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Featuring the restaurant, Urbane, and Elaia spa, Seattle’s newest Hyatt offers a fresh twist on green

SEATTLE (January 30, 2009) – The highly anticipated Hyatt at Olive 8 opens its doors today in the heart of ’s thriving entertainment and dining district.  Located at the corner of Olive and 8th, the new hotel – on track to be ’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified hotel – is a striking addition to the city’s skyline and adds a new, more eco-friendly experience to the hospitality market.  One of the first in a new generation of environmentally conscious hotels across the country, Hyatt at Olive 8 offers its guests a truly luxurious “green” stay, from energy-efficient rooms to the locally sourced food and beverages at Urbane and all-natural, results-driven spa treatments at Elaia.

“From the sleek, all-glass exterior and stunning blue glass architectural elements to the living rooftop and in-room energy saving amenities, the building’s green design will make a lasting impact in a city known for its environmental consciousness,” commented Mark Stiebeling, general manager, Hyatt at Olive 8.  “We have worked hard to create a truly unique hotel experience for our guests, and are excited to open the 120th full service Hyatt hotel in the here in the market.”

A new landmark property from Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, the 346-room Hyatt at Olive 8 is located on the first 17 floors of the Olive 8 building, topped by 230 condominium homes on the upper 22 floors. Offering first-rate hotel amenities from spacious guest rooms to striking meeting spaces and an on-site yoga studio, Hyatt at Olive 8 pairs world-class service with comprehensive environmentally-sound practices, including:

Green Meeting Initiatives: Hyatt at Olive 8 offers more than 11,000 square feet of green meeting space perfect for groups looking to host eco-friendly social or business functions.  A distinctive 7,000 square-foot ballroom provides an elegant setting for large-scale events, while six additional day-lit meeting spaces boast 15-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, reducing the need for artificial light.  Hyatt at Olive 8 also provides filtered water instead of bottled water, paperless check-in and electronic folios, fitted tablecloths to decrease laundry and water consumption, and many additional green meeting options for environmentally conscious groups.

Building Design: As valuable in function as they are form, Hyatt at Olive 8’s sleek 100 percent glass exterior, energy-efficient infrastructure and visible living rooftop will make a lasting impact on the area.  The building uses 32 percent less water, 20 percent less power, and creates less storm water runoff than other similar-sized buildings in its class.  During construction, the project diverted more than 95 percent of construction debris from landfill disposal by redirecting recyclable material back into the building process.

Effortless Eco-Consciousness: Saving energy is simple for guests of Hyatt at Olive 8.   All guest rooms are equipped with Watt Stopper® master power controls for lighting to conserve electricity, as well as Toto® dual flush toilets and Bricor® water reducing shower heads that conserve water without compromising water pressure.  Additionally, the hotel’s green housekeeping programs utilize cleaning materials and chemicals that are environmentally friendly.

Hyatt at Olive 8 will also be home to the luxurious eco-friendly Elaia spa and sophisticated Urbane restaurant.  Located on the second floor of the hotel, and scheduled to open late February, Elaia (pronounced e-lay-a) brings a uniquely holistic and all-natural approach to skincare in .  Twelve spacious treatment suites – including one couple’s suite – will provide a relaxing environment for the spa’s personalized services, which include Elaia’s signature olive oil and “Market Fresh” treatments. Spa guests will also have access to private locker rooms, as well as the hotel’s sauna, steam room, 65-foot saline lap pool and co-ed Jacuzzi.  In addition, both spa and hotel guests will be able to take advantage of a 2,400 square-foot Stay Fit@Hyatt and on-site yoga classes.

Offering residents and out-of-town guests a true taste of the , the comfortable yet cultured Urbane restaurant and bar – scheduled to open on February 8 – will offer Northwest inspired cuisine made with ingredients supplied by regional farmers.  Featuring a flexible menu that follows local growing seasons, Urbane will open with a range of delectable offerings, including a Dungeness crab risotto topped with a tangy lemon parsley sauce, and a sticky toffee pudding with honey meringue ice cream.  Furthering the Northwest ambiance, the restaurant and bar will serve wines and beers exclusively produced by and wineries and breweries.  In addition to serving full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, the restaurant provides room and catering services for Hyatt at Olive 8 guests, and will manage a full service coffee and wine bar nestled within the Hyatt at Olive 8 lobby.

Located in the Northeast corner of ’s downtown core, the new hotel, spa and restaurant are only one block from the Washington State Convention and and within walking distance of many of the city’s most famous attractions, including Pike Place Market, the waterfront and the . Reservations for overnight stays, meeting spaces, spa treatments and restaurant dining are available online at www.olive8.hyatt.com.

About Hyatt at Olive 8

A striking addition to the skyline, the new landmark Hyatt at Olive 8 is set to be the city’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified “green” hotel. Co-designed by Seattle architecture firm MulvannyG2 and renowned New York architect Richard Gluckman, the state-of-the-art hotel features striking design elements including a sleek glass façade and one of the city’s largest living rooftops. The 346 luxury guest rooms occupy the 39-story building’s first 17 floors (condominiums are housed above), and the world-class property offers a range of on-site amenities, including 11,000 square feet of green meeting space, the eco-conscious Elaia spa, a 65-foot lap pool, a 2,400 square-foot StayFit@Hyatt facility, environmentally sound housekeeping and dry-cleaning services, valet parking and 24-hour room service. Additionally, the ground floor is home to Urbane, a 108-seat restaurant and bar serving fresh Northwest cuisine to residents and guests alike. For additional information about Hyatt at Olive 8 or to make reservations, please visit www.olive8.hyatt.com.

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About Global Hyatt Corporation

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Caitlin Haedicke
Duo PR for Hyatt at Olive 8
(206) 957-8305