March 5, 2019

Supplier News: New Venues in Bellevue, San Diego

A new hotel in a major tech hub and a new conference center in San Diego lead this week's supplier news in the meetings and events industry.

IHG to Open New Hotel in Bellevue Tech Hub 

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) reports that is developing a new InterContinental Hotels & Resorts property in Bellevue, Washington, a part of the Seattle metropolitan area that’s home to some major tech companies. Developed by Bellevue-based Fortress Development, the new-build hotel is expected to open in Q4 2021 and will be part of a luxury, two-tower mixed-use development called Avenue Bellevue. Construction is scheduled to begin in the middle of this year. 

The development will be near the center of downtown Bellevue, on the northwest corner of Bellevue Way and NE 8th Street. The InterContinental Bellevue at The Avenue hotel will have 252 guest rooms, as well as two bars and a restaurant from the team behind Buddakan NYC. For events, the property will have 14,250 square feet of meeting space, including a grand ballroom and a junior ballroom, with other amenities including a business center, a full-service spa, and a fitness center.

The new property will be the first InterContinental hotel in the Pacific Northwest and will continue IHG’s expansion on the West Coast, following recent hotel openings in downtown Los Angeles and San Diego

The hotel will occupy the first 11 floors of Avenue Bellevue’s 26-story south tower. The Avenue Bellevue development will also include 332 luxury residences and 85,000 square feet of high-end retail, food and nightlife, including the sealife-focused restaurant, Angler, from three-Michelin-star chef Joshua Skenes. Ninety-eight of the residences will occupy the floors of the south tower above the hotel, with the remainder in a 25-story west tower across the way. 

Bellevue is notable for the presence of a number of major tech companies. Expedia is headquartered in the area, and Amazon and Microsoft also have offices there. Also nearby is Lake Washington, as well as a number of other cultural attractions. 

Hotel del Coronado to Build New Conference Center

Construction has begun on a new vision of San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado that includes a phased development which is scheduled to be finished in 2021. Following the yearlong celebration of its 130th anniversary in 2018, the $200 million reimagination includes:

Accomodations: 142 new guest rooms will be created next to the Conference Center with several ocean, bay and pool courtyard views and family and group-friendly features.
Dining: The Clique Hospitality concept Serẽa is opening summer 2019.
Arrival: Hotel del Coronado is adding a new landscaped driveway and entry reminiscent of the Victorian era with a new front facade based on the original front porch.
Meetings: A new Conference Center will be constructed on the south side of the beachfront resort that will hold up to 800-1,000 guests in clear-span ballroom, pre-function and break-out meeting venues.
Preservation: Buildings that to the late 1800s and early 1900s including the Power Plant, Laundry, Ice House and Oxford Building, will be preserved.
Outdoor Event Venues: The Del’s Vista Walk will be elevated and expanded into one level, while preserving the Dragon Tree, to showcase panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the iconic red-roofed turret.

The first phase of The Del’s reimagination is currently in progress and involves developing the north underground parking structures, and restoration of the industrial buildings, as well as the Vista Walk and debut of Serẽa. Portions of Phase One are scheduled to be finished in summer 2019, with the remainder complete in late 2019.

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