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Design & Style
Hotel Ändra is uniquely Seattle and a world apart from other Seattle luxury hotels. The Scandinavian design elements are a tribute to the city’s Nordic heritage, while the use of prominent Pacific Northwest elements – water, wood and stone – is present throughout the hotel. The design reflects the contrast of modernism and sustainability – sleek and textured, light and dark, warm and cool, modern and traditional.
“Ändra” means “change” in Swedish, and changed is what we are. Now one of the premier luxury hotels in downtown Seattle, the building first opened in 1926 as efficiency apartments and became a transfer station for members of the Women’s Army Corps from late 1945 through 1947. In the 1970s, the building was restored to become a small boutique hotel, and was thoroughly re-created to become Hotel Ändra in April 2004.
What’s in a name? For us, a lot. An umlaut is a marking used over vowels to denote a different sound, changing a word completely. We liken ourselves to the umlaut and strive to embody this philosophy. As Team Umlaut, we take what could be an ordinary stay and add the Hotel Ändra spirit of hospitality to create the ultimate guest experience.
We look forward to creating a great stay for you and becoming your home away from home while in Seattle.