Crown jewel of farthest, leftest corner of the country, Seattle has a long and fabled history of doing things its own way. The Sorrento Hotel has been part of that history since the beginning (almost): When we opened our doors in 1909, our first guests were the anxious prospectors, cagey entrepreneurs and curious tourists who attended the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exhibition, which was pretty much the first time anyone outside the Northwest ever heard of Seattle. Intrepid men and women from near and far came to rest their heads in our 76 spacious guest rooms, celebrate their adventures in our sumptuous Fireside Room, and dance and dine at the Top o’ the Town, the city’s highest restaurant way up on the seventh floor. The Sorrento became Seattle’s original hub of hospitality, creativity and urban life.
Back then, the Sorrento’s promontory perch on the summit of First Hill offered unimpeded views west to the Puget Sound, south to Mt. Rainier and east to Lake Washington. In the hundred-some years hence, Seattle has grown into a hyper-modern metropolis and now our grand old hotel is adjacent a bustling downtown and surrounded by world-class art museums, concert halls and hospitals, not to mention dozens of restaurants, cafes, boutiques, cocktail bars and nightclubs. Our latest remodel—helmed by Magnetic/ERV, an experienced team that’s developed stylish hotel properties all over the world—brings a new restaurant and bar program and updates guest rooms and event facilities with vintage-modern furnishings, honoring the Sorrento’s landmark legacy while aligning its spirit with the progressive character of the fastest growing city in America.
As you’ve probably heard, we still do things our own way in Seattle. And we’ve only gotten better at it.
Welcome to the Sorrento.