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Seattle, WA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 124
Total Sleeping Rooms 23,131
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,260
Committable Meeting Rooms* 100
Convention Center Space 1,525,065 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 236,700 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 205,700 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $244
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $74
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $245
*Maximum for a single hotel

Seattle, WA Meeting Planning Overview

Cvent's Seattle meeting planning guide is an extensive city guide for Seattle meeting planners. If you're looking at planning a meeting in Seattle, do not be deterred by its reputation for gray, overcast skies; this trendy city provides a hip, urban environment with plenty of outdoor style and exhilarating activities for visitors of all ages — and Seattle receives less rainfall each year than cities such as Orlando, Atlanta, Houston, Washington, D.C., and New York. Meeting and event attendees will enjoy exploring the city's museums and galleries free of charge on the First Thursday art walk; sipping on a cup of Seattle's famous brew from one of its quaint coffee shops; heading out on a day trip to the surrounding water and mountains to connect with the great outdoors; or spending the afternoon sightseeing, shopping, and sampling delicious cuisine along the streets of the metropolitan city's diverse neighborhoods.

The state-of-the-art Washington State Convention Center is conveniently located in the heart downtown, within walking distance of many of Seattle's hottest attractions, finest restaurants (including 17 chefs and restaurants with James Beard Awards!), and best shopping areas. The Convention Center has over 235,000 square feet of exhibit space, 44,000 square feet of ballroom space, 67 meeting rooms, an abundance of parking, business services, and eateries on site. This is the site if your Seattle event planning needs require space for an exceptionally large number of people.

Looking for unique Seattle event venues for your next big meeting, convention, or show? Seattle's Bell Harbor International Conference Center is the perfect place, with over 100,000 square feet of waterfront conference, meeting, and special event space. Here, visitors enjoy breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier, and the Seattle cityscape from the 300-seat Bay Auditorium and the Rooftop Plaza.

Does your Seattle meeting planning require large room blocks and dining options? Choose from more than 100 hotels boasting over 19,500 hotel rooms, or dine in one of the city's 200 restaurants. Need to get around? Seattle contains a vast network of downtown streetcars, rapid bus routes, and a regional light rail system that connects downtown with the surrounding neighborhoods (and takes guests to Sea-Tac airport in 30 minutes). From thrilling outdoor adventure and lovely scenery to delightful coffee shops, exquisite restaurants, and state-of-the-art facilities, Seattle provides all the necessary elements to ensure the success of your next meeting or event.

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About Seattle, WA / Additional Info

Situated in the beautiful Pacific Northwest between the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east, Seattle is a city defined by brilliant landscapes. In 2017, almost 40 million visitors traveled to the Emerald City to enjoy the tranquility of its shimmering rivers, glassy lakes, magnificent canals, and steep green hills.

What was once a gold rush town is now a leading hub of innovation and technology. Fortune 500 companies such as, Nordstrom, Weyerhaeuser, Microsoft, Expedia, and Starbucks all call Seattle and the region home. Seattle and the region also offers several convention centers, fantastic theaters, inspiring art museums, numerous music festivals, and many historical sites.

As a city that has seen the creation of everything from jet planes and personal computers to a revolutionary coffee conglomerate and the unique sound of grunge rock, Seattle has it all. Enjoy America's favorite pastime at Safeco Field; take in the serenity of the Pacific Northwest on a walk through the Olympic evergreen forests; or watch orcas in Puget Sound. And remember, no Seattle experience is complete without a visit to the Space Needle.

Visitors should also be sure to partake in the annual festivities that make the city come alive. Enjoy a wide variety of culinary magic at Taste Washington or the Bite of Seattle, or participate in the second-largest music and arts festival in the country at Bumbershoot. Don't forget to take advantage of the many museums throughout the city, such as Chihuly Garden and Glass, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle Art Museum, Pacific Science Center, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Or venture 20 minutes outside the city to Woodinville wine country and its 35 wineries.,

Become an active tourist today and scope out Seattle's many hot spots. Start at Pike Place Market and work your way toward Gas Works Park, where you'll find one of the best views the city has to offer. Enjoy the wide array of restaurants and nightlife that can be found throughout the city's eclectic neighborhoods and learn what it means to experience Seattle like a local.

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