This is without question the "Grand Dame" of Seattle Hotels.
The exterior is classic, and upon entering the "Lobby", a grand mult-floor height marble hall, one feels like this is one of the grand European hotels.
We were married here several years ago, in a small family-only ceremony in the Cascade Suite, a marvelous one-bedrom 3,400 sqft suite with a private dining room (where we had a private dinner served).
Unfortunately, there is no way to make that into a suite with several bedrooms, despite the grand living area; the most that can be enclosed in privacy - and safety for young children - is with one other executive suite.
Therefore, we've also stayed in the only 3BR suite in the Hotel (still not quite large enough for the family). As far as we know, the other corner suites are 2BR at most.
Usually, when it is just the two of us, we stay in a large executive suite, and occasionally in the larger bedroom (part of the corner parlor suite that goes with the 2-bedroom suite... and with the one 3-bedroom suite).
As wonderful as this hotel is, there are some problems with the heating system, such that it is tricky to get a room that isn't too warm.
We now know which rooms to request, and we call ahead and remind the Front Desk staff that we'd like the thermostat turned "as cool as possible".
The service here is absolutely the best. With special requests for a large extended family, the hotel staff came through with everything from tiny bathrobes for children (which we of course purchased for the grandchildren!) to getting a prescription refilled on short notice.
And we've arranged special meals in the Georgian Room (the first time, when we could still hand-carry a special bottle of wine on board a commercial flight), and it was just perfect.
We tried another hotel, and we walked out of the new Four Seasons (The Olympic *used to be* a Four Seasons), which was in one of the few seamy areas left in downtown.
We then tried one of the new high-rise hotels, but it was like walking into the (small) lobby of an office building, simply to be spirited upstairs on the elevator right by the front door.
(To due justice to this other Hotel, it did have a wonderfully huge and deep bathtub, with water that came out of the ceiling; if only our grandchldren could have seen THIS!)
But the suite was just "another modern hotel suite", albeit one with very soothing displays on the walls, a very "zen" sensation to be sure, one lasting the full stay.
The Fairmont Olympic has become "our home away from home" during our frequent and occasionally extended trips to Seattle and the surrounding area.
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- 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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