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Motif Seattle, a Destination Hotel, is a prime example of how local design can be translated to a larger scale.

Recently renovated in the spring of 2017, the $10 million remodel saw tons of modern additions to the space as well as a renewed focus on showcasing local elements.

“We sought to incorporate gracious details and unexpected twists, such as a rainy day corner, art created by Seattle-based artists, and lighting and restrooms that bring energy to a sometimes dark day,” says  Shannon Sheron, Motif Seattle’s general manager, of the inspiration behind the renovation, which she describes as “clean, crisp, and fine.”

The attention to regional detail—like the rainy day corner, made in homage to Seattle’s trademark gloomy weather—is one thing that differentiates Motif Seattle from other hotels of its size and status. The pillows in guestrooms are decorated with the names of songs that originated in the city, Starbucks products line the coffee makers, and all materials are sourced locally. Even Degen & Degen, the architectural and design firm responsible for the massive remodel, is based in Seattle.

“This city is naturally a space where ideas, food, tech, and art get created. I feel like Seattle invites you to be yourself and look at a building or a space in a new way,” says Sheron. “Being an independent hotel surrounded by brands not only gives us a license, but demands that we invite and celebrate that which is manifested and created here.”

Encompassing 319 guestrooms—the Motif Seattle is the city’s biggest independent hotel—a brand new fitness center, multiple meeting rooms, two ballrooms (the largest of which measures at 9,000 square feet), and a rooftop restaurant/bar, Motif Seattle has all the makings of a luxe accommodation with the unique qualities that define boutique hotels.

Inspired by a contemporary decorating scheme that includes punchy colors, clean lines, and metallic accessories (the mirrored pendant lighting in some of the guest suites is a thing of beauty), Motif Seattle’s vibe is very much an urban one. Despite this, it remains warm and inviting, infused with finishing touches that lend a personalized feel to each and every room.

Another thing that differentiates the hotel? Its unique Visiting Artist Program, an annual collaboration that sees a local artist’s work highlighted throughout the hotel. This year’s partnership with local master glass artist Julie Conway, who is one of about 30 women ever invited to blow glass in the historic Venetian island of Murano, displays her unique “Light Ray” design on everything from hotel stationery to key cards to uniform accessories worn by staff members.

“Light Ray not only symbolizes the balance between light, shadows and reflections—which are my trademark inspirations—but also used a geothermal filter that resonates with Seattle’s historic waterways and our marine commerce,” says Conway of the unique design.


Located in the heart of the city (mere steps from the famous Pike Place Market), Motif Seattle is truly entrenched in city culture. And the love goes both ways: Locals flock to Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails, the hotel’s restaurant and bar that boasts a stunning outdoor patio, to grab a drink, listen to live music, and enjoy a menu inspired by the cuisine of the Pacific Northwest (pro tip: you need to try the confit duck leg).

Planning a visit to Seattle? Check out more info about this newly-renovated boutique hotel at motifseattle.com.

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