UPDATE | OCTOBER 20, 2015
No more mystery. A big chain hotel name is confirmed- one will be calling the Snoqualmie Valley, specifically North Bend, home in about a year and a half.
City of North Bend Community and Economic Development Director, Gina Estep, confirmed a new hotel to be constructed at the corner of Bendigo Blvd and South Fork Ave will be owned by Mariott. Estep said that building plans submitted to the city last week were for a Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites.
There are over 700 Fairfield Inns located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Rooms include free WiFi and breakfast. The North Bend location will have four stories and 99 rooms. It is scheduled to open in Spring 2017.
More details are included in the earlier story the follows below.
Original Story, September 29, 2015
In August 2014 site work began at the corner of Bendigo Blvd and South Fork Ave in North Bend for a future hotel under the permitting name ‘New Sky Hotels.’ The big mystery since then has been what hotel?
Well, it seems the City of North Bend still isn’t quite ready to reveal what hotel chain will soon call the Snoqualmie Valley home, but North Bend Public Works Director Mark Rigos is giving some hints.
According to Rigos it will be a “really nice” hotel – one that fills a sweet spot in the North Bend/Snoqualmie area, where hotel choices are limited to the pricey Salish Lodge and Spa and older motels along North Bend Way.
Rigos described the new hotel as “nicer than a Holiday Inn” – somewhere people would want to stay AND more can afford to stay. He said the hotel deal is about “99% inked” and within a couple of weeks the City of North Bend should be able to announce what hotel will be opening in spring of 2017.
But for now the developer is still asking that the name not be announced.
We do know the hotel will be a four-story building with 99 rooms. The building’s shell will be constructed between May 2016 – October 2016, with the interior work happening during the winter of 2016/17.
Since August 2014, work at the 8.5 acre site (which is nearing completion) has included excavation, installation of storm drainage collection and conveyance systems and paving of the parking lot.
A second building is also possible on the site, but the timeframe for its construction (and what it will be) is still unknown.
In 2013 during the public hearing process for the project, phase II was described as “duplicating the building plans for phase I, but if phase I satisfies the market demand, the developer may revise the use of the structure planed for phase II from a hotel to a mixed-use building that could include things like office and retail space, residential units.”