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 Exposition, which was pretty much the first time anyone outside the Northwest had ever heard of Seattle. Intrepid men and women from near and far came to rest their heads in our 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. Located near downtown in the First Hill neighborhood, the Sorrento became Seattle’s original hub of hospitality, creativity, and urban life.
Back then, the historic 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 Hotel Sorrento is adjacent to a bustling downtown and surrounded by world-class art museums, concert halls and hospitals, as well as celebrated restaurants, cafes, boutiques, cocktail bars and nightclubs. Honoring a landmark legacy while aligning our spirit with the progressive character of one of the fastest growing cities in America, Hotel Sorrento continues to evolve right alongside Seattle.