• Check Out New Spaces Around the M+E Venue Block

    FROM THE Winter 2015 ISSUE
  • Check Out New Spaces Around the M+E Venue Block

    FROM THE Winter 2015 ISSUE
  • Check Out New Spaces Around the M+E Venue Block

    FROM THE Winter 2015 ISSUE

With old-school gaming systems, a dance floor and slider versions of the adjoining Lunchbox Laboratory’s burgers available, it’s no wonder The Event Lab is a popular choice for corporate events or private parties.

Since it opened in September, The Event Lab has welcomed groups from T-Mobile and Microsoft, as well as noncorporate party-goers looking for a festive place to celebrate a birthday. The 1,000-square-foot meeting space can be customized based on need, says General Manager Mike Mercer, from a large, open space for presentations to a more intimate cocktail-party-style setting.

Unlike many venues that serve alcohol, children are welcome at The Event Lab. And parking is free, which is a deal just about as tasty as the venue’s Nutella shake.

EVENT SPACE: 1,000 square feet
GUESTS: 20–70 people
ELECTRONIC CAPABILITIES: Two 50-inch plasma TVs, Wi-Fi/audio/video, wireless high-definition transmitter for PC-to-TV presentations
AMENITIES: Eclectic décor, vintage Atari and Nintendo gaming systems, dance floor, full bar

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THE EVENT LAB | Bellevue, Washington | 425.505.2676

If there was ever a place to mix business with pleasure, the Hampton Inn & Suites Portland/Hillsboro–Evergreen Park near Portland is it. Just minutes from the heart of Oregon’s famed pinot noir country, the hotel and event space, which opened in July, is also just a stone’s throw from the corporate headquarters of some of the region’s biggest employers, including Intel (2 miles away), Columbia Sportswear (3 miles away) and Nike World Headquarters (5 miles away).

The hotel offers 600 square feet of meeting space with seating for as many as 60 guests.

EVENT SPACE: 600 square feet
GUESTS: 60, theater-style
ELECTRONIC CAPABILITIES: A/V system, 75-inch high-definition monitor
AMENITIES: Indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, hotel shuttle service for the local area starting in January 2015

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| Hillsboro, Oregon | 503.718.0006

Located next door to the Hampton Inn & Suites Portland/Hillsboro–Evergreen Park (and operated by the same company) is Embassy Suites Portland/Hillsboro—which is slated to open in December 2014. It features 4,800 square feet of meeting space. Like its sister property, it offers complimentary shuttle service from the nearby TriMet MAX stop for overnight guests arriving via light rail from Portland International Airport.

EVENT SPACE: 4,800 square feet
AMENITIES: Complimentary Wi-Fi, indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, local-area hotel shuttle service

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EMBASSY SUITES PORTLAND/HILLSBORO | Hillsboro, Oregon | 503.718.0007

This summer, even before The Jorgenson House’s new meeting space was completed in November, the owners accommodated a simple wish from a visiting family from Germany: They wanted to watch the televised Croatia versus Brazil World Cup soccer match in comfort. Renda and David Heimbigner made the vacationers comfortable in their 360-square-foot space, serving halibut lasagna, sliders, salads and dessert, and helping them cheer Brazil to victory.

The venue’s small size allows its operators to be accommodating and flexible, says Renda Heimbigner. The Jorgenson House, built in 1915, has operated as a bed-and-breakfast since 2000. The addition—which can accommodate as many as 30—opened in November to cater to small weddings, corporate meetings and families looking for a private getaway. The space offers abundant natural light and a view of downtown Juneau and the Gastineau Channel.

Located in a downtown neighborhood on landscaped grounds, the Jorgenson House is within walking distance of the Alaska Capitol building, state and federal offices, hiking trails and numerous restaurants.

EVENT SPACE: 540 square feet
GUESTS: Up to 30
AMENITIES: Complimentary coffee service, near downtown Juneau, view of the waterfront

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THE JORGENSON HOUSE | Juneau, Alaska | 907.463.1249

This isn’t your father’s Marriott. The new Seattle Marriott Bellevue, which is scheduled to open in mid-January, is the first Marriott property to open since the hotelier’s rebranding efforts. Geared toward younger travelers, the hotel offers a 200-seat restaurant and bar in the lobby to encourage socializing and networking before and after meetings, as well as a coffee-shop style lounge for members of the hotel’s rewards club. Guest rooms are inspired by residential loft apartments, with uncarpeted floors, open closets and 55-inch televisions.

Breakout meeting rooms are grouped together on one floor, just a grand-staircase descent away from the ballroom. The setup is ideal for moving people quickly and efficiently from events in the ballrooms to the smaller meeting areas, says General Manager Rob Morgan. Kitchens and administrative spaces are housed away from the meeting rooms, reducing traffic and noise.

The Seattle Marriott Bellevue is located in Bellevue’s downtown core, near the upscale Shops at The Bravern and local restaurants such as Seastar, El Gaucho, Wild Ginger and Blue Martini Lounge. The popular Meydenbauer Convention Center is a quick threeblock walk away.

EVENT SPACE: 21,000 square feet, including 17 meeting rooms and a 6,200-square-foot ballroom
GUESTS: Up to 600
ELECTRONIC CAPABILITIES: Full A/V system, high-speed Internet, broadcast capability from ballroom
AMENITIES: Breakout rooms with high ceilings, 200-seat bar/restaurant in lobby, close to Meydenbauer Convention Center and transit

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SEATTLE MARRIOTT BELLEVUE | Bellevue, Washington | 425.214.7600

Washington’s Vancouver Waterfront development project will be getting a big boost this summer with the opening of two long-awaited hotels. The 138-room Hotel Indigo is scheduled to open in late June or early July while the 150-room AC Hotel by Marriott is looking to make its debut on June 15 at the Port of Vancouver’s adjacent Terminal 1. A 10-story condominium building, Residences at Kirkland Tower, is planning an October opening and will be attached to Hotel Indigo.


Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.


If you’re planning a meeting in Idaho, you’ll want to be sure and have a beer break on the itinerary. The state is the top barley producer in the United States and the second-top producer of hops.