United States -  Seattle

Known as the Emerald City, Seattle is the hub for the greater Puget Sound region and home to corporate giants like Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, Nordstrom, Expedia, and Costco, among others. Much of the growth has been fueled by Amazon's continued expansion, coupled with a strong tourism and convention market, which have contributed to accelerated levels of value growth since 2012. The Seattle lodging market continues to perform extremely well, with market-wide occupancies exceeding 76%, and average rates (ADR) continuing to register gains. With a significant pipeline of new hotel supply set to open during 2018 and 2019, and the convention center facing capacity constraints, a slight moderation in hotel performance is expected in the short term. However, given the strength of the economy and the region's continued expansion, the outlook for the Seattle market remains extremely optimistic.

Although the meeting-and-group demand segment continues to grow, Seattle’s major driver for this segment, Washington State Convention Center (WSCC), is currently facing capacity constraints. A major expansion of WSCC is underway, which will reportedly more than double the size of the existing space, adding 440,000 square feet of meeting space planned for the project; completion is scheduled for 2020. According to officials, the convention center is expected to garner strong interest in hosting events; however, until the expansion is complete, the center will not be able to support larger groups due to the size constraints of the facility, particularly during the summer months. Transient demand remains strong, as a growing cruise industry and other attractions remain in high demand. Operators are anticipating a flat to slightly reduced occupancy trend and ADR growth just above inflationary levels, as the new supply is absorbed. Following the ramp-up of new supply and the opening of the expanded convention center, occupancy is expected to increase to prior peak levels, and ADR growth is anticipated to resume.

With strong hotel performance rendering the construction of new projects feasible, coupled with the availability of construction financing, numerous projects have emerged in recent years. Several new, high-profile hotel projects are on the horizon. Approximately 30 hotel projects (more than 6,000 rooms) are proposed for the Seattle hotel market, with several projects slated to open in 2018 and 2019. The most notable proposed hotel in the region is the 1,264-room Hyatt Regency convention headquarters hotel, which is currently under construction; the remaining hotel projects are small to mid-sized, with only one other project containing more than 400 rooms. Despite a substantial increase in supply expected for the Seattle market, the long term economic growth for the region remains positive, and hotel values are forecast to remain stable in the near term.

As with many major markets, transaction activity was relatively meager in Seattle in 2017. However, there were a handful of notable transactions, with purchase prices in excess of $400,000 per room. The sale of the Pan Pacific and Alexis Hotel in early 2017, at $516,000 and $657,000 per room, respectively, represented the top single-asset sales in 2017. Seattle continues to be viewed as one of the nation's top gateway cities, ensuring that hotel investors will continue to pursue assets in this market for their portfolio. Despite a substantial increase in supply expected for the Seattle market, the outlook remains positive, and hotel values are forecast to remain stable in the near term.

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Change In Value For Market:

Significant Value Increase: Greater than +10%
Moderate Value Increase: Between +3% and +10%
Stable Values: Between -3% and +3%
Moderate Value Decline: Between -3% and -10%
Significant Value Decline: Less than -10%

Seattle RevPAR Change

Seattle RevPAR

Year RevPAR
2007 $87.29
2008 $86.05
2009 $69.21
2010 $72.24
2011 $78.69
2012 $85.62
2013 $92.41
2014 $104.01
2015 $113.16
2016 $116.57
2017 $122.75
2018 $122.60
2019 (f) $128.79
2020 (f) $133.98

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