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Arctic Club Hotel, Seattle, Washington 

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700 3rd Avenue
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 340 0340
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Built as a gentlemen's club in 1916 for Gold Rush adventurers, this building near downtown's Pioneer Square found new life last summer when it reopened as a 120-room hotel. It keeps one foot firmly in the past, however: The reception area has black-and-white portraits of former club members and a glass case with black top hats of varying sizes, while the lobby is a throwback to the club days with its royal blue-velvet ceiling-to-floor draperies, wood paneling, crown molding with engraved crests, fireplace, and 1920s music. Such attention to detail, paired with equally attentive staff, makes the hotel warm and welcoming. Guest rooms have vintage decor—dark-wood moldings, original windows, high ceilings, custom wallpaper, and sepia-hued Eskimo prints—yet meet Seattle's tech-savvy requirements. Ingredients sourced from local farms make their way to the table as Pacific Northwest specialties at the hotel's Juno restaurant. —2009 Hot List

When to go: Though its central location makes the Arctic Club ideal year-round, in summer you can stroll the waterfront, just five blocks from the hotel (doubles, $199-$305).

Which room to book: Southwest-facing corner rooms provide views of skyline favorites such as the Smith Tower and Puget Sound; eight suites have private rooftop terraces

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