citizenM, the innovative Netherlands-based hotel company that promises to “put the fun back into meetings,” has opened its second Seattle property: citizenM Seattle Pioneer Square. The hotel squeezes 216 guest rooms into a 10-story, 70,000-square-foot building, a feat it accomplished by keeping room size to 160 square feet. While Seattle Pioneer Square was designed to appeal to business travelers, it has no dedicated meeting space. Instead, Tiffany Bedrossian, citizenM’s groups and meetings specialist in the U.S., directs planners to citizenM Seattle South Lake Union, which opened in 2020, for meetings and events. Here’s what she had to say.   

M+EWhat makes citizenM Seattle South Lake Union a good fit for events? 

TB: citizenM Seattle South Lake Union is a 264-key, seven-story hotel at 201 Westlake Avenue between North and John streets. A five-minute walk to Amazon headquarters and 15 minutes to [the] Space Needle and Pike Place Market, it’s ideally located for both business and leisure. citizenM is where modern travelers, who want a stylish, convenient, tech-rich experience in a central location but not at an exorbitant price, go.

The inspiring, energetic vibe of the hotel’s public living room space carries through to four societyM meeting rooms, each positioned to face the street and neighborhood. The four stylish meeting rooms (the largest for up to 16 people) come stocked with tech essentials, unlimited coffee, tea and water, stationery, and walls to write on. The rooms are available to book on a half-day or all-day basis with delicious local catering available by request.

The living room space—filled with colorful, quirky styling items and designer furniture by Vitra—is large, inviting, and perfect for post-meeting or post-work drinks. Located in the heart of the living room, citizenM’s F&B concept, canteenM, offers drinks and snacks around the clock.

citizenM Seattle South Lake Union is in the tech hub of Amazon and other corporations that depend heavily on team building and modern tech spaces to provide inspiration and comfort away from their office. The hotel is in a prime location for off-site meetings and after-hours events.

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.