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Bell’s Town

Hit the Bricks and Explore the Legacy

This is next in a series covering Belltown’s buildings and its history.

City Hostel Seattle, formerly the William Tell Hotel/ Lorraine Hotel, J. Lister Holmes, 1925, renovated by Gibraltar

2327 Second Avenue

Photo Courtesy of MOHAI

Located in the middle of Belltown’s Film Row, the Lorraine Hotel was built with its Italian Renaissance detailing during the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Its guests included movie stars like Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart and studio managers, who perhaps felt at more at home in the Spanish colonial style building topped with a red roof. In 2009 after $750,000 renovation, Lee Kindell and Nancy Gambin opened the international City Hostel Seattle, where 47 local artists decorated each room with original artworks. The hotel’s lobby original terrazzo floor was retained and the bookshelves were crafted from the hotel’s mailboxes.

The Lorraine Hotel is on both the Seattle Landmarks of historical sites, buildings, vehicles, vessels, and street clocks.

Photo Courtesy of Greg Caldwell

The complete tour is available on desktop at and for your mobile device at  A copy of the print walking brochure can be obtain by replying to this post.  Multiple copies of the walking brochure are available for Belltown businesses.  Please give the Belltown Business Association a call at 206.728.5627.

This tour was made possible by dedicated volunteers: Kevin Wildermuth (IT and web designer) Greg Caldwell (, Roberta Miner, Jane Savard, Lindsey Willar, Josh Watts (Belltown Business Association’s Administrator), and a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.