If walls could talk, Seattle’s Hotel Sorrento would have great stories to tell. Everything from tales of prospectors who were guests in 1909 during the world’s fair, to anecdotes about modern day celebrities. The oldest boutique hotel in Seattle, Hotel Sorrento embraces its history while delivering the modern day luxury and conveniences travelers expect.
The hotel’s seven story brick facade shows off its age in a stately and inviting way. Once inside, beautifully restored original details like original woodwork and marble flooring dominate the lobby décor. Menus from Thanksgiving dinners served in the 1920s line the path to the Sorrento’s one, lovingly cared for, elevator.
The Hotel Sorrento is a relatively small boutique property. There are 76 guest rooms and no two are alike. Rooms have curves and corners that require one-of-a-kind, often antique furnishings. A rare treat, guest room windows open to let in fresh air.
I stayed in a Sorrento Suite. Traveling with my husband and two teenagers, the separate sleeping and living room area is perfect for a traveling family. The full living room had a sofa bed and television. The separate bedroom had two queen beds and two closet areas, while still allowing a generous amount of space to move about. Muted blue, grey walls, along with architectural details like base and crown molding create a warm feeling in the room. The shiny, silver analog clock and a dozen or so hardcover books make it more like a home than a hotel.
Coffee drinkers will appreciate the Caffé Vita French press coffee supplies that are standard in every room, but all guests should look forward to a good night’s sleep. Mattresses topped with goose down pillows, 400-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and cozy comforters make for comfy dreams. The Sorrento also offers three Designer Suites, each recently renovated by one of three Seattle designers.
The garden patio in the hotel’s front courtyard is popular place to grab a drink or bite to eat when sunny skies prevail. The on-site Dunbar Room serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and pours a nice list of cocktails. Its cured meats and artisanal cheese plates are a tasty meal and then some. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the Crae-Crae Ice Cream Sundae will not disappoint. With three scoop of ice cream, banana, assorted sauces and whipped cream, it’s a good idea to share.
The Sorrento is located in Seattle’s First Hill area, not far from some of the city’s more popular attractions like the photo worthy Central Library. The location is close to downtown, but on the other side of I-5. Pike Place Public Market is about a 20 minute walk, but expect some good hills for the trek home.
There is no self-parking, so if you have a car you will have to use the valet. In-room Wi-Fi is complimentary. The Hotel Sorrento welcomes pets of all sizes and breeds for a $50 dollar flat fee per stay.
Dana’s stay was hosted by Hotel Sorrento, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.