The Hotel Sorrento's Centennial

100 years of class at a plush hotel

This year the Sorrento, Seattle’s longest continuously operating hotel, celebrates its 100th birthday. 100 years is a big deal in a city like Seattle, where it sometimes seems like the wrapper just came off half the buildings and development is king. Far from the contemporary plush of the modern hotel bar, the Sorrento's rich wood paneling and splendidly appointed Fireside Room manage to be both elegant and inviting. The simple cocktail stop becomes a chance to spoil and treat. The Sorrento will celebrate a different decade every month this year with appropriate food, drink, and music. This month honors 1900 to 1910 and features the forgotten classic steak Diane, a quick butter-fried fillet in cream sauce, with Manhattans and old Broadway tunes. But I’m holding out for French dips and ragtime come February. Hotel Sorrento, 900 Madison St., 622-6400, MAGGIE DUTTON

Jan. 28-31, 2008

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