In the early 1900s, Seattle brimmed with adventure and enterprise; today, that same pioneering spirit has spawned some of the most notable innovators to date, including Starbucks and Microsoft. Surrounded by rugged, natural beauty, the bustling downtown corridor of Seattle continues to build upon its rich industrial past. The story of the new Arctic Club Hotel embraces a very promising future as one of the city’s most unique luxury hotels, set within an historic landmark, The Arctic Club Building.
The 120-guest room Arctic Club Hotel opened July 9, 2008 in the Arctic Building, in the heart of the downtown financial and courthouse district at Third and Cherry streets. Combining the history, grandeur, and spirit of an early 20th Century men's club the building once housed, the Arctic Club Hotel's eclectic interior and first class amenities serve even most discriminating business and leisure travelers.
"More than a luxury hotel, Arctic Club Hotel is a Seattle landmark capturing the spirit, romance and the adventure of the Northwest," General Manager Stan Kott says. "The setting engages the guest like no other hotel."
Open, public areas of this hotel are composed of a handsome blend of early 20th century classic architecture infused with remarkable collections refelcting the orginal resident Arctic Club. Murals of exploration maps of the Arctic and artifacts from the Alaskan territories abound throughout the lobby, exuding a timeless adventure.
The social group known as the Arctic Club formed in 1908 and represented an eclectic assortment of adventurers, artists and industrialists inspired by the allure of the Yukon and Northern Pacific. The Arctic Club Building opened in 1917 and served as a dedicated meeting place where its esteemed members gathered to foster new connections and draw inspiration from their shared enthusiasm of exploration. Photos of original Club members are prominently displayed throughout the new hotel.
Though the Club eventually dissipated, the inherent beauty of the Arctic Club Building never waned. After Spokane, Wash.-based partnership Arctic Club Hotel LLC, purchased the property in 2006, they embarked on a meticulous interior reorganization, recruiting an A-list of partners, including experienced local hotel management company, The Hotel Group of Edmonds, Wash., Weaver Architects to head up seismic upgrades, and renowned San Francisco-based interior design firm Candra Scott & Anderson, known for its historic reinvention of landmark hotels.
The Arctic Club Building abounds with a heritage of head-turning architectural treasures: an Alaskan marble-lined foyer and stairwells; 27 ornate walrus head moldings, that wrap around the third floor exterior; and the breathtaking Northern Lights Dome Room, one of Seattle’s grandest event facilities featuring a Rococo gilt ceiling; ornamental cornices; and stained glass dome.
Guest rooms evoke prestige and comfort with uniquely Northwest luxury; everything including the wallpaper was custom-crafted. A club-thematic campaign unfolds in smart-looking striped coach cloths, refined furnishings, and sumptuous bedding accented with a monogrammed Club blanket. Artwork features a collection of native Alaskan Inuits photographed by Edward Curtis, himself an early member of the Arctic Club. Within beautifully appointed lavatories, guests relish the privilege of complimentary Kiehl's amenities and 32 rooms enjoy jetted or whirlpool bathtubs.
Inspired, New American Cuisine awaits in the hotel's JUNO restaurant, perfect for adventurous palates to taste the seasons. From British Columbia venison to an ale-kissed wild American Royal Red shrimp, standout menus crafted by Executive Chef Thomas Kollasch change the first day of each seasonal solstice. Kollasch characterizes the restaurant's versatile appeal as "jeans today; tuxedo tomorrow." Named after the Roman goddess, JUNO is an emblem of family, home, and hearth and associated with moon cycles – paralleling how JUNO restaurant’s menus follow the natural rhythm of the seasons.
On the Arctic Club Hotel's lobby level, the call of refreshment is answered by the Polar Bar. A visual cornerstone, the bar's lighted glass foundation creates the illusion it was cut from a chunk of blue glacier ice. Bartenders hand-craft classic cocktails as well as present a unique absinthe fountain service, and a special emphasis on fine tea includes JUNO's specially designed, tea-infused menu items.
While the Arctic Club Hotel is the place to stay, Seattle beckons its visitors to come out and play. Sweep through Seattle's Sixth Avenue luxury retail district; dine among top-rated restaurants serving beloved Washington cult wines; stroll Pike Place Market's fish, flower and farm stands; ascend to the top of the Space Needle or descend into box seats for professional athletics at Safeco and Qwest Fields, all in a night's work. Renowned fine and performing arts are just blocks from the Arctic Club Hotel.
Arctic Club Hotel offers 120 spacious guestrooms averaging 400 square feet and lofty ceilings with heights of up to 16 feet. Nightly rates begin at $199 for a Arctic Guest Room king, or opt for one of eight private rooftop terrace suites with breath taking views of the city (stake your claim on the two-room Denali suite, for example, at $645 per night). The season and availability affect rates.
Make a new discovery on your next journey to Seattle at the Arctic Club Hotel, a truly luxurious Northwest adventure. For more information, please call (206) 340-0340 or visit www.arcticclubhotel.com