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The Fairmont Olympic Seattle
Ranked #12 of 104 Hotels in Seattle
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Reviewed June 26, 2010

This is an upscale, luxury historic hotel in a great location with impeccable service which I was able to book ahead of time/non-refundable for the astounding price of $200. Okay, I could only have two twin beds; it was worth it.

Front desk, concierge, restaurant staff and everyone else we came in contact with across the board were welcoming and solicitous. The concierge was not only knowledgeable about the city; she was tuned into the kind of dining experience and activities that we were looking for.

The expansive common area seating areas are serene; comfortable chairs and small tables abound around which you can have quiet meetings. The hallways are elegant and clean with very fresh air – actually our hall way was a little Arctic, but I’d go for that over stale air any time.

Our Room -- Understated, and spacious. Windows that open; comfy beds, very nice linens; tasteful art, nicely framed; pretty lamps; CD player; comfortable chair and ottoman; armoire and side table; spacious desk. You do have to pay for Wi-Fi.

The Closet – Extra blankets and towels; a good quality umbrella in case it rains; wood shoe horn and brush; a basket to leave your shoes out for shoe shine; both wooden and quilted hangers; an extra lower shelf; two pairs of complimentary slippers and two (not complimentary) bathrobes. (At least I think the slippers were complimentary …)

The Bathroom – Well-lit; high quality amenities (however, one of the soaps was so highly fragranced that I actually had to put it in a drawer); a number of extra hooks and bars and an extra shelf; magnifying mirror; scale; elegant shower curtain. Now normally I wouldn’t notice or comment on a shower curtain, but really every detail in this hotel just cries out to you (softly). Although the toilet was in the same room as the shower, it was tucked away.

The Fitness Center – Very good, with a variety of weight and cardio machines. However, there is not much floor space, so if you have a dedicated yoga practice, you better hope that there is not someone else who is doing their kickboxing or Pilates at the same time. They offer fabulous coffee, complimentary water and apples. Be forewarned: there was quite a crowd there on a weekday morning at 7:00 a.m.

The Restaurant –The food is excellent; very creative without being wacky. We had breakfast there twice and lunch once. Depending on your pocketbook, you may feel that the food is expensive. In that case, if you are a foodie, you may want to splurge, because the food is amazing. This is a fine dining experience; with a business casual dress code. I would not bring children here, unless they are extraordinarily well-behaved.

This is among the best hotels I have ever stayed in.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 26, 2010

We had originally booked a deluxe king room B&B package and had invited a friend, so there were three of us plus our pet, when I called to ask about the room arrangement, we were informed that the rooms only had (2) twin beds which would obvisously not comfmortable enough for three people. When we got to the hotel, we were greeted by the valet parking, we paid 36 dollard as opposed to the 26 dollar self parking option.
The lobby area was quite impressive and the front desk agent very friendly and informative, made our pet feel very welcome with a nice treat and she gave provided us with all the information about the hotel. We inquired about upgrading to a one-bedroom suite and we only had to pay 30 dollars for the upgrade which was nice.
The suite was nicely decorated but quite small, even as a one-bedroom suite. The bathroom looked as it had been recently upgraded. We were a bit surprised to find that the french doors only have thin drapes, but no glass, so there is really no privacy.
The suite looked even smaller once we pulled out the sofa bed.
Pet services are quite pricey, 25 dollars per hour for a dog sitter and 10 dollars for a 5 minute pee/pooo walk.
We ordered room service, which was excellent. We were also surprised to know that the breakfast credit was only 56 dollars, and the agent did not actually explained that it works out ok as long as you go for the breakfast buffet, which we had decided not to go for, so we were charged about 15 dollars as breakfast overage.
Check out was a bit slow, but again, the agent was in training. Overall, a nice hotel with lovely rooms, a bit small and good food and location.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2010

We got a discounted deal on this nice hotel, although it was the most expensive hotel we stayed in on our two week trip. We were not informed that the reduced rate deal basically meant a much smaller size handicapped room - not that it was that inexpensive. The address can be confusing if you don't already know where it is. If you're not taking a cab there, be sure and call and get the location; when google maps had problems and the address similarly was inaccurate somehow.

Very nice door staff. The hotel bar closes what I deem to be a little early. Nice hotel. If you want a nice view of Elliott Bay, don't stay here. On balance, a nice historic hotel well located in Seattle. Possibly expensive relative to value, but Fairmont isn't known for being cheap anyway.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 21, 2010

Great stay at the Fairmont for 6 nights. Excellent service from the minute you wall in. Shuckers offers a GREAT Happy Hour selection and prices. Good fitness facilities as well. Centrally located, everything in walking distance. Classic old style hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 20, 2010

If you're after impeccable, top-of-the-line service, this five-star hotel is for you. If the extra service amenities aren't worth that much, then save your money.

We stayed at the Olympic for a couple days, choosing it because we got a decent rate that was only $30 or $40 more than other three-star hotels in the same area. The room was nice, although not noticeably better than I've seen at other nice hotels.

The one unpleasantness was that the room was surprisingly noisy. We could easily hear traffic, even on the eleventh floor, and emergency vehicle sirens were pretty noticeable. Even hall noise was obvious. I've certainly stayed in worse places, as far as noise goes, but I'm surprised this was even an issue at a five-star hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 14, 2010

This hotel is beautiful and if you get to stay in one of the suites which features a living room, you will very much enjoy it. The bathtub is just slightly dated, but that is the only complaint about the decor that one can have. You get all of the standard Fairmont toiletries, like lotion. The breakfast, while pricey, is delicious. The windows open, which is a treat in a US hotel, I think, and you get to enjoy the nice mild Seattle weather. Beware that the water in the room is incredible pricey (it was over $7 a bottle if I remember correctly) and there were also various candy in the living room, but I could not figure out how much they cost. There was no minibar. Internet access is not free. The location is right in the heart of the Seattle downtown, with some restaurants and stores within walking distance, and certainly the waterfront and Pike's market within walking distance (about 10-15 minutes). Beware that this is a hilly city! Also beware that the traffic can get bad at rush hour. I believe that parking is expensive, but I was with colleagues and was not the one taking care of the parking. The check in staff are very helpful and were happy to print boarding passes. Overall, if you get a good deal, this is a great hotel and offers exactly what one would expect from a Fairmont; but as with all expensive hotels, it seems you get less for free (like internet or breakfast).

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 14, 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Fairmont! It is centrally located to all in Seattle (shopping/arts/port). The service is beyond reproach. I am very surprised it is not a higher rated hotel for Seattle-I would not hesitate to stay here again!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled on business
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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:
#5 Spa Hotel in Seattle
#9 Luxury Hotel in Seattle
#11 Business Hotel in Seattle
#15 Family Hotel in Seattle
#16 Green Hotel in Seattle
#18 Romantic Hotel in Seattle
Price Range: $200 - $605 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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