In a surprising turn of events it was announced last week that the contract was terminated for the new
SLS Seattle hotel at F5 Tower in downtown Seattle. The owners, Fifth and Columbia Investors LLC, are now selling the nearly finished 189-room hotel. The hotel was set to open within the next month.
When the decision was announced on October 6, all SLS Seattle social media accounts and information on the SLS Hotels website had been removed. Noted French designer Philippe Starck’s design is still in place at the hotel, including a spa, 16th floor restaurant and meeting space, in addition to The Sanctuary.
SLS was set to occupy the first 16 floors of the new tower with the 189 rooms occupy floors three through fifteen. On the 16th floor would have been their lobby along with a 200 seat restaurant created by James Beard Award-winning chef Jose Andreas. They even conducted media tours of the new hotel space last spring. It is unknown when another hotel may occupy the space.
The decision will not affect the November 11 opening of The Sanctuary, the 109-year-old former First United Methodist Church. The refurbished structure will serve as an events space next to the 44-story F5 Tower.
F5 Networks is still scheduled to move into their new office space in early 2019. Fifth and Columbia Investors LLC has listed the hotel property with Eastdil Secured.