5 Top Seattle Meeting Places

VENUE: Courtyard by Marriott in Historic Pioneer Square

VENUE: Courtyard by Marriott in Historic Pioneer Square  (Photo Credit: Mark Compton)

From new hotels to wine-focused restaurants and an upscale Korean eartery, Seattle has a venue for everything from a luxe client dinner to a fully produced party.

Here’s a selection of five top spots from the event experts at BizBash.

For a New Hotel in An Old Bank: Courtyard by Marriott in Historic Pioneer Square

The 1904 Alaska Building in Seattle’s Historic Pioneer Square district originated as a bank, but in June 2010 the building reopened as a 262-room Courtyard by Marriott. In addition to the Bistro restaurant, a Starbucks bar, a gym, and an indoor swimming pool, the hotel offers and nine meeting rooms in 4,600 square feet of space. The Alaska Club Ballroom, which has 18 foot ceilings and city views, is the largest of the rooms at 1,716 square feet. The space can accommodate 190 for a reception. (612 2nd Avenue, 206.625.1111,

For a New Downtown Hotel: Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown Hotel

Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown Hotel opened in June 2010. The 160-room hotel is walking distance from the Space Needle, and has 1,460 square feet of meeting space that comes equipped with LCD projectors. Perks include 42-inch flatscreen TVs in every guest room and free WiFi throughout the property. (10 6th Avenue North, 206.441.6041,

For a Korean Menu From an Iron Chef: Revel

Iron Chef America 2009 contestant Rachel Yang and husband Self Chirchi (who met while cooking at Alaine Ducasse at the Essex House in New York) opened Revel in Wallingford in December 2010. The couple divided the refurbished Fremont space into two separate spots: Revel, serving Korean-inspired dishes, and Quoin, a 20-seat specialty cocktail bar. Revel features walls in different shades of gray and a 32-foot wooden bar that overlooks the open kitchen. An outside space featuring a garage-style-door that leads to a deck can accommodate up to 35. (403 North 36th Street, 425. 445. 5332,

For French Wine and Cuisine By Mina : RN74

Celebrity chef Michael Mina brought his San Francisco restaurant RN74 to Seattle in June 2011. Located in the newly-renovated Joshua Green Building, RN74 is primarily a wine bar, and the wines are intended to bring out the best flavors in the food, not the other way around. The menu features regional French cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients. The industrial-looking space gives off an urban vibe and features a train board that runs behind the bar. The 55-seat dining room is available for buy outs. (1433 Fourth Ave., 206.456.7474,

For Northern Italian in Capitol Hill: Spinasse and Artusi Bar

Jason Stratton’s newly expanded Spinasse re-opened its doors to Capitol Hill in May 2011, followed by opening of the adjacent Artusi Bar a month later. A doorway in the main dining room connects the new wing of Spinasse to the original, where Stratton’s menu of northern Italian cuisine is on offer. Artusi focuses on pairing Italian specialities with grappa, amaro, vermouth, beer and specialty cocktails. The new space is connected to the second dining room by a ramp and has a large wooden bar in the center of the room, along with a smaller second bar in the back. (1531 14th Avenue East, 206.251.7673,


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