Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rococo Dome Room



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Well today we pass the walrus sentries and go inside to see the Arctic Club Hotel's historic Rococo Northern Lights Dome Room. The 4800 square foot venue can accommodate up to 400 guests and event fees during their first season last summer ranged from $2000 to $3000 depending on room configuration. The hotel staff suggested I pay it a visit and showed me the way to the third floor, but didn't mention there was anyone there. I came upon what appeared to be a soon to be wed couple, their wedding coordinator and parents sampling the menu choices for a reception. Catering fees for the tasty fare reportedly run $60 to $100 per guest. Cough, cough, wheeze. . . 'Scuze me while I sit down a second. The fees are not out of the norm for such an elegant place in any major US city, but anyone else out there imagining their kids' possible future plans then looking at their wallets and the projected economy and thinking, "I hope she shows some shots of Parsons Garden on SDP soon!" Yes, there are many very beautiful settings in Seattle to hold lovely celebrations, from the very simple ($450 to rent an enclosed garden, $300 for a park setting) to the very elegant. I'll try to feature more of them. Meanwhile, here are some detail shots at my More Seattle Stuff page.

16 comments:

Bibi said...

Wowee, this is elegant. It looks like the underside of a Rococo spaceship...if there were such a thing...

B Squared said...

Beautiful room but $100 a head?

Virginia said...

Beautiful room and the dome is spectacular, but I don't know how they can afford it all in this economy!

Shell Sherree said...

Oh yes, Bibi! I think I'd almost be happy to be taken by one if it looked like that ... {almost!} Beautifully captured, Kim. The photo, that is.

Hilda said...

That is a magnificent dome! I can only imagine what it'll look like all decorated for a wedding!

Al said...

Sweet room. Reminds me of a spaceship too.

Kim said...

A spaceship, eh? Well, beam me up some cash, Scotty. It prolly wa the angle and my attempt at the widest angle my walkabout lens could manage. I've put up detail shots at More Seattle Stuff. http://moreseattlestuff.blogspot.com
-Kim

brattcat said...

It's definitely the angle that gives that spaceship effect. I love the sense of the couple being sheltered under the mother-ship.

FA said...

What a great daily photo blog, Kim. Although I've never lived in Seattle I have spent a lot of time there. It's a great city and is certainly picturesque. Thanks for visiting monasterydailyphoto. I'm glad to know that you enjoy spending quiet time in the Lord's presence. That spot is a great place to do just that! Fr. Adam

Sally said...

How stunning! It reminds me of the Palau de Musica in Barcelona.

Chuck Pefley said...

You do manage to get into some amazing spaces, Kim. Very cool if you've got the cool cash to play the game this way. Whew! Good thing Bibi's daughter is getting married in Serbia -:)

I liked the angle of the walrus head yesterday, too. I guess I just need to get out more -:)

Bob Crowe said...

Never heard a thing about this place but it's way cool. Excellent shot given the difficult lighting conditions. We went through the same thing for our daughter's wedding 2 1/2 years ago. it lightened our wallets. My wife and I put on our own wedding and reception almost (gasp) 35 years ago in a community center. Some good friends made dollar sandwiches and salads. Somebody brought a keg of beer. We couldn't afford a cake so another friend stuck the plastic bride and groom figures in a Mc Donald's cheeseburger. A good, cheap time was had by all.

Maya said...

Wow, what a beautiful shot of a beautiful place! I'd love to get married there... guess I'll have to win the lottery first!

hah, my word verification had the word "ring" in it!

PJ said...

The room is magnificent to see, must be amazing to have an event there. Also, it must be quite special to sit in that room and plan a special day like that.

Kris said...

That is one fancy room. I wonder if they have a high chair...

LMN said...

That room is pretty phenomenal. Love how you capture the light.