NEW YORK—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has reached an agreement with Kemper Development Company and Associates (KDC) to debut the W brand in Bellevue, WA, as part of the $1.2-billion expansion of The Bellevue Collection.
W Bellevue is slated to open in spring 2017 with a contemporary design inspired by the hotel’s position near the shores of Lake Washington and Bellevue’s history as a lakeside vacation destination. W Bellevue will join W Seattle as the W brand’s second hotel in the Puget Sound area.
Located on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 8th Sts., W Bellevue will be adjacent to The Westin Bellevue Hotel and connected via a sky bridge to the new expansion slated for Bellevue Square. In addition to W Bellevue, the 1.5 million-sq.-ft. Lincoln Square Expansion will feature 710,000 sq. ft. of premium office space, 180,000 sq. ft. of retail, dining and entertainment space and 231 luxury high-rise, rental residences. The hotel is part of The Bellevue Collection, which includes Lincoln Square, Bellevue Square and Bellevue Place.
W Bellevue will offer 245 modern guestrooms, including 25 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite (the W brand’s reinterpretation of the traditional Presidential Suite). Hotel spaces will include more than 11,400 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, FIT state-of-the-art workout facility, and three restaurants and bars, including an all-day dining restaurant and two destination bars on the ground and second floors.
W Bellevue will feature the signature Bar, a library stocked with pulp fiction novels, an oversized fireplace reminiscent of traditional lodges (but with a twist, according to the company) and an outdoor terrace featuring modern porch swings and a pool table.
“We are delighted to partner with Kemper Development Company and Associates to introduce our innovative W brand to Bellevue,” said Allison Reid, SVP of North America development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “On track to increase its portfolio to 60 hotels by 2018, W Hotels delivers a contemporary perspective on luxury that resonates with travelers in both established and emerging markets.”