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Sorrento Hotel has a sense of history that you won’t find at other luxury hotels in Seattle. On May 30, 1909, Sorrento Hotel opened in the First Hill neighborhood with much fanfare. The Italian Renaissance-style luxury hotel, commissioned by clothing retailer Samuel Rosenberg, included design elements inspired by the Italian city it was named after. According to state records, the Forbes Travel Guide recommended hotel has the distinction of being Seattle’s oldest hotel. Many early Seattle hotels have since been converted into apartment buildings or demolished. Early guests of Sorrento Hotel included the Vanderbilt and Guggenheim families. President William Taft was rumored to have signed the original registry, as well. The hotel opened just two days before the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition to accommodate the well heeled among the 3.7 million guests who came to the Northwest for the fair.