The W Bellevue hotel is much more than a luxury getaway — it’s a stunning visual and social experience unmatched by anything on the Eastside.
Press and community leaders were among the first to view the completed 245-guest-room hotel during the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday.
The 275,000-square-foot oasis was designed with repeating A-frame ceilings and meticulously curated artwork that combines the rich and inviting feel of a lake house and a bold, avant-garde design. The astounding space has 10,000 square feet of meeting space, two bars, and a restaurant.
“W Bellevue is Bellevue’s newest lake house with a twist or two or three,” said Matt Van Der Peet, complex general manager for the W Bellevue and The Westin Bellevue. “Every corner has several surprises to it. … The hotel itself is all centered around a modern interpretation of a lake house. They’ve done a great job of capturing the past, the present, and the future of Bellevue — and, most certainly, the Pacific Northwest and all the things we’ve come to enjoy here.”
A magnificent mural winding several stories around a floating staircase depicts a mosaic of the region’s history, including the beloved wildlife and forested landscapes. Masked by the mural on the first floor is the entrance to the Civility and Unrest speakeasy where the main bar takes center stage and an intimate lounge is just steps around the corner.
Hallways to guest rooms are adorned with framed photos, adding to the comfort of the lake house design, and the guest rooms also have some homey touches. Woven swings, for example, inside one of the suites look out over downtown, and vinyl records and snacks are fanned out.
The Living Room and Porch on an upper floor offer more sweeping views of the city, and are prime places for guests and community members to mingle. The Lakehouse restaurant is more muted in its black and white design, but no less breathtaking than the rest of the hotel.
Van Der Peet isn’t exaggerating — a surprise waits around every corner of W Bellevue. Developer Kemper Freeman welcomed guests during the grand opening and was among the first to express his excitement.
“This is a real step forward in the hospitality industry for the Eastside and for this whole community,” Freeman said.
More than 80 W hotels have been established worldwide — W Seattle is the only other Washington location. W Bellevue, along with its food and beverage partner restaurants, is responsible for creating roughly 300 jobs.