A surge of design-centric hotels are popping up throughout the Pacific Northwest. Here, Luxe previews four properties debuting this year.
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With 16 stories of nostalgia, the Graduate Hotel throws it back to the carefree days of college–minus the final exams. Topped with a rooftop bar with views of downtown Seattle and Mount Rainier, the new University of Washington outpost is a gathering place where out-of-towners will feel right at home. Textures like plaid, velvet and wool mix with a warm and bold color palette highlighting the Art Deco-inspired interior architecture. The decor honors a long history of innovators who have ties to the university, while the lobby’s chandelier–made from shellfish shells–is a playful nod to local cuisine.
HYATT REGENCY SEATTLE
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When the Hyatt Regency Seattle opens in Denny Triangle this fall it will be crowned the largest hotel in the Paci c Northwest. Designed by LMN Architects, the monolith, coming in at 45 stories tall and 1,400,000 square feet, will host more than 1,200 hotel rooms, a club lounge and a ballroom outfitted with the latest technology. The sheer size of the project is o set by the color: a white silvery exterior designed to blend with the often-overcast Seattle skies for an ethereal viewing. Inside, the lobby designed by Zena Design Group features a shimmering geometric-tile ceiling that reflects the light and movement of people below.
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Making its maiden voyage to the U.S., The Hoxton will open in multiple cities including Portland. Developer and creative firm Ennismore, which oversees design for The Hoxton hotels, has collaborated with local architecture studio Surround to create a spatial experience that reflects Portland’s historic yet modern aesthetic. Opening this summer on West Burnside between Northwest Fourth and Fifth Avenues, the property exudes an approachable, European vibe designed for a hip crowd and will feature 113 bedrooms, a rooftop restaurant and a basement bar.
THE HEATHMAN HOTEL
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A historic jewel known for the beefeaters that don its doorways, the Heathman Hotel in Portland recently received a contemporary makeover. In the rooms and lobby, the design team at Perkins + Will traded dark wood for white backdrops and eccentricity for elegance while honoring the landmark’s past. For the book lover, the hotel’s library features more than 2,700 tomes, personally signed by Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winners, past presidents and U.S. Poet Laureates. Other offerings include Russian tea service and chef Vitaly Paley’s can’t-be-missed restaurant, Headwaters.