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Five Years in the Making, Four Seasons Hotel and
Private Residences in Seattle Opens
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SEATTLE – November 3, 2008 – Five years in the making, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Seattle today opened its doors to the public.
 
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle offers the consummate Seattle experience to the area’s growing number of leisure and business travelers from around the globe.  A dramatic departure from its previous address at The Olympic Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is a modern, waterfront hotel with a variety of amenities that reflect the best of the Northwest’s culture and natural beauty.
 
Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Seattle is a $150 million, 21-story ultra-luxury development with 36 residences above 147 guest rooms located in Seattle’s Pike Place Market District in the heart of downtown.  Developed by The Seattle Hotel Group LLC, a private, local company, the property features spacious, modern interiors and one-of-a-kind views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. 

“When Four Seasons left Seattle in 2003, a local group quickly formed to bring it back in an extraordinary way.  The new Four Seasons will allow guests and residents to experience the Northwest like never before,” said John Oppenheimer, managing partner of the Seattle Hotel Group, developer of Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Seattle.  “We are so honored to return this international icon and hospitality leader to our city.” 
 
The 147 guest rooms and 36 Private Residences at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle are ideally situated in the cultural and business heart of downtown, just steps from Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum and the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment venues.  
 
“Four Seasons is delighted to return to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest with a contemporary new building on such a breathtaking and conveniently located site,” said Ben Trodd, General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle.  “Visitors and residents can experience the best of Seattle in an exciting new way, from dining in the chic, water-view restaurant to having a cedar-scented Spa treatment.”
 
In preparation for its opening, the hotel held two job fairs, considered more than 3,000 applicants for its 235 positions, administered an average of 160 hours of training to each new staff member and custom-fit approximately 2,700 uniform pieces by hand.  Fifty of the 235 employees, or 20 percent, have transferred to Seattle from 19 other Four Seasons properties.
 
Within the hotel, ART Restaurant and Lounge features acclaimed Seattle chef and Four Seasons veteran Kerry Sear’s “best source” philosophy of incorporating the freshest local ingredients into creative and memorable preparations.  The main dining room shares panoramic water and mountain views with the lounge, private event room and counter, which offers inventive and convenient meals throughout the day.  More than 160 wines from a 12-foot wine wall will be available by the glass.  
 
The 6,000-ft2 (557 m2) full-service Spa at Four Seasons reflects the company’s commitment to providing a luxury destination spa in every city and resort location.  The Spa captures the serenity of nature by infusing indigenous Pacific Northwest elements such as herbs, coffee and cedar into its treatments.  After experiencing The Ultimate Unwind or another restorative journey, guests and residents can relax by downtown’s only outdoor infinity-edge pool and fireplace overlooking Elliott Bay.
 
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle’s grand ballroom provides the perfect backdrop for a timeless Seattle event.  Two-story-tall windows frame panoramic westerly mountain and water views.  The hotel’s modern art collection focuses on 16 works by masters of the Northwest School, and original works from private collections lend an unexpected flair throughout the hotel.
 
Residents of Four Seasons have access to residential concierge service, valet parking, 24-hour room service and the hotel’s full spectrum of amenities and services.  Whether having Four Seasons cater an event at home or tend to their affairs while they’re away, residents live an effortless lifestyle in homes ranging from 1,300 to more than 7,500 square feet and from $2 million to more than $15 million.  A limited number of residences remain available.  
 
Marking its highly anticipated return, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is now accepting room reservations.  Guests may reserve hotel rooms at www.fourseasons.com/seattle or by calling (1 800) 819-5053.  
 
About Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Seattle
Four Seasons is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through innovation and the highest standards of hospitality.  From elegant surroundings of the finest quality to caring, highly personalized 24-hour service, Four Seasons embodies a true home away from home for those who know and appreciate the best.  The deeply instilled Four Seasons culture is personified in its employees – people who share a single focus and are inspired to offer great service.  Founded in 1960, Four Seasons has followed a targeted course of expansion, opening hotels in major city centers and desirable resort destinations around the world.  Currently with 81 hotels in 34 countries, and more than 31 properties under development, Four Seasons will continue to lead the hospitality industry with innovative enhancements, making business travel easier and leisure travel more rewarding.  For more information about Four Seasons, visit www.fourseasons.com. More information about the residences is available at www.seattleprivateresidences.com or by calling (206) 239-1814.    
 

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Contact:

Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Seattle
www.fourseasons.com/seattle
www.seattleprivateresidences.com

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Also See: Four Seasons to Return to Seattle Market: Local Investors to Develop Luxury Four Seasons Hotel and Condos / October 2004

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