News for the Hospitality Executive
Kemper Development Company Completes $185 Million
Expansion of the Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Adds 351 Room Tower and 60,000
square feet of Event Space
BELLEVUE, Wash.- August 10, 2009 - Today, Kemper Development Company and Hyatt Regency Bellevue announced the completion of their much anticipated second-tower expansion. Located on Seattle’s Eastside, just nine miles from downtown, Hyatt Regency Bellevue now offers a total of 733 guest rooms and suites and more than 60,000 square feet of premium event space, including the third largest ballroom in Washington state.
“Hyatt Regency Bellevue has a twenty-year history of providing first-class accommodations and event space. The new $185 million Olympic Tower expansion will continue our heritage as the go-to choice for Northwest accommodations,” said General Manager Rolf Osterwalder.
Adding to the already distinguished ambiance of the hotel, the expansion includes the addition of a welcoming two-story Koa wood accent wall to the hotel’s signature Wintergarden lobby space, as well as a curved, Ambar stone grand staircase. The new tower is also decorated with artwork from well-known local and national artists. Featured artists include Jessica Bodner who designed the ten-foot tall antique bronze “Beehive Chandelier,” and Amber Brookman who created the colorful and abstract sixty-piece “Primal Squares.” In addition, the hotel now features a prominent 9-by-12-foot oil on canvas commissioned by Michael Schultheis.
The crown jewel of the Olympic Tower is the distinctively elegant Grand Ballroom. Gold, brown and deep Chinese reds form the predominant color palette for this 17,745-square-foot space, which features soaring 23-foot ceilings and 48 custom drop-glass chandeliers. Offering unparalleled setup flexibility, the Grand Ballroom is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, 58 hang points capable of holding up to 1,500 pounds apiece and 90 Mbps bandwidth for both wired and wireless high-speed Internet, which is also now available throughout the hotel. Additional event space highlights include:
The $185 million marks one of the largest hotel expansions in Northwest history. More than a dozen major business, residential and retail projects are currently underway in the downtown core, underscoring the growing popularity of this Pacific Northwest urban oasis. Comprised of two towers, the current Cascade Tower and the newly opened Olympic Tower, Hyatt Regency Bellevue is the largest hotel in Bellevue.
The official hotel opening was commemorated on July 31st with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and private reception attended by key local officials, executives from Kemper Development Company, the owners and developers behind the Hyatt Regency Bellevue expansion project, as well as representatives from Hyatt Hotels Corporation. The hotel is offering a celebratory “733 Hours Rate” for overnight stays in any of the hotel’s 733 rooms for as low as $73.30 on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month of August 2009. Reservations for individual and group travel/events may be made online at www.bellevue.hyatt.com or by calling Hyatt Hotels at 1-800-223-1234.
About Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Hyatt Regency Bellevue is a AAA four-diamond hotel situated on Seattle’s Eastside, in the heart of downtown Bellevue, Washington. Nestled between Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountain Range, the hotel is part of The Bellevue Collection, the Northwest’s leading shopping, dining and entertainment destination, and offers premier services and amenities to both business and leisure travelers. Recently completing a $185 million expansion, the hotel offers groups more than 60,000 square feet of flexible state-of-the-art event space – from the third largest ballroom in the state to an intimate 12-person boardroom – 733 luxuriously redesigned guestrooms, an expansive 7,000-square-foot workout complex and a comfortable, spacious lobby. For more information, please visit www.bellevue.hyatt.com.
About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family in 45 countries strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The company’s subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt® , Andaz™, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, and Hyatt Summerfield Suites™ brand names and have locations under development on five continents. Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops and operates vacation ownership properties under the Hyatt Vacation Club® brand. As of June 30, 2009, the company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 413 properties. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.
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