• 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.

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.

 

Daily life has been significantly altered by COVID-19, no matter the industry. Many are working from home, while children stay inside for online schooling. Meetings and events have been hit especially hard, since the essence of the industry is face-to-face interactions. While we continue to self-isolate, plenty of organizations have been offering webinars with insights on how to handle the pandemic—watching webinars is a great way to use that extra time you might have used for your commute to learn something useful.

 

As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to put immense pressure on the U.S. health care system and the people who keep it running, the American Hotel and Lodging Association is working to connect hotels with health workers who are struggling to find housing.