Hotel Sorrento

Seattle, Washington

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900 Madison St.
Seattle, Washington


(206) 622-6400


The Hotel Sorrento, located in the historic First Hill neighborhood of Seattle, has a rich history dating back to its opening in 1909. Originally known as the “Sorrento Hotel,” it was built by Samuel Rosenberg, an Italian immigrant, and quickly gained a reputation for its luxurious accommodations and upscale clientele. The hotel’s Italianate architecture and ornate interior design, with features like a grand piano in the lobby and a rooftop garden, made it a prominent and fashionable destination in early 20th-century Seattle.

Over the years, the Sorrento Hotel has hosted notable guests, including celebrities, politicians, and artists. The hotel’s history, along with its central location, continues to make it a popular choice for visitors to Seattle.

Haunted History

The Hotel Sorrento in Seattle is often associated with stories of paranormal activity and has gained a reputation as a potentially haunted location.

Many guests have claimed to witness unusual occurrences in the hotel, like unexplained sounds, mysterious apparitions, and eerie happenings. Some of the common stories involve encounters with a ghostly woman, believed to be Alice B. Toklas, who was a famous writer and partner of Gertrude Stein. She is said to have spent time at the hotel, although no one knows why she is still hanging around.

The Hotel Sorrento embraces its haunted reputation and occasionally hosts themed events and ghost tours. For upcoming Ghost Tours, please contact the hotel.

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