Seattle Convention Center
Washington Convention Center – Seattle
The expansive size of the Washington State Convention & Trade Center is impressive for conferences. With four lobbies, six halls and more than 200,000 square feet of event space, the sheer size of the center can accommodate large technology and sales conventions. A friendly staff is always available to help you find your way around.
Since 1988, the Washington State Convention & Trade Center has hosted thousands of conventions. Some of the biggest include the annual Penny Arcade Expo, the annual Coffee Fest and the Macy’s Holiday Parade Float Assembly.
The center is divided into a north and south galleria. While in the area, check out the frequent free concerts held in the north galleria. Musicians may be jazz, blues or classical, but the concerts are always free and usually draw a decent crowd. Visitors can also enjoy the free art gallery found throughout the establishment.
Rest rooms are located on the second level. A series of escalators and elevators are central in the building to help you get from floor to floor. Restaurants, shops and services are located right in the convention center for your convenience.
Besides the catering menus, there are all the convenient services you might need offered right within the Washington State Conference & Trade Center.
Internet access is available for a fee. Restaurants like Cyber Dogs offers Internet to customers, so it can save money if you hold off Internet access until you purchase a meal. You do need a valid credit card to use the Internet within the convention center.
Those needing ATMs will find them on the first and fourth levels. The first floor ATM is near the escalators, while the fourth floor ATMs are next to Tully’s Coffee.
There are hairdressers, FedEx/Kinkos, massage salons, personalized gifts and a health club in or near the convention center. Level 1 finds Lotte Salon and Spa, the Massage Bar, FedEx/Kinkos and Pike Street Promotions. Gold’s Gym is located on the second level. Those needing personalized signs for their meetings will find FastSigns to be of help. The store is located next door to Bambuza Bistro.
Currently, Chef Jose Luis Chavez, former sous chef for the Michelin Four Star Diamond Hotel, heads the catering team at Washington State Convention & Trade Center. Foods prepared by the convention center’s caterers rely on local ingredients whenever possible. If your convention is not offering catered meals, there are lots of other great choices.
Many quality restaurants are within a short walk of the center in the heart of downtown Seattle. If you prefer to dine within the convention center, you’ll find many convenient optionsl. Fast food options like Subway offer locations at the arch and on the fourth level. Cyber Dogs offers gourmet hotdogs and provides Internet access to its patrons for a small fee.
Taco Del Mar is a popular convenience oriented Mexican restaurant and serves up quick, good Mexican dishes and burritos. Unconventional Pizza & Salad is another fast-food type eatery with homemade pizzas, salads and other Italian options.
Bambuza Bistro, Crepes Voila and Moby’s Restaurant and Lounge are excellent options for more upscale dishes. Bambuza Bistro and Moby’s Restaurant offers delicious lunches and dinners. Moby’s Restaurant also offers a nightly Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Crepes Voila is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Those seeking morning lattes right in the convention center have two excellent options. Tully’s Coffee is near the Subway on Level 4 and Espresso Caffe Dior is on Level 1. The Juice It Café offers fruit and vegetable juices for those who need a different option.
Once you leave the center – there are dozens of excellent restaurants within easy walking distance including the famous Skycity at the Seattle Space Needle, Wild Ginger, and Elliott’s Oyster House.
There are a few convenience stores located right within the convention center. Clay’s Market is a small grocer who offers convenience essentials including groceries, lottery tickets, money transfers, and magazines. If you need tacky souvenirs for those waiting for your return, the Seattle Shirt Company has a the typical selection of tourist shirts.
The Coin and Stamp Shop is geared for the avid collector who wants to add to their collection. They offer an array of paper currency, antique coins, foreign coins and stamps from around the world.
While it may seem unusual for a convention center’s attendees, Bamboo Hardwoods has a full-service store where you can purchase bamboo floors and furniture.