Holiday Inn Seattle / SeaTac International Airport, one of the most prominent hotels in the airport area, with its distinctive roof, is nearing the end of a $2 million renovation in order to make staying away from home a much better experience for weary travelers.

After a wonderful and highly successful run spanning 35 years, the venerable Top Of The Inn Revolving Restaurant on the 12th Floor of the Holiday Inn Seattle / SeaTac International Airport Hotel will close it’s doors on March 31, 2005. In it’s heyday, the dining room was praised for it’s excellent Pacific Northwest cuisine served in grand style by “Singing Servers.” The space occupied by the restaurant will undergo extensive renovations and emerge on May 15 as an elegant Grand Ballroom offering panoramic views of the surrounding area, including Mt. Rainier. The room, which overlooks Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, will be available for conferences, trade shows, receptions, weddings and other catering events for up to 350 persons. It will have a dedicated kitchen and an adjacent breakout room seating 85.

A brand-new dining experience dawns on April 1st at lobby level with the opening of the Seven Hills Grille. Distinctly Pacific Northwest is featured and the atmosphere will be casual, trendy and lively. Against the walls, flat screen monitors will be mounted and tuned to conversational fodder like the morning news, sporting events, and other programming according to the time of day. The restaurant will be open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. The large polished wood bar, a throwback to the former Lobby Lounge, will remain a centerpiece while off to one side, elegant French doors can block off a small corner allowing for small private lunch or dinner functions for up to 30 persons. Executive Chef Ben Vahdati is designing a varied menu that includes a set of mouthwatering daily specials at moderate prices. The bar & grille scene morphs into an elegant café atmosphere for breakfast every morning.

The biggest change in the look of the hotel can be seen in the lobby. It has been totally rebuilt and new fixtures, fittings, and furniture are being installed. Special attention was taken in selecting the right colors for the wallpaper in order to take advantage of the available natural light to brighten the hallways and pre-function areas. All of the 7 function rooms have been renovated and are named after one of Seattle’s hills. The reception desk will be equipped with a special ADA counter to facilitate transactions by wheelchair-bound guests. The entire lobby area with the exception of the function rooms has been fitted as a high-speed Internet Hotspot complementing the wireless high-speed Internet access already available in all 259 guestrooms. At the same time, the soft goods in the Priority Club Floors were recently upgraded as well.

The hotel’s Business Center has been relocated and enlarged in order to accommodate more users. A new, fully-automated, self-service gift shop will also open shortly selling sundries and late-night snacks. A large indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi and workout room with exercise equipment and weights rounds off the hotel’s many amenities and is open 24-hours for guests.

Elsewhere, the 3 building elevators are in the final stages of replacement. The parking area is being re-striped and mechanical gates have been installed to ensure smoother parking access and greater security to the hotel’s clients.

Reservations for renting the Grand Ballroom are being accepted at this time by phoning the hotel’s Catering Office at (206) 428-2101 or by e-mail to Guestroom bookings may be made by contacting the hotel’s reservations line at 1 (877) 573-2822 or by e-mail to The Hotel is shortly planning to stage a series of open house events to familiarize the businesses and nearby communities with the exciting new changes.