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“Luxurious night in the city” 5 of 5 stars
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The Fairmont Olympic Seattle
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   411 University St., Seattle, WA 98101   |  
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Ranked #12 of 95 Hotels in Seattle
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seattle, wa
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12 hotel reviews
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“Luxurious night in the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This was our first overnight together away from our baby....what a treat! We loved the luxurious bed, the staff were prompt and accommodating and the best part was relaxing in the hot tub and pool in the lovely health club in the morning.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

The Fairmont Seattle is a great Hotel, being on the National Register of Historic Places is has REAL "Old World" charm. The rooms are very nice, the reception and concierge were nice however doormen and valet were outstanding!! They did not just greet our group of 4 each time went cam and left the hotel, they were genuinely interested in seeing if they could help us with anything!! Directions, restaurants, sites.... One time when we were getting ready to leave, we needed to find an address to input into our GPS, one of the gentlemen saw we were having trouble finding the address he came over with his mobile device, looked up the address on his tabet and we were on our way...very attentive! Great location, walking distance to everything and if your a Fairmont Presidents Club Member you receive free in room wifi!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

The property is grand, and what a great seafood restaurant downstairs! Service staff if attentive and hushed. The only thing that would push this one up to the level of the Grand Hyatt or Four Seasons would be to modernize the rooms. It feels like you're staying at grannie's.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FairmontOlympic, Guest Relations Manager at The Fairmont Olympic Seattle, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Thanks for taking time to write about your stay. Our hotel was built in 1924 and is on the National Register of Historic Places...and so we take great pride in preserving the history and grandeur of the hotel, while offering our guests every modern convenience and outstanding service. We are awaiting approval on a major renovation... so there will be definitely be a refresh to all furniture, and decor. We hope you come back to see our new look.
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Like many in the Fairmont chain (The Palliser, Chateau Lake Louise) this hotel's architecture is been well preserved. Staff are knowledgeable and very professional. Stayed in a suite for 2 nights - try and get a higher floor to minimize street noise. Would definitely stay again - join the President's Club; love being able to have the doorman give us our room keys - no stops for checking in!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Over my decade of visiting Seattle I've stayed at many hotels including the Marriott Waterfront, Edgewater, Silver Cloud, Marriott Residence Inn etc...but clearly The Fairmont Olympic is the grandest of them all! While few rooms have much of a view (unlike the Marriott Waterfront where most rooms have a good to great view of Elliot Bay) the Olympic is simply old-world elegant. The rooms are spacious, he halls quiet, the service excellent. The fitness club was outstanding and the coffee shop was quite good. the concierge staff was also very helpful. Best of all was the hotel's location--one block from Benaroya Hall, across the street from the Fifth Avenue Theatre, and in the heart of the downtown shopping district. Public transportation was exceptionally easy with local and express buses stopping within a block or two. The waterfront and ferries were a 10 minute walk downhill (slightly longer uphill). The Seattle Art Museum was a few blocks away as was Pikes Market. The outstanding WIng Luke Museum (an affiliate of the Smithsonian) was a few minute bus ride away (free bus rides in the downtown core) and with its location in Chinatown/The International District it is not only a great museum trip but also an eating fest. Three tips: first, if staying at this Fairmont (or any Fairmont for that matter) join the FAirmont President's Club and get free wifi access as well as free use of the health club. Second, if in Seattle visit the free Olympic Sculpture Park which is at the north end of the waterfront...a beautiful walk of about 30 minutes from the hotel. Second, visit the Wing Luke Museum--rated # 1 in Seattle and take the tenement tour (much like the west coast's answer to the NYC tenement tour). Third, use Seattle's outstanding public transportation including taking the light rail in from the SEATAC airport which de[posits you 1 block from the Olympic. Over the course of my 9 day trip I spent grand total of less than $15.00. Parking at the Olympic is very expensive ($43 per day)! If I had rented a car for this trip parking alone (with taxes) would have been over $400.00

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Came for a girlfriend getaway and had a great time - close proximity to shopping, and had a good time just hanging out at the pool and spa. The room was nice, although the TV was in a weird place and didn't get great reception (although we didn't really use it so it didn't bother us too much).

Oddly, there were never any doormen at the entrance - not a huge deal, but when it's raining and crowded, it would have been nice.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

There is a reason this property gets a 5 diamond. There are probably better properties in terms of modern rooms but the reason this property is 5 diamond is because of the service. Recently stayed at Hong Kong Four Seasons and would say service at the Fairmont Olympic is on par if not better in terms of friendliness.

Rooms are good certainly above satisfactory and the best heritage Fairmont aside from the completely renovated Fairmont Peace. But expect a Heritage property and now a new hotel built in the last 5 year.

Only complaint could replace a few furniture pieces. No stains but some wear is visible.

Still my choice for Seattle.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 411 University St., Seattle, WA 98101
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Location: United States > Washington > Seattle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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
#7 Business Hotel in Seattle
#8 Luxury Hotel in Seattle
#8 Family Hotel in Seattle
#11 Green Hotel in Seattle
#16 Romantic Hotel in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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 received its 25th consecutive AAA Five Diamond Award in 2009 and is listed on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2004-2008 Gold List. ... more   less 
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