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“Lovely hotel but a few bumps” 4 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 #13 of 95 hotels in Seattle
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Kingston, Canada
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“Lovely hotel but a few bumps”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

I'm a big fan of the Fairmont hotels but I am beginning to notice that the maintenance is not what it used to be. The Fairmont in Seattle has a great location and is a magnificent building. The employees are great. It's the physical condition of the rooms that's the problem. We stayed in a suite which was nice looking but noticed immediately that the air conditioning was "stuck" and that we couldn't warm up the room. It was like an ice box. Maintenance was called and fixed the problem. Later that day the handle fell off the toilet which meant that it was completely unusable. Once again, the maintenance person had to come. I'm loyal to Fairmont but I can see these kinds of problems putting people off. I'm hoping someone higher up the food chain is made aware that saving money on regular maintenance will lose Fairmont customers down the line. Since I am a Fairmont fan, I'd like to see them prosper.

Room Tip: Try to stay away from the lower floors -- there's a lot of noise from the street traffic.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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, July 30, 2013
We would like to thank you for commenting on your recent stay. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay-- and sorry to hear that you had a couple issues with your room. Our engineering team takes a lot of pride in doing regular maintenance on our guest rooms, including regular HVAC maitenance, as well as taking care of any problems that occur during your stay. We hope to welcome you back to Seattle soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We stay at the Fairmont Olympic frequently on trips to Washington, sometimes for extended stays during business meetings, and other times for one night before and after flights into/out of Sea-Tac airport, before heading elsewhere in the state.

It's always a pleasure to stay here, and it is beginning to feel a bit like "home", as we are handed the room key-card as we drive up.
There is one downside to this: IF we head directly to the elevators, we'd miss the old-world grandeur of the main lobby area.
And this is one of the very special features of the Olympic. It's truly one of the Grand Dames of US hotels!

Service is without exception top rate.
It's a real disappointment on the rare occasions that there are no reservations available, when we need to book on short notice.

Room Tip: Ask for a room/suite that has an renovated bathroom. Apparently some floors haven't yet been re...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The Fairmont was a great experience in a great location, The accommodation was wonderful and the rooms are large and on the romantic side. We walked to the Ball park and joined a lot of other walkers too. Restaurants are abundant and all just around the corner. The heart of the shopping district is just steps away. You could not be in a better location. I love Seattle!

  • Stayed July 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FairmontOlympic, Guest Relations Manager at The Fairmont Olympic Seattle, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Thank you for taking time to write about your recent stay. We are so glad we were part of what sounds like a wonderful anniversary celebration! We hope to welcome you back again soon.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

I only stayed here for one night so I am only commenting on the room and location. The location is fantastic, a short walk from the market and tons of restaurants (recommend Lola on 4th for brunch) and just a block away from the train to get to the airport (just $2.75 and takes about 45 min).

After staying at the Waterfront Fairmont in Vancouver I must say I'm quite disappointed from this Fairmont. The rooms need upgrading. Water pressure was weak, pillows lumpy, and the bed was sagging. I prefer the W nearby for the money for a longer stay.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We had a great service at the hotel. The staff was friendly and responsive. Location was great - close to everything - walking distance to most attractions or transportation. Hotel has a very old feel - it is luxurious and charming, but also outdated. Recommend updating to a suite to get more room (actually get a separate living room). The pool and the spa were great.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We love the Fairmont Chain of hotels, and the service in Seattle was exceptional.
Our room was a deluxe Suite, and felt dated. When we walked in, it smelt old and musty - almost like an old Smoking Room.
The power sockets in the living area were falling out of the wall and the decor definitely needs a refresh and a touch of modernising. The floral drapes felt a little like staying at your Grandmothers house, but then we are used to Fairmont Beijing which is more modern.

The breakfast was amazing. The Buffet items divine and the dining room is breathtaking.

Room Tip: Make sure they give you a room without ex-smokers smells.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, July 18, 2013
Thank you for taking time to write about your stay. We are glad to hear you are familiar with the Fairmont brand. Many of our hotels in Asia are indeed, new. The Fairmont Olympic is a historic property that opened in 1924 and we take great pride in maintaining it. We recently remodeled the athletic club & pool, the Georgian restaurant and all of our meeting space. We recently upgraded all of our televsions to HD flatscreens (some rooms have 2) as well as replacing all the beds. We hope you will join us again the next time you visit Seattle!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

My husband and i had one night here before a cruise. From the moment the door man opened the taxi door we were always treated professionally and efficiently. The hotel has all the charm of the old days with rooms beautifully appointed and bathrooms roomy with every amenity on needs. We would definitely recommend this hotel and stay here again. The location was also an added bonus near the harbour and shops and breakfast was amazing in the Georgian room

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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FairmontOlympic, Guest Relations Manager at The Fairmont Olympic Seattle, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you for your kind comments! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay prior to your cruise. We hope to welcome you back again!
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Address: 411 University St., Seattle, WA 98101
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
#10 Green Hotel in Seattle
#10 Family Hotel in Seattle
#15 Romantic Hotel in Seattle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Fairmont Olympic Seattle 5*
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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