You don’t have to be staying at the more-than-a-century old Sorrento Hotel to feel like you’ve stepped back in time. While it has seen a few iterations, the Sorrento’s current dining spot, the Dunbar Room, begs for top hats and that little black dress. #classyseattle
The crowded room is completely silent except for the flipping of pages and the clink of glasses. People sit hunched over books, tucked into corners while completely focused on their reading. Readers are packed into every available seat in The Sorrento's Fireside Room where Seattleites come on the first Wednesday of the month to partake in the monthly Silent Book Reading Party starting at 6 p.m.
Seattle is in the top five for most literate cities in America (and has been for years). With that reputation comes a vibrant book club community, but mind you, you don’t have to limit yourself to what Oprah is reading. Boozy book discussions, meetups for the current event-minded, groups for ladies who like comics—the city has it all.
After 10 years together, they tied the knot this last winter (on their 10th anniversary!) with their closest friends at the City Hall in San Francisco, followed few days later by a brunch reception at the Hotel Sorrento in Seattle.
When looking for a hotel in Seattle, I wanted somewhere that was central to some major areas and sites, pretty and comfortable. Hotel Sorrento is walking distance from Capitol Hill, and a short distance from Pike Place Market and several of the restaurants we were hoping to try while in the city, so it was the ideal location! As far as the looks go, it doesn’t disappoint.
Something Old, Something New: The Dunbar Room's New Summer Menu. The Dunbar Room has revamped its menu to reflect fresh seasonal summer ingredients. The classy ambiance, dim lighting, and sophisticated vibe will stay the same. The new summer menu is ideal for a warm summer night on the front terrace of the hotel where the coal fire pit will burn well into the night – especially Thursday – Saturday with featured live music.
If you’d like to have a base close to downtown, stay at Hotel Sorrento. It was the first boutique hotel in Seattle, opening its doors in 1909, so it has a beautiful vintage spirit...
The historic Hotel Sorrento in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district has long attracted explorers and eccentrics.
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Built at the turn of the 20th century, the upscale Hotel Sorrento is an iconic Seattle boutique property. It's said that the ghost of Alice B. Toklas, a woman credited with the invention of pot brownies, can often be seen roaming the halls, particularly around room 408.
I'm not saying Alice B. Toklas does or does not haunt the Sorrento. It's a beautiful place, and they have even invented a terrific drink for her, the Ms. Toklas (lucid absinthe, elderflower, chamomile, honey, lemon juice, rocks). So, if Alice's spirit is a wandering one, why not come back to Seattle?
Hotel Sorrento celebrates its public art.
The Hotel Sorrento underwent a sizable renovation from January to May, and it was decided something should be done to enhance the look of its parking garage.
Seattle’s Landmark Hotel Sorrento - 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.
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Three giant new murals grace E Pike, Central District, First Hill walls. The new Sorrento Hotel parking garage mural is the work of Ellen Picken, an artist originally from Spokane.
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On April 24, the 76-room, century old Hotel Sorrento unveiled its revamped eatery. Gone is the stodgy Hunt Club and in its place owners Barbara and Michael Malone have debuted the chic, Moroccan-tiled Dunbar Room, whose name is repurposed from the Sorrento’s 1960s restaurant.
The Sorrento, Seattle's Oldest Boutique Hotel, Announces its Restoration and the Dunbar Restaurant Debut
On Wednesday the Sorrento debuted anew, with updates throughout and the latest edition of its restaurant, re-christened with its former name, the Dunbar Room.
Seattle's Sorrento Hotel unveils updated restaurant and bar
Every second Wednesday of the month, the Hunt Club hosts a local bartender, distiller, or drink historian who’ll lead an intimate booze-infused class on a chosen spirit. This month they’ll break down the differences between Cognac and Armagnac (one of the great mysteries of the world).
The 103-year old hotel, The Sorrento, is so beautiful that reading alone in the lobby seems like a special affair. (In fact, “Silent Reading Parties” have actually been popular here.) But look to the hotel’s programming (it’s not just for guests) when you want a cocktail and an excuse to get a little dressed up.