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The Fairmont Olympic Seattle
Ranked #21 of 101 Hotels in Seattle
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Palm Beach, Florida
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642 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
“best in seattle for us”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We have been staying at the Olympic for more than 30 years. We've stayed when it was managed by Four Seasons and since it's been managed by Fairmont. We've stayed more than 100 times and love the place. Sure, we have favorite rooms but it's more than the rooms as they don't have that great Seattle view. It's the people......many of whom have been around the whole time. When in Seattle, the Olympic is that only place you should stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is a breathtaking property. From the moment you walk in, you breathe grandeur. Located in the downtown area near Pike Market Place and a great number of high end stores, this hotel is a great choice for anyone traveling to Seattle and wanting to like a king (or queen).

The staff is professional and incredibly friendly. They did everything in their power to make sure our stay was comfortable. Even when we arrived late after a city tour the day of we were checking out, we were not rushed out of our rooms and told that we could take our time to pack and freshen up. I cannot emphasize how wonderful it felt to be treated like a guest instead of a pestilence. They really went above and beyond.

Breakfast at The Georgian was nothing short of a foodie delight. I really recommend you trying their fruit juice of the day. It was to die for. I normally don’t have such strong feelings about fruit juices. I also recommend their Olympic Rooftop Honey Bee Breakfast. Trust me, you won’t be sorry.

The rooms were spacious, immaculately furnished to the majestic vibe the hotel perpetuates. The bed was so fluffy I thought I was sleeping in a cloud. Everything was pristine.

Whenever I return to Seattle, I will definitely stay at Fairmont Olympic Hotel again!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Nicole M
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Gorgeous well run hotel.. Spa was wonderful. Location was great. Thoroughly pleased. The market was in walking distance. Very accommodating staff, very professional. I could not have asked for anything more....

  • Stayed October 2013
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Thank Dew345
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Vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Exceptional service from the moment we arrived, staff was keen to help and attentive. The hotel is centrally located so close to shopping and Pike Market. Our room was well appointed and very comfortable. I had some challenges with the wifi as it kept dropping off and I think I may have been connected through 3G most of my stay instead of the free wifi. Beware if you are driving the only hotel parking available is valet and it is expensive ($45 per day) and if you need something out of your car it takes about ten minutes to get your car up to the front door for you to access (although the staff are cheerful about it). Breakfast was nothing to rave about. We chose not to have the buffet and our food was very slow to arrive and one egg was hard and one egg soft. However our server was very attentive and professional.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank AudVancouver
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We were very impressed with the quality of the employees, from Nathan at the front door to the front desk and room maids, this is a high quality boutique hotel.
We had 3 rooms, all rooms are small and a little noisy at night from the street folk, however, they are very clean and well appointed.
The location of the hotel was excellent, directly in the middle of the city and 2 blocks from the markets.
A 30 minute drive from the airport. I'm sure you will enjoy.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Halma1963
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MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is a beautiful hotel but it is dated. The services is wonderful - great staff! Friendly, informative and very polished. Loved the food! Other than being dated my only other issue is the poor water pressure in the rooms. The business center staff was extremely helpful and made you feel welcome (We used the business center on the 12th floor). Would stay there again but they need to invest some money. The gym's equipment is from the early 90s.

Room Tip: Complimentary car service to areas nearby.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Thank VIAJONOW
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wichita
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

They treat you like royalty. Room was exceptionally appointed and clean. Staff went out of their way to assist in any way they could. Need a ride over to the Reiner club (5 blocks away) no problem hotel has a 7 series BMW for short trips (gratis).

  • Stayed October 2013
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Property: The Fairmont Olympic Seattle
Address: 411 University St., Seattle, WA 98101-2507
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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
#11 Business Hotel in Seattle
#13 Luxury Hotel in Seattle
#15 Green Hotel in Seattle
#16 Family Hotel in Seattle
#18 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 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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