Willows Lodge, a Benchmark Personal Luxury Hotel and a Pacific Northwest retreat in Woodinville Wine Country near Seattle, completed a refresh that included all guestrooms, meeting space and the lobby. While multiple updates have been made to Willows since its opening in 2000, including a redesign and expansion of the hotel's Fireside Lounge, the most current project is the most comprehensive.
Spearheaded by the design team at Weber Thompson in Seattle, the project launched a new "modern lodge" concept at the property that now has reclaimed-wood and metal furniture made by local artisans Meyer Wells and NK Build. The hotel's color palette was updated to neutrals, including buttery caramels and wine tones. There are also new accent fabrics available.
The lobby now has additional seating and new lighting. A sculptural timber floor lamp and high-back chairs, all made in the US, now sit on a custom hand-tufted wool rug, featuring a willow reed pattern. The adjacent Fireside Lounge now has sculptural high-back seating areas, paired with movable ottomans.
The color palette of Woodinville Wine Country continues into the guestrooms. While entries were painted in a neutral shade, each room also received an accent wall behind the headboard in a deep wine hue. The intention was to create drama and to help the existing gold glass pendants to stand out.
The guestrooms also now have tailored bed wraps. Each room also received a new chair and matching ottoman, as well as color-blocked drapery paired with patterned sheers to allow privacy.
All meeting space at Willows Lodge was also updated. The pre-function area to the Sammamish Ballroom has a new rug and wall sconces as connective threads into the ballroom space, which was also refreshed with new finishes, furnishings and improved lighting. A custom broadloom carpet is also available. Walls received a new covering with a branch pattern, and the ceiling was painted a lighter shade.
The Burke Room, which also acts as the bridal room for weddings, added a reflective wall covering (similar to the ballroom's). Other additions include a three-panel wall mirror, as well as sconces and bronze mesh drum lights.
The Gilman Room received new ceiling lights and wall sconces, new paint and new carpet in a willow-inspired pattern.