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May 22, 2000

W Hotel

W Hotel
The $90 million, 265,000-square-foot W Hotel in downtown Seattle is designed to cater to the upscale business traveler.

Located at Fourth Avenue and Seneca Street, the W features 420 luxury rooms, each of which is equipped with two phone lines, laptop hookups and high-speed ethernet connections. Some of the rooms offer special office amenities, such as printers, copiers, faxes, scanners and VCRs.

Callison Architects of Seattle designed the building, which opened in August.

W Hotel dining room
The site's small footprint affected Callison's approach to the hotel's public spaces, requiring that designers create a sense of openness within the hotel. High ceilings and large windows give the building's relatively small lobby an expansive feeling.

Each room was designed to impart a sense of luxury, with wooden shades and velvet sofas. Bathrooms feature glass countertops and Italian porcelain tile.

A steel and mesh pyramid that is lit at night crowns the W, which rises 26 stories above the street. A 60,000-square-foot parking garage is located underground.

W Hotel lobby
The hotel also includes an haute cuisine restaurant called Earth & Ocean.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, the largest hotelier in the world, is the owner of the W Hotel chain. The project team included Starwood Design Group for interior design, Kiewit Construction Co., Abacus Engineered Systems, KPFF Consulting Engineers and Sparling.

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