Hyatt at Olive 8 Opens

Seattle’s newest Hyatt offers a fresh twist on green

Photo: The New Hyatt at Olive 8 // (c) 2009
Hyatt at Olive 8

Hyatt at Olive 8 opened its doors on Jan. 30 in the heart of Seattle’s entertainment and dining district. Located at the corner of Olive and 8th, the new hotel – on track to be Seattle’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified hotel – adds an eco-friendly experience to the Pacific Northwest hospitality market. One of the first in a new generation of environmentally conscious hotels across the country, Hyatt at Olive 8 offers its guests a “green” stay, from energy-efficient rooms and locally sourced food and beverages to all-natural spa treatments at Elaia.

“From the sleek, all-glass exterior and stunning blue glass architectural elements to the living rooftop and in-room energy saving amenities, the building’s green design will make a lasting impact in a city known for its environmental consciousness,” said Mark Stiebeling, general manager, Hyatt at Olive 8. “We have worked hard to create a truly unique hotel experience for our guests, and are excited to open the 120th full service Hyatt hotel in the United States here in the Seattle market.”

A new landmark property from Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, the 346-room Hyatt at Olive 8 is located on the first 17 floors of the Olive 8 building, topped by 230 condominium homes on the upper 22 floors. Hyatt at Olive 8 is promising world-class service with comprehensive environmentally-sound practices, including:

Green Meeting Initiatives: Hyatt at Olive 8 offers more than 11,000 square feet of green meeting space for groups looking to host eco- friendly social or business functions. A 7,000-square-foot ballroom provides an elegant setting for large-scale events, while six additional day-lit meeting spaces boast 15-foot floor-to- ceiling windows, reducing the need for artificial light. Hyatt at Olive 8 also provides filtered water instead of bottled water, paperless check-in and electronic folios, fitted tablecloths to decrease laundry and water consumption, and many additional green meeting options for environmentally conscious groups.

Building Design: As valuable in function as it is in form, Hyatt at Olive 8's design features a 100 percent glass exterior, energy- efficient infrastructure and visible living rooftop. The building uses 32 percent less water, 20 percent less power, and creates less storm water runoff than other similar-sized buildings in its class. During construction, the project diverted more than 95 percent of construction debris from landfill disposal by redirecting recyclable material back into the building process.

Effortless Eco-Consciousness: All guest rooms are equipped withWatt Stopper® master power controls for lighting to conserve electricity, as well as Toto® dual flush toilets and Bricor® water reducing shower heads that conserve water without compromising water pressure. Additionally, the hotel’s green housekeeping programs utilize cleaning materials and chemicals that are environmentally friendly.

Hyatt at Olive 8 is home to the eco-friendly Elaia spa, located on the second floor of the hotel. Scheduled to open in late February, Elaia (pronounced e-lay-a) promises to bring a uniquely holistic and all-natural approach to skincare in Seattle. Twelve treatment suites – including one couple’s suite – will provide a relaxing environment for the spa’s personalized services, which include Elaia’s signature olive oil and “Market Fresh” treatments. Spa guests will also have access to private locker rooms, as well as the hotel’s sauna, steam room, 65-foot saline lap pool and co-ed Jacuzzi. In addition, both spa and hotel guests will be able to take advantage of a 2,400 square-foot Stay Fit@Hyatt Fitness Center and on-site yoga classes.

Touted as offering a true taste of the Pacific Northwest, Urbane restaurant and bar – scheduled to open on February 8 – will offer Northwest inspired cuisine made with ingredients supplied by regional farmers. Featuring a flexible menu that follows local growing seasons, Urbane will open with a range of delectable offerings, including a Dungeness crab risotto topped with a tangy lemon parsley sauce, and a sticky toffee pudding with Mt. Rainer honey meringue ice cream. Furthering the Northwest ambiance, the restaurant and bar will serve wines and beers exclusively produced by Washington and Oregon wineries and breweries. In addition to serving full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, the restaurant provides room and catering services for Hyatt at Olive 8 guests, and will manage a full service coffee and wine bar nestled within the Hyatt at Olive 8 lobby.

Located in the Northeast corner of Seattle’s downtown core, the new hotel, spa and restaurant are one block from the Washington State Convention and Trade Center and within walking distance of many of the city’s most famous attractions, including Pike Place Market, the Seattle waterfront and the Seattle Art Museum.