7 Cedars Hotel to Open in 2020 and Hires New Hotel Manager


SEQUIM, WA, February 21, 2019—With the completion of its newest dining venue, The House of Seven Brothers, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe can focus on its next venture, the 7 Cedars Hotel, the first phase of the 7 Cedars Resort masterplan.

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will break ground February 28th, on its five story, 100 room hotel, positioned adjacent to the 7 Cedars Casino in Sequim, Washington. The hotel will offer new opportunities for positions in the local hospitality industry. Revenues will fund Tribal programs and services. A sovereign nation, the Tribe offers its citizens various services and benefits. While federal funding covers some of these costs, Tribal revenues help raise the level of these services up to 21st century standards.

Some may recall that this project was originally slated to begin in 2008, but the Tribe determined that a delay was prudent due to the national financial downturn at that time. Now, ten years later, the many pieces of this complex project are coming together along with an improved economy.

Construction of a service road connecting the Casino, Hotel, Longhouse Market, and Tribal campus began in July 2018, to allow employees and guests to travel between venues without entering the Highway 101 front guest entrance.  The Blyn Tribal properties will be connected to the Class A Water Reclamation Facility at the east end of the City of Sequim. That facility was designed with excess capacity to handle the growth that has been expected in East Clallam County. The Carlsborg community connected in 2017 and the Blyn Tribal campus is expected to connect in late fall of 2018.

The Tribe is currently working with Rice Fergus Miller Architecture on design choices – using natural elements spanning from water to sky – that will visually tell the story of the Pacific Northwest, and our northwest region tribes’ history and culture. With a bold and inviting, wood-rich exterior, the hotel will be located to the west of the existing 7 Cedars Casino on the reservation land of the Tribe.

The first floor will house a large lobby, conference/meeting/banquet space, a coffee bar and administrative offices. The four upper floors will offer 100 rooms decorated in Northwest style with quality craftsmanship that reflects the strength, harmony and timelessness of life on the Olympic Peninsula, the Tribe’s homeland since time immemorial. The Tribe’s goal is to enhance a visitor’s sense of this place, its history, and to offer an opportunity to experience the beauty and authenticity of our natural surroundings.

Chairman W. Ron Allen stated, “We’re excited that we finally have a firm time schedule for this project that we have talked about for so many years.  We are confident it will extend the casual elegance theme we have strived for at our 7 Cedars Resort and Casino.”

The long awaited hotel will open in the spring of 2020. The Tribe looks forward to this journey and its continued growth as part of this community.


For additional information, please contact: Jerry Allen, CEO, 7 Cedars Resort, [email protected] or 360-681-6707.

7 Cedars Resort Hires Debbie Wardrop as Hotel Manager

SEQUIM, WA, February 14, 2019—Debbie Wardrop has been hired as Hotel Manager for the $40 million expansion and will lead the hotel team in the pre-opening of the first of a three-phase project that includes 100 rooms, coffee bar, and meeting space on the west side of 7 Cedars Casino. She will oversee all operations on a day-to-day basis for the hotel scheduled to open in summer of 2020. The second and third phases will add 200 more rooms plus large conference space and operational support facilities.

Wardrop has previously worked with luxury properties, including the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix and The Boulders Resort in Carefree, Arizona. She worked for the National Football League for nearly ten years as well. Her most recent position was at The Resort at Port Ludlow as General Manager overseeing the operations of an independent, boutique property with 37 guest rooms, and a full-service dining room featuring farm-to-table cuisine and a nationally recognized wine list.

“This next step in my career is a very exciting one. The Olympic Peninsula will welcome a hotel of this caliber and it will be a joy to work with the7 Cedars Resort Properties team. We look forward to welcoming visitors and sharing the distinctive experiences of this special place.”

In her role prior to joining 7 Cedars Resort, Wardrop’s focus on the industry has included: Washington Hospitality Association, Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission, Tourism Coordinating Council, and the Jefferson County Lodging Tax Advisory Council. She is also an active Board Member with the Jefferson Land Trust.

“7 Cedars is very proud of our Leadership Team, as we are now entering into the hotel industry, we appreciate the opportunity to have Debbie Wardrop join us with her experience. We welcome her and appreciate her talents.

Debbie’s contributions during the design phase and pre-opening work with 7 Cedars Resort, Rice Fergus Miller Architects, and Swinerton Construction has been a great experience, I look forward to a historic landmark relationship.”


For additional information, please contact: Jerry Allen, CEO, 7 Cedars Resort, [email protected] or 360-681-6707.

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