Ginger Taggart of Global Luxury Brands at IHG® talks about InterContinental® Bellevue at Avenue and an elevated luxury hotel experience coming to Bellevue.
The hotel tower will elevate luxury and sophistication to new heights for locals and visitors alike, and redefine the downtown Bellevue neighborhood.
InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts is the world’s largest luxury hotel brand, with 200 hotels around the world, and another 63 in the global development pipeline located in the heart of key gateway cities across 60 countries. “Understated service and outstanding facilities are important, but what makes us truly different is the genuine interest we show in our guests,” says Ginger Taggart, Vice President, Brand Management – Global Luxury Brands at IHG®. “With local insight that comes from over 70 years of experience, our desire is to help guests make the most of their time and connect them to what’s special about a destination, by sharing our knowledge, so they enjoy authentic experiences that will enrich their lives and broaden their outlook,” says Taggart.
The hotel tower will elevate luxury and sophistication to new heights for locals and visitors alike, and redefine the downtown Bellevue neighborhood. The 252-room hotel will occupy floors 3 to 11 of a 28-story tower, with luxury homes above it. There will be a bar inspired by Buddakan on the lobby level and a full-service restaurant and bar on the second level. On the third floor will be more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including a grand ballroom, a junior ballroom and additional meeting rooms. Also on that floor will be a business center, a fitness center and outdoor deck. The Intercontinental® Bellevue at Avenue will feature the brand’s signature Concierge offering, which includes an elite network of Concierges (more than 140 of whom are Les Clefs d’Or members) who are internationally acclaimed for their local knowledge and insider access.
The market is ripe for development, and the time was right to bring a luxury hotel to the Pacific Northwest and introduce the Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts brand to a new audience of guests looking to experience the ultimate sophistication and luxury.
With its unique location across Lake Washington, picturesque lake and mountain views, and proximity to a world-class airport and multiple business and cultural attractions, Bellevue is an ideal market to host business and leisure travelers from around the globe. This property will be an outstanding addition to the brand portfolio and expand our presence on the West Coast.
Each Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts is tailored to the unique market and offerings, from the food and beverage options to the décor and design aesthetic. Our team will work closely with the design firm to create a unique luxury experience. HBA has worked with IHG® on high-end projects including the Hotel Indigo® Los Angeles Downtown, whose design scheme pays homage to the historic spirit of the neighborhood. HBA has an eye for creating innovative and unique designs, and will bring the hotel brand design philosophy to life at Avenue.
As a brand, we believe that superior, understated service and outstanding facilities are important, but what makes us truly different is the genuine interest we show in our guests. We are dedicated to those who appreciate and enjoy The Intercontinental® Life: the glamour and exhilaration of fascinating places, mixed with our international know-how and local cultural wisdom.
As the world’s largest luxury hotel brand, we have been pioneering new international destinations for decades, and an innovative spirit is in our DNA. Our guests are seasoned travelers who enjoy authentic travel experiences yet also expect a consistent standard from their hotel. Each hotel is a destination in its own right, and offers its own distinctive style and ambience, from heritage elegance and urban chic to resorts in some of the world’s most incredible places. They all continue to stay true to the deeply rooted history of the brand, creating a familiarity that our guests enjoy and love to come back to, making them some of our most loyal and dedicated fans.