PHOTO: Sorrento Hotel

The Best Hotels with a Ton of Seattle Heritage

AnnaMaria Stephens | February 22, 2018

From the Klondike Gold Rush, when the city sprang up around the prospectors who hoped to strike it rich, to the more modern past when the grunge scene ranged supreme, Seattle has a fascinating history. Heritage lovers: These historic hotels are for you.

#6

Alexis Hotel

Why it made the list

The pair of four-story buildings occupied by this chic boutique hotel date to the Gold Rush days, when they were among the first to rise up after the Great Seattle Fire of 1899 destroyed the business district. Several of Seattle's original storefronts, now considered part of "Underground Seattle," can still be seen in the hotel's underground parking structure.

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#5

The Arctic Club Seattle

Why it made the list

Steps from historic Pioneer Square, this handsome nine-story Beaux-Arts building, famous for the terracotta walrus heads that line its third floor, was built in 1916 as an HQ for The Arctic Club, a fraternal group of Seattle businessmen with Klondike Gold Rush and Alaska connections.

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#4

Hotel Max

Why it made the list

Hotel Max's Sub Pop floor pays homage to the iconic indie record label that became famous in the late 1980s for first signing Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney (think large-scale photos and record players in the rooms). The cool building dating to 1926 is a bonus.

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#3

Sorrento Hotel

Why it made the list

Built in 1909, when Seattle was still a feisty upstart of a city, the Sorrento once attracted gold prospectors, eager entrepreneurs, and visitors to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Today the 76-room Italianate hotel hits the sweet spot between vintage glamour and on-trend modern-eclectic design.

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#2

The Edgewater

Why it made the list

The city’s only waterfront hotel -- built in 1962 for the World's Fair -- is a local landmark most famous for hosting the Beatles in 1964 on their first world tour. The Fab Four fished from their suite during their stay in Seattle, which was captured in a now iconic photo.

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#1

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Why it made the list

The Fairmont Olympic, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was Seattle's first world-class hotel. Built in 1924, no expense was spared for the high-society set it attracted. Today you can marvel at the stately lobby's bygone-era splendor while enjoying the modern style and comfort of newly renovated guestrooms.

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  • 6. Alexis Hotel
    1007 1st Ave.,Seattle,Washington,USA,98104
  • 5. The Arctic Club Seattle
    700 3rd Ave., Seattle, Washington, 98104, United States
  • 4. Hotel Max
    620 Stewart St.,Seattle,Washington,USA,98101
  • 3. Sorrento Hotel
    900 Madison St.,Seattle,Washington,USA,98104
  • 2. The Edgewater
    Pier 67, 2411 Alaskan Way,Seattle,Washington,USA,98121
  • 1. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
    411 University St., Seattle,Washington,USA,98101

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