Find a Spokane winter wonderland at the Davenport Hotel Igloos

The Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane recently opened igloos on their terrace for the winter season.

Over the past few years, downtown Spokane has blossomed into an epicenter for nightlife, with well-known bars and restaurants that can please most people’s needs.

The Davenport Grand, a popular hotel for visitors to Spokane, announced a brand new experience, inspired by “igloos” around the globe in big cities such as New York, Boston and Cincinnati. The igloos provide a warm, enclosed space to gather while taking in the scenery of the cold cities. 

Cally King is the corporate media manager for Davenport Hotels in Spokane. She has been working on this event closely with Evan Tewel, the general manager of The Grand Restaurant. 

“We decided in about three days that we were going to turn around and start on the food menus and cocktails,” Tewel said.

The three packages, which start at $250, are tailored for the experience guests are seeking. 

The Grand Igloo Celebration package is best for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth with chocolate-covered strawberries, homemade soft peanut brittle and a glass of champagne — delicacies available to each guest. The most expensive package comes in at $300, and offers more hearty eats, including yellowfin ahi tuna and a jumbo wild shrimp cocktail.

While the food is well-suited for a great evening, the cocktails offered at the Igloos are sure to please anyone looking for a drink.

“I really like the Antares Hot Chocolate,” Tewel said. “That little bit of kick, little bit of boozy, but really rich and delicious.”

 Along with the boozy hot chocolate, during my time at the Igloos I had the explicitly-named ‘Panty Pleaser’ cocktail, which included a mix of Malibu, orange juice, sour mix and grenadine. This cocktail reminded me of something I would be sipping on a beach in Hawaii, but the mix of tropical flavors while wearing my big coat was something that I enjoyed quite a bit. 

Along with the cocktails, the bar offers beer and wine selections for the guests that they can use with their $100 bar tab included with the cost of the Igloo. The beer selection included local favorites such as No-Li and Iron Goat.

Dave Sposito, a morning radio DJ for 92.9 was thoroughly impressed by the entire atmosphere, from drinks to the decor inside the igloos.

“I love it,” Sposito said, “I love the concept and I think it was a fun deal.” 

The igloos were decorated very cozily, with fuzzy blankets and pillows for the guests to rest on while enjoying their food and drinks. 

While the costs may be out of a college student’s budget to book alone, splitting the cost of an igloo between up to six people would make the experience budget-friendly. Splitting the $300 cost between six people would come out to only $50 a person.

“We try to have everything as pre-set as we can,” Tewel said. “But if you’re five minutes early we’ll work with you to maximize the amount of time you have in the igloos.”

The allotted amount of time in each igloo is an hour and a half, a perfect amount of time to get all the photos shot and the snacks eaten. 

Reservations are highly recommended for the Igloo experience at the Davenport Grand, with all Friday and Saturdays being booked until the Igloos close in March. Reservations can be made online at the Davenport Grand website.

“That little bit of kick, little bit of boozy, but really rich and delicious."

Along with the boozy hot chocolate, during my time at the Igloos, I had the explicitly named "Panty Pleaser" cocktail, which includes a mix of Malibu rum, orange juice, sour mix and grenadine. This cocktail reminded me of something I would be sipping on a beach in Hawaii but the mix of tropical flavors while wearing my big coat was something I enjoyed quite a bit.

 In addition to cocktails, the bar offers beer and wine selections for guests that can be purchased using the $100 bar tab included in the cost of the Igloo. The beer selection includes local favorites such as No-Li Brewhouse and Iron Goat Brewing.

 Dave Sposito, a morning radio DJ for 92.9 KZZU-FM, said he was impressed by the entire atmosphere, from drinks to decor inside the igloos.

 “I love it,” Sposito said, “I love the concept and I think it was a fun deal.” 

 The igloos were decorated cozily, with fuzzy blankets and pillows for guests to rest on while enjoying their food and drinks. 

 While the costs may be outside of a college student’s price range to book alone, splitting the cost of an igloo among up to six people would make the experience budget-friendly.  “We try to have everything as preset as we can,” Tewel said. “But if you’re five minutes early, we’ll work with you to maximize the amount of time you have in the igloos.”

 The allotted time in each igloo is 90 minutes, a perfect amount of time to get all the photos shot and the snacks eaten. 

 Reservations are highly recommended for the Igloo experience at Davenport Grand, with all Fridays and Saturdays booked until the Igloos close in March. 

Reservations can be made online at the Davenport Grand website: 

www.davenporthotelcollection.com

 

Lindsey Wilson is a staff writer. Follow her on Twitter: @lindseyrwilson1

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