On Your Next BROadtrip, Hit Up An Old Gentemen's Club In Seattle
In 1918, the building that currently houses the DoubleTree Arctic Club Seattle originally opened as a gentlemen's club called (unsurprisingly) The Arctic Club. Its clientele? Successful business men who had become wealthy from the Klondike Gold Rush. These days, the hotel attracts locals and visitors alike to its restored Northern Lights Dome Room, a restored ballroom whose leaded glass domed ceiling (above) simulates the effects of the Northern Lights. Luckily you don't have to go mining for gold in Alaska to enjoy it!
Inside and around the hotel, there is plenty to look at. Unique architectural details—like the 27 carved walrus heads on the exterior of the building, or the stairways lined with Alaskan marble—make the place feel less like a regular old DoubleTree and more like an independent boutique hotel. Which it is. Plus free cookies.
Sound appealing? The hotel's high-ceilinged rooms (whose bathrooms feature beveled glass walls) start at a very reasonable $167, including a jetted soaking tub. And for $239, you get the same plus a balcony overlooking the city. As for the ballroom, you may not be hosting a wedding (this is a BROadtrip, after all), but no one's going to stop you from peeking inside. It's a piece of hotel history! Did we mention there's free WiFi?
[Photo: DoubleTree Arctic Club]