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Address: 700 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104
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1. Alfred K.
I rarely write reviews for hotels. They just all start to feel the same after a while, especially when you stick to the hhonors club. As such, I didn't have high expectations for the Arctic Club, only to be pleasantly surprised by the decor. The faux antique look was a breath of fresh air for a Doubletree affiliated hotel, and is very appropriate given the hotel's history. The look kind of reminds me of those Tom Brady cologne ads. The restaurant downstairs - Juno - has wonderful breakfast. The eggs were so perfectly cooked - you can tell there's some really good sous chefs working behind the scenes. It really exceeded my expectations for a hotel breakfast. The service for breakfast was unfortunately slow, and the valet parking is fairly expensive, but all in all we enjoyed our stay and I look forward to staying here again. Pet friendly is a big plus - hopefully Hilton will continue to follow SPG and Kimpton's examples by accepting pets without additional fees.

26/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Robyn C.
Meh. No one was around to get our car at the valet (it was only 4:30pm) Room was very cavelike and small. The furniture and bath were however nice. The view from the window was a God awful black, huge thingamajig. The bed on the other hand was very comfortable. Juno's food was OK but the restaurant was dead on a Friday night. No wonder the person at the hotel desk was very surprised we wanted to make a reservation. Oh well. Now we know. The bar service was slow and rude in the evening. In the morning, room service took four calls before anyone answered. After repeating my order three times, they still managed to get it wrong. They forgot cups for the coffee pot, two items we ordered never made it either- and my eggs Benedict had eggshells in it. On a better note the French toast was very tasty. :)
I don't think we will go back. We bought this room at an auction so we grossly overpaid.  There are many other hotels in Seattle that are historical but much better.

13/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
3. Scott H.
I stayed here for four days in Oct. 2008 during my first trip to Seattle and I would definitely stay again.  Granted, renovations were still being finished up, but I still enjoyed my stay and the place should only  get better once everything is running smoothly.

Rooms are spacious and comfy and mine had a great view of Smith Tower at night.  You might find the bathrooms odd at first (there's no tub or shower stall, but just a shower curtain and a drain in floor), but it works, trust me.  Service from the front desk, to the bartenders was solid and while I didn't eat at Juno, the room service breakfast was excellent.  

I felt like I could walk anywhere I needed from the location as well.

18/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Rob R.
We stayed at the Arctic Club shortly after it opened and, while there were still growing pains, it was a great experience overall.  The renovation captures the history of this Seattle landmark while bringing the rooms into the 21st century.  We had a spacious, airy room with views of downtown Seattle.  The king bed was quite comfortable, and the Kiehl's bath products in the bathroom made my wife ecstatic.  

Our only complaint is that the water never got incredibly warm, but it was warm enough to bathe in.  Otherwise, staying at the Arctic Club was a memorable experience!  We'd love to go back!

12/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Jacob C.
One of the coolest hotels every!

17/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Christine O.
The Artic Club is located in a beautiful historic building. The marble entrance and dark wood lobby give a warm elegant feeling to the place. Close to the waterfront and Pikes place market. If you don't need a car, take the Link train from the airport to Pioneer Square stop, which is right across from the hotel. This saved us paying to park the car every night, plus parking hassles around the tourist areas, and we didn't have to drive in traffic. This was a great location for walking to the tourist spots. The front desk and bell staff were very courteous, friendly, helpful and went out of their way to make a guest feel valued. Know that patience may be required with the slow elevator and room keys that didn't always work the first time. Room was nicely decorated, spacious and comfortable (firm bed) with a lovely soft bathrobe provided. Skip paying extra for a balcony room, not worth it. It was one long shared balcony, separated only by a planter between rooms. Only some of the balcony had a water view, so it was likely that there might be another patron traipsing in front of your window to take a picture.  When sitting, any view you do have is blocked by the wall of the balcony.

16/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. natalia v.
The hotel is nice enough but they need to get it together! For a four star hotel they lack the little touches that make you not get agitated every half hour.

My first morning there the alarm in the adjacent room went off at 6:00 am for 15 minutes straight before someone came up after THREE calls to the front desk to turn it off.

My second morning there the same thing happened. they were too lazy to check if the alarm was on auto alert so the same thing happened this time it took FOUR phone calls

The elevator to the fitness center is not clearly marked, and there are no signs to the fitness center anywhere. which makes you call the desk or walk through the lobby lost in your sweatclothes.

The elevator also confuses people where the lobby lets you out on Cherry street versus the front main entrance. I saw numerous guests get confused leaving the elevator.

The fitness center has poor ventilation and virtually no equipment.

the lighting in the rooms is very dim and low and not really all that great.

at most i would give this hotel 3 stars on a good day. to me, luxury is in the details.

Finally after calling for a late check out at 1pm, they de magnetized my room key at noon anyway. After having worked out sweaty, i had to go through the lobby in my sweaty gym clothes to get it magnetized. Not fun.

this hotel sucks.

07/05/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
8. beany b.
Arctic Club Hotel BAR is what I'm reviewing.  A few years ago a bunch of us went on a barcrawl through classic old grande dame hotels in Seattle and visited the Arctic Club Lounge.  A winner!!!  Beautiful hotel bar lounge;  comfortable but classy, great drinks, lovely ambiance.  Recently added some absinthe setups on the bar.  Bring a couple of your beautiful friends, lounge on their sofas, sip a Sazerac or martini and pretend you're back in the good ol' days.  Notable for the maps and nautical themes, and faux glacier light panels lining the beautiful wood bar.  Cheers!!

01/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Christin A.
Love it, old school with tons of charm and great service.  A special place.

10/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Melodie S.
I would love throw up a 3rd star, I just can't. Note: It is their first year in operations, and I suspect with the recession they are having a tough go of things. My rate was very reasonable, and the front-desk service was quite good.

Good:
The room was huge, and nicely appointed. Bed very comfy.
Bathrooms again, huge and the tiles and fixtures very cool.
The bar really is something to behold. I was here during intermittent snowstorms, and it was a treat to sit beside a roaring fire with my book and a cocktail at night.

Bad:
-The parking/valet situation is bizarre. The valets and front desk are on the 2nd floor, while the place you pull in for valet is on the 1st floor around the corner. When I actually located the valet, he followed me downstairs and told me he would be happy to valet it for me (for something in the vicinity of $30 per night)- as if it was putting him out in some way. Getting annoyed, I opted to park around the corner in a garage and haul my rather substantial amount of luggage to the front desk myself. The next morning as I was sweeping the shattered glass off of the front seat of my rental car from the crackhead who had broken in during the night and stolen my GPS, I thought to myself how nice it would have been to have had my car securely parked in a hotel garage as it would have been if I had stayed in a real 4 star.
-There were crumbs on the nightstand and desk of my room when I got there. I am not such a prima donna that it actually bothered me, it just showed that the level of detail is just not there to be in the league of their competition.
-The afternoon tea they claimed on the website to serve in the lounge did not exist.
-It is really really dark in there and the ubiquitous photos of old dead rich guys everywhere kind of started to creep me out after awhile.
-The hotel faces the Dexter Horton building, and if you aren't careful about drawing your drapes, you will unknowingly provide a free show to the folks working away in their offices. Not really a fault of the hotel, just thought I would share this little detail/learning experience.
-The homeless situation in Pioneer Square has gotten way out of hand. I lived in Seattle for over 10 years and never felt unsafe walking alone at night. Clearly a lot has changed since then, it felt a little like The Night of the Living Dead, I couldn't walk for more than 20 feet without being approached by a homeless person. Makes me sad for Seattle.

10/03/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
11. Mike B.
Great hotel in downtown Seattle with a very good bar.

09/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Megan M.
I stayed here recently on a trip that bizarrely combined business and pleasure....I was working, and yet had my sister and my five month old daughter in tow. This lovely hotel served both purposes extremely well.

The staff was incredible. Maybe it was because I had a very cute baby with me, but they called me by my name and really anticipated my every need without being overly cloying or pretentious.

The space itself is beautiful - a really tastefully done renovation, not only in the swank lobby, but in the rooms. The tilework in the (large) bathroom was beautiful, and the turn-of-the-century motif was charming without being corny.

Amenities were perfect: Khiels' bath products (!) and tasty snacks in the mini bar, very comfy robes, super-soft bedding. The fitness room in the basement was well-equipped, if a little hard to find.

Drinks in the lobby bar were delicious and reasonably priced...can't speak to the food in the restaurant, but the complimentary breakfast the hotel served on the day the restaurant was closed was deelish.

I would definitely stay here again. Great location, kind people, and posh rooms make for a winner!!

16/10/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. L B.
Great location, attentive professional staff, great breakfast in restaurant downstairs.  I will be back.

07/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Picky P.
This place just opened a few weeks ago, and they still have a few things to iron out...but they have done a fantastic job of preserving the historic look and feel of this beautiful old Seattle building. The one with the walruses on the facade. (The hotel picked up on the whole walrus thing, with stuffed walruses in the rooms, little walruses on all the napkins and stationery...cute.) I attended a wedding reception in the dome room...which is a truly beautiful setting. The guest rooms are also very nice, with box beamed ceilings, crown moldings, period fixtures, hexagonal tiling in the baths, jetted tubs, old-fashioned doors, etc. I thought it was really charming.  The entrance/lobby/restaurant/bar layout is a little confusing, but the staff is helpful and polite.

The next day I had a perfectly decent brunch at their restaurant, Juno.

Oh, and they serve absinthe in the lobby bar. :-)

27/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Brian S.
Though in a more quiet part of downtown (near Pioneer Square) this hotel was great!  The decor is really nice with the old dark wood from the turn of the century....very nice...the hotel bar with fireplace was just gorgeous.  The rooms have double paned windows so noise was never an issue, the bed...comfortable as can be.  Would I stay here again...you betcha!

23/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Sara Y.
Stayed here the weekend the Redskins kicked the Seahawks tail feathers! Yeah! Ok, now that that is out of the way... the Arctic Club Hotel.

Four stars!
+service. Concierge was top notch, recommended great hotels, and were very accomodating.

+a clean clean room.

+restaurant downstairs that curbed my nighttime dessert and drink cravings.

+having a special the weekend I wanted to vacay in Seattle.

+location is in business district, so it was pretty quiet at night.

Downsides: Printer in lobby didn't work- wasn't even setup?
AND what really got me is that there wasn't a fitted sheet on the bed, so in the middle of the first night (I'm a fitful sleeper!) it was completely off and I was snuggling the bare mattress. Everyone with me now:

EEWww!

I had no problem waiting for the elevator, however. It was spot on and empty everytime.

21/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Lori S.
I had the pleasure of accompanying my man to his work holiday party at the Arctic Club this past weekend. The hotel had a design team that specializes in historic reinventions of landmark hotels do the remodel to an early 1900's theme. It is exquisite!

The downstairs bar area was very spacious, and it had comfy couches and a nice side room that could host a private dinner party.

The upstairs ballroom/reception area had all this crazy intricate detailing & designs on the ceiling and walls. It would be a great place to host a wedding reception too!

13/01/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
18. JacnDan P.
What an amazing hotel!!!!  From the very first moment you drive up to the valet (beware... $38 for overnight parking) to the doorman, you feel like you have stepped back into time.  The building is on the national historic society list and has been renevated to make you feel like it would have in 1917, which is when it originally opened as a mens club.

There are only two elevators, which is the only thing I didn't like about the place, as it can feel like you're waiting a long time.  But with the great 20's music playing... just take it all in and enjoy yourself when you're waiting... and waiting.... and waiting for the elevator.

The views are spectacular, the amenities are top of the line, just such a cool place!  This is in the heart of the financial district and bordering Pioneer Square, so mind you there will be sirens at night.  But, if you want a true city hotel... this is it!

26/08/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Leon L.
I have now stayed here about five times in 2009.  I usually take the Sound Transit light rail from Seatac to Pioneer Square stop.  You walk up and you are just across the street from the hotel.

The top floor's rooms, especially the corner room, are fantastic.  It is usually two rooms with a nice jacuzzi tub with balcony access.  The other rooms on the other floors are small.  Not much space between the bed, desk, chair.  For one person, it is fine.  For someone traveling with a companion, it is tight.  

I like drinking tea and each room has a brilliant tea pot and strainer system.  It is not the Four Season sleeping tea pot but it does a good job of straining tea slowly.  

The Juno restaurant serves great breakfast food.  Service can be slow depending on how busy it is.

24/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Barbara B.
We (again) found another treasure on Yelp. We've lived in nearby Olympia for over 30 years, but knew nothing about this gem earlier. A lovely, recently restored vintage hotel which is filled with historical ambiance. The staff could not have been more helpful. We found this location extremely quiet (contrary to an earlier comment made)---close to Pioneer Square but away from the much noisier Bell Town/Pike Place market area. We'll definitely come back to this location.

16/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Laura C.
We really enjoyed our room here. We had a king size bed, whirpool tub room. The room was very spacious with two chairs and a table in between them for us to sit in after a long day of traveling around the city. The whirpool tub was great for relaxation too although it was a bit short for my fiance and I as we are both 5'11. We never ate in the hotel although there are a bar and a restaurant that are available. A great thing about the hotel is that it's located on 3rd and Cherry St. so it's easy to take the light rail here from the airport and it's convenient to take a bus to different parts of Seattle or to just walk around the downtown. It's also close to Pioneer Square if you want to go down there. One of my favorite parts of the hotel was the art deco styling. I loved, loved, loved the interior and exterior of the hotel. I also loved the warm chocolate chip cookies that they gave us at check in. The Arctic Club is a beautiful, efficiently, professionally run hotel that I would visit again.

12/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Megan M.
My fiance and I are originally from Washington and considered this hotel as a wedding venue.  We recently flew up to visit venues in Seattle and Portland, and had high hopes for the Arctic Club.  Upon arrival, the first thing my fiance and mom commented on was the musky old carpet smell as you enter the dome room (my fiance referred to the carpet at "ratty").  The hotel itself is kind of dark and the location is not desirable for out of town guests.  I was so in love with the ceiling and my vision for our special day that I was willing to overlook these things.  

Then reality set in.  The Arctic Club does not seem customer service oriented and that is very important to us, especially for an occasion like this.  Their sales and catering coordinator seemed disinterested in working with us, and their pricing was inflexible.  Their overall cost was only slightly less than the Four Seasons, which had a much better location and customer service.  Their $3000 site rental fee seems unwarranted, especially for date that is at the tail end of wedding season and a venue that does not allow outside catering.  We are planning a Saturday wedding for 150 guests, and every location we spoke with offered to completely waive their rental fee.  The Arctic Club would not offer ANY incentives unless we held our wedding on a Sunday!  Their idea of a Sunday discount was $1000 off the rental price.  Maybe they were holding out for an even larger group, but their tactics seem shortsighted because more than 100 of our guests will require hotel rooms for 2 nights.

There are many other locations in Seattle with better value and customer service.  Maybe the Arctic Club will have to improve their service when they realize how much competition is out there!  In the meantime, if you are considering this as a wedding venue I recommend shopping around first.

07/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
23. Yosafena C.
We spent two nights in the hotel.  What a beautiful place!  We stayed in a corner room on the 8th floor.  We felt right at home and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  They really did a fabulous job refurbishing this hotel.  I indeed felt I was back in the gold rush days.  Heavens, where's my bustle?  You can tell it was a gentlemen's hotel, no femmy goo-gah or curlicues, just classic architecture very tastefully appointed.

Service was impeccable from valet to front desk to bartender to wait staff.  Even housekeeping was friendly (and quiet).  Speaking of quiet, the walls must be made of marble.  We never heard a peep from the hallway or neighboring rooms.  

Nice, big bathtub.  Great lighting, makeup mirror in the vanity area.  Fabulous bed and scrumptious pillows and sheets.  A perfectly pampered feel.  High quality wine glasses (burgundy shape) in the room instead of the tiny, thick ones you frequently see.

The lobby bar is a great place to hang out, makes you feel very classy.  Perfect setting for a glass of scotch.  Well until a family reunion descended upon it, a family not terribly respectful of others.  Now who lets their baby crawl on the pool table?  Geez.  Other than hearing this two-year-old IN A BAR asked "can you dance?" FIFTY OR SIXTY TIMES... our stay was marvelous.

I highly recommend a visit to this hotel.  Please do not bring your baby.

17/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Laura O.
I didn't realize that this hotel was brand new- I thought it was around for some time since it was obvious they were working on renovating the building.  

Anyway- the doormen were very professional and nice.  Our check-in was smooth.  We were informed about continental breakfast offered in the mornings.  Our room was nice and comfortable with big windows.

Our first morning,  we went down for breakfast. The open room where breakfast was hosted was somewhat dark.   The front  desk staff helped me figure out where to go check out for the morning before my appointment.

Our second morning, we went down for breakfast and saw nothing available.  When we inquired about it, we were told that they cancelled breakfast because Juno (which is inside the hotel) now offered breakfast.   We were annoyed because we did not get any warning the day before about the changes.  We had a bad experience with our breakfast at Juno.   You can read about it in the Juno report.

My issues with the hotel is that 1) there was only one working elevator since the other one as being "worked on" so it took forever for an elevator to be available.   (We took the stairs down since it was faster but we wanted to use the elevator to go up the room since the room was on the 7th floor.)  2) it was dark in the lobby and sitting area. I know they were trying to have this image to appeal to an audience visiting Seattle- but during the day time- have a little more light inside!!  3) The cancellation of continental breakfast without communicating it to the guests the day prior and not giving current guests a pass  to try out Juno was bad customer service and 4) there were lack of signs to let us know where the doors for the stairs are and the stairs lead you outside instead of to the lobby area.

04/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
25. Mat B.
This is one of those places that is cool in theory/on paper, but something that is hard to put your finger on sets it slightly askew. In reality, I would give it 3.5 stars, but ill round up.

The good: rooms are very cozy. The entirety of the room feels like a comfy overstuffed couch. It is very well appointed, with the Kiehls products and flat screen TV. The rooms are also brand new, as of this year.

The bellhops are beyond friendly and helpful. I really wish I remember their names, one in particular...just great, helpful gentlemen.

The bar downstairs is AMAZING. It's like a hunting lodge, but not redneck. Big fireplace, great bartenders, great ambiance in general. If I lived in Seattle, this would be a main haunt of mine.

The bad: as of September 08, this hotel was not finished. Period. Lots of dust, broken elevators, noisy construction, etc. The parking situation is terrible. I am accustomed to paying for parking, but 40$ a night is excessive, especially if you are paying ~250 a night to stay here.

Is this a 4/5 star hotel? Yes, probably. Its just not quite "there" yet. Wherever "there" is. It was like a nice painting that never quite looks centered on your wall.

But dude, what an awesome bar.

22/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Haley S.
We were on our honeymoon and initially irritated that our check in time had been pushed back an hour.  We had a crappy bad service meal at Juno while we waited and were heading back to check in when we were greeted by the lady at the front desk with a couple of warm cookies and welcoming us and stating she saw it was our honeymoon and we would be upgraded to a top floor balcony room!  It was so beautiful.  Everything was perfect.  We loved the giant tub, the beautiful decor, the room service...everything was perfect.  When we forgot and left the do not disturb sign on the door they were kind enough to send up someone to freshen up our room at 8:00!  We went down to the Polar Bar for a number of delicious cocktails.   We wish we would have stayed another night.  It was perfect.

11/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Maureen K.
Located blocks away from my wedding venue (Smith Tower), I knew this was the perfect place to both get prepped pre-wedding and crash post-wedding.

I booked 2 rooms (so bride and groom could get ready separately).  The staff was smart enough to give us 2 rooms on the same floor, but opposite ends of the hall.  One had a nice view of the Smith Tower, which worked out perfectly for pictures!

Minus one star b/c I asked for wine as a welcome present, but they forgot.  With my wedding nerves, I wasn't in the mood to deal with the screwup on the day of the event.  I asked them about it during check-out - they apologized and offered to give me one.

I heard this place is turning into a Double Tree....hopefully, the beautiful exterior and interior architecture will stay the same!

24/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Leonardo H.
This review is for the bar only....and I guess the building itself as a whole.

It is a beautifully restored early-1900s building with great interiors.
Pool table, comfy couches, classy-looking bar, this place almost calls for a tux and dress. I definitely dig the old-fashioned classy atmosphere.

I'm an old-fashioned drinker, too, so I LOVE my Old-Fashioned. I've been hunting for a place that can make good Old-Fashioned, and let me tell you, it's not easy in Seattle. But this place delivered. They're also one of the few places in Seattle that serve absinthe. I was told the food there is fairly decent == next time. I always feel weird about bars or restaurants that are attached to a hotel. Usually a different crowd, mostly guests who are staying at the hotel. But this is one place I can see myself going every now and then.

I also took a peek of the ballroom on the second floor = gorgeous.

20/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Cabby C.
Think of the Palms in LV and then think complete opposite.  Located in the "Walrus building" this hotel has character, class, and rich history.  The story goes that this used to be a resting point for the Klondike expeditioners (hence Artic Club). Everything about it is uniquely Pre-War and as Lisa mentioned in her excellent review, the coolness factor of this place is off the charts.  

- 1 star for adding a $30 Valet service charge when we didn't even park in the hotel
+1 star for complimentary cookies upon check-in.

10/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Jess C.
Best Hotel I've ever stayed in hands down! they give you warm fresh chocolate chip cookies at check in and have fluffy bathrobes waiting for you in the room! LUV IT!!!

21/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. Rodney L.
Viktor is the best in the whole wide world.  This place rocks.  The food was outstanding and the service was outstanding.  He gave us a tin of brown sugar with spiced brown sugar.  That was awesome that he did that.  We were talking about about homemade cinnamon rolls and Viktor said you have to make them with spiced rum brown sugar.  Then he gave us a tin of it.  How awesome is that?

01/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Mark K.
This is the spot if you want to enjoy a drink and feel like you've stepped back to the 40s in Chicago.  The renovation went into a lot of detailing to restore it's historical charm.

Cons are that there is no Happy Hour specials to note and seating is pretty limited.  Also, no patio options.

30/01/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
33. Susan L.
The Artic Club is offically a Hilton Doubletree property, but it is not a normal double tree.  It use to be a club for the men who made money on the gold rushes of the northwest and Alaska.  The common areas of the hotel are beautiful and the rooms are very comfortable. It is also in a great location on 3rd street where it is easy to get on most public transportation.  If you want a modern hotel with an old world feel, this is a great hotel.  The staff was great too.  I would definately consider staying there again the next time I was in Seattle.

19/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Eric S.
A great hotel -- and though there are many reasons, here are just a few:

1.  The location:  if you fly into Seattle and need to stay downtown, there is no better place, especially if you do not wish to rent a car.  Simply hop on the light-rail from Seatac and get off on the Pioneer Square stop.  3 minutes later you'll be at the front door of the lovely Arctic Doubletree Hotel.

2.  It's a Doubletree, but funky and renovated.  If I'm not mistaken, the facility was at one time some kind of members-only club, and there are pictures of the old members all around.  Kind of neat.  Makes you feel like you're in some kind of boutique hotel with all of the nicer amenities you'd expect from a bigger brand name (including the cookies from Doubletree, for you experienced travelers).

3.  The Bar is Awesome:  in addition to a nice selection of scotch and other whiskeys, they also have absinthe in the bar and serve it in a really neat and on-fire kind of way.  They have a couple of pool tables and off to the side are a couple of computers you can use to print a boarding pass or check email.  

The Arctic is close to a lot of great stuff right downtown.  The staff is very professional and nice, the rooms always clean.  Highly recommended.

20/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Yiling W.
This review is only for the hotel bar:
Tasty truffle fries for $8 at the hotel bar. They make a good bellini too. Don't bother with the overpriced prawns (4 per order). Service is good too, and the bathrooms were classy and impeccably clean.

23/10/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
36. Mary W.
I traveled to Seattle for the first time earlier in March. Having never been to the city I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Both me and my other half are adventurous travelers so we threw caution to the wind and hit the ground running.

Unfortunately hitting the ground running involved missing our original flight to Seattle due to the Dulles parking lot bus having issues. So we ended up with a much longer travel time through LAX and by the time we arrived at the Arctic Club we'd been traveling for almost 19 hours. Tired doesn't even begin to describe how we felt. To make matters worse we were unfamiliar with the Sound Transit system, which I will note is probably the absolute BEST way to get from the airport to downtown. You really do not need a car to visit Seattle.

On the recommendation of someone at the airport we took Sound Transit rather then a cab into downtown. The downside however is we had no idea which stop to use so we ended up walking several block from Westlake. As someone else mentioned below however Pioneer Square is right next door.

So long travel time, combined with a long walk, and we were dead by the time we got to the door of the hotel. Here we were greeted by the doorman, Raul, who I will note was incredibly friendly and incredibly happy to lend assistance. He quickly moved to grab the door for us and to get the elevator and help us up to the lobby on the 2nd floor.

And this was just the beginning, while checking in Raul asked if we'd been to Seattle before, we said we hadn't and he quickly grabbed an incredibly useful map and information and started giving us a run down on the city, local area and good places to eat and check out.

If that wasn't enough, Raul referred us to Albert, who was just as helpful, and helped us figure out what bus we needed to take to get to Gas Works Park on the opposite side of Lake Union. These guys definitely went above and beyond the call of duty to help us out. And the entire time we were there hotel staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.

The first room we had was well appointed, a bit small, but I expect that in a historic hotel. The bathroom was very nicely sized and the shower was absolutely divine. The bed was incredibly comfortable. Even with two of us the room was fine, we didn't find it too small.

I think my only complaint with regards to the room, and why I'm giving the hotel a four star over a five is that the internet was pricey, $9.95 a night. I've personally always felt internet should be included with the hotel room not an extra fee.

On our last night at the hotel our room AC died, the hotel staff was quick to help us move to a new room and even gave us breakfast the next morning gratis. We will definitely be staying here when we return!

So in summary:
- Awesome friendly and helpful staff.
- Incredibly tasty free cookies
- A good, if pricey restaurant, but they give you 20% off coupons.
- Great location, especially with the bus in downtown being free from 6 AM to 7 PM. Everything is very accessible and Pioneer Square is right down the street.
- Amazing for the price $139 a night felt like a steal.
- Comfortable bed, amazing shower, and comfy robes. In room tea strainer is just pure win.
- In room digital AC/Heat control
- Absolutely beautifully restored historic building.

16/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Swim K.
You get what you pay for. If you want a place that is not overrun with loud annoying people and a classy cocktail this is your place. The prices for the drinks were high but the value is there. This place is not for the cheap.

23/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. Lisa C.
My husband and I just came back from our first Seattle trip.  The hub found the Arctic Club online and fell in love with it instantly.  He booked the trip and a few weeks later, away we went.  Our arrival at the hotel was a happy thing.  It looked exactly like the photos.  The staff were courteous and helpful with ideas of what to do and where to eat.  Our room was beautiful, and since we were on a higher floor and in a larger room, we had plenty of space to move around.  The bathroom was well appointed with a jacuzzi tub and beautiful vanity.  The robes are a luxury I must own for myself.  One small thing I must comment upon is that the Nutrogena soaps and lotion were not so hot.  Our room faced onto 3rd and the noise was considerable.  As I am a light sleeper, I have taken to traveling with earplugs.  With those installed, I had no issues sleeping through the night.  I never noticed the loud air handlers or fridge that others have commented upon, but then again we were in Seattle to experience the city, not the hotel room.  

The hotel is farther away from the touristy sites, but we liked that.  We trekked to Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market, the glass blowing studio, the port.  We're two older fat people and we enjoyed the walks, even though we were beat afterwords.  We also enjoyed the funky neighborhood, even with some of the less savory characters. Though Seattle's "Less savory" characters don't compare to Houston's.  In fact, in four days we were only approached by one panhandler.  That just goes with a bigger town.  

Although the food choices are not as large or as standard as they may be in the tourist zones, we found the food around the hotel to be very good.  We definitely recommend Piroshky that's just a couple of doors down.  The hotel joint, Juno is OK and I would tell you to hoof it somewhere else before dropping serious dollars there.  Not quite worth it.  

There is a CVS pharmacy on 3rd, just a block or two north of the hotel, so you can get stuff you need rather easily.  And a Rite Aid just up the hill on 3rd, but it's a smaller pharm.  Also, cabs and buses are relatively easy to get.  Buses are free in the downtown zone and easy to figure out.  

All in all, I highly recommend the hotel.  If you don't want to walk to get to the tourist dives, this may not be the place for you, but if you want a taste of Seattle and like to really see the city on foot, do it.  You will not be sorry.

Hub adds:  David at the front desk went above and beyond.  Do NOT be afraid to ask for an upgrade, especially if traveling during the week.  Victor at the Polar Bar in the main lobby is an Absinthe Aficionado.  If you have never partaken of the Green Faerie, Spend some time with the Russian-Latvian transplant, you won't regret the experience.

Be advised that there is construction going on right across Cherry.  Big ole hole in the ground with all the accompanying noises.  But go higher up and you never notice.

I'll agree with the hot water complaints on one other review, the water never gets hot enough for me, but I like to look like a lobster when I get out of a shower.  There MAY be regulations the hotel has to follow, I never checked.

Beyond that, this was one of the best hotel experiences I've ever had.

23/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
39. candice s.
Both times we've stayed here, we've loved it. It's beautiful, well maintained, and staffed by professionals.

It's great for a romantic getaway. Checkout the balcony rooms!

28/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Debbie H.
I stayed here the night before I left for an Alaskan cruise.  I wasn't expecting anything great...its a Doubletree after all.  I was very wrong, it was great!  Very unique.  It was an old club for gentlemen who were going off to Alaska to make a fortune (or something like that).  It just has a ton of character!  I travel for business and spend about 90 nights a year in a hotel, so it is hard to impress me. This was impressive.  All staff members I encountered were friendly and helpful.
It was so good, I extended my trip and stayed another two nights after my cruise!
You'll love the place!

05/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Abby Y.
I love this hotel!

After completing a 7-night Alaskan cruise and sleeping on the cruise ship bed for 7 nights, the hubby and I wanted nothing more than to have a spacious room, a bathroom where we didn't hit our elbows on everything with every turn, and a bed that made you say "AHHH!" when you laid down.

Thank goodness for the Arctic Club Hotel.

Upon entering, we were greeted by a very courteous staff and walls and walls of black and white pictures of men in tuxedos. Behind the front desk, there were cases with old beaver pelt top hats. I finally caved and asked what all this was about. Well to our surprise, we were told that this hotel was once a gentleman's club until the 1970s! That theme continues on through the dark wood finishes, the masculine furniture, and the blue doors! There were even "Intimacy kits" in the mini bar!

The bathroom was clean...I mean, there wasn't a single stain on the shower curtain! Not only was it clean, but it was HUGE! Did I mention that they had Neutrogena toiletries? *score!*

The bed was inviting and soft. The sheets were white and crisp and left you not wanting to get out from beneath their soft embrace.

My first trip to Seattle was short, but this hotel kept me feeling warm and comfortable. What more can you ask from a hotel? We'll definitely be staying here again.

20/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Spencer W.
Enjoyed.  Cookies, classic design and french press coffee in room!  Surprised and late to work meeting because I couldn't stop sippin!

25/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Rocky R.
this update is long overdue...

I complained to Hilton and was promptly contacted by a member of the Arctic Hotel management. He promised to address our concerns and then refunded the points we had expended for half of our stay.

While this doesn't change our experience it does show they are working toward improving and care about customer service. for this reason I added one star.

06/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
44. Tamara A.
I am a local wedding planner, and had helped with a wedding at The Arctic Club this past weekend.  The staff were more than helpful every step of the way, and what a gorgeous wedding venue!!! The photos look amazing, and I can't wait to plan and coordinate another wedding here:) LOVE!

05/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Ali N.
I was very disappointed in my experience at the Arctic Club. I was hosting a corporate holiday party and made arrangements with the hotel ahead of time to have an account set up with direct billing for room, tax and parking.  When my guests arrived at the hotel, they were told that they would have to pay with a credit card.  When I arrived at the hotel, I brought the contract and showed them that it was set up for direct billing.  They called the sales manager to confirm, and agreed to correct all of the guests in my party. At the holiday party, I assured my guests that they wouldn't be charged after all.  However, the following morning, we all received a bill under our doors that we would be charged for parking.  I went to the front desk and asked about it, and was told it was a mistake and would be corrected.

However, it has been four days since the party, and I still have a pending charge from the hotel sitting on my account.  

Then today, the sales manager called me to inform me that they would need to charge the master account to a credit card since we didn't pre-pay.  Nothing had ever been said before about needing pre-payment or charging the master account to a credit card, and I hadn't even received a final invoice!  I told her that wouldn't be possible and I would send a check once I received the bill.  She checked with her accounting department and finally agreed to accept that.

The hotel itself is nice enough. The rooms are kind of small and a guest in my party complained about being able to hear the neighboring room, but the room was clean and comfortable.  If it weren't for the terrible service we received from everyone except the valet, I would give this hotel a higher rating.  As it is, my company will not be using this hotel in the future, and I would recommend against staying there.

15/07/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
46. Thanh L.
I've stayed in A LOT of hotels, but rarely have I stayed in a 4-star hotel. Being that I was on vacation, I would be dumb to not stay at a 4-star vs. any other hotel. I read up a little on the hotel's history and was expecting something a little more extravagant. The hotel theme is pretty awesome and the rooms are definitely unique, but there were just too many things that went wrong. All of us agreed that the beds were really uncomfortable, which was totally unexpected and disappointing. We were on the 7th floor and the toilet did not work...we had to call TWICE to get it fixed properly. It turned out to be a water pressure issue, which I feel like should've been worked out BEFORE guests arrive. There is no bathroom vent. The electric kettle was broken and had to be replaced. The fridge, air conditioning, and traffic-noises were really loud. Also, there is no pool or jacuzzi here. However, they do have a pool TABLE you can use for free.

Customer service was great and responded to our complaints/requests within minutes! Also the lobby and the reception areas were really nice and definitely 4-star. Too bad the actual accomodations were so bad. If this wasn't a reward stay, the Arctic Club and I would have to take it outside.

06/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
47. Doug S.
Lovely hotel and a great staff... Stay away from Juno restaurant downstairs..got to the metropolitan grill for a proper experience..

18/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
48. K L.
LOVED THIS HOTEL!  It had every amenity I needed when I traveled here on business this week.  Let's start:
1) Friendly staff
2) Good bar and lounge area with free computer/printer
3) Ipod docking stereo, DVD player and Flat screen TV (wish I brought netflix to watch)
4) Comfy bathrobes
5) Comfortable bed with ample bedding (nice and warm too)
6) Beautifully restored to its early 1900's glamour (once was a gentlemen's club post Alaskan gold rush era)
7) Snacks you want to eat in bar with fridge (reasonably priced)
8) Office supplies (tape, scissors, stapler in desk)
9) Great cocktail specials which I needed after a long day at work!!! bartender was very nice and accommodating.  
10) Nice warm chocolate chip cookie to welcome you (includes nuts)

I'll be staying here again soon.  My room was reasonably priced since Doubletree took the  place over.  I even scored Hilton Honors points.  The hotel is just  a stone's throw from Pike's Marketplace and near the financial district and local hospitals.

19/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Dave D.
This is a very nice hotel, in a great location.  I stayed there a few times before it became affiliated with Hilton, and liked it very much, but now that it is affiliated with Hilton the prices have dropped and you get HHonors points!  It is much closer to the largest downtown towerrs, and the train station, than the Hilton or the two Homewood Suites, and so location-wise this is the best Hilton property for most business travelers downtown.

23/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Tiffany B.
I'm a little torn between 2 and 3 stars, so I'll just give it a 2.5.

I've only been here for a wedding, so this review is just for the Dome Room. The room itself is very nice and has a lot of character. But the wait staff and catering... not so nice. It might have been a fluke night, but then again maybe not.

The food took forever to come out! I'm talking almost an hour after everyone was seated. I had steak and it came with a potato gratin. The portions were very good, but the steak was over cooked and the potatoes were still crunchy. Everyone at our table of 9 had the same results. The salad was bearable, and the cake slice was super tiny. I noticed that at the tables that were served first got huge pieces of cake, but the slices got smaller and smaller as they served more table. Whoever cut the cake didn't plan very well.

I have yet to stay in one of the rooms. I probably will one day, but I'm definitely not going to order room service!

09/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
51. G. C.
We chose the Arctic Club Hotel because it offered one of the best-priced packages online! What a find. Our room looked just like the ones on the web site, how many people can say that?!  The attention to detail is phenomenal.  This may sound silly, but we even loved our room's bathroom door! The hotel used to be a gentlemen's club for the wealthy back in the Gold Rush days. You can easily envision these dapper men lounging around, smoking cigars and trading stories in front of the original fireplace and bar.  

One of the first things I noticed when I crawled into bed was the smell of the sheets.  It was the smell of fresh laundry like you would do at home, not that dry cleaning smell you get from typical hotel bed sheets. It's such a subtle thing, yet I noticed it immediately and mentally checked of a dozen more star ratings  before I dozed off.

The location is just a couple of blocks from Pioneer Square. And their banquet room is a must see even if you don't get to eat there.

Ask Viktor, the bartender at the hotel's Polar Bar, to pour you a glass of Absinthe aka the Green Fairy . Cheers!

27/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
52. R J.
This hotel in Downtown Seattle is .....interesting.  First, the downside..: If you get a room there, go for the top floors if you can. The problem with downtown, any downtown is the noise from the streets below. The Arctic is located between third and fourth avenue, the main drags to and from the city for the buses. This building, although mostly modern technology  throughout,  certainly lacks a bit in the soundproofing catagory.  If this kind of racket doesnt bother you, dont worry about it.
We arrived on an early Saturday evening right in the middle of a wedding party on the main floor. The reception desk people had to yell at you to be heard. When we returned to the hotel later that evening after a night out, the wedding had happened and now you had a hotel full of totally drunk (open bar) on their ass late-20 somthings running the place.  Its annoying, especially if you're not in the party.
Ok, upside...Nice decor and everything seemed to work fine.  The beds are a bit firm but I've slept on far worse. The restoration kept the feel of the old gentelmens club in place. Even though they own and operate it, it didn't get  wrecked and made ultra modern by being "Hiltoned-up".
The house resteraunt, (Juno) is good for dinnner, ok for breakfast.  Pricy as hell though.  The headliner item on the breakfast menu was a crabcake eggs benedict. I love eggs anything so I gave it a go. It arrived barely luke warm and more or less cold in the center. Everyone elses selections seemed to be just fine however. Dinner the night before I ordered a ribeye steak that was excellent. Well prepared and not gushyed up with decorative crap that no one actually eats.
The Arctic will likely not be on my favorites list next time we go to the big city but that doesnt preclude me from wanting to give it another go. Its a nice place if you can tolerate some of the minor pitfalls of staying in a very old but nicely refurbished building..

18/12/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
53. P L.
Great room,very cute and spacious bathroom. Great french press coffee in the room,included , and warm chocolate chip cookies at the front desk. And more cookies if you want!!! Hallways a bit musty though and the lobby,especially the entry of third ave is scarily gloomy!!! And on the lower floors,we were on the fourth floor,the street noise is very loud. Would stay there again though but on a higher floor away from the street.
But free wifi in the room...........

23/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Mike B.
Decided to stay here mainly because I'm a fan of Doubletree, however as others have mentioned it does not look or feel like a doubletree.  It feels like a vintage boutique hotel, which is fantastic!  It also has a great location in Pioneer Square.  It is adjacent to the light rail station, which makes travel to the airport very easy.  It is also adjacent to major bus routes.  Let me say, you should quickly become a fan of the bus service in the downtown area.  It is free and very easy to get around.
The hotel lobby is gorgeous!  It feels like a time warp.  The bar area is classy and dignified.

09/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
55. Nic C.
an absolutely beautiful classic hotel. the lobby makes you feel like you're at the gentlemen's club.. very masculine, but charmingly gorgeous as well. very friendly staff with great service

20/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. Efrem Z.
We arrived for a one night stay in Seattle.  It was GREAT!   The bar is very good.  The decor is excellent.  The valet service was above par...well above par.  

I like staying here because of the history of the place and that the owners/designers/whatever have done such a good job of incorporating history into a Seattle hotel experience.

30/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
57. Mike A.
Came into town early for an Alaskan Cruise. Had a Corner King room pre paid weeks in advance, they gave me a balcony room instead ( I don't care what they say , NO UPGRADE ) Don't do the balcony. It's 3' feet of space outside your room that is more of a pigeon roost with 2 chairs and a small table than anything else. While sitting on Balcony NO VIEW , you need to stand to see anything.

The hotel is an OLD gentleman's club with some history ( i guess ) and way overpriced restaurant and lounge. staff in lounge not too friendly.

Overall ... LOVE THE CITY / Downtown area NEVER AGAIN @ Arctic Club Doubletree

11/08/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
58. Graham C.
Stayed at this Doubletree this past weekend based on recommendations from here and TA.  I was not disappointed.  This is a great old hotel with really unique charms and a must for any walrus enthusiast.  

The room was nice and large with really cool amenities.  There's a flat screen TV, sound system with a dock for your IPod/IPhone, and even a collection of small office supplies in the desk.  The bathroom had a jacuzzi tub and there's a toilet behind a door separate from the sink and tub.  As a Diamond member, we got free breakfast and a room on the top floor which meant a small balcony that was semi-private with the other rooms on that side of the hotel.  

I'm taking off a star for the noise.  The mini bar was so loud I had to unplug it in the middle of the night.  The HVAC vent also banged after the air conditioner switched on or off.  Like Jeff said, DTs are usually bland hotels.  This one however hit it out of the park.

07/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
59. Jason B.
Lots of character at this Doubletree. It kinda smells like open sewer at the bar, but then again so does most of downtown Seattle. Be prepared to pay a small fortune to stay here but it's a great location and the rooms are old school classy.

25/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
60. Benjon P.
great place for a wedding! but again, as with my past wedding venue reviews, the parking sucks! there is a garage next door, which is good, but space is limited, and it can be a bit pricey for guests.

the food looked awesome (we didn't have any of it), and the staff was super nice. but overall, a great venue with a nice retro flair, and the domed ceiling in the dining room definitely stands out!

20/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
61. Karen B.
A beautiful, well-appointed hotel.  I took a star off for the incredible noise.  My companion had a second floor room facing 3rd and said the traffic noise was terrible.  My room was behind the elevator shaft and the noise was equally disturbing.  When booking, request to be away from these spots.  

Even though the king bed rooms were very small, the decor, cleanliness and features more than made up for it.  

I agree with earlier reviewer Anthony C. about Randy--so helpful and knowlegable of the area.  He and the other staff made me want to move in!  This hotel is well located and is in easy walking distance of Pioneer Square and Central Waterfront.  Be sure to spend some time lounging in the Polar Bar.  See separate review on that.

23/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
62. Anthony C.
The thing that impressed me most about the Arctic Club (Doubletree) was the staff.  Randy and his counterparts were genuinely friendly; I was somewhat blown away with how exceptional everything was in terms of service.  We even got vouchers for breakfast at Juno, the restaurant downstairs for each morning of the stay.  The hotel was very clean, and the room was spacious.  The only thing this place is short on is extra amenities but it does have 2 bars.  

Though I do walk greater distances, I could get to the stadiums, Space Needle, waterfront, Pike's Market, and Capitol Hill from here.  Well, I was able to walk back easily (steep) from Capitol Hill!  The link light rail also has a stop right next door.  Do not take a taxi from SeaTac; the light rail is only $2.50 and runs every 10-15 minutes during most of the day.

This place is in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places having been a club for Arctic explorers during the early 1900s.  Be sure to check out the ballroom on the third floor which is a tribute to that era with the fancy glass and ceiling.  Also, notice the walruses, made of terra cotta, on the outside of the building.  Before the Arctic Club, this was also the site of he Seattle Theatre.

21/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
63. Tony M.
My wife and I just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. We decided to take the train from Portland to Seattle and stay in the heart of downtown. Being a Hilton Honors member with a gagillion points to spend we decided on a rather unique Hilton Property, The Doubletree Arctic Club Hotel. What a GREAT decision that turned out to be! The Arctic Club was an amazing trip into yester year, exuding style, class and beauty. The staff of this historic hotel was incredible. Michelle, the Front Desk Supervisor was our primary contact and is simply the best front desk person that I have met in my travels. (I travel weekly for business). We stayed in a beautiful balcony room on the 10th floor and a bottle of Champagne was chilled an waiting on our arrival. Randy, the Concierge/Bellman extraordinaire showed us our room and gave us a tour of the fantastic Northern Lights Dome Room. Michael, our other excellent bellman also deserves to be recognized along with Luciano and everyone else. We did not have the pleasure of meeting the General Manager, Jeff Gouge but I am sure that his great people are a reflection of his management style.
We highly recommend the Arctic Club Hotel (Doubletree Hilton).

Ps We even got a couple of extra hot, chocolate chip cookies.

Tony & Suzanne

30/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
64. Albert Y.
Adjacent to the historic Pioneer Square district (James Street Light Rail station; $5 cab fare to Pike Place market or free downtown bus service) this gem was much nicer than we had imagined.  From unique architectural cues inside and outside the building to excellent amenities in the public rooms and guest rooms, we give this hotel 4-stars!

We visited Seattle for my wife's birthday this past weekend.  Seattle is one of our favorite cities and our sister recently relocated there.  So, it was a cinch to visit the "Emerald City" for a nice long weekend.  We normally stay in one of the more (city) central high-rise hotels, but were disappointed in the availability and pricing as of late.  How pleased we were to have found this beautiful hotel to have been so easily accessible and reasonably priced!

The staff are extremely eager to please and always greeted us with a smile and offer for help.  There are two bars associated with the hotel: the Juno restaurant & bar on the ground floor and the Polar Bar on the 2nd or main floor (adjacent to the main lobby).

We only enjoyed breakfast at the Juno bar, but were generally pleased with the food and service.

The Polar Bar, on the other hand, is one of the best bars we've encountered in a long while.  I believe most of this (if not all of it) is due to Viktor the bartender.  Viktor is attentive, friendly, helpful, and a wealth of knowledge relating to the Arctic Club hotel.  His drinks are delicious and well served.  If you like Absynthe, Viktor will put on a show!

Don't forget to view the Ballroom ceiling on the 3rd floor!

We look forward to returning to Seattle and to our new favorite hotel, the Arctic Club and favorite bar and bartender!

03/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
65. Michael W.
It's my first night here and I absolutely love this place already. Best and most accommodating hotel I've been to in Seattle hands down. The hotel itself has a nice old feel to it. Great theme. The hotel room itself is extremely clean. Great spacious rooms with a nice bathroom.

The thing that won me over was the friendliness of the staff. Its great that they open the doors for you and call you sir, but its even more awesome that they'll offer to shine your shoes themselves on their spare time since their shoe shining service isn't ready yet. Great service guys. You guys hired the right people.

Definitely will stay here next time I comeback to Seattle.

30/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. Mystery Euro X.
Fantastic still not very well known vintage boutique hotel. Great lounge bar area with pool and great cocktails, fantastic renovation to the way it was in the 1900s with features up to the 40s and some modern touches. See the starlight room of this former private club. Great service and great food in the downstairs lounge area, one of the biggest fireplaces you will see. Its just a hidden gem. Stay there, prices are reasonable too.

06/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
67. Karin D.
Great hotel as far as service and charm. Only downside was the single-pane windows. Luckily we had ear plugs, but it was crazy loud with street noise. We were in a great corner room on the 7th floor but you could hear all the buses and sirens like it was in the room. Great location to the tunnel for getting around the city.

21/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
68. Lisa C.
Can I just move in?  No really!  I want to move in to my adorable little room I spent the night in, with it's big club chair and awesome bedroom.  

We decided to take a break from the heat and get a hotel room for the night.  Luckily Mitchell booked the room at the Artic Club.  This place is incredible and oozes cool.  Literally.  The main lobby was really nice, the valet and person at the front desk were wonderful.  But it was the cool air and warm chocolate chip cookie that hooked me.

Our room, while small was just perfect.  I don't know the last time I slept so well in a hotel bed, it wasn't really soft - it actually had some firmness to it, which was great.  All the furniture is in 20's style with club chairs and nice art deco dresser and desk.  The icing on the cake was the pictures of native americans and a map of the world that gave the room a very Out of Africa feel.  In fact I think this what Denys' room looked like.

Our bathroom was great, large with a very nice vanity and large shower with a big rain shower head.  The door was great - looks like an old school detective door with a frosted glass window saying BATH.

The room service was also pretty good.  Supplied by Juno restaurant downstairs.  I had the pasta and prawn dish - which I enjoyed, we share the spinach salad - which was an interest combination of flavors - pears, bacon, candied walnut, pickled onion, raspberry, tomato.  Mitchell had the caprese sandwich which he thought was good.  

My only complaint was the breakfast - the fruit salad was really good.  But they menu said 2 eggs - we only got one and we had planned on sharing breakfast - and our coffee came with a ton of splenda and sweet n' low, but only 3 or 4 packets of sugar in the raw.  I mean come on, who's going to use 10 packets of splenda in their morning coffee?

It's a great place to spend a romantic (but expensive) night - I can't wait to go back!

30/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
69. Hans D.
The Polar Bar, on the other hand, is one of the best bars we've encountered in a long while.  I believe most of this (if not all of it) is due to Viktor the bartender.  Viktor is attentive, friendly, helpful, and a wealth of knowledge relating to the Arctic Club hotel.  His drinks are delicious and well served.  If you like Absynthe, Viktor will put on a show!

Don't forget to view the Ballroom ceiling on the 3rd floor!

We look forward to returning to Seattle and to our new favorite hotel, the Arctic Club and favorite bar and bartender!

29/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
70. Jessica T.
This past weekend I went to the Gorge for my first Phish concert. Ever.

I was excited about the music. Excited for the random drum circles. Vendors. Sun. Beauty.

But I was not looking forward to the shortage of showers. The porta-potties. Dried out hair. Grime. Dirt.

And so thankfully after waking up at 5:00am for a 7:00am flight with three hours of sleep, we were able to share our friend's hotel room at the Arctic Club hotel.

I had no expectations. I was just excited about a bed. A shower. And some free toiletries.

But once I stepped foot in the Arctic Club's lobby, guarded by intricate stone carved walruses on the statuesque outside -  I was instantly impressed.  

The door guys were beyond sweet and helpful. The guy behind the desk - checked us in early, made sure to brief us on all of the best spots to get food in the area, gave us a map, and of course smiled as he handed us two of their famous hot Double-Tree cookies.

The lobby was beautiful. Muted greens and yellows, cast in burgundy dim lighting with old school charm. I loved it.

The room was a decent size. Clean. Decorated simply but well, and stocked with a plethora of Neutrogena items - including moisturizer with 45 SPF (proved very handy once we made it out to The Gorge). Probably coupled with the fact I was a hot-just-got off the plane-mess, the bed itself was heaven.

The sheets were soft. High quality and the pillows were in abundance. The thick quality ones - that feel perfect to hug at night.

In between devouring our hot cookies, we tried on the robes hung in the closet - kicked off our shoes - and I proceeded to indulge in some of the most wonderful sleep I've ever had in a hotel room.

Throughout our very brief stay here  - the staff were responsive and kind. They were quick to bring up toothbrushes, combs, extra pillows, and towels, and always said hi and bye when we left and entered.

For my first visit to Seattle - I couldn't have asked for a better hotel experience. Arctic club represented. And it was the perfect place to start my Gorge experience. It was ideal for stocking up on sample tolietries, fitting in some much needed sleep, and scrubbing myself clean before descending into Phishdom.

10/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
71. Greg B.
A great place!  We stayed for our 25th anniversary and truly enjoyed it.  Staff was very nice and helpful.

So many good things, I hate to mention anything not-so-good, but here goes:
NO FREE INTERNET - I know this is true with most luxury hotels, but really, it is frickin' 2010 - a $200+ room should have free internet access.
VERY EXPENSIVE PARKING with no alternative - again, this is true with most inner city hotels - if you can swing it, take a cab transit.

11/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
72. Jeff F.
You have to be comfortable with the Arctic Club Motif . I was and liked the Klondike Vintage style that they've meticulously maintained.

Let's face it - Doubletrees are generally crap hotels, but within all the Doubletree properties there a few gems that make you think, how is this a Doubletree (run into the same thing with Sheraton's SPG brand)?

This is one of those hotels - without question best Hilton property to stay at in Seattle unless you like old Hilton towers. Quick thoughts:
- .76 Mb/s down for internet - decent speedtest.net/result/100…
- Juno is solid for breakfast
- Polar Bar is worth checking out for a drink and maybe a quick game of pool
- Get a corner room - it'll make all the difference

Would absolutely stay here again and recommend to business travelers.

06/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Nish N.
I did a 2-night stint at the Arctic Club Hotel last week, and for the most part it was a grand experience. It's hard to argue with the historic charm of the place (it was designed in 1916 by the architect A. Warren Gould for members of the Arctic Club, who were veterans of the Alaskan gold rush), and the sepia photos of the club's founders, the clubby leather chairs and the walrus heads on the exterior of the building all add a timeless swelligance.

The rooms are well-appointed, in a classic sense, with some of the standard amenities savvy business travelers have come to expect. Still, it's a faded glamor that pervades, and that's ok.

Even if you're not a guest of the hotel, the Polar Bar is worth a martini or two, although they do stop serving drinks on weekdays at 11pm?!

24/01/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
74. Brandon H.
We fell in love with the Artic Club. What a great hotel! We couldn't have been happier with our room. Spacious, masculine, classy, romantic. What a great experience. Definitely one of the best hotels I've stayed in. We thoroughly enjoyed our Seattle experience in no small part because we loved this hotel. That said, at $250/night for a king bed, it's darned pricy. Thankfully Hilton points paved the way for us.

22/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
75. Chris C.
This is a very nicely updated historic hotel. The rooms are very nicely done and have extra fancy features that most Hilton family hotels don't have. I especially liked the large bathroom with whirlpool tub and super nice shower head. The room was very quiet although I was at the end of the hall on the top floor which probably helped. The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to provide excellent service. I also really enjoyed both the bar and restaurant in the hotel which was a nice bonus.

The only thing I didn't care for is that the location is a bit weird. Its right on the edge of what I guess could be considered a bad or at least not nice neighborhood. It also was a bit more of a walk than I expected to Belltown which is where I spend most of my time.

04/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
76. Piyali F.
This is a rating for the Arctic Club as a wedding venue AND as a guest (both myself and my groom as well as tons of wedding guests stayed here during the weekend of the wedding). We LOVED this venue where we had both ceremony & reception on 3/23. Of course the dome room speaks for itself and we were totally in love with it, but the service of this venue and the ease of working with them is outstanding. We worked with Daneka Sarkies the entire time and she was phenomenal - responded to emails instantly, answered the thousands of questions I had, helped figure out many details, and was organized and dependable. We also worked with Chloe to help book rooms for guests/figure out where we were going to get ready for the day, etc. and she was amazing as well. From the front desk people to the bell service, everyone was truly outstanding and guests mentioned this repeatedly. The food tasting was so fun, and the items were all delicious, we were very impressed (and this is coming from a family of foodies!) and had trouble choosing! Everything was easy and flawless working with the Arctic Club - thank you!!!

02/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
77. Brad E.
This place manages to be historically significant without being all that interesting...

I'm not sure how it does this it just does.

There are a few niceties like the tile in the bathrooms and the ornate toilets but what stands out to me is that the guestrooms are a little small.

I've seen other reviews that complain about the noise but nothing bothered us (even though we were near the elevator and there was a wedding party present).

The hotel was fine I was just expecting something a little more unique.

13/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
78. Rose B.
I really enjoyed my stay here! We had a king size bed, no jacuzzi tub though. Our room looked onto the street and was on the 6th floor.

I love the art deco stylings. The staff were also very polite and courteous.

If you're looking for a quiet night's rest, this isn't a good place to stay. I mean, this is in the city and in a busy downtown district. I slept fine and hardly noticed the city noise.

One negative (which is what lost the hotel a star): I lost the end of a high heal (the spike part) in the elevator grooves. We looked but  couldn't find it.

14/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Mike F.
This is a nice historic hotel.  The staff were professional and helpful. Keep in mind, this is an older downtown property and for that reason we probably won't go back.  I prefer quiet (street noise) and did  not enjoy the "street residents".  Seriously Seattle, there is an issue there.  Gems like the Artic Club may not survive if something isn't done.

06/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
80. Michael M.
I have stayed here a few times over the past two years and have to say that it is a very nice hotel.  The history of the place is appealing if you are into older hotels instead of the modern ones that are all too evident, but have their pluses too.  For the Arctic Club, the rooms that I have stayed in aren't huge, but are very nice.  A major plus if you like to grab a drink or two is the Polar Bar.  It is a warm, inviting spot with some seriously nice bartenders.  Viktor is as good as they come, and the bar is pretty much his, even though it operates inside of the hotel.  The pool table and absinthe add ons are awesome.

04/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
81. Leanne F.
If I could live in this hotel, I would...

First of all, valet parking is the bomb. Yes, you have to pay for it, but pulling up to a beautiful, historic building in the heart of Seattle without the hassle of finding a parking space is fantastic. Having someone else pull the luggage from your car, escort you to the lobby, all the while calling you ma'am and sir, is heavenly. Check-in was quick, and within minutes of our arrival we were in our room..."the" room of all hotel rooms.

I live in an old house (1927) and am a sucker for all things vintage and laden with character. This room did NOT disappoint! The ceilings were ridiculously high (in a good way, maybe 20 feet?), and bordered with delicious dark wood molding. The room itself wasn't huge, but certainly large enough for our one night stay-it was also decorated beautifully, with furniture specific to a different place in time. The bathroom was so lovely, I took pictures so that I can someday replicate it in my own home. Our concierge gave us a brief history of the hotel while we marveled at all of this eye candy. The bed, and linens, appeared to be of high quality (which I confirmed later), and the bathroom linens were nice as well.

The wedding we attended that evening took place in The Arctic Club's dome room-really, one of the most beautiful venues I've ever attended a wedding in. Between the ceremony and the reception, guests were able to get a drink and appetizers in the lobby's Polar Club-the ambiance was perfect, and the waitstaff and bar tenders on point. When we returned to the dome room, we were treated to fantastic service and a pretty good meal (my salmon wasn't spectacular, but my husband's New York strip was perfectly cooked-and very big!). We had a great night celebrating great people, and when I finally crashed in our cozy bed after midnight, I was a very satisfied woman!

Since last Saturday, I have been informing family and friends of our wonderful experience at the Arctic Club-and trying to create reasons to revisit it. I must admit, the location isn't fantastic-there are no views, at least not from our room, and the daytime traffic noise was a bit much. But when I think of all the hotels I've patronized in my lifetime, it was far and away the most charming and comfortable experience I've ever had. Thank you Arctic Club, for making a Saturday night wedding a wonderful experience to remember!

06/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
82. Jessica M.
One of the nicest vintage hotels I've ever stayed in.

It doesn't look or feel like a Doubletree and in fact, I wouldn't have known it was had they not given me their signature cookie upon arriving. (and who says no to a cookie!)

I have lived in Seattle for almost 15 years and never knew this place existed.  It is a true gem, inside and out.

The lobby has a gigantic area for sitting that includes a nice bar.  The guest rooms are spacious with incredibly tall ceilings and lots of gorgeous detail from unique furniture to stunning molding. The bathroom was beautiful and huge! The dome room is a sight to see!
The staff were all amazing and helpful.  

The place is walking distance to everything but also has a bus tunnel across the street if you just want to take a free ride two stops over to downtown center.  

Great stay and can't wait to come back!  A tad spendier per night than our normal choices, but worth every penny.

11/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
83. Marisa S.
The hotel deserves a 5 star review, but I have to give it a 4 based on the front desk customer service. Our room rate included breakfast. I called down to ask where it was and the clerk said "ummm no, breakfast is not included with your room". He was rude. I told him I would show him my reservation confirmation. Once I got downstairs and showed him, he said he has worked there a year and has never seen that...in a rude manor. I might not return because of his behavior.

14/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
84. D V.
The service here was great, every member of the staff was very helpful and attentive.   The room was nice and clean, well maintained.  The location was between the ballpark and Pike Place so it was an easy walk from the hotel to both spots.  As a bonus, when we came back to the hotel after the bar (Juno) had already closed for the night the concierge gave us two free drink vouchers for a bar just a couple of blocks away... Fado!

If you aren't OK with valet parking be warned there's no other option provided and it does cost an extra $40.

I will definitely stay here again.

12/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
85. Janis F.
My husband and I stayed here on a Sunday night.  We were upgraded to a top floor suite, for an upgrade it was nice but I'd have been appalled if I'd paid rack rate for the room.

The front desk staff was good. friendly and pretty helpful.  The entrance is weird, the door staff is on Cherry ave where there are several steps to the front desk, really no alternative but to have the bell captain help you with your luggage.  HINT .. enter off of 3rd ave after you check in.  No steps and the elevator is RIGHT THERE!

So here's the scoop with the room.  We enter the sitting area, it's small but well appointed, there is a small wooden coffee table in front of the couch, it was covered with water stains..... not pretty.  Enter the bathroom.  Okay...single sink not much room for my stuff.  This may seem petty but the towels didn't match.  They were all white but different textures and trim design.  This wouldn't bug me in a Hampton Inn but come on this is a suite with a room rate of hundreds of dollars a night.

Enter the bedroom..... yuck a dirty cleaning toothbrush on the dresser.  Obviously there is no supervisor walk through after housekeeping is done.  The bed did not have night stands on both sides and of course my side of the bed did not have a night stand.

We had a wrap around balcony that would have been nice for coffee or cocktails if we'd been there longer.

All in all the property was tired and in need of updating.  You can't beat the location, very walkable to most parts of downtown. With an update this has the potential to be a winner!

25/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
86. Jk V.
Great hotel.  Will return for sure.  I was hoping to stay at the Ace, but it was booked.  I found a good deal on a room here and went for it.  So glad.  I don't need the Ace now.  Everyone was super friendly and helpful.  The bar is beautiful.  In fact, the entire hotel is beautiful.  I'm embarrassed to say, I really liked the flower print tile in the bathroom.  Lots of style.  I'm surprised it's a Hilton/Doubletree.  You can't tell.  It's basically a boutique hotel.  

My only complaint was that they didn't offer free wi-fi.

11/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
87. Aly G.
From the moment we approached the hotel until the moment we left, it was a truly WONDERFUL experience.
The history of it all blew me away and I love the old-world charm to the design!
The hotel mascot is a walrus and there will be an adorable stuffed one waiting in your room! (:
The food was to DIE for, as well.
My friend and I indulged in eggs benedict served over crab cakes and spinach with a HEAPING side of hashbrowns!
DEEEELIIIISSSHHH.
The entire staff was exceptional and very very friendly. Upon checking in, the
man at the front desk (Bryan, I believe his name was?) was so kind enough to give us a map of Seattle and explained where to go and where to avoid! Such a nice touch!
The Polar Bar unfortunately never made it to our To-Do list as we were only there for 2 days but it was very attractive and had we stayed longer, it would ABSOLUTELY have been a great ending to a long day.
Another plus is that the hotel is literally ACROSS THE STREET from the light rail station, so we just took that to the airport instead of a cab and saved some money! (Beautiful scenery in the fall, btw. Highly recommend the light rail!)

All in all, this was my favorite hotel experience I've ever had and I can't WAIT to visit again!

Thank you so much for your hospitality, Arctic Club!
~*Aly

12/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
88. Michelle P.
Purpose: 1x for work, 1x for pleasure

Pros:
- Staff: extremely friendly, professional, and efficient
- Hotel/Rooms: were not modern, yet had a unique old style to it that I loved. The right things were up to date: comfy bed, bathroom had a jet tub/shower.
- Upgrade: was honored and they greeted us with a bottle of wine (since we were celebrating my boyfriend's birthday)
- Perks: the welcome cookie is expected; but as a rewards member, they greeted me with a free bag of granola and water, plus $8 voucher toward breakfast at their restaurant.

Average:
- Location: close enough to places like Park Place, but it was still quite a walk.
- Valet/Bellboys: pretty attentive, however, I was quoted with different prices to get to the airport. Also, I had asked for a cab, but they were insistent I take their car service.

Cons:
- Parking: expensive
- Elevators: slow
- Price: pretty pricey and I blew a lot of my points...

Overall: I experienced an extremely pleasant stay during both of my visits. I haven't tried other hotels in the area to compare it to, but I would stay here again if given the choice (and if i have enough $$/points!)

27/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
89. Marc A.
It's the wedding weekend of KTPower's sister and this is the wedding party hotel. You could make a case that when the Double Tree took over this boutique hotel it changed.... I would say not. If anything the chocolate chip cookies they give you when you check in is worth the take over alone!

The rooms are spacious. The help is a perfect 10. The service is charming.

About the hotel: The city bought the hotel in 1971 from the defunct private Arctic Club - wealthy gold miners. Last year right before the recession investors bought the building from the city and opened it as a hotel. Money in, money gone and they soon sold to the Double Tree. After $25m in renovations the hotel still has that boutique feeling with big backing. Enjoy!

20/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
90. Lynn V.
Even though this hotel was under the DoubleTree chain, it definitely felt like a boutique hotel. Upon entering the hotel, I saw the decor and furniture and it was classic 1920s. So cute! I loved it. Their customer service was spot on and attentive. We were early for check-in so we hung out in the bar area which had a pool table and games you could play! We played chess to pass the time and enjoyed the warm complimentary cookies. Our room was a bit small, but it was fine since we barely spent anytime there. The bathroom was spacious though! Comfy bed and nice flat panel TV. My only complaint is that the AC made a loud noise whenever it was on. They have a nice little gym that was open 24 hours a day. We worked out one night after overindulging in all the yummy goodness that Seattle has to offer. It was nice because we were the only ones in the gym.

This hotel has a very convenient location. 10 minute walk to Pike's Place and the waterfront and 15 minute walk to all of the shopping! I'd definitely stay here again.

26/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
91. Amanda P.
Very pleasant. Staff was great. For the price it was a nice surprise

26/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
92. Nique F.
Do not even think of this hotel as a Doubletree. Besides the signature cookie at check-in, you would think you're at a classy historic boutique hotel (which you basically are - Doubletree bought out the Arctic Club Hotel and kept everything the same. Thank God!)

Everything about the Arctic Club is grandiose, a bit over the top. The rooms are tricked out with faux-antique decor to match the nicely restored old tiles and fixtures. The rooms are quite spacious with huge windows with great views of the city (from the 7th floor anyway). The bathrooms are so beautifully done, you'd think you were royalty aboard the Titanic.

The bar downstairs is a seriously posh, yet low key, way to end the night. Cozy up with a cocktail by the fire, or your own corner of the "living room" bar. Breakfast at Juno was  great too - a nice step up from the usual Hilton buffet.

The whole property has a "special occasion" feel to it, so if you're looking for an out of the ordinary hotel experience, you're sure to find it at the Arctic Club.

31/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
93. Scott T.
Great hotel in the heart of downtown, highly recommended

14/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
94. Samantha J.
This is our new favorite hotel. Outstanding service. Beautiful hotel, with clean, comfortable rooms. The staff were all friendly, helpful and went the extra mile. We loved the warm, quiet bar and had a delicious dinner there. The restaurant downstairs made us a wonderful breakfast, and the waiters were so friendly. A short walk to the Hawks game and warm chocolate chip cookies to eat on the drive home. They made our day! Can't wait to come back! !!

29/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
95. Jeremy B.
Really nice hotel. Got welcomed with a free warm cookie. My friend booked a single queen bed with a request for a roll away bed but according to the front desk lady the room was too small to accommodate the bed. She was right. The room was pretty tiny especially when sharing with three other dudes. Two had to sleep on the floor but with the request of additional blankets and comforter it wasn't too bad for them.
The room was pretty cool considering how small it was. It had some hidden compartments in the dresser which was cool. It hid coffee which was a French press, an electric water heater, a stereo with iPod hookup and a DVD player. Tv was a flat screen. Also the desk in the room actually supplied office supplies like tape, pencil, sharpener, paper and envelopes. The bathroom was nice except the door did not lock. Walk in shower, no tub. The mini fridge, also hidden in the dresser, supplied a mini bar but at a cost. One of the night stands had a little snack set up too.
My buddies and I also enjoyed the lobby because of the free pool table. Definitely took advantage of that.
Can't comment on the price cause my buddy had paid for it for my bachelor party. Overall very nice, very friendly staff and right in between the stadiums and pike place market. A little far from the space needle however.

Only complaint is no free wifi, $10 for a day....LAME!

06/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
96. J F.
Nice hotel located close to the freeways and sites in Seattle. Customer service was excellent, rooms where spacious and the atmosphere of hotel was excellent. Like the fact you needed your key in the elevator to access your floor. 2 bars in the hotel and one restaurant. Would stay there again.

18/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
97. Max K.
If there was ever a Hotel Tailored after my style and needs, it is the Arctic in Seattle.   I love staying here.   I feel like a character out of a Jack London novel, or better yet, the ubiquitous Tom from Hemingway's great adventures (read Big Two Hearted River - that is me).  

The rooms are tastefully appointed in post-victorian, turn of the century style.  And while a bit small, they are cozy and enjoyable.    The lounge is pure pioneer adventurer-great white hunter style, with a huge bar, lots of wood and leather, and over all very masculine.  

Lastly, the Arctic is true history.  Jack London DID stay here.    As did a myriad of writers and dignitaries over the years.   You FEEL the history when you stay here.

24/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
98. Angel S.
Wonderful hotel with great old-world charm. The hotel bar has a fantastic absinthe fountain and a commendable if small selection of absinthes. Try the Abyss (no flame, of course) and sip next to the lovely fireplace or up to your room for a green fairy nightcap. I use a wheelchair, and the staff couldn't possibly have been more helpful. The Arctic-expedition decor was a welcome change from the norm. The comforter on the bed was luxurious and the full-size bath towels were greatly appreciated. The only "con": the whirlpool bath was cracked in such a way that at first glance it looked like grime. Also, if you forgo the valet parking, you'll have to wake up at 6AM to pay the garage literally next door. We plan to stay again and would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for chain prices but luxury accommodations.

08/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
99. Vickivet G.
The only negative thing I will say is that the rooms don't have a coffee pot. However, if it's over a weekend and Pegasus Coffee isn't open (across the street), Seattle's Best is a block to the west (2nd & Cherry) ! Forget the room service pot (with taxes and gratuity about $13)....

Loved this place. Not cookie cutter in the least !

08/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
100. Jennifer B.
What a beautiful, classic hotel.

My friends had a wedding here. The food was pretty good. The staff was really nice and they did a great job with my friends wedding. The space is really beautiful. I did notice if you have a wedding here they can't make the music too loud so not many people will dance with the quiet background noise. They have to keep it down for hotel guests.

24/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
101. Paige H.
Enjoyed our very brief stay and received excellent customer service from the valet and concierge...above and beyond. The room is lovely (bed is AWESOME!!) albeit not the roomiest. It is fairly easy to walk to the Seattle highlights and great restaurants are nearby. We had breakfast upon checkout and it was delish but a bit pricey. Service was inconsistent but that appeared to be related to staff to customer ratio. A nice property to use as a home base.

13/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
102. Scott M.
Was nice room service was extremely rude though would go again but not ordering too service

05/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
103. Kate J.
Awesome place rich with history! They upgraded us to a suite! 10th floor! Michael the bellhop was sooo awesome!!!!

06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
104. Tracy L.
I loved staying at this hotel!  

We booked via Hotels.com but called in and asked for an adjoining room with my family.  They gladly accommodated us, but warned that our room (one room has two queens, the other one king bed) still has a king bed, but that the room is smaller than what we originally booked.  We arrived and found that our room was still very large, even with the roll-away bed that they brought in for our son.

The bathroom was a very good size as well, the room and bathroom were very clean, our room had huge windows, the lobby floor had a fabulous area for my son to run around and it had a great bar (see my review of the Polar Bar).  The historic flare to the hotel is not usually my style, but it is well done and I loved it.  

The only things that may bother some, but not us, is that it is a little bit of a walk from Pike Place Market and the downtown shopping district, and that you can hear buses and louder vehicles pass on the street. I personally do not mind the walk to tourist destinations bc it gives me a chance to see more of the city - and it 's really not that far.  I also don't mind some city noises, so some street noises I'm fine with (I'm sure you can ask for a quieter room too).

Overall a great hotel with great staff.  If I return to Seattle, this hotel will be at the top of my list to stay at.

My only gripe is that the key card was annoying.  You need to swipe it in the elevator to go up, and both in the elevator and at our room door. You need to try several times before the card is accepted. Another random couple we spoke to in the elevator made the same comment to us.

11/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
105. Steve G.
Originally opened almost a hundred years ago, but carefully modernized in 2008, The Arctic Club was a private urban retreat for those who had found their fortunes in Alaska's Gold Rush.  Dark woods, leather chairs and a billiards table still grace the spacious lobby, and the dignified elegance of a classic hotel is present down to the smallest details.

The service at The Arctic Club is world-class; attentive, completely professional, personable and focused upon pleasing each guest.  A personal concierge is provided, and ours (Angelo) was exceptional.

Rooms and bathrooms are large, with high ceilings.  The in-room amenities are, with a very few exceptions, top-shelf and thorough.  The mattresses were too soft for our preferences, the flat-screen television poorly positioned atop a tall armoire and its channel selections are quite dated.  I could add that $41 a day is too steep for valet parking, but the care and attention provided eased most of the sting.  Beyond these points, The Arctic Club borders upon excellence.  Returning to our motel room after a busy vacation day of seeing Seattle was a pleasure.

The Arctic Club is a rare example of how classic elegance can be made relevant and contemporary, and of an absolutely amazing service standard.  Owners of the worn, drab and musty older hotels we've previously occupied could learn a lot from a stay here.

10/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
106. James B.
My wife and I stayed here for a wedding last weekend. The word I would use to describe the hotel is swanky.

It is extremely classy and unique, the bell hop and front staff are extremely friendly and professional.

I would definitely recommend staying here!

31/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
107. Cherlyn E.
Don't stay here if you need a cab
The can drivers boycott this place because of managements bad practices

15/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
108. Anna S.
SUPER comfortable beds! It was tough waking up in the morning. This hotel has a very lodgey feel to it throughout the building. It has a bar and a nice pool table in the lobby. The staff was friendly and helpful. We would stay here again.

02/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
109. Raechel S.
A wonderful place to stay.  Think old money, elegant, conservative, and classy.    We were greeted with warm cookies, apples, and strawberry infused water (seriously, the bomb even on a cold day!).   The concierge was so helpful with providing us directions anywhere we wanted to go and even took the time to print them out for us.   It certainly saved us time on our phones!   We came here for a short mini moon and are so happy with this hotel.  It's a little bit of a walk from downtown Seattle and Pike Place, but really nothing to complain about.  You could take the transit or the bus to get places, but it was such a beautiful crisp week we were there that you want to take it all in.  My favorite part of this hotel was how they took the time to decorate the lobby and the entryway with Christmas!   What a pretty place.

12/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
110. Brandon T.
I have mixed feelings about this hotel but I'm going to give them a 4-star rating anyway.

For one the valet service is fantastic and by that I mean the crew is very considerate and personable. I hope they split tips because I only gave my cash to the guy who delivered the car even though they were all top notch. For example, when we were leaving, my traveling companion mentioned she was thirsty and one of the idle attendants appeared seconds later offering us two bottles of water. I didn't think he was even paying attention to us before then. Similarly the folks at the front desk greeted us with warm cookies upon arrival (a tradition at this establishment) and they were very thorough in making sure that all of our needs were met.  Though I didn't see the cleaning staff, as we were only there for one day, I should note that the room was spotless. Lastly I want to make special mention of the Viktor the bartender; he makes excellent drinks and is very knowledgable about them. Also they use ice spheres instead of ice cubes and that makes the bar experience kind of fun. I think the pool table was free play but I didn't check.

So why do I have mixed feelings? The service might have been amazing but the room wasn't as great. The bathroom door had a huge opaque pane of glass on it which made one feel as if they were about to step into a PI's office every time they went number two. The tv was set up parallel to the bed and it didn't swivel, which made it very uncomfortable to watch. The free cable did come with HBO and other premium channels however, so that was nice. Lastly the bathroom didn't have a fan which is just crazy in any hotel but especially in one of this quality. Then again the bathroom was huge and the room was decently sized as well. Also, the bed and furniture were both very comfortable. The pillows on the other hand were flat and useless.  All in all the room was a mix of comfort and disappointment, but my final impression is that it was pretty good and I wouldn't have minded staying a few more days.

Oh, I wanted to mention that the gym is small but definitely functional. There are dumbbells, cardio machines and medicine balls available for use.  Also the "Dome" on the 3rd floor is something you should definitely seek out because it has to be the coolest room in the whole building.

On a final note, I'll probably come back to the Arctic Club Hotel one of these days because I really did enjoy my stay.

14/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
111. randomtask ..
I stayed here on a business trip and have to say I was disappointed by my stay. I was given room 211 which is right above the restaurant and on a very busy corner of the building. Being this close to the street and with windows that were super large, I had several sleepless nights as I heard everything going on outside. The worst were the buses and garbage trucks going by throughout the night. I can't believe they think that guests can stand this kind of room. My visit was also weird as when I arrived there was a very angry man in the lobby yelling at the manager about the amount of dust in his room. He complained he was suffering allergy attacks and no one was doing anything about it. I should have taken that as a sign. The hotel is boutique style so there are lots of pictures of Indians and stoggy white guys from when the time the place was a mens club. If that's your thing then you'll be in heaven. I will probably not be coming back here. I like the location but the overall vibe of the place is not for me.

07/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
112. Catherine A.
I absolutely loved my visit to the Arctic Club. We used the space for my friend's rehearsal dinner and I couldn't have imagined a more "modestly extravagant" room more fitting for the two of them. You enter into a round room that you initially might expect was designed to hold boring corporate events ... and then you look up. You are in a magical dome of gorgeousness. Sorry that was cheesy. The staff was extremely friendly, helpful and generous with their pours. If I lived in Seattle, I would be there more often!

07/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
113. Nate S.
A fairly well-maintained, very well-situated hotel.  Staff were astoundingly friendly and helpful at all times.  Skip the parking headaches and take light rail from Sea-Tac, which drops you literally across the street.  Would definitely stay here again.

25/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
114. C K.
Wow! That hotel is amazing!!!

Super kids friendly staff! Offered cookies 24/7 for my little one. :-)

Rooms are super comfy. Great interior. And best part: HUGE bathrooms and super quiet.

We stayed there for 3 nights and enjoyed every single one.

Only complaint I have: Housekeeping forgot to clean our room on 1 day.

29/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
115. Corinne S.
Historic charm & beautiful finishes. Excellent service.

26/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
116. Marje B.
Beautiful hotel!!
We were invited to a wedding here and received a discount for staying at the hotel which made it even better.  Normally it would be too expensive for us to stay here.
We drove down from Vancouver, arrived earlier then expected so we thought we would see if we could check in early.   The man at the front desk was friendly and told me that the rooms are not ready but should be in 20-30 minutes.  I was glad, so he checked us in, we walked around and realized we were gone for about an hour.  So I was ready to pick up the keys to the room  and but the room was still not ready, it was fine because we were still originally early.  But as we were walking away, the man had said "oh wait your room is ready now", sweet.   When you checked in you get warm delish cookies Bonus! Great surprise!  The lobby also has fresh fruits and yummy flavoured water.  Check in is at 4:00pm and check out is 11:00am.  They don't have self parking (negative) and valet for 48$ is this the going rate for valet parking crazy!  There is a public parking lot right beside the hotel, looks kinda scary more like dirty but we parked there for 8 hours was 10$ and moved it to street parking because on Saturday free parking after 8pm and free street parking on Sunday (yay).  Wifi is included thank goodness.   Over all I did debated on giving it 4 stars but I just wished they had an earlier check in like 3pm or later check out like 12pm.  
So our room was on the second level.   Just around the elevators.  But when we got to our room, the door was open one of the housekeeper was still in room.  She was really nice so we asked if we can just drop off our bags and leave her and will come back when she was finished and it was fine.  By this time it would have been our original check in time and I need to get ready for a wedding.  
The room has large windows with a street view, and with a nice really dark black out curtains.  The bed was a beautiful king size and the bathroom was also really nice and clean.  
Location is ok south of Pikes place and all the shopping about 10-15 walk.  We were looking for something to eat but everything was closed on a Saturday afternoon??  Expect for all the Starbucks at every corner.  We realized this part is more business section, I can imagine it busy during a week day.  
The hotel is beautiful traditional in its decor,  the ceremony and reception was held in this beautiful Dome Room you forget you're in the city.  I don't  want to get into our wedding experience this review is more of our stay in the hotel.  But  overall I would have a party here very pretty and fancy!

15/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
117. D. N.
Surrounding the hotel's front desk are many old photographs of the Arctic Club's original members, successful veterans of the Klondike Gold Rush. In my opinion, these photographs and the history of the Arctic Club are the most special and unique aspects of the hotel.

The Arctic Club Building, known for its old world elegance and carved walrus heads (exterior), is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Polar Bar, located on the lobby level, has dark wood, velvet curtains, chandeliers and a stunning absinthe fountain. Don't miss seeing the Northern Lights Dome Room upstairs. It is an impressive place for business meetings.

20/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
118. Michael y.
Solid all around superb!  Only downer was parking but we got a great deal from the guy who worked at the parking lot.  Must order a drink from the lobby bar.  Everything is detailed, nice touch!!! Breakfast was unique and well thought out menu.  Not your typical   Pedestrian breakfast! See pics would recommend !

03/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
119. Alejandro A.
This would be my third time staying here and every single time has been Fantastic! It is walking distance from Seattle's main center (10-15minutes) Restaurant is great and the staff is just awesome for any request that you have!
Valet guys are awesome! Set up a time with them and they are flawless. At approximately $250 a night, you can't go wrong!

Rooms are very well put together, they always feel clean and service has always been spot on! The rooms make you feel as if you are in the early 1900's (not exactly sure what I mean, since I have no clue what that was like) One complaint I do have with this hotel is the clientele, everyone feels as if they own the world (aside from Yelpers of course!) I will be staying for my future stays(most stays in Seattle) to the Emerald City!

03/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
120. Mohan R.
Love this place
Big room, beautiful surroundings. Easy access to everything in the Seattle tour book. I highly recommend.

08/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
121. Adrienne N.
We didn't stay here - just went to the bar for drinks.  Great atmosphere, great drinks!

02/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
122. Kevin Z.
Love this hotel. It's a few blocks from pike place so you will have to do a bit of walking to get to the touristy area but you get to enjoy seattle scenery while you walk there. The hotel is very oldish themed but in a good way. I like staying at hotels that have a theme and don't feel like a copy of each other and this is exactly that. It's great when it come to transportation since It's literally up the escalator from the train station. My girlfriend and I arrived around 12am and we thought we would have trouble finding it but by the time we turned on our phones to GPS the location, it was right in front of us. The only complaint that I have is that there is no clear sign where to come in from, so we kept going back and forth between doors looking to get in, the real entrance is on the side. Besides that the room was a good size for both of us, a bit small from what I'm used to but it did just fine while we were there. I didn't like that we were put by the air ducts so we got no view but we also got no noise from it so I guess we can't complain.

08/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
123. Jamie V.
I stayed at this beautiful hotel on Valentine's Day. The room was beautiful, very very clean and comfortable. Our room had a tub with jets and that was great too. Overall I'm very impressed with this hotel and look forward to staying there again.

17/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
124. Jim L.
The Arctic Club reminds me of a 1920's hotel.  It's nostalgic and fun to look at all of the details, from the collection of hats and collars to the photos of Eskimos and settlers from the turn of the century.  The polar bear in the bar was cool and the pool table was a nice touch.

THE ROOM
Our room was big with a plenty of space around the bed and lots of windows that could be completely blacked out by heavy curtains.  The room was just as old fashioned in decor as the lobby; I marveled at the crown molding every day and loved the tile work in the bathroom.

THE GYM
The gym is small but new.  The treadmills are smooth and have TVs built in.  It was clean and stocked with towels, water and ear phones.  There was a restroom nearby and clearly marked.

THE STAFF
The staff was friendly and attentive.  When maintenance started doing work our last morning at 8:00 and we could hear it through the wall, a call to the front desk ended the noise within minutes.

TRANSPORTATION
The Arctic is located one block from the Pioneer Light Link Rail station.  If you are flying into SEATAC there is no reason to take a cab or shuttle.  The light rail is only $2.75 and runs from the airport to within 500 yards of the hotel.  If you are unfamiliar with Light Link, it is clean, fast and safe.  The trip from SEATAC will take you about 40 minutes.  A cab ride may be a few minutes quicker, but will cost you $40 more.

TELEVISION
My only complaint is the same one I have with all hotels.  There is no reason why they should not have a simple DVR that will allow you to pause live television.  If they can provide pay movies they can certainly manage this technology.  Regardless of how fantastic a hotel is, I will always dock a star in my review if there is no DVR so that I can pause a show while I use the bathroom or answer the phone.  On the contrary, I could find a used syringe in the bed, but if the room had a DVR I would still give it five stars.

06/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
125. Jimmy B.
Pros: Good location and unique older styling.

Cons: VERY small rooms, EXTREMELY slow and EXPENSIVE valet service, very loud for a downtown hotel, marginally friendly staff, under staffed for a full house the night of a Seahawks game, inconvenient French press in room, no complimentary coffee in lobby, and the attached restaurant has a peculiar menu (why are some restaurants trying to create "artsy menus" at the cost of flavor?).

As a business traveler and Hhonors Gold (many years a Diamond) I've stayed at hundreds of Hilton Brand Hotels.  THIS WAS THE WORST EXPERIENCE I'VE HAD.   I certainly won't be back.

23/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
126. Celeste T.
This is a lovely, antique hotel. The views are nice - the rooms exceptional, with an aged atmosphere that makes you feel like you're living in a bygone era. The bathtub in my room was huge!

When I left my credit card in the bar accidentally, they made sure to bring it up before I even knew it was gone! What a nice touch.

05/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
127. Rocket H.
I have had the pleasure of being part of
The Arctic Club Seattle for two and a half years.

They care about us, we all care about you.

01/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
128. T V.
Loved this historical men's club turned boutique hotel with an amazing bar. Victor was a joy! Not his demeanor. He barely cracked a smile. He was all business and knew his bar tending business . Had a long conversation about Moscow Mules and he agreed that Cock 'n Bull Ginger Beer makes the best. He was pouring Absinthe for a few folks who looked like they were already hallucinating.
Cool architectural features adorn this building, with walruses attached to the facade.
The rooms were nice and homey. From another era. Big bedroom but small bathroom and sink area.
Short walk to the pioneer area, but it was overrun by homeless and aggressive beggars. Felt safe when sports fans converge on the area prior of after a home Soccer, Baseball or Football game, as the stadiums are nearby.
Would definitely return.

08/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
129. Terry D.
What a great boutique hotel. The room furnishings and ambience are authentic theme pieces without being cheesy, even the emergency staircase is marble. The linens are high quality and the staff is very attentive. The room service was amazing, topped by the best French Toast I've had.

25/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
130. Grace H.
On my return of my road trip in the West Coast, I decided to splash out a bit and stayed in The Arctic Club, which is a Double Tree by the Hilton Group.  The building has a lots of history,. The Arctic Club was formed in 1908 by successful veterans of the Klondike Gold Rush. The existing Alaska Club was merged that year into the Arctic Club. In Seattle, it was a fraternal men's club for businessmen with Gold Rush or Alaska connections. The Arctic Club in Seattle was first located in 1909 on 3rd Avenue and Jefferson Street in the Morrison Hotel, also known as the Arctic Club Building. A later dispute moved the club's site to the current site in 1916.  The whole building    has cream white terra cotta with submarine blue and orange-brown accents.  I thought to myself, I might not be an explorer, but I am one in spirit.  

The inside deco is very atmospheric, there is a neon blue Polar bear and the lobby and bar is like an old colonial hotel.   The room is nice, and it has been renovated a few year's back, so there are plenty of dock station for the electronic toys.  The bed is firm.  I asked for a extremely quiet rooms, because I have ears like a hound dog.  I got the last room on the 5th floor at one end of the corridor, it was very quiet.  The amenities are great.  The tea and coffee were especially good quality.  It is one of the best Double Tree I stayed.  

Wifi and breakfast are complimentary for Gold HHonors members.

Parking is expensive, it is $41 + tax for one night, no self parking.  However, if you arrive in the weekend, street parking is free until Monday morning. I found parking only down the hill one street away.

I would not hesitate to stay there again.

24/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
131. Stefany V.
Swanky hotel with stellar staff: everyone from the doormen to the front desk to the bartender were all overwhelmingly friendly and professional. Warm, fresh cookies at the check in desk are a big thumbs up.

Mostly spent our time in the bar, which has a good mix of seating in the form of grouped chairs and couches, as well as bar seating. The focal point for me was the actual polar bear statue in the corner, which seemed to be illuminated like a glass lamp. Unfortunately, a group of business-suited ladies were parked right by it, so I didn't get a chance to get too close. But when asked, the staff said they had no clue what it was made out of and that they're generally pretty creeped out by it.

The ballroom just up from the bar is gorgeous, with original fixtures, a beautiful floor,a and a gorgeous ceiling. Definitely a special place to rent out for an event, and probably priced lower than you'd expect.

22/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
132. Lillian D.
I had a romantic stay here this time. I stayed one previous time and had a problem with the front desk staff. This time, everything was superb. I wish I could highlight my favorites, but everything here is stellar. The bell and front desk staff are friendly and helpful. The entire hotel property is gorgeous - almost beyond comparison. I love buildings with a history, and this place has an interesting one. The hotel decor is remarkable - everything from floor to ceiling. Eat at the restaurant, Juno. The scallops and risotto are cooked perfectly. End your night at the lovely lobby bar. We had a late night bartender who's a veteran bartender with a great story. I can't wait to return!

14/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
133. Britney O.
Fantastic fantastic fantastic! The hotel was unique and the service was superb. The Juno restaurant that is below the hotel is ok. With all the fantastic places to eat in Seattle don't waste time ordering room service. If you need something delivered ask for menus they have plenty. The only downfall is parking is $40 per night there is a garage right next door that's $10 however it's self park and not locked or monitored.

30/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
134. Shawn S.
A fine choice in Seattle on Cherry and 3rd.  Coupons were for breakfast but be aware it only covers Continental or $12 towards the rest of the menu.  There is a Hilton Honors floor but no club lounge.  The Juno restaurant, where breakfast is served, had a nice happy hour.

The rooms were good, fairly spacious on the Honors floor, with good amenities.  The overall hotel was historic in intent but a bit dated.  The staff was great.

23/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
135. Allee L.
The look of the building is artistic and intriguing.  The valet parking was a huge plus since parking downtown can be quite a nightmare.  It is centrally located to everything that I had no need to summon my car again until it was time for my final departure.

The bathroom in the rooms are AMAZING!  The design and feel of the room was quiet, elegant, and quite royal.  There are fridges available in the room which was also a plus.

I was in town for the Seattle game, and it was a nice walk from the hotel to the stadium. They were very accommodating of leaving my car past "check out", and even holding my bags for me at the front.

The bar in the hotel was a fun end to our girls night in Seattle.  I would come back to this hotel for sure!

07/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
136. Clover A.
Okay so I am LIVING for this happy hour.

We wanted to be fancy downtown bitches AND we wanted a fireplace so we searched and came up with this place and it was EVERYTHING we dreamed of and more. It was busy but we were well cared for, the drink of the day was a manhattan and it was fantastic. We had the Painted Hills Pulled Pork Sliders  (on brioche, perfect), Truffle Fries (OOOOOH YES), but the two perfect dishes were the Tempura Green Beans and the Bleu Cheese Risotto Croquettes.  We had to order the croquettes twice they were so good

Then I went back and it was completely dead in there, no one but us and the service and the drinks and the service (it was so good I had to say it twice) were EVEN better. If I'm able to get downtown, this is my new go-to spot for sure.

Happy Hour Details:  1/2 price bar bites
daily signature cocktail $5
selected wine by the glass $5
draft beer $4

06/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
137. Rebekah T.
The week before Valentine's and my sweetheart brings me along on his business trip to Seattle. He picked a different hotel than the one we stayed in last time and this one is older, grand and has a really cozy feel to it.

When we checked in, we were upgraded to a top floor suite as part of the Hilton Honors program. Our room was large, had a nice living area with balcony that you could walk out on. We had a giant jacuzzi tub in the bathroom, bow chicka bow wow!

We were given hot chocolate chip cookies and vouchers for the restaurant for complimentary continental breakfast which counts as a $12 voucher at Juno. The Breakfast there is AMAZING! I tried something new every day.

The location was convenient to the downtown business area and within walking distance of the Pike's Market. Really nice old fashioned decor and vibe. Great restaurants located in the hotel.

Service was great, every single person I came in contact with was nice, helpful and on my way out - I got a private tour of the Ballroom. It's quite amazing and the wedding events here look wonderful. Plus they were able to call a town-car service for the same price as a cab to the airport, so my early flight out was a little more enjoyable.

16/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
138. Bryce B.
A stunningly great hotel, in an outstanding location and with a stately, old-school sense of elegance and decor.  The Arctic Club is nearly 100 years old and has a rich history, starting out as the social center for Yukon gold rushers, industrialists and other upper crust clientele.  Unlike many vintage hotels that have been remodeled to appeal to modern expectations, the past has both been well preserved and well integrated with the modern.  The result is beautiful, functional, exceedingly comfortable hotel.  

The rooms are spacious, appointed in muted colors and feature elements that tell of the hotel's storied past.  The bed is one of the nicest I've experienced, with a medium firm mattress and soft, high quality linens.  Between this and the heavy, blackout curtains, a deep sleep was easy to achieve.

The bathroom is lovely and stocked with quality toiletries.

Absolutely make sure to check out the Northern Lights Dome Room, a stunning and stately meeting room which has been painstakingly restored to its original splendor.  

The attached restaurant, Juno, is pretty good but shouldn't be the first option in a food city like Seattle.  However, definitely enjoy a drink or two in the Polar Bar.  The space is luxurious and one gets the sense that the atmosphere is exactly as it was during the hotel's classic period.  

Luckily I have a couple of trips to the Emerald City in the next month, so will get to enjoy the Arctic Club a few more times.  I can't wait!

29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
139. Brooke Y.
This is my secret place in Seattle, not many folks know about it! I kind of want to keep  it that way, because we love it so. The lobby lounge is right our of The Great Gatsby, with  lovely art-deco furniture but with a bit of whimsy too. They make *fab* cocktails (the sidecar with blood orange puree is my current fave).

Our room was lovely, we had a balcony room on the 10th floor that opened out onto the city, with an amazing view of the Smith Tower. I would say that the decor of the entire place will be enjoyed by those with a love of vintage and old-world charms, but if you prefer a cool modern vibe this isn't the place for that.

18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0