Westin Seattle

Coordinates: 47°36′49″N 122°20′18″W / 47.613516°N 122.338225°W / 47.613516; -122.338225
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The Westin Seattle
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; -122.338225
OpeningNorth Tower: 1982
South Tower: 1969
ManagementMarriott International
HeightNorth Tower: 137 m (449 ft)
South Tower: 121 m (397 ft)
Technical details
Floor countNorth Tower: 47
South tower: 40
Design and construction
Architect(s)John Graham & Associates
DeveloperWestern International Hotels, Alcoa[1]
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 a twin-tower highrise hotel in Seattle, Washington.


On December 28, 1966, Western International Hotels and Alcoa jointly announced the development of the $18 million Washington Plaza Hotel, to be built on the site of the historic Orpheum Theatre. It would be the first new large-scale hotel constructed in Seattle since the adjacent Benjamin Franklin Hotel was built in 1929. Western International President Edward E. Carlson selected the local architecture firm of John Graham & Associates to design the hotel, and the local Howard S. Wright Construction Company to build it. The two firms had also designed and constructed the Space Needle six years earlier, whose construction was first proposed by Carlson and whose restaurant was operated by Western International from 1962–1982.[8]

The Orpheum Theatre was demolished beginning in August 1967.[9] The hotel originally consisted of a single tower, today's south tower, with 40 floors at 121 m (397 ft). The tower was topped out in January 1969 and the hotel opened on June 29, 1969.[10] Western International Hotels operated the Washington Plaza as one property with the now-connected Benjamin Franklin Hotel. Together, the hotel complex had 715 rooms.

The aging Benjamin Franklin wing was demolished in July 1980[11] for construction of a second, nearly identical tower.[10] While work on the second tower went on, the company was renamed Westin Hotels. The Washington Plaza was the first property in the chain to be renamed, becoming The Westin Hotel on September 1, 1981.[10] That same year, Westin opened a new corporate headquarters directly across the street in the Westin Building, which shared a parking garage with the hotel.[12] The 137 m (449 ft), 47-story north tower opened in June 1982 and remains the tallest hotel in the city. The Westin Seattle is currently the flagship property of the Westin brand.

The hotel's two towers are featured on the cover art for the Modest Mouse album The Lonesome Crowded West.[13]


  1. ^ Smith, George David (1992). From Monopoly to Competition: The Transformations of Alcoa, 1888-1986. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-52709-5. Retrieved August 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "Westin Seattle North Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  3. ^ "Westin Seattle South Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  4. ^ "Emporis building complex ID 101199". Emporis. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016.
  5. ^ "Westin Seattle North Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  6. ^ "Westin Seattle South Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  7. ^ Westin Seattle at Structurae
  8. ^ "PCAD - Western International Hotels Company, Washington Plaza Hotel, Downtown, Seattle, WA".
  9. ^ Folm, Eric L. (December 12, 2003). "Orpheum Theatre (Seattle)". HistoryLink. Retrieved December 16, 2023.
  10. ^ Shannon, R. (2010). Seattle's Historic Hotels. Arcadia Publishing. p. 114. ISBN 9780738580029. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  11. ^ "PCAD - Western International Hotels Company, Washington Plaza Hotel, Downtown, Seattle, WA".
  12. ^ 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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