Hotel Sorrento, Seattle, Washington – Review

By Jesse Sokolow on 7 April 2017
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The Hotel Sorrento first opened its doors in 1909, when Seattle was just a fledgling city. The property served as lodging for attendees of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific-Exposition, a world’s fair held in 1909 to enuake the Pacific Northwest known to the world.

Indeed, the history of the hotel is evident throughout the property, from its lobby with wooden mail pigeonholes behind the front desk, to the common area with a fireplace, to original menus from Thanksgiving Day in 1923 hanging on the walls. Even the , though now electronic, are kept on a ring with a tag, harkening back to a pre-digital age.

Upon my arrival at the storied hotel check in formalities were quickly accomplished, and I made my way past a stuffed peacock perched on top of the check-in desk to the hotel’s sole elevator.



My Sorrento Suite, one of only 76 guestrooms at the hotel, was spacious, with separate sleeping and living areas. Nightstands with lamps flanked the king size bed, a TV receiver was placed for convenient viewing, and there were easy to access electrical outlets near the bottom of the bed, between the nightstand and the covers.

The living area, located through a set of double doors that offered privacy for the bedroom, was furnished with a couch, lounge chair, and coffee table, along with a second TV. An assortment of books was on shelves below the TV, while various magazines dotted the coffee table. Both the bedroom and living area had windows with a view of the hotel’s garden.

The elegant white-marble bathroom provided ample lighting for my morning rituals and more than enough room for my toiletries. There was no tub, simply a walk-in shower, although it had a feature I have grown to be quite fond of in hotels, namely a window that let in natural light.

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