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.