Seattle’s Sorrento is considered a boutique hotel with only 76 rooms. As such, it has a homey feel to it. We occupy room 608, used in the popular movie, “Sleepless in Seattle.” To think – we share a bed with Tom Hanks or better yet, Meg Ryan! Actually, it was used to depict a New York City hotel room occupied by Meg Ryan’s boyfriend.
The Sorrento at 900 Madison Street on historic First Hill has been a special draw from way back in 1909, with rich, Italian architecture and personalized service. (When we wanted a ride downtown, we just asked – they provided complimentary service.) And the bedding here is so comfortable that the hotel routinely sells it to the public.
The Sorrento boasts an affinity for the arts. Inside the beautiful, oak-paneled main floor Fireside Room with large luxurious chairs, they offer live jazz and often conduct “Silent Readings” throughout the year, offering discounted beverages and food. You bring a book and simply read quietly in the elegant atmosphere, and this has become a fun outing for the likes of the mayor and other city notables.
For lunch, inside their warm, oak-paneled Hunt Club, a neighborhood favorite for locals, I choose “The Combo,” selecting tomato soup, Caesar salad with savoury whiskey-dipped pralines and half a Reuben sandwich, while my spouse opts for vegetable soup, green organic salad and a farmer’s sandwich featuring cheese, bacon, tomatoes and turkey on artisanal bread.
In the evening, we visit Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center to see Madama Butterfly, Puccini’s opera in which a Japanese maiden catches the fancy of a caddish American Naval officer, crosses cultural boundaries to become his bride, and grapples with a serious predicament while faithfully awaiting his return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on First Hill overlooking downtown Seattle the Sorrento Hotel infuses a classic old world style with modern conveniences. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sorrento Hotel Seattle