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SEATTLE, Washington – September 7, 2018 – Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel, has named award-winning hospitality leader Steve Sasso as General Manager. In his new role, Sasso oversees day-to-day operations of Seattle’s largest independent hotel, which recently underwent a $10 million renovation.

As a hospitality industry veteran with nearly twenty years of management experience at hotels across the US, Sasso comes to Motif Seattle from Interstate Hotels and Resorts, where he served as General Manager at The London NYC and General Manager at Paramount Times Square. Prior to Interstate, Sasso was with Denihan Hospitality Group. As General Manager at New York’s The Benjamin Hotel, he was named HSMAI “GM of the Year” for New York City. During his time with Denihan, he also served as General Manager of Eastgate Tower, Affinia Gardens and Affinia Dumont, all located in New York.
Previously, Sasso held the role of Hotel Manager of the Acqualina Resort & Spa on Miami Beach where he oversaw all hotel, restaurant and spa operations. Sasso also held previous leadership roles at Boston’s The Copley Square Hotel, The Westin New York at Times Square and The W New York. 

“Steve has a proven track record of results and operational excellence,” said Howard Jacobs, Area General Manager for Destination Hotels. “We look forward to having his invaluable knowledge, experience and passion at Motif Seattle.”

Sasso conducted his undergraduate studies in New Hampshire and Switzerland and attended University of Massachusetts Amherst working toward his MBA and MS degrees.  He also completed the 2014 General Manager Program at Cornell University. He is also passionate about paying it forward and is an active member of UMASS Amherst’s hospitality leadership advisory board and AHLEF’s scholarship committee which awarded a record-breaking $1.3 million scholarships this year alone.

Sasso looks forward to continuing the reputation of Motif Seattle as one of the best and most popular hotels in Seattle. In his free time, Sasso enjoys running and exploring his new city, and the best of Seattle.

About Motif Seattle 
Following a $10 million redesign of its 319 guestrooms, Motif Seattle is an upscale, independently branded hotel inspired by the area’s rich fashion, arts and music scenes. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Motif Seattle is surrounded by the city's finest restaurants, shopping, entertainment venues, museums and attractions. The hotel features Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, which offers a true social experience with a vibrant design, shareable menu, downtown Seattle’s largest outdoor patio, fireplaces, games and more. Motif Seattle draws its inspiration from the area’s rich history, innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and vibrant artistic scene, creating a guest experience woven from the heart of Seattle. The AAA Four-Diamond rated hotel was also voted one of the best Seattle hotels in the most recent Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. For more information, visit Follow us on Instagram: @MotifSeattle. Like us on Facebook: MotifSeattle

About Destination Hotels 
Destination Hotels is a collection of more than 40 upscale and luxury independent hotels, resorts and residences across North America. Each property is intentionally diverse and true to its location, transcending status quo in fresh, authentic and unforgettable ways. Serving as both the explorer and the guide, Destination ensures a sense of genuine belonging and the chance to encounter life-enhancing discoveries. The award-winning portfolio features 19 renowned golf courses, 18 indigenous spas, and 112 exceptional food and beverage options including bars, restaurants, cafes, and rooftops. Destination Hotels captures the unique essence of each location through authentic experiences, immersive programming and genuine service. For more information, visit Follow us on Instagram: @destinationhotels and Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels
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Where Seattle gets social. By design.

Make your way to the fifth floor on 5th Avenue for downtown Seattle’s best rooftop happy hour hotspot, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails — consistently voted among the best rooftop bars in America.

Come for the handcrafted cocktails, stay for Chef Adam Stevenson’s locally-inspired menu, featuring wild seafood, foraged mushrooms and the best of the Pacific Northwest.

And do come to play. Warmed by two gorgeous outdoor fireplaces and vibrant lighting in edgy urban patio style, you’ll want to start some mischief of your own with a little shuffleboard, LED ping-pong and a rotating cast of live Seattle musicians and DJs.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner — and weekends for brunch. See what’s on the menu or reserve your table below.