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Renovated Lobby Brings Old World Charm to Warwick Seattle Hotel

Tuesday, November 06, 2012
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Warwick Seattle Hotel, located in the heart of Belltown, continues to shine a light throughout the city with the completion of another phase of a multi-million dollar renovation project.

In this stage of renovations, the hotel lobby incorporated quintessential looks of Seattle and the Northwest, while remaining inviting and comfortable for all guests. Designed by Stephanie Ellis-Carmody of Interior Design International, lighter colors were used to help open up the space while other design elements, such as the main chandeliers with Edison bulbs, give it a bit of old world charm. Overall, the hotel lobby received new flooring, window treatments, wall coverings, fireplace, furnishings, artwork, light fixtures, a custom ceiling and accessories to complete its look.

“We felt it was important to provide our guests with a modern and inviting space they would be comfortable enjoying during their time at Warwick Seattle Hotel,” said Tim Bathke, General Manager at Warwick Seattle Hotel. “Our newly remodeled rooms provide our guests with a stylish and refined experience, and we were anxious to have a lobby to match that feel.”

Out with the old and in with the new, wood flooring now covers what used to be carpet and tile in the lobby of the hotel. A blue and white patterned designer rug is centered in front of the fireplace, which has been replaced with a newly designed, more contemporary model with sleek glass doors. The enchanting gas-lit fireplace adds a warm, northwestern charm to the inviting lobby surroundings.

All new furnishings, including an array of tables, were custom made with local hardwoods to reflect the Northwestern look Ellis-Carmody had in mind. The two main tables consist of beautifully stained natural edge hardwood perched on a sturdy base. Other Northwestern elements were incorporated too, such as two natural wood stump end tables. Vinyl wall coverings were added throughout the lobby, while sheer patterned curtains replaced the existing drapery. The new chandeliers utilize Edison bulbs to provide a sense of an old-world feel as it lights up an otherwise modern space.

Custom art pieces were installed, as well as a variety of new accessories to complement the charm radiating throughout the lobby. Perhaps the pièce de résistance is the remodeled drop ceiling. With a repeating pattern of large dark-oak squares, this architectural staple adds to the charming and contemporary feel of the entire hotel.

Warwick International Hotels continues to invest substantially in renovating its hotels, and keeping with this tradition, Guest Room Phase III, is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012, that will finish all guest rooms from floors 2-18, Bathke stated.

Warwick Seattle Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Belltown, which boasts some of the city’s most popular restaurants and live music clubs, and is only a few blocks from Pike Place Market and Westlake Center. It’s one of the few downtown Seattle hotels to offer an indoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool. Other amenities include a sauna, exercise facility with new, state-of-the-art fitness equipment and a 24-hour business centre. It is home to Margaux, which offers a refreshing menu that is distinctively Northwest in flavor and style, and the Margaux Lounge, the perfect spot for cocktails and conversation.

About Warwick International Hotels
WIH was founded in 1980 with the purchase of Warwick New York, a hotel originally built by William Randolph Hearst for his Hollywood friends. The WIH Group now includes 50 prestigious Hotels, Resorts & Spas worldwide located in city centres and resort destinations in the United States, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific and Bali. More details are available at www.warwickhotels.com.

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