One of The Lotte Hotel’s 15 event spaces, The Sanctuary is a stunning 5,628-square-foot venue with a storied history. Constructed in 1908, the structure is the oldest Beaux-Arts style building in Downtown Seattle. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the venue sits in what was at one time Seattle’s first congregation and the oldest church in the city.
Located in the heart of Downtown Seattle in the financial district, The Sanctuary at The Lotte Hotel can be reached by subway and bus. It’s an 8-minute walk from University Street subway station and a 2-minute walk from Marion St & 4th Ave bus stop, which is also the closest bus station.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about The Sanctuary at The Lotte Hotel
1. French industrial designer Philippe Starck designed the hotel’s many features.
From windows unexpectedly placed above bathroom sinks to full-length arched mirrors designed to spark a sense of self-reflection, the renowned French industrial designer Philippe Starck’s work is visible throughout the many spaces of the hotel. You might be familiar with his design for Sailing Yacht A or Juicy Salif, currently displayed at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
2. The Sanctuary recently underwent a $40 million restoration.
The stunning 1908 venue was a church and a meeting spot where community members could get together and engage in events, programs and . The beloved space was recently restored to preserve such details as the exquisitely carved woodwork, terra cotta moldings, breathtakingly beautiful stained glass windows, and the pipe organ which takes over an entire wall.
3. The Lotte Hotel has received many awards and accolades.
The modern and elegant hotel ranked #4 out of around 1020 hotels by U.S. News in their list of best hotels in Washington and Seattle in 2023. What’s more, in 2022 it was voted “Best Historic Venue” by Seattle Bride Magazine.
What can you do at The Sanctuary at The Lotte Hotel?
Given its history and architectural beauty and charm, The Sanctuary is a highly sought-after wedding venue. The Sanctuary connects to the modern glass skyscraper that is The Lotte Hotel, where you can get luxurious hotel accommodations for your wedding guests.
As well as providing the perfect backdrop to wedding pictures, it’s also popular among companies for organizing board meetings, conferences and galas. What’s more, with a built-in bar, guests can enjoy tasty bites, lunch buffets and refreshments during meeting breaks.
The Sanctuary at The Lotte Hotel seamlessly combines historic allure with contemporary elegance, making it the ideal setting for a number of events and celebrations. The venue has also hosted incredible Candlelight concerts. It looked even more exquisite, bathed in the flickering glow of hundreds of candles and the soothing sound of a string quartet. Candlelight is an experience unlike any other, and you won’t want to miss out. Each will feature two performances, so you can fit these magical music moments easily into a night out.