting attendees’ health. 


 Seattle is young and ever evolving, a dynamic city where newness is an integral part of the culture. And it has a long, proud history of hospitality.

In the early 1850s, Chief Seattle welcomed strangers to the banks of Puget Sound. Because of his kindness, they named their new settlement on Elliott Bay after him. “Seattle is a new city with an ancient culture,” notes Ken Workman, Chief Seattle’s great, great, great, great grandson. “It’s less than two grandmas old, as we like to say.” 


Many see Portland as a progressive city. No event venues are likely more in line with that world view than the two run by Ecotrust Events. Ecotrust, the events branch’s overarching nonprofit, leads a staggering number of social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental programs, from supporting Native American land rights to building intergenerational wealth for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) individuals. What does this have to do with hosting a corporate meeting? Everything.