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TUKWILA, Wash. (December 4, 2017) – Located minutes from downtown Seattle and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Hotel Interurban is scheduled to open in spring 2018 as the newest hotel to enter the Seattle Southside market. Standing 19 stories high, the hotel will become the tallest building in the city and offer 185 guestrooms.

Hotel Interurban will feature a two-story lobby boasting a custom glass art installation. It will offer over 15,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces, including the 5,000-square-foot Rainier Room on the 19th floor, with its views of Mt. Rainier. Guestrooms with a clean and contemporary design will be located on floors 3 through 11 and will feature keyless entry and in-room amenities such as 55-inch HDTVs. With a focus on technology and innovation, other hotel features will include mobile check-in, LED lighting, and a custom-built canopy at the entrance of the hotel for vehicle and guest arrivals, which will be made up of 60 solar panels that will produce nearly enough electricity for all first-floor operations. The solar panels have a life expectancy of 30 years, during which they will eliminate 130 metric tons of C02 emissions. The hotel will also feature a ground-floor restaurant and bar with a focus on Northwest-inspired cuisine, where guests can enjoy outdoor dining during the summer months. Separate from the restaurant will be a grab-and-go espresso bar and 24-hour access to fresh snacks in convenient vending machines. The hotel will include an indoor saline pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

The majority owners of Hotel Interurban are real estate developers Omar and Christine Lee. The Lees are committed to the growth of Tukwila, and investments like Hotel Interurban uniquely position the city to be competitive with other major tourist destinations.

“We stand behind the city’s plans to make Tukwila’s Southcenter District a more complete urban center, where guests and residents can enjoy nearby attractions that are easily accessible on foot,” said Omar Lee. “We see the construction of Hotel Interurban as a catalyst for growth in the city.”

Columbia Hospitality will manage and operate the hotel.

“Tukwila is growing into a more dynamic destination in our region for meetings and travelers alike. Hotel Interurban will provide a distinctive guest experience with proximity to the airport, major transit centers, shopping and restaurants,” said Columbia Hospitality founder and CEO John Oppenheimer. “We are very excited to create a new offering in Seattle Southside and work with the Lees to bring their vision to life.”

Tukwila’s mayor, Allan Ekberg, looks forward to expanding the city’s offerings for locals and visitors to the region. “The Washington Place project, which includes Hotel Interurban, is the first step of transforming the city’s Southcenter District into a true neighborhood. The city has had shopping, dining and entertainment but was lacking the housing component,” said Mayor Ekberg. “The Lees saw where the market was going in Southcenter and took the bold step to develop the first mixed-use project in the district. The city has other developers lining up to build additional projects in Southcenter. The Lees’ forward thinking is showing Seattle that Southcenter is what’s next.”

Hotel Interurban will be within walking distance of Westfield’s Southcenter Mall, the light rail station and the Interurban Trail that connects downtown Seattle to Tukwila. The hotel will be connected to Airmark Apartments, which will provide 350 residential apartments for rent. For more information about Hotel Interurban, visit

About Hotel Interurban

Situated in Tukwila, Wash., minutes from downtown Seattle and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Hotel Interurban will offer 185 contemporary-style guestrooms. The 19-story hotel will become the tallest building in Tukwila, surrounded by more than 200 entertainment, shopping, and dining options. The hotel will offer an indoor saline pool and over 15,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces, including the 19th-floor Rainier Room with a spectacular view of iconic Mt. Rainier. Other features will include a lobby espresso bar and a ground-floor restaurant that will offer casual dining with a focus on Northwest-inspired cuisine. Hotel Interurban is owned by a group of local real estate developers and will be managed by Columbia Hospitality. For more information, visit

Contact: Carley Fredrickson / 206-452-8172

About Columbia Hospitality

Columbia Hospitality (Columbia) is a Seattle-based hospitality management and consulting company that was established in 1995 by founder and CEO John Oppenheimer. Columbia’s growing portfolio includes award-winning hotels, public and private golf facilities, conference centers, distinctive venues and residential properties. Columbia creates exceptional experiences for guests and team members while achieving phenomenal results for property owners. With over 20 years of proven success in management, Columbia has also consulted on over 100 hospitality projects worldwide, delivering a high level of customized service to partners and investors. For more information about Columbia and to view the entire portfolio, visit

Contact: Avery FitzPatrick


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