Hotel Theodore: a Seattle Landmark Reborn


Hotel Theodore opened as the Roosevelt Hotel in 1930, named after the 26th U.S. president, who’d visited Seattle in 1903.

From its very beginnings, the building encapsulated Seattle’s pioneering spirit. Its architect, John Graham Sr., was one of the city’s most prominent: the firm he'd founded was behind iconic city structures like the Seattle Exchange Building, the Frederick & Nelson department store (now the downtown Nordstrom), and, under his son’s leadership, the Space Needle. Graham’s designs account for the hotel’s distinctive, modernist Art Deco style. The 18-story building remained Seattle’s tallest hotel for decades, with 234 rooms and an ornately furnished lobby detailed in the French modern style. In contrast to the hotels that catered to residents (the norm at the time), the Roosevelt Hotel positioned itself as a traveler-oriented hotel.

In 2015, Hotel Theodore was purchased and floor-by-floor renovations began, spearheaded by Seattle-based Susan Marinello Interiors. We added refined, industrial-style furnishings to create an upscale urban boutique hotel that reflects the needs, desires and dreams of today’s modern travelers. Fully refreshed, the hotel reopened in 2017 under the name Hotel Theodore, a nod to its historic namesake.We continue to be inspired by Seattle’s long tradition of makers, builders and doers, as evinced by our art collection curated in collaboration with the Museum of History & Industry. Atop the hotel, you’ll still see the Roosevelt sign, an iconic Seattle landmark that remains an integral part of the cityscape and the area’s history.