The historic Arctic Club Hotel first started out as a social gathering space for successful prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush. Today, it’s a hotel, bar and event space that hosts a range of events, from meetings and weddings to enchanting Candlelight concerts.
The hotel is located in Downtown Seattle, within walking distance of Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and T Mobile Park, a neighborhood which brims with art galleries, coffee shops, trendy bars and amazing restaurants and even a baseball stadium. The nearest bus stop is Marion St & 2nd Ave, which is only a minute walk away. Nevertheless, the 12, 17, 303, 311, 43, 550, 62, 7, 70, D LINE and E LINE buses all pass nearby. Should you choose to take the light rail, the 1-LINE stops at University Street Station, only a two-minute walk away.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about Arctic Club Hotel
1. The successful veterans of the Klondike Gold Rush formed the Arctic Club.
The story of the Arctic Club starts in 1907 with the veterans of the Klondike Gold Rush, a region in Yukon, Canada, where gold was discovered in the late 19th century. The successful prospectors either traveled through Alaska or were Alaskan natives. Consequently, a year later in 1908, the Arctic Club merged with the Alaska Club, a social club for Alaskans in Seattle with common interests, for which the club kept its name.
2. The current building was designed by A. Warren Gould.
The social club became a social gathering place in downtown Seattle for men, women and notable figures throughout history. A decade later, Arctic Club wished to move to a bigger space and in 1916, commissioned one of Seattle’s most prominent architects, A. Warren Gould to design a building fit for the institution. He was inspired by the origins of the club, which led him to using fine Alaskan marble in the main corridors and incorporating sculptured walrus heads lining the third floor exterior.
3. Today, Arctic Club is an elegant hotel, offering a range of rooms and suites.
The Arctic Club today mainly operates as a hotel, with space ranging from 280-597 sq ft. Whether you choose to stay in an Arctic King Classic room or a bigger Arctic King Whirlpool room, you’ll definitely find something you like. Enjoy casting and streaming capabilities, a mini refrigerator and Starbucks French Press on your next visit.
Find your seat at one of the mesmerizing performances illuminating the Arctic Club Hotel and reintroduce yourself to some of your favorite music. From Bad Bunny and Pink Floyd to classic holiday tunes, classically trained musicians reimagine popular songs by contemporary artists and timeless composers. Bathed in the glow of thousands of flickering candles, you can unwind to the lyrical sounds of classical music and take in the beautiful architecture.
What else can you do at Arctic Club Hotel?
Aside from these intimate performances, Arctic Club Hotel also hosts quite a few events, conferences and meetings at the impressive Northern Lights Dome Room. The 4,800 square foot grand ballroom can be tailored to a diverse range of events and celebrations. Its stained-glass ceiling and phenomenal ornamental architectural details, make it a highly sought after venue for special occasions.
Additionally, if you want to sip on refreshing signature cocktails, guests can head to The Polar Bar, featuring luxurious leather seating and velvet draperies. It’s the perfect spot for a drink and a quick lunch or bite after work.
The popular Candlelight concerts continue to shine a light on Arctic Club Hotel, so if you’d like to enjoy a moving and intimate concert at this historic Seattle landmark, you should check out the programs offered there. While you can enjoy concerts by candlelight at the hotel, there are several other venues across the city for you to discover. Prepare to be enchanted by spell-binding music and stunning architecture!