Kemper Development Company is bringing a swanky new hotel to the Eastside in the form of a W Hotel at Lincoln Square.
The hotel will sit atop Lincoln Square’s record-breaking concrete pour, adding 245 rooms of posh design to the Eastside’s hotel portfolio. The hotel will feature 11,400 square feet of meeting and event space, as well as two new restaurants and — the W’s centerpiece — a swanky bar.
During a press conference Monday, Kemper Freeman, president and CEO of Kemper Development Company, which owns The Bellevue Collection and Lincoln Square, said he is unable to confirm which restaurants will fill the hotel’s eatery space, but an announcement will be made in the coming months.
The hotel will be owned by Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, and operated in a building owned by Kemper Development Company. Construction of the hotel will begin in June, and is expected to be completed in spring 2017.
The first W Hotel opened in New York City in 1998. The hotel was able to tap into the quintessential “whatever, whenever” attitude by integrating cutting-edge fashion and music with a fashion-foward design. Each hotel is styled for its unique location, and W Bellevue will merge Seattle’s grunge and punk rock sensibilities into an avant-garde aesthetic.
Anthony Ingham, vice president of W Hotels’ North American operations, said part of what makes W Hotels unique is its ability to expand the hotel into a lifestyle brand by focusing on the things travelers love most and create a high-energy place to see and be seen.
“We look at the history and culture of the location, plus the geography, which in this case is the lake, and kind of blend them together with this W DNA from New York,” Ingham said at the press conference.
The W Bellevue will feature a large outdoor terrace with modern porch swings and a pool table to replicate the social atmosphere of summer by the lake. The summer-party aesthetic will continue inside guestrooms and the hotel’s signature Living Room Bar to cultivate W’s cocktail culture.
“The hotel’s cutting-edge design brings our community’s heritage into modern times with a contemporary interpretation of the joy and wonder that we all feel in a welcoming lakeside summer house. This hotel will truly represent all that we celebrate about our community and will bring an amped up W energy to Bellevue,” Freeman said in a statement.