Medallion Hotel, Arlington


Located just off I-5 about 45 minutes north of Seattle and 50 minutes from Bellingham, Washington, Arlington’s Medallion Hotel offers 97 spacious rooms in various configurations. Guests can luxuriate in one of its 67 standard rooms or, if desired, a kitchenette complete with a microwave and a full-sized fridge. Six deluxe suites complete the collection. The granddaddy of them all, the Garden Spa Suite, offers the ultimate in pampered luxury, a jetted, soaker bathtub and a glass-enclosed gas fireplace.

The Medallion has been a neighborhood stalwart for years, well-known for its relaxed community-minded vibe and the go-to meeting place for local businesses, art fairs and fundraisers. The new owner, veteran South Korean hotelier Joseph So, who bought the property in June 2016, promises to continue the tradition. “Our goal is to accommodate the local and regional markets,” he says, adding, “I want to see this area grow.” Although the hotel was completely renovated in 2015, its new owners are installing finishing touches such as in-room safes, pod dispensing coffee machines and USB outlets in each room to prepare it for re-branding. The Medallion is slated to become a Wyndham Garden hotel in mid-2017.

The Medallion’s seven meeting places total 14,000 square feet. The Ballroom, at 4,600 square feet, can accommodate 360 guests in a theater-style configuration and 280 in a banquet setup. Three other meeting spaces, the Pilchuck, Olympic and Cascade Rooms, are adjacent to the Ballroom. The medium-sized Baker Room is on the second floor and the smaller Rainier Room is on the third. Screens, projectors and microphones can be rented from the hotel. The Medallion also offers two boardroom-type venues that can hold up to 12 people each.

The boardrooms are ideal for smaller get-togethers or breakout sessions. In-house catering which serves the main dining room and the Cellar, a charming subterranean hideaway, is also available.

The Medallion is 15 minutes away from two casinos, an exotic animal farm with emus and kangaroos and a distillery that makes moonshine like they did in Prohibition days. The hotel will even shuttle visitors to and from the nearby Tulalip Resort Casino. Closer to home, guests can enjoy the indoor pool or take manicures, facials and massages at the Smokey Point Spa and Wellness Centre located in the hotel’s lower level. Thanks to its array of meeting places and midway up-the-coast location from Seattle, the landmark Medallion has become a regional favorite.