Never enough time in Seattle
One of the most frequent comments I get when talking about my love of the Big Island of Hawaii, is “It’s such a LONG flight.” You won’t get an argument from me on that point but I don’t see it as a drawback. Rather I see it as a reason to have a one or two day stopover on the way. This time my husband and I chose to stop off in Seattle for an over night stay and while I was eager to get to Hawaii, I could have spent several more days enjoying Seattle.
Arctic Club by Hilton
This was our second stay at the Arctic Club by Hilton. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Seattle landmark. Built in the early 1900’s the club was originally just that, a club. It was a club for men many of whom had made a fortune in the Klondike Gold Rush. One of my favorite parts of the building is the Polar Bar. How can you not love a bar with a name like that. Top it off with the fact that the actual bar was stolen by members of the club from their previous location. Yes, they actually stole the bar and brought it down the street to their new club. As I am sure you can tell this building is full of charm, fun stories and history.
For this stay we were upgraded to a junior suite on the top floor. All of the rooms are a bit different and each has its own character. This room had a lovely sitting area, a nice king sized bed and best of all, a balcony overlooking Seattle. The decor was reminiscent of the hotel’s past with tremendous attention to detail. I particularly liked the photo of a man’s collar. You can see this theme repeated in various areas of the hotel along with photos of the original members.
Rooms range in price from $350 to $425 a night. If you are booking with points the room will be between 70,000 and 125,000 points. The hotel is a AAA four star hotel and the staff makes certain your experience lives up to expectations. When we arrived the front desk staff told us that our room was not quite ready. We went to the bar and before we even had a drink, our room was done. We were greeted by name each time we entered or left the hotel and the bellman were great about helping us get a cab to the airport the next day. There was some kind of phone issue so the bellman used his personal cell to call for our taxi.
Amazing Dinner at Shuckers
The hotel is located within walking distance of Pioneer Square and Pike’s Market. Even better there is an amazing seafood restaurant one block away. Shucker’s lives up to its name. They have a wonderful selection of fresh oysters. They also have decadent salads and my personal favorite, dungeness crab macaroni and cheese. My husband had the whole grilled Idaho trout and said it was flavorful and fresh. I started my meal with the Louie salad with grilled asparagus, shrimp and rich tangy 1000 island dressing. Had we stayed longer, I definitely would have eaten at Shuckers again and it is a must do for our next trip.
My regret about this stay was we were only there for one night. It is definitely on my list of repeat experiences.