• 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.

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Portland will be home to the first Ritz-Carlton in the Pacific Northwest. Developer BPM Real Estate Group is bringing the brand to the city, with an anticipated opening in early 2023. Plans call for a 35-story tower with 251 hotel rooms and 138 residential units, including eight penthouses.

 

Although several cities are opening up again, many offices are still enforcing work from home policies. As they did when Stay at Home first began, plenty of organizations are still offering webinars with insights on how to tackle the new normal. Gaining new knowledge is a great way to use extra time that might have been spent on a commute. 

Here at M+E, we’ll keep the following list updated, as some webinars are live and some are pre-recorded. Please email lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com to add more applicable webinars to the list.