Westin Seattle

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The Westin Seattle
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Westin Seattle from Olive 8.jpg
Original 1969 tower on the left, taller 1982 tower on the right
Westin Seattle is located in Seattle WA Downtown
Westin Seattle
Location within downtown Seattle
Hotel chainWestin Hotels
General information
LocationUnited States
Address1900 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates47°36′49″N 122°20′18″W / 47.613516°N 122.338225°W / 47.613516; -122.338225Coordinates: 47°36′49″N 122°20′18″W / 47.613516°N 122.338225°W / 47.613516; -122.338225
OpeningNorth Tower: 1982
South Tower: 1969
ManagementStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
HeightNorth Tower: 137 m (449 ft)
South Tower: 121 m (397 ft)
Technical details
Floor countNorth Tower: 47
South tower: 40
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn Graham & Associates
Other information
Number of rooms891
Number of suites1 Presidential Suite
8 Luxury Suites
6 Deluxe Suites
20 Executive Suites
Number of restaurantsRelish Burger Bistro
Lobby Bar

The Westin Seattle is the Flagship hotel for the Westin Brand being the first Westin hotel renamed in 1981 after the completion of the north tower directly adjacent to the Westin headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The Westin Seattle celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. It is a twin-tower highrise hotel in Seattle, Washington. The south tower, with 40 floors at 121 m (397 ft), opened on June 29, 1969[7] as the Washington Plaza Hotel. It was built on the site of the historic Orpheum theater. Western International Hotels operated the Washington Plaza as one property with the adjacent Benjamin Franklin Hotel, built in 1929. John Graham & Associates, the new hotel's architects, had already designed the Space Needle, first proposed by Edward Carlson, head of Western International Hotels, which also operated the tower's restaurant. The Westin Seattle is the flagship hotel for the Westin Brand, the first hotel to open its doors under the Westin brand name in 1981 along with opening of the north tower.

The Benjamin Franklin was demolished in July 1980[8] for construction of a second, nearly identical tower.[9] While work on the tower went on, the Washington Plaza was renamed The Westin Hotel on September 1, 1981.[10] Completed in 1982, the 137 m (449 ft), 47-story north tower is the tallest hotel in the city.

This pair of buildings is featured as the album art for the Modest Mouse album The Lonesome Crowded West.[11]


  1. ^ "Westin Seattle North Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  2. ^ "Westin Seattle South Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  3. ^ Westin Seattle at Emporis
  4. ^ "Westin Seattle North Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  5. ^ "Westin Seattle South Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  6. ^ Westin Seattle at Structurae
  7. ^ http://www.historylink.org/File/1247
  8. ^ Shannon, R. (2010). Seattle's Historic Hotels. Arcadia Publishing. p. 114. ISBN 9780738580029. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  9. ^ http://www.historylink.org/File/1247
  10. ^ Sadler, Denham (November 18, 2012). "15 Years On: Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West". Tone Deaf. Melbourne, Australia. Retrieved December 2, 2015.

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