For those of you who have been following my content for a while, Seattle, WA. probably isn’t the first place you’d expect to see on my list of places to go. Or even second or third place. So, it may surprise you to know that, actually, Seattle is a great place to visit if you’re looking to stay stateside. Seattle might be known for many things - Starbucks, a grungy music scene, tech headquarters, nature, rain, and the Space Needle, to name a few - but the things that are lesser known are worthy of visiting, too! While you’re visiting the Emerald City, you can be sure to find some hidden diamonds in the accommodation stakes. Here are a couple of my personal favorite boutique hotels that I recommend for your visit:
Hotel Sorrento - This hotel is a charming boutique hotel, actually, it’s Seattle’s longest-running boutique hotel!). With luscious furnishings and a rooftop patio with incredible city views, Hotel Sorrento is the perfect place to spend a romantic getaway. The hotel was built in 1909, and stunning original wood features are married perfectly with plush beds and marble baths to create a whole vibe that will leave you wondering if it is possible to visit Seattle and never leave the hotel room.
I stayed in the Sorrento King Suite and absolutely loved it! I couldn’t believe the amount of space I had in that room. It felt as if I was in my own apartment. From the separate bedroom with a full closet to the overly large living area with a sofa bed, desk to catch up on some work (because of remote life) and, not to mention, the large windows everywhere bringing in the surprising sunshine I had throughout my entire stay! Who said it was always rainy in Seattle? Because I sure never experienced that.
In addition, you won’t be disappointed when you leave your room and head downstairs to the Hotel Restaurant, Stella. With delicious Italian-inspired cuisine, Chef Paolo and his team will wow you with coastal dishes that get a chef’s kiss every. single. time. Incredible food, the atmosphere, and the staff were all amazing. Not hungry? Check out the Fireside Room, where you might hear one of several local jazz musicians performing, or sign yourself up for a silent reading party and enjoy the ambiance of relaxing piano music while you read whatever takes your fancy.
Staying at Hotel Sorrento will ensure your visit to Seattle is remembered for all the right reasons. From the authentic and sympathetically restored building to the luxurious fixtures and fittings and the charming vibe that comes from combining great music, great food, and great people, this boutique hotel is one you’re going to want to visit each and every time you make it to Seattle. Check out my room tour and dinner experience while staying at Hotel Sorrento.
Hyatt at Olive 8 - Situated in the heart of downtown Seattle, the Hyatt at Olive 8 boutique hotel prides itself on being good for the environment and good for its guests. Offering a modern and sophisticated vibe, the Hyatt at Olive 8 is quite a large hotel but still has that boutique flair, where the service and style is top-notch. Whether you choose a suite or a room, everything is inspired by elegance, comfort, and a desire to make your stay the most luxurious and comfortable it can be.
With an onsite spa, fitness center, and indoor pool, it would be tempting to stay in and pamper yourself, but the location of this hotel means it is virtually impossible to ignore the temptations that lie outside. Hyatt at Olive 8 offers walkability to locations like the Pike Place Market, and is easy access to the monorail for a trip to the Space Needle or the Seattle Center. While it is so easy to explore the central city from this location, be sure to include some time at the onsite spa, Elaia, before you leave. With exquisite treatment options using products that are good for you and the environment, you will walk into Elaia for your appointment and float back out when you’re done.
No great hotel is complete without an exceptional in-house restaurant, and Tidal+ is that and more. Taking the best of what the Pacific Northwest offers and creating magic on every plate, you can start your evening early with happy hour at 3pm - $1 oysters and $5 cocktails y’all… you can’t miss it! - and return for a dinner that promises to be bold and beautiful all at the same time. With flavors that will wow you, an eye on sustainability, and a menu that is proudly over 50% gluten-free, the team at Tidal+ will ensure your stay at Hyatt at Olive 8 is remembered for the food as much as the style and spa.
Seattle has so much going for it, with the best of the Pacific Northwest right on its doorstep. Whatever your reason for visiting, finding the best place to rest after you spend the day exploring should be a priority, and both Hotel Sorrento and Hyatt at Olive 8 are worthy contenders for your visit to Seattle. Enjoy classic style amid the luxurious setting of Hotel Sorrento, or step into a more modern and sustainability-focused stay at Hyatt at Olive 8 - no matter what you choose, you’re sure to love your getaway in the Emerald City!