The October re-opening of the Sheraton Seattle Hotel as the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts presented a two-week celebration of immersive experiences on the property that brought to life then and now loved characteristics of the city of Seattle, along with a fabulous Gala event that included Seattle 400 VIPs, hotel guests and community supporters.
An exciting property experience provided guest with historic enactments of sipping coffee at a staged copy of the original Starbucks in Seattle, becoming a pretend Cirque du Soliel star on a replica of the Seattle Space Needle, singing in the rain above the Seattle city scape under super imposed rain drops and more. The Sheraton “Heart for the City” campaign also kicked off at Saint-Hyacinthe Hotel (Quebec, Canada) in August and tours also were scheduled for Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino (Cairo, Egypt) November 7; Sheraton Grand City Hyde Park (Sydney, Australia) November 15; Sheraton Santos Hotel (Santos, Brazil) December 2018; Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitfield Hotel & Convention Center (Bengaluru, India) 2019, and Sheraton Beijing Lize (Beijing, China) 2019.

Seattle View of the City from Seattle Seaplanes

Guests at the hotel were encouraged to experience a fabulous Seattle Seaplanes tour 10,000 feet above the city to get a personal aerial view of the current Seattle, as well as take a historic tour through the Pike Place Market with a market historic guide to learn of the early 1907 beginnings that created the amazing world renowned market that is a major destination today offering a diverse collection of foods, products, fresh and delicious seafood and gift items for the enjoyment of locals and tourists.

Chef John Armstrong IV

Executive Chef John Armstrong IV and his outstanding team presented a gala that attracted a crowd of local VIPs, hotel guests and loyal supporters that was outstanding, and according to the chef “the menu included the imagination and talent of our entire culinary team.” On the menu were drop dead delicious bites of salmon, Asian chicken, smoked beef, lamb chops that melted in your mouth, Ahi tuna pops Thai style, gourmet soup shots, divine dessert items and more.

Gala Foods

Chef Armstrong has a long history with Sheraton and Marriott hotels, including chef and food & beverage positions in exceptional properties in Ohio, Orlando, and Texas. During my interview with him he shared how much he, his wife and two small children love living in Seattle. He began cooking with his Italian grandfather as a young boy and credits him with his love for cooking. “I have a fantastic team here at the Sheraton who all contribute. Gregg Williams F&B Manager does an excellent job overseeing wines, along with Trevor Brauser the Hotel Manager. Our entire team are outstanding at coming together to present spectacular events at the hotel,” says Chef Anderson.

Champagne Bar Flute with Hors d’Oeuvre

A unique hanging champagne wall made of carved ice at the hotel gala was a show stopper, and the champagne topped with a delightful hors d’oeuvre was not only delicious but quite a photo moment for guests. Cocktail bar men mixed up all the classics, and hand served inspired bites were everywhere. The sweet ending of this special event was the announcement by General Manager Keri Robinson , with Indy Adenaw, VP & Global Brand Leader, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and Howard Wright III, new partner that the Sheraton Seattle would now be known as the Sheraton Grand Seattle Hotel.

General Manager Keri Robinson

Guest are now experiencing the rewards of the renovation of the hotel located in the heart of the city, and enjoy the new design of guests rooms, lobby filled with outstanding art from renowned Northwest artists, and the new Sheraton Club, a delightful club on the 33rd floor to enjoy food & beverage, Internet availability, watch the latest news or just enjoy the amazing views of Seattle fro the 33rd floor. I thoroughly enjoyed a delicious breakfast complete with hot and cold foods accompanied by delicious Starbucks coffee in this inviting club.
The Santa Barbara Airport is now featuring direct flights to Seattle on Alaska Airlines and I can hardly wait to return to Seattle to experience another visit to the Sheraton Grand Seattle, take another seaplane ride, see exciting historic sites, savor best Alaskan king salmon lunch ever at Steelhead Diner, following another visit to Pikes Place Market, for fresh seafood packed to take home on my return flight to Santa Barbara, and lets not forget the sweet hospitality of the people in Seattle. For reservations or information visit
By Bonnie Carroll