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The Fairmont Olympic Seattle
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   411 University St., Seattle, WA 98101   |  
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Ranked #13 of 95 Hotels in Seattle
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Kelowna, Canada
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

My friend and I stayed at the Seattle Fairmont property over the summer 2012. What a beautiful hotel! From stepping out of the car to valet the staff was wonderful and friendly. Very organized and helpful.

Our room wasn't ready for early check in but they did everything to accommodate us until then. Store our bags, Park our car and call us when the room was ready!

Our room was clean, bar fridge stocked and very comfortable. We hard already stretched our budget to stay there so we never got the chance to dine in any of the outlets in the building.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We are always pleased to be guests at Seattle's Fairmont. The entire staff make it a place where one feels like royalty. We especially appreciate having a town car to drop us in the evenings for dinner.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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Martinez, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

There was construction on the exterior of the building but they didn't do any work during "quiet" hours. The architecture was gorgeous - well kept art deco. Everything was clean and luxurious although my hubby thought the bed was too cushy. I thought it was comfortable. The windows opened which, believe it or not, is a major bonus for us. We sleep with windows open even in the middle of winter and can't stand a warm/heated room. The staff was very nice. Even though we're jeans and t-shirts kind of folks, they didn't get prissy.

We didn't do much in the hotel itself except have drinks in Shuckkers. Our waiter was quite old and very unfriendly but we didn't let that deter us. The drinks were great (although pricey) so when someone left the bar, we packed up and moved over.

I chose this hotel because I thought it was in the middle of the city. Guess, what? I guessed correctly! We saved a ton of money because we were able to take the train in from the airport and hoof it to the hotel - a scant two blocks. We must have walked 25+ miles in 3 1/2 days and that was perfect for us. Everything was close and the city is laid out so well. There is great shopping near the hotel and in the hotel but be prepared to spend an arm and a leg!

I will definitely stay here again when I return BUT be careful after dark. Every been to San Francisco? Seattle has the same issues. I spent a day by myself when my husband took the train to the aerospace museum and I did fine but the whole area gets quite seedy when the sun goes down so go hang out in the bar!

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  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Salem, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The great benefit is having the hotel's sedan to drop one off and then the ability to call for a pick one up and instead of relying on the nasty taxi! With a taxi, you never know how clean or dirty they will be and if one is well dressed you have no worries with the sedan. My wife & I were headed over to an event at the Rainier Club and were pleased to use this free service.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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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.

Room Tip: Ask for an interior room or higher up to avoid street traffic noise
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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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Vancouver, Canada
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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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Kelowna, Canada
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
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
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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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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:
#6 Spa Hotel in Seattle
#7 Business Hotel in Seattle
#8 Family Hotel in Seattle
#9 Luxury 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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