Luxury hotel set to open in Seattle

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SEATTLE -- The Elliott, an independently owned and operated luxury hotel in Seattle, is set to open on May 1 with at least one distinction: It is the first property to become a member of Leading Hotels of the World before opening.

"As an independent hotel, we find we have to do it better than anybody else," said Bret Matteson, general manager.

His goal for the hotel is to be the "leader in contemporary luxury in the Pacific Northwest."

The Elliott has a total of 425 rooms, including 113 suites.

Matteson said the property expects eventually to compete on a level with the Four Seasons, arguably Seattle's most luxurious hotel.

He said the Elliott's emphasis on technology and its more contemporary feel would differentiate the hotel from others in the market.

In terms of decor, the Elliott will serve up a steady diet of modern styling and earth tones, with lots of exotic woods and textures.

As a new build, the Elliott will open with technological features that older hotels have had to incorporate into existing operations. All rooms will have three dataports, with two multiline phones and one wireless phone.

Guest rooms are also wired into a network system, meaning that colleagues in separate rooms can work together via computer. Meeting rooms are also hooked into the system, so customers can view feeds from meetings going on in the hotel.

All Internet access is complimentary.

Televisions also are interactive, and guests can, in addition to Internet functions, use them for concierge services.

By summer, Matteson said, guests will be able to use the interactive television to customize such things as housekeeping or breakfast.

Standard rooms start at $350 per night, with standard club-level rooms beginning at $425. (Guests in club rooms have access to a lounge with complimentary meals throughout the day.)

Suites range from $400 to $3,000.

For information, call (206) 262-0700, or see the hotel's Web site at www.elliotthotel.com.

Reservations can also be made via Leading Hotels of the World.

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