Endless waterfront, gorgeous greenery, majestic mountains, great coffee… there’s plenty to love about Seattle! And as the home to some of the most iconic companies in the tech industry and beyond, it’s no surprise that the city plays host to an array of events. So to help you bring your next event to life in the Emerald City, we’ve rounded up 25 top Seattle event venues in one handy list of hotels, non-traditional spaces, and outdoor venues.
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Here Are Our Picks for Top Seattle Event Venues
Northwest Meetings & Events Magazine named this property top Washington Hotel with a meetings and event space as part of their 2015 Best in the Northwest — and it’s easy to see why! With everything from a meeting room complete with tables, bookshelves, and fireplaces to a breathtaking greenhouse, it’s well-equipped to host events of any shape and size.
2. Space Needle
We just had to do it. After all, no list of Seattle event venues would be complete without the city’s most famous architectural piece. Boasting incredible views of the city, waterfront, and majestic Mount Rainier, the Skyline level (the Space Needle’s private event and banquet space) will make attendees of your event feel like they’re quite literally on top of the world.
Impressive views, local cuisine, and cozy fireplaces are only a fraction of what one of the best waterfront hotels in Seattle has to offer. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the Edgewater Hotel offers a variety of event spaces plus incredible catering: everything you need to generate ongoing inspiration from your next big event!
As one of only two members of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) in Washington and one of the largest event venues in Seattle, BHICC boasts over 100,000 square feet of space for meetings, conferences, and trade shows. It’s oft considered the creme-de-la-creme of meeting destinations for its accommodating floor plans and tech-savvy setup.
5. 1927 Events
Built in the late 1920s (perhaps 1927?) and renovated in 2012, the high rulings and exposed brick and beam make for a uniquely urban-chic setting for meetings, parties, and weddings. When booking, you can opt for the in-house bar service or obtain the proper licensing that will allow you to provide your own food and beverages. Most importantly, 1927 Events allows you to customize the event to meet your unique needs.
Make your next event an unforgettable one with the chic intimacy of the Four Seasons. With spaces ranging from a 4,490 square foot ballroom to small ornate dining rooms, the space can accommodate just about anything. Plus, the hotel also offers buyouts and exclusives, so be sure to inquire before booking!
In looking at top Seattle event venues, the cinema doesn’t typically come to mind. But Regal Meridian 16 is a non-traditional event space in the heart of Seattle that’s fit for any business event of up to 300 guests. Featuring party rooms, reception spaces, and, of course, a full-size theater, the Regal Meridian 16 is readily equipped with presentation equipment, on-site AV staff, and full-service catering.
The Northern Lights Dome Room, the Arctic Club’s main attraction, is renowned for its Rococo gilding, original artistic frescos, ornamental cornices, and unique stained glass dome. Whether you’re in need of the storied ballroom or a smaller, more intimate space, the Arctic Club has a professional staff that can help meet all of your event needs.
If you’re looking for a place to host to 5,000 guests, want your choice of 500 meeting rooms, or need to accommodate 3850 overnight guests, the University of Washington might just be the ideal venue. It’s located just 3 miles from Downtown Seattle, is a short drive from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and features high-speed wireless internet access, onsite AV, and award-winning catering.
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel has remained a luxury destination for prominent corporate and social events for 90+ years. Longstanding as one Seattle’s highest-rated event venues, its recent renovations offer modern luxury that will give you and your guests (up to 750!) the greatest experience across all 28,000 square feet.
Perhaps one of the most unique venues in Seattle, WithinSodo highlights the natural beauty of timbers that were once covered in paint. Originally a metal shop, the space houses three dividable rooms of 1600 square feet, a 3000 square foot rooftop deck, three restrooms, two bars, a projection screen, and just about anything else you may need for a successful event.
The lobby isn’t the only thing that has jaws dropping. With a vibe that is unique in every way and the most luxuriously playful rooms in downtown Seattle, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco offers a fantastic space to host your large event and is located within minutes of nearby attractions.
13. Motif Seattle
Cater to those traveling to your conference with a wonderful hotel and Seattle event venue that makes sightseeing a breeze! The Motif Seattle is conveniently located near Pike Place Market, the Waterfront, and the Seattle Monorail, so your guests will be entertained far beyond the conference.
14. 415 Westlake
415 Westlake is a distinctive South Lake Union community space perfect for music, receptions, corporate meetings and cultural events in need of a fresh canvas to build upon. High ceilings, large open space without posts, high-quality sound and video systems, and a well equipped kitchen are some of the highlights of this incredible property.
15. Thompson Seattle
The Thompson is a luxury boutique hotel that reflects the intrinsic beauty of the Seattle waterfront it calls home. So much so, that it was selected by Condé Nast for their hotlist of the 75 most exciting hotels in the world. It offers 5,000 square feet spanning six indoor and outdoor event venues and meeting spaces fit for corporate events, weddings, receptions and private parties. Plus, you’ll receive on-site catering from one of the areas most famous restaurateurs.
Modern, chic, and beautiful both inside and out, the Fremont Foundry provides 11,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space throughout its two floors. Perfect for corporate and intimate gatherings alike, the natural lighting is unparalleled. The building was originally opened in 1981 as a hub for Fremont’s eclectic artist community and played a special part in Seattle’s art-focused counterculture.
17. Westin Seattle
Located within walking distance of the Pike Place Market and the Space Needle, the Westin Seattle is one of the larger event venues in the Emerald City. It features 69,000 total square feet of event space, 29 meeting rooms, and an 18,000+ square foot Grand Ballroom.
18. Seattle Aquarium
Provide your guests with a unique underwater experience in a nontraditional Seattle event venue that will make your event one to remember. The aquarium can host up to 800 guests and is perfect for any occasion from weddings to company functions. Plus, there are on-site catering services and it’s located at the edge of Elliott Bay, which makes it extremely easy to get to.
Centered around the glass art of Dave Chihuly, this gorgeous venue provides indoor and outdoor spaces for one-of-kind weddings and nontraditional corporate meetings. Beautiful landscaping, monumental sculptures, and the centerpiece Glasshouse are just some of the features your guests will enjoy at this space located next to the Space Needle in the Seattle Center.
Located in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, the once-warehouse-garage offers a contemporary vibe in a venue filled with elegance and style. It’s available seven days a week, year-round for weddings, receptions, and everything in between — and it’s sure to exceed your expectations.
Looking for an artistic vibe and 4,000 sq. ft. of eclectic event space? Make the Urban Light Studio your home for your next fundraising event, business meeting, wedding, and beyond. To get a taste of the space in action, make sure to visit the venue during one of their monthly Art Walk gallery shows.
22. The Canal
The Canal is a historic site that plays host to 1.5 million visitors from around the world each year. Not only will you and your guests have access to the beautiful underwater viewing windows, you’ll only be a short walk from the famous Fish Ladder.
What started as an old crane repair station, and then turned into an art gallery, is now an event space celebrating history, industry and art. The modern lines, Douglas fir ceilings and open floor plan make it the ideal choice for sophisticated weddings, galas, and more.
Known as the place designers go to “develop their best ideas,” the Seattle Design Center is available to anyone seeking a large and beautiful space to create the event of their dreams. The recently renovated, modern space is perfect for private events, charity galas, and corporate functions, giving planners 8,700 square feet of versatile floor space.
25. MV Skansonia
Historic charm paired with a picturesque view of the Space Needle and skyline are part of the reason MV Skansonia calls itself the best waterfront event venue in Seattle. The main floor features a dance floor, dining area, historic bar, and garage doors that open onto the bow, while the upper deck includes two sitting rooms and a covered promenade — both overlooking the water.
Not sold on Seattle? No problem. Check out our lists for other cities that are known for amazing event spaces.
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