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The Fairmont Olympic Seattle
Ranked #13 of 105 Hotels in Seattle
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

I had the pleasure of staying at the Fairmont a few years ago, when it was one of the conference hotels for a meeting I was attending. It reminded me of the Four Seasons in Montreal, with the chandeliers in the hotel and marble in the bathrooms, but of course the views and building were actually quite different, and its worth checking out the second floor ballrooms and sitting areas. The fabulous view of the Puget Sound from the street in front of the main entrance is something you will always remember if you stay here.

The hotel is well-situated to tons of places to eat, drink coffee (of course), Pikes Place market, the downtown library, art museum, and nice shopping (Nordstrom AND Nordstrom Rack). Live and movie theaters are also close by as is the convention center.

The devil is in the details, and no less here. I was regularly blown away by the quality of the room service meals, like the yoghurt parfaits for breakfast. The gym was also very nice, with plenty of free weights, weight machines, pool, cucumber water, etc. Not to leave any detail to chance, the Fairmont even has running maps. I had some of the nicest runs I have ever had while on the road, on the trail running up the Puget Sound. It was amazing running 8-9 miles along the water, through a sculpture park and coming back to the Fairmont. Learning about this amenity (the maps) made for a joyful occasion, to think that someone had considered us runners.

Come for getting pampered and the majestic views.

Stayed: May 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

I met my husband in the Fairmont Calgary, and subsequently fell in love in the Fairmont Lake Louise, so have nothing but good will towards this venerable American hotel chain. The Olympic in Seattle is another classic Fairmont - grand but comfortable, in a great location, with impeccable service. It has a particularly nice spa and pool. However, the hotel badly needs updating so that classic doesn't become merely old fashioned. One major bugbear. The hotel still treats the internet as if it is an optional extra - charging $15 daily charge for a truly flakey service with dismal speeds. Wi-fi is now as essential as towels or a comfortable bed. A hotel that trys to charge me extra for wi-fi has me grumbling from the get go, especially when I am paying a great deal of money for my room. Good wi-fi is critical, without it I can't function in business.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Spent 3 nights here on a "ladies get away" with 2 old friends. Room was located on 3rd floor on an inner courtyard so wasn't the greatest in respect of views etc ( we were on a reduced rate as friends/family of hotel employee so suspect they don't use prime rooms for this rate ;) ) There were 2 double beds as opposed to queen size but the hotel gladly supplied a "roll away" that was actually a full size single bed on a platform so was very comfortable. The room was extremely large and we had no problem putting in the 3rd bed and still having lots of room to sit etc.
Bath area was also very large with a dressing room area with one sink but enough counterspace for 3 women to stash their makeup bags etc. Toilet and bath/shower were in a separate room off the sink/dressing area. Large closet, ample hangers, 3 robes,one umbrella, safe, bar fridge, coffee maker and extra coffee supplied when we asked.
What really made this hotel oustanding was the service from all the staff. We arrived at about 9:30 in the evening, and after check in requested the "3rd bed". It was delivered immediately along with extra coffee and additional towels. Decided to have a late snack at the Terrace bar....very welcoming and obliging waitstaff here as well. Good wine list by the glass and nice snack menu.
On our second evening we asked for a cab to head to a restaurant and were instead esconced in the hotel car. Discovered they have a couple of these which are available on a first call basis. On our arrival at the restaurant the driver gave us a card with the number to call for our return pickup. The restaurant staff made this call and after a short wait we were picked up and returned to the hotel. We used the service 4 times over the course of our 3 night stay. Each time the drivers were courteous, careful and just plain nice! Hotel doormen were also unfailingly cheerful and helpful.
Concierge staff made dinner reservations, cancelled other reservations, bought museum tickets and offered some great suggestions for areas to see/things to do.
This is a "grand old hotel" with a very large public space/lobby. There was a convention on while we were there but we never felt crowded or ignored even though the hotel was quite full.
The location was central to our activities ( Seattle Public Library, SAM, shopping, Food Tour) and I would definitely stay again.
The only complaint I would have here is they charge for wifi in the room. This is free if you're a "President's Club" member, which I am, so we did have free wifi but had to log in every 24 hours. It seemed odd to charge for wifi when once out in Seattle you're surrounded by free hotspots at every coffee shop/public space!!!

Room Tip: ask for a room with a view to either University Ave or 4th Street if a view is important to you.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 April 2012

Stayed over the weekend at the Fairmont in Seattle. I rented an executive suite and it was worth the money! Overall great service and great attention to detail. The only part I didn't like was the Sunday Brunch in the Garden Room. Very Outdated decor and the food was substandard for the $30 that they ask for it. Also they automatically include 22% gratuiti - for a buffet!!!! Stay in the hotel and go out somewhere else for breakfast and you'll have a great time.

Room Tip: Executive suites are worth their price
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

The hotel is beautiful to look at, the main enterance is truely a work of art. The service was probably the best we have ever had at any hotel. And the food was delicious.

Now on the cons side, we had to order a coffee maker to our rooms. I have never stayed at a hotel with out a coffee maker before and I travel monthly if not more. Our bed was horrible, it was stiff and you could feel springs sticking through. The robes were one size fits all except men. The food was very much over priced even if it was amazing. The $75 breakfast we had in our room was so bad we threw 3/4 of it out and went out to find something better to eat.

Would not recommend this hoted to anyone, consider the Westin, or Four Points or any other location. You pay to much to reveice this little. We like higher end hotels and this was the worst we have ever had at close to the most we have ever paid.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about The Fairmont Olympic Seattle

Address: 411 University St., Seattle, WA 98101-2507
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Region: United States > Washington > Seattle
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Seattle
#10 Luxury Hotel in Seattle
#11 Business Hotel in Seattle
#15 Family Hotel in Seattle
#16 Green Hotel in Seattle
#18 Romantic Hotel in Seattle
Price Range: ₹ 16,656 - ₹ 37,200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Fairmont Olympic Seattle 5*
Number of rooms: 450
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Footsteps from Seattle's most exciting attractions, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel combines traditional warmth with 21st century convenience and personalized service. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the beautifully historic 450-room hotel blends classic ambiance and Italian renaissance architecture with state-of-the-art amenities, including high-speed wireless Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces, 24-hour room service, 24-hour concierge, a fully equipped fitness center with indoor swimming pool, and complimentary house car service throughout downtown. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel is excited for the next stage in this history with the start of a $25 million renovation. This renovation began on December 9th 2015 and is set to finish in July of 2016. The renovation will go floor by floor and will include buffer floor closures in order to minimize disruption to guests. ... more   less 
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