Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University Street
Since it opened in 1924, the Olympic Hotel has been the grande dame of Seattle. Treat yourself to dinner in the hotel’s Georgian Room, the city’s most elegant restaurant.
1007 First Ave.
Behind a Gold Rush-era façade, the Alexis Hotel (in business since the 1890s) offers comfortable boutique lodging.
Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Ave.
The most spectacular adaptive reuse project in the city, the Arctic Club Hotel brought vitality to one of the city’s most beloved terracotta buildings, embellished with walruses. It’s now a Doubletree Hotel.
900 Madison Street
The Sorrento Hotel, built for tourists coming to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, is a five-minute walk up the hill from downtown. Its mahogany lobby with a Rookwood Italian garden scenic tile fireplace will delight collectors of the American Arts & Crafts movement.
4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Decophiles might choose architect R.C. Reamer’s award winning 1931 Edmond Meany Hotel in the University District, now called the Hotel Deca. The poured-in-place concrete structure boasted that every room was a corner room—and they still are. While the lobby and interiors have been completely changed over the years, it still is one of the most progressive high-rises of its age.
Click here to see the best of Seattle’s historic neighborhoods.Published in: Old-House Journal October/November 2011