Courtyard Marriott South Lake Union

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Holst designed targeted exterior and interior renovations to the Courtyard Marriott in South Lake Union, Seattle, to update the hotel and its amenities for a diverse and evolving profile of guests. The phased renovation of the 1990s-era building began with upgrades to the lobby and port-cochere, aimed at enticing more business travelers associated with the nearby Amazon headquarters and new Facebook offices. It then expanded to a rethinking of guest amenities and shared spaces, and finally, upgrades to the 250 guest rooms.

Gracious Entry

A new contemporary canopy, pedestrian paths, low-profile landscaping, and warm wood details create a more refined entry sequence and provide ample protected space for arriving and departing guests.

Courtyard Marriott South Lake Union

Tailored Standards

In the lobby, new finishes and furniture adapt brand standards to reflect the prominence of the location. Revised guest circulation paths ease check-in; a new grand fireplace adds a warm but contemporary feature to the room.

The second phase of renovation creates a large, industry-leading fitness center from the existing underutilized pool and converts the previous gym into a new large conference room. The hotel houses many travelling high school and college sports teams who needed an exercise space that would accommodate a larger number of visitors at once.

Industry-Leading Amenities

The design of the 24-hour center combines durable resilient flooring, exposed concrete walls, and gray tones that lets the former pool’s gabled skylights remain the focal point of the room.

The third phase includes upgrades to the hotel’s rooms: new carpet, finishes, fixtures, and casework. A contemporary palette of neutral gray wallpaper and carpet, walnut casework and headboards, and white bathroom fixtures, result in a calming, inclusive, and durable aesthetic.

The hotel remained occupied throughout all phases of construction. The resulting renovation better serves a diverse audience, attracts new guests, and creates a special and notable identity befitting the hotel’s prominent location.


Washington Holdings


Seattle, Washington




250 rooms