My husband and I stayed at the Fairmont Olympic hotel from May 10-14 2014 following our Alaskan cruise wedding. We booked on a hotwire mystery deal and upgraded to a king suite for a minimal fee at check-in. The location was outstanding and quite literally could not have been better.
Seeing my wedding dress in-hand at check-in the reception staff congratulated us on our recent marriage and surprised us with a delicious plate of chocolate strawberries and a card from the manager later that afternoon. We were delighted by the gesture and really enjoyed the treat.
The bed was king sized and remarkably comfortable. (We are actually trying to figure out what type of mattress they use because we want to buy it!)
On our last night we ordered room service which was outstanding. We ordered chicken soup and pasta which sounds simple enough but it was so fancy, fresh and delicious! We were a little annoyed to look at the bill and find that a 20% service charge had been automatically added because we had already tipped the waiter handsomely.
The hotel is beautiful, clean and quiet. Our room was the perfect size and well situated. The view was fairly good but we were in town to enjoy the city, not look out the window so view wasn't important to us.
Being in a higher end hotel we expected certain things like a fridge and free local phone calls (standard in any super 8 or other discount chain) and were disappointed to find neither. $1.69 per local call is positively unreasonable in my opinion.
Overall though, we had a great stay and absolutely LOVED the location.
I read many reviews before booking and I'd like to address the two criticisms I came across most often (a) city/road noise and (b) granny-like decor. We were on the 10th floor and were not aware of any street noise. We did hear some fire truck sirens from time to time but didn't find them disruptive. As for the decor, it is granny-like, which would be a concern if I was buying the place to live there but for a hotel room it was just fine! I did find the carpets to be old and in need of updating. It's clear that they were cleaned regularly but discoloured due to age. All very minor issues that do not distract from the charming historical atmosphere.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Fairmont Olympic Seattle Hotel Seattle
- Fairmont Olympic Seattle
- Fairmont Seattle
- Four Seasons Seattle
- Seattle Fairmont