Places + Spaces in Seattle

Carved into the hills and nestled along the Puget Sound, Seattle — called The Emerald City for its year-round greenery — is the ideal mix of the great outdoors and bustling city life. The city’s culture is made up of a rich tapes­try of heritages, including Native American, African Ameri­can, Latino, and Nordic, which are celebrated in its museums, parades, and festivals. All who come here — whether to put down roots or stop by for a visit — are welcome.

There are many sides to Seattle for business event goers, from experiencing the state-of-the-art Washington State Convention Center (WSCC), to exploring the Museum of Pop Culture — or checking out the Waterfront neighborhood’s Seattle Great Wheel, a 300-person-capacity Ferris wheel that stands at 197 feet tall, making it the largest observation deck on the West Coast.

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The SoDo (south of downtown) neighborhood is a hot spot with easy access; it’s located 10 minutes from downtown and within a short distance of many hotels, including Silver Cloud Hotel — Seattle Stadium and Embassy Suites Seattle Downtown. SoDo, also accessible by light rail, scores big with its event venue options. Showbox SoDo, a warehouse that has been converted into a concert venue, is available for event rentals. A former copper and steel plant, The Foundry is a chic space ideal for up to 550 for a reception. SoDo UrbanWorks houses 10 urban wineries for groups to enjoy an evening of mingling.

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Summit Building at WSCC

Opening in January 2023, an additional facility, known as “Summit,” will sit just a block-and-a-half away from the existing facility Arch, and feature architectural design details borrowed from local geography. The $1.7-billion project broke ground in mid 2019 and once complete, will add up to 248,450 square feet of exhibition space – and attract more than 400,000 new delegates per year – to the city.


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Space Needle

Fresh off a $100-million renova-tion and part of the 74-acre Seattle Center, a greenspace oasis and hub for 30-plus cultural, educational, sports, and entertainment groups, the iconic Space Needle can be rented out via Space Needle Private Events — along with Chihuly Garden and Glass and Museum of Pop Culture, all steps apart — for a block-party experience for up to 1,500 people.

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Seattle Waterfront

Overlooking the picturesque Elliot Bay, the Seattle Waterfront is known for world-class dining and stunning views via the Seattle Great Wheel. The area will become an even hotter destination in 2022 with the addition of the Overlook Walk – a path with 20 acres of parks and a two-way bike path that will allow guests access from Pike Place Market to the waterfront.

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Hyatt Regency Seattle

Opened last December, Haytt Regency Seattle adds 1,260 rooms to downtown and is steps away from WSCC and Pike Place Market – home of the original Starbucks, renowned fish markets, and 225 local and regional crafters in the 40-year-old crafts market. This largest hotel north of San Francisco has 103,000 square feet of meeting space – 46 meeting rooms and two, 19,000-plus-square-footballrooms.

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

The fastest-growing U.S. airport – a hub for Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines, and just 20 minutes via car or 30 minutes via Light Rail to downtown – SEA Airport is undergoing a nearly $17-million central terminal reno. These updates will include ADA accessibility improvements, 10,000 square feet of dining and seating space, and a new, International Arrivals Facility that will double its gate capacity. 


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