5 Historic Hotels in Seattle

A local preservation expert highlights the best historic hotels in Seattle.

The elegant Georgian Room at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University Street
(206) 621-1700
fairmont.com/seattle

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.

Alexis Hotel
1007 First Ave.
(866) 356-8894
alexishotel.com

Behind a Gold Rush-era façade, the Alexis Hotel (in business since the 1890s) offers comfortable boutique lodging.

Arctic Club Hotel
700 Third Ave.
(206) 340-0340
thearcticclubseattle.com

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.

A Rookwood tile fireplace is the centerpiece of the Sorrento Hotel’s lobby.

Sorrento Hotel
900 Madison Street
(800) 426-1265
hotelsorrento.com

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.

Hotel Deca
4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE
(800) 899-0251
hoteldeca.com

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.

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