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posted Friday, March 1, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 9

The rebirth of elegance - LGBT-friendly Renaissance Seattle Hotel is ready to host your wedding
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN Travel Writer

If your wedding day calls for a ceremony and reception, you'll likely save money by having it at a hotel. Most hotels are staffed with event planners who can do everything wedding planners can do, though usually without an extra fee.

The Renaissance Seattle Hotel (515 Madison St.) is one local spot to consider for your big day. This 30-year-old property is not just a strong supporter of the LGBT community - it's really a part of it. The Coronation 2013 festivities were recently held on the premises, and in May it will be the host hotel for Magnitude 15.13, a major Gay rugby competition that attracts teams from throughout North America. Rainbow City Band will also utilize the facilities for this year's annual silent auction fundraiser, and the hotel looks forward to repeating its sponsorship of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival this fall. And, year-round, the hotel makes admirable contributions to LGBT organizations.

For large weddings, the hotel's Courtyard Ballroom on the B level can accommodate around 380 attendees for a banquet-style affair, or 650 guests for a standing reception. Two floors up is the Madison Ballroom with space for 320 guests banquet-style, or 500 standing. Maxwell's, a breakfast-lunch diner and one of three restaurants at the Renaissance Seattle, can accommodate any overflow or serve as a reception area by itself.

ROOMS WITH A VIEW
Smaller wedding gatherings will appreciate the perfectly situated Visions room, located on the hotel's top floor, which boasts grand semi-panoramic city views. With space for 130 to 140 guests (sit-down dinner and/or reception), it's a wonderful place to exchange your vows and/or dance the night away. Just down the corridor from Visions, also on the 28th floor, is the property's premier restaurant, Rview, which also can be booked for a ceremony and/or reception.

Floor plans, rates, and general information about the hotel's facilities are available at www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/seasm-renaissance-seattle-hotel. The Renaissance Seattle can also help find services that it doesn't itself provide, such as florists, cake designers, wedding officiators, and entertainment.

Couples simply wanting an overnight stay or honeymoon experience can cuddle up inside one of the hotel's 553 rooms, decked out with classy yet casual decor and rust-tone bedspreads that match the walls. Modern amenities such as flatscreen TVs, and essentials like mini-bars and safes, are also included. WiFi access is complimentary in the lobby and restaurants, but there's a small fee for in-room use.

For a bit more indulgence, reserve a Corner King room with about 500 square feet of space and exceptional views of downtown Seattle and the surrounding scenery. And for an even more luxurious stay, a club-level suite comes with access to the polished Club Lounge, allowing guests to enjoy complimentary breakfasts, non-alcoholic beverages, fax and printer services, afternoon hors d'oeuvres, and an outdoor patio.

FINE DINING
All guests can access the 24-hour fitness center, retail shops, and restaurants - Maxwell's, the Lobby Court Lounge, and the already-mentioned Rview, which now features a regional menu with seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes utilizing fresh Northwest ingredients. The menu is adjusted seasonally and currently includes mouthwatering entrees like St. Helens filet of beef, seared black cod, Penn Cove mussel tagliatelle pasta, and grilled Draper Farms organic chicken breast. Even the appetizers (the three sweet-chili-glazed chicken 'lollipops' are highly recommended) and dessert choices (the Washington apple tart with Whidbey Island vanilla ice cream was marvelous) are house-made with local produce and other area-sourced goods. Rview is a terrific locale for an engagement or wedding party dinner - or a couple's first night out.

The hotel is currently renovating all of its corridors, highlighted by carpeting embossed with individual floor and room numbers (at each doorstep) and wallpaper imagery that spotlights the neighboring Seattle Public Library. Elevators were recently fitted with sparkling, mirror-like interiors.

Couples wishing to tie the knot at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel can visit the property's website, or call and speak to a certified wedding specialist at (206) 694-4997.



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