The Sorrento Hotel was opened in 1909. Classic decor, carefully maintained to keep the old charm fresh, infuses the interior. The Fireside room is a lovely old gathering place (or lobby) that is now used as a place for customers and hotel guests to get a drink or grab a bite to eat. The restaurant and bar are nearby, so you have access to the full menu.
The customer service was top-notch. The valet staff/doormen are courteous and are available to drive you to any destination in town - or pick you up after a movie.
We stayed the week before Thanksgiving, which means the place was in full holiday swing. Hot cider at the registration desk was available all day after morning coffee service.
The hotel is proud of being in business for over 100 years. They have kept pace, mostly, with amenities and updating their rooms. The mini-suite has a small bathroom (shower and toilet) with a larger vanity area that includes the room closet. The room has plenty of space to relax in - the bed taking up one portion and a sitting area with a couch, several chairs, coffee table, desk and chair. A small nook contains the coffee maker and ice-bucket. A large screen tv brings you the news or entertainment, as you expect. A mini fridge provides a safe place for your late night snacks.
The location of The Sorrento, on Madison and Terry, is ideal for walking around some of the best parts of Seattle. The hills, on the other hand, are not for the faint-hearted. That's why we walked over to Pacific Place to see a movie, grab a bite and then walk over to Westlake Mall for shopping. On a different occasion we grabbed a ride to Pike Place Market. On our walk back we visited the library, considered the city art, grabbed lunch at a hole-in-the-wall pizza joint (best deal in town for pizza by the slice) and took the hills one-by-one, visiting shops and buildings as we climbed back to the hotel.
I frequent the Fireside room since I work nearby and find the place convenient for meeting my ride after work. The wood paneling is from Italy, the music is often appropriately from the 1920s and 1930s. The wait staff are excellent, some even know my name and my drink and food preferences.
While I feel the room rate was worth the stay, it is a bit steeper than I usually like to pay for a hotel room.
For business travelers, a business center is present on the lower level, with free printing and computer access. Free Wi-Fi is available with access code.
The room had one of the best bed mattresses I have slept on in a hotel.
- 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