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Bellevue, WA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 28
Total Sleeping Rooms 5,029
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 732
Committable Meeting Rooms* 27
Convention Center Space 54,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 36,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 36,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $192
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $74
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $122
*Maximum for a single hotel

Bellevue, WA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Bellevue, Washington a city guide for meeting professionals. A vibrant, modern Pacific Northwest city bursting with natural beauty, arts and culture, world-class shopping, and a thriving business environment, Bellevue is more than just a Seattle suburb – it's a destination all its own. Regarded as the gateway to the Puget Sound region, Bellevue boasts a compact, safe and walkable one-square-mile downtown that serves as an ideal setting for conventions of up to 3,000 attendees and the home of the recently renovated Meydenbauer Center. Consistently ranked a walk-friendly (downtown Bellevue's walk score is over 90) and safe city, Bellevue conveniently sits in the middle of the Puget Sound region, just three miles from Kirkland, five miles from Redmond, 10 miles from Seattle and 12 miles from Woodinville. Delegates can easily walk to a variety of shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, and cultural attractions from the city's many hotels, as well as take day trips to Seattle's museums, Kirkland's waterfront parks and galleries, and Woodinville's wineries, among many other adventures.

Situated just off of I-405, I-90 and State Route 520, Bellevue sits just 17 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Known as Sea-Tac, the airport serves as the gateway to the Pacific Northwest, serving more than 31 million passengers a year and 91 nonstop destinations. Passengers can easily get to Bellevue via the airport's King County Metro Transit station, and ride directly into downtown Seattle aboard Link Light Rail service, courtesy of the SeaTac Airport station connected to the airport garage. The King Country Metro Transit system provides regular bus service to and from the airport and throughout downtown Bellevue, including service to the Bellevue Transit Center, while the Sound Transit system operates regional express bus and light rail service.

The Bellevue Transit Center sits 0.2 miles from the modern, light-filled Meydenbauer Center, which serves as the city's major convention and event venue. Situated in the heart of downtown Bellevue and fresh off a $12-million renovation completed in 2015, Meydenbauer Center spans 54,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space. Perfectly outfitted for conventions, meetings, events and banquets, Meydenbauer Center features the 36,000-square-foot column-free Center Hall, a warm modern space that accommodates up to 3,600 guests and serves as the largest carpeted, column-free space in the city, as well as 12,000 square feet of configurable meeting space with up to nine meeting rooms, the 2,500-square-foot Executive Conference Suite for eight to 60 guests and the 410-seat, sloped-floor Theatre at Meydenbauer. Bellevue features more than 2,800 downtown hotel rooms within an easy walk of the convention center, as well as a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment venues perfect for post-meeting unwind sessions. With Meydenbauer Center and Bellevue's downtown hotels, the city's total meeting and event space comes in at more than 250,000 square feet.

In addition to Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue is home to a variety of unique venues that enable groups to experience some of the city's best attractions while holding private events. The downtown Bellevue Arts Museum holds a unique focus on art, craft, and design, and welcomes groups to gather in its three-story, 36,000-square-foot glass, aluminum and textured concrete structure. Event spaces include the 450-person, artwork-outfitted Forum, 100-person Auditorium and 150-person outdoor Court of Light veranda. Considered one of the region's premier public golf and event destinations, The Golf Club at Newcastle spans 350 hilltop acres with views of Lake Washington, Seattle and the Olympic mountains, 36 holes of championship golf, a 44,000-square-foot clubhouse and 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Event spaces range from the elegant 5,200-square-foot St. Andrews Ballroom, complete with 18-foot ceilings and an adjoining stone terrace, to the 80-person Wooly Toad, which features a private balcony, private bar, leather sofas and pool and poker tables. Groups looking for some daytime or nighttime fun can gather at the Parlor Live Comedy Club, which features the largest dance floor on the Eastside of Seattle and welcomes national headlining comedians weekly. Active groups can also engage in thrilling teambuilding sessions courtesy of the Bellevue Zip Tour and High Ropes Adventure Course in Eastgate Park, as well as a session at the Stone Gardens Climbing Gym, which offers a variety of classes, private lessons and group gathering space.

About Bellevue, WA / Additional Info

Beyond Bellevue's reputation as a premier meeting and convention destination, this Washington city offers a variety of leisure activities and adventures perfect for any vacationer. This modern-day center of the Puget Sound region is an exciting, growing destination home to many corporate headquarters and major corporate offices for such organizations as Eddie Bauer, Symetra, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Verizon, Bungie Games,, Expedia, Coinstar, Concur and Paccar. Known by its high-rise skyline, this high-tech and retail center of King County's Eastside spans 31 square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, with the Cascade Mountains to its east and Seattle just 10 minutes to the west. With surroundings like that, it's no wonder that Bellevue derives its name from a French term for "beautiful view."

Founded in 1869 by William Meydenbauer, a German baker, Bellevue served as an agricultural center that supplied Seattle with fresh produce and eventually grew into a Seattle suburb and then major business center. Bellevue experienced rapid growth after the 1940 opening of the Mercer Island Floating Bridge, which linked it with Seattle, as well as after the post-war housing boom. Bellevue experienced another boom in retail, commercial and residential space from 2007 to 2009, helping make this city the true business and leisure destination it is today. World-class shopping abounds in the city, thanks to such retail centers as The Bellevue Collection, a three-building facility housing more than 250 stores, dozens of dining and entertainment centers and two hotels, with the three buildings connected via steel and glass sky bridges. The Shops at the Bravern complement the city's other shopping venues offering luxury retailers including Neiman Marcus, Gucci, Hermes, Prada and more. Old Bellevue (just south of downtown) features unique local boutiques, home and gift shops.

Bellevue offers a small-town feel thanks to its green spaces, miles of nature trails, public parks and swim beaches. As just one example, Bellevue Botanical Garden showcases plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest throughout its 53 acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands and natural wetlands. Another option? The 150-acre Kelsey Creek Farm transports visitors back to the city's rural past. Visitors can tour the park's two historic barns and historic cabin, as well as join in on farm programs and tours, explore nature trails and view farm animals. The Bellevue Downtown Park is a 21-acre oasis of green in the heart of Bellevue. The park features a one-half mile promenade lined with memorial benches and shade trees, a stepped canal, and a 240-foot wide waterfall that cascades into an expansive pond. The 10-acre lawn area, children's play area, and formal gardens boast a view of Bellevue's skyline as well as Mount Rainier, and are popular for picnics and other outings.

With all of Bellevue's attractions, shopping and outdoor adventures, it's a good thing that the city is home to a variety of restaurants sure to satisfy any appetite. The award-winning Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar specializes in local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, while Daniel's Broiler on the 21st floor of the Bank of America building in Bellevue Place is known for its USDA Prime steaks, two year-round outdoor decks, extensive wine list and high-end wine and spirits bar. 520 Bar & Grill is a fun tavern-style eatery serving sandwiches to fine entrees, while Monsoon blends traditional Vietnamese cuisine with Pacific Northwest innovation in its warm, modern space. Last, but certainly not least, Bellevue's location of the internationally recognized Din Tai Fung chain is known for its delicious soup dumplings and noodles, as well as its sleek, minimalist interior. All five of these restaurants offer private and/or semi-private group dining and event space, as do many of Bellevue's other beloved restaurants.

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