SOURCE: Alexis Hotel

March 26, 2007 09:00 ET

Seattle's "Work of Art" Alexis Hotel Begins $8.5 Million Renovation

Top-to-Bottom Transformation Creates Sophisticated, Luxurious Guest Experience

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 26, 2007 -- Elegantly presiding in the heart of downtown Seattle for more than two decades, the historic Alexis Hotel is embarking on an extensive $8.5 million renovation, updating and enhancing the style, service and amenities offered at the artistic property. Managed by San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the project marks the hotel's first major remodel since 1992. The dramatic transformation will unfold in carefully planned phases to ensure uninterrupted guest service and is slated for completion in July 2007.

Dedicated to the "Art of Living," the Alexis Hotel has long been an escape for dignitaries, luminaries, musicians, authors, actors and artists visiting the Emerald City. Keeping the hotel's historic 1901 exterior in tact, Seattle's Dawson Design Associates will completely redesign the Alexis Hotel's interior spaces, including the lobby, guest rooms, luxury suites and signature Gallery Art Walk.

"Our goal is to retain the warmth, comfort and boutique character our guests know and love, while updating the ambiance and decor," said Andrew Wright, General Manager of the Alexis Hotel. "When our guests walk into the hotel, we want them to feel as if they have entered a stylish and sophisticated residence. The Alexis Hotel remains dedicated to the local arts community and will continue to be an art-lovers paradise."

The Alexis Hotel's gallery-inspired design will be a contrast in light, with a rich color palate punctuated by original artwork and ambient lighting that is designed to provoke thought and conversation. The redesign will create 12 new rooms, bringing the total to 121 guest rooms including seven specialty suites. The Alexis will feature nine unique room types, with amenities ranging from private living rooms and kitchenettes, to media rooms with overstuffed sofas and libraries, to suites with wood-burning fireplaces and jetted tubs.

All guest rooms have been designed with comfort top-of-mind. The color palate consists of calming tones accented by vibrant red and royal blue décor elements. All rooms will feature 300-thread count Frette Linen sheets, Pacific Coast Feather down bedding, 32-inch LCD HDTV flat screens with on-demand movies, honor bars, cordless telephones, and luxury bath products. Elegant treatments such as rococo mirrors, ornate buffets and chaise lounges will be juxtaposed with modern, minimalist furnishings like a Kielhauer desk chair and stainless steel four-poster bed to create an engaging, stately guest experience.

"We wanted to create the feeling of an art collector's escape with all the creature comforts one would expect at a premier luxury hotel," said Andrea Sheehan, Principal and Art Director of Dawson Design Associates. "Our challenge was to maintain a very comfortable, inviting environment while introducing an enhanced style and sophistication to the hotel's guest rooms and public spaces. I think we achieved that vision beautifully with the top-to-bottom redesign."

The Alexis Hotel will retain the AAA® Four-Diamond amenities and specialty services that set the property apart from others in the boutique hotel category. Guests interested in a relaxing spa treatment will enjoy the hotel's Etherea Salon.Spa, while fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of the complimentary on-site fitness facility and private steam room. Access to two nearby health clubs, both of which offer fitness classes and swimming pool, are also available for guest use upon request.

The hotel's signature Gallery Art Walk houses a rotating collection featuring Northwest artists, selected by Barbara Shaiman, the artistic and managing director of the Seattle Art Museum's Rental and Sales Gallery.

The Alexis also offers 2,905 square-feet of meeting and banquet space. Business amenities include a newly renovated self-service business center, full audio/visual department and complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access.

The Alexis is home to the Library Bistro and The Bookstore Bar and Café. The Library Bistro is a cozy, neighborhood restaurant serving contemporary American food, signature cocktails and a variety of Pacific Northwest wines. The Bookstore Bar & Café is located off the hotel lobby and generates a warm ambience that makes it a favorite with both hotel guests and local patrons. Shelves of books line the walls near the ornate wood bar to create a comfortable reading room atmosphere. The convivial bar also boasts one of the largest single-malt scotch selections in the city.

Built in 1901, the Alexis Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly known as the Globe Building, the facility was renovated in the early 1980s and opened as the Alexis Hotel on September 10, 1982. The hotel was purchased by LaSalle Hotel Properties in June 2006 and is managed by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

About the Alexis Hotel

Known as "A Work of Art," the historic Alexis Hotel is an AAA® Four-Diamond hotel that showcases the distinctive diversity and culture of the Pacific Northwest through displays of original artwork and seasonal art exhibits throughout the hotel. The Alexis Hotel was recently named one of the top 500 hotels in the world for 2007 by Travel + Leisure magazine, and is included in Condé Nast Traveler's 2007 "Gold List." Located on 1007 First Avenue at Madison Street, the Alexis Hotel is one block east of the ferry terminal and Seattle's waterfront and within walking distance of Pike Place Market and historic Pioneer Square. For more information, visit www.alexishotel.com or call 866.850.1155.

About Dawson Design Associates

Dawson Design Associates was founded in 1987 by Andrea Dawson Sheehan in Dallas, Texas. Dawson Design Associates started out specializing in the interior design of restaurants throughout the Southwest. In 1989, Dawson Design Associates relocated to Seattle and has since partnered with high profile developers such as the Kimpton Group, The Hotel Group and the LaSalle Group. Dawson Design Associates has been the winner of several awards including a 2006 Lodging Hospitality award. For more information, please visit www.dawsondesignassociates.com or call 206.932.3102.

About Kimpton

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the first and leading collection of boutique hotels throughout the United States and Canada. Founded by Bill Kimpton in 1981, privately held Kimpton Hotels offers services and design elements focused on care, comfort, style, flavor and fun. Every Kimpton hotel reflects the energy, personality and pulse of its location, history and architectural style. Each property features personalized guest services, comforting in-room amenities, specialty rooms and suites, and provides a range of exciting culinary experiences through affiliated top-rated destination chef-driven restaurants. Kimpton takes pride in its commitment to social responsibility and leads the hospitality industry in ecological practices through its innovative EarthCare programs. In addition, Kimpton demonstrates a unique dedication to its female guests with the Women InTouch program, offering comfortable and safe environments, in-room fitness and wellness options as well as the company's unique "Forgot It, We've Got It" honor bar, providing essentials that women travelers may have forgotten at home. Among the company's newest properties are the recently acquired Muse Hotel in New York, Nine Zero Hotel in Boston and the FireSky Resort and Spa in Scottsdale. Kimpton debuted the Hotel Palomar in Washington D.C. in July 2006, and the Hotel Palomar Dallas in August, 2006. Additional projects are underway in Southern California, Texas, Florida and Virginia. For more information, please visit www.KimptonHotels.com or call 1-800-KIMPTON.

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