Sleeping in Seattle: Hotel Sorrento

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Full disclosure: We never actually saw Hotel Sorrento in the daylight, but that may have actually added to the hotel’s spooky charm.

A touch of strange and a ton of style characterize this historic Seattle hotel, which was the perfect spot to stay for our first wedding anniversary Oct. 6-10.

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The skull and spider web decor weren’t the only things stirring up the hotel’s Halloween vibes. Its monthlong Sorrento Curiosities event – which the hotel describes as “a celebration of the dark, the weird and the whimsical” – drew a sizable crowd of curious guests to the Fireside Room on Tuesday, Oct. 9, for professional tarot card readings.

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If you can’t make it to the hotel during the month of October, don’t worry; there’s enough mystery to last all year long. Rumor has it that Hotel Sorrento, which opened its doors in 1909, is haunted by the ghost of Alice B. Toklas, a woman who – in true Seattle fashion – is credited with inventing the pot brownie.

Though we didn’t have any run-ins with the famed ghost, her presence certainly adds to the hotel’s character and storied past.

Accommodations

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We stayed in room 507, a deluxe room with a comfy queen-size bed and an elegant, all-white bathroom.

Among the room’s features: 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, Caffé Vita French press coffee, complimentary water bottles each day, in-room wifi, prompt room service and delightful Le Labo toiletries whose scent – Santal 33 – smelled a lot like the lobby of the hotel (where, shhh, they hid a scent diffuser in the entryway).

Dining

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Our compliments to the chef! We ate dinner at Hotel Sorrento on three separate occasions – in the Dunbar Room and Bar, the Fireside Room, and in our own room – and we were (obviously) not disappointed.

I loved the Beecher’s Mac and Cheese so much I got it twice, while Mike enjoyed the Turkey Club and The Sorrento Burger, both of which were mouth-wateringly delicious.

We each ordered the Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich, autumn staples that hit the spot after a long day spent outside in the chilly and damp Seattle weather.

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Verdict

You can’t beat the charm and character of Hotel Sorrento, its convenient location or the kindness of its staff. We had a lovely stay at the hotel and a wonderful time in Seattle celebrating our first anniversary.

We recommend Hotel Sorrento to other adventuring couples who are looking for a hotel experience that offers unique entertainment, excellent dining and a spooky-chic atmosphere.

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