This past week we went on an amazing adventure – our very first Alaska cruise. We had originally planned to go when the kids were older and they’d remember it better. But really, why wait for the perfect time? No time is perfect, and you’ll find excuses at any time/point in your life.
I was a little hesitant to travel at all with my 2 year old. In my experience babies and older children are pretty easy, but toddlers are a different story. So we decided to take it slow with her, and allow lots of downtime and relaxation for everyone.
To keep things as easy as possible, we left a day early and stayed at the The Arctic Club Seattle – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. It’s right in the middle of downtown Seattle, and is a perfect place to stay for families before you depart on a cruise. We got there early the Monday before we left on our cruise, so we had all afternoon to explore the area as well as rest and relax for the next day. They even have a luggage hold so you can drop off your things and go have fun in the city until your room is ready.
It’s a beautiful hotel located in one of the most architecturally beautiful historic buildings in Seattle. The exterior of the hotel is ornately decorated in carvings as well as carved walruses. Those carvings are constructed from submarine blue and orange-brown terra cotta. It was built in 1916 and designed by one of the city’s most prominent architects, A. Warren Gould. The building is a City of Seattle Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.
The hotel offers offers a unique experience, echoing the post-Klondike gold rush days of the early 1900s. The Arctic Club was originally a social institution for the men who returned from the Yukon gold rush after “striking it rich.” There are portraits of these men from way back when decorating the walls of the hotel just about everywhere you look.
The interior decor is timelessly beautiful. Located in the lobby is the Polar Bar a beautiful bar perfect for cocktail parties.
There’s even a polar bear overlooking the bar, cute isn’t he?
The guest rooms are beautiful and elegant. And the beds are plush and wonderful. You’ll feel right at home and will certainly get a good night’s sleep.
And the desk is perfect for catching up on emails and doing work.
The bathrooms are pretty, clean and spacious too.
I just loved the detail on this bathroom door. I’m thinking I need a door like this in my master bedroom!
And let’s not forget the best part of staying at a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – the sweet welcome. Those amazing cookies are waiting for every guest, warm and delicious. My daughter couldn’t wait to get her little hands on these sweet bites.
And if you’re craving something lighter, there’s fresh fruit water and fresh fruits waiting for you int he lobby too.
There’s several meeting rooms in the hotel for events as well as the famous Northern Lights Dome Room. I told my husband if we ever get married again, this is where it’s going to happen, it’s the perfect wedding venue. This is one of the most gorgeous spaces I’ve seen. It’s perfect!
And there is so much detail in the building, from the beautiful moldings to the little walruses outside east hotel room. Every detail is perfect.
The hotel is in within walking distance to many downtown attractions and also very very close to the light rail system, which you can hop on and visit all the popular Seattle attractions.
The Arctic Club Seattle also has a restaurant attached called JUNO, serving freshly prepared seasonal menu items with a Northwest influence and casual urban food. We ate here for breakfast and it was delicious! It made me wish we had dinner there too the night before.
I did not receive monetary compensation for this post, but did receive a complimentary night’s stay. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.