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Seattle’s iconic Art Deco gem joins Benchmark’s Gemstone Collection

Seattle’s iconic Art Deco gem joins Benchmark’s Gemstone Collection

Seattle’s iconic Art Deco gem, the Hotel Deca, is the newest member of the Gemstone Collection, a dynamically expanding portfolio that is part of Benchmark, a global hospitality company. The historic 158-guestroom property, featuring three Penthouse Suites, is situated in Seattle’s spirited University District, close to the campus of the University of Washington and just minutes from the attractions of downtown Seattle. Benchmark includes 70 domestic and international properties under two distinctive and unique brands, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and the Gemstone Collection.

“We are delighted to add another distinguished property to our portfolio in the Pacific Northwest,” said Benchmark CEO Alex Cabañas, noting the hotel’s landmark status and architectural significance. “Hotel Deca joins the renowned Willows Lodge located in Woodinville, in Washington’s wine country, as a signature member of the Gemstone Collection.”

The owners of the property, AJ Capital Partners, plan a total renovation of the hotel, covering all guestrooms, meeting space and public areas. A stylish rooftop bar will be added, with stunning views of the city, bay and mountains. Following renovations and in the spring of 2018, Hotel Deca will become a Graduate Hotel, a well-curated, thoughtfully crafted collection of hotels set in the most dynamic, university-anchored cities across the country. From the colonial grace of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to the stunning desert mountains of Tempe’s Arizona State University, these singular hotels reflect the spirit and individuality of some of America’s most acclaimed academic centers and the surrounding areas.

Designed by the celebrated architect, Robert C. Reamer, Hotel Deca opened in 1931, and in 1938 was included in the American Institute of Architects list of the 100 most distinguished buildings in America. Today the hotel features Art Deco splendor with a modern, stylish and playful atmosphere. In the lobby, a cozy fire and mahogany bookcases welcome guests. Striking murals, inspired by the Jazz Age, make a bold statement. A well-equipped Fitness Center is complimentary to hotel guests and the entire property is completely smoke free. Hotel Deca is popular with visitors to the University of Washington and area corporate headquarters.

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