As Tukwila’s first boutique hotel to open in the city in more 20 years, Hotel Interurban will provide unparalleled views of Mount Rainier and the Cascades, pet-friendly offerings (including an off-leash dog park for hotel guests) and convenience to shopping, dining and transportation throughout Seattle Southside.
Hotel Interurban will feature the Waterleaf Restaurant & Bar located on the ground floor of the 185-room hotel, which includes a spacious premium bar, inspired cocktails and an all-day, globally influenced menu highlighting locally sourced ingredients. Hotel Interurban has appointed Sean Prater as Executive Chef to oversee all food and beverage programming, including catering and private events. Prater was most recently the banquet chef for Cedarbrook Lodge.
Omar and Christine Lee, real estate developers and majority owners of Hotel Interurban, have remained committed to the growth and economic development of Tukwila, and they believe the hotel will uniquely position the city to be competitive with other major tourist destinations. “Tukwila has all the elements to be a thriving area for tourism: convenient transportation options; a diverse population that provides a range of shopping, dining, and nightlife options; and proximity to Seattle,” says Omar Lee.
Fulfilling a need for more engaging and inspired meetings and events space, Hotel Interurban will include over 15,000 square feet for gatherings, ranging from intimate meetings to large conferences or weddings. The largest space is the nearly 5,000-square-foot Rainier Room located on the hotel’s 19th floor, accommodating up to 500 guests in a theater-style setting. The room features impressive views of Mount Rainier.
Additional meeting and event offerings include the 3,514-square-foot Adams Room on the first floor, accommodating up to 390 guests, and seven additional meetings spaces on the second floor that can accommodate six to 380 people.
Hotel Interuban’s guests will be greeted by Hazelnut, or “Hazel” the Savioke robot, named for the Native American translation of Tukwila. Hazel will deliver items to guestrooms, assist with room service, and be a regular presence around the hotel. Another tech-forward feature is a custom-built canopy at the entrance of the hotel, comprising 60 solar panels that will produce enough electricity for almost all first-floor operations.
“It’s been truly exciting watching this project come to life and create such a huge presence in one of the most rapidly growing areas of western Washington,” said Mike West, general manager of Hotel Interurban. “We look forward to welcoming guests from all over the world and showing them first-in-class hospitality, along with the conveniences and personalized service they would expect from a modern boutique hotel.”
Additional features will include mobile check-in, LED lighting, and valet services. Hotel Interurban will also offer all overnight guests daily complimentary shuttles to and from Sea-Tac International Airport. Hotel Interurban is within walking distance of Westfield’s Southcenter Mall, the Tukwila commuter rail station and the Interurban Trail that connects downtown Seattle to Tukwila.