Our family tries to go to Seattle once a year to explore, dine and shop for several days. We live in a smaller town in Montana and Seattle is our top choice for a quick city "fix". We generally like to try different hotels and this time we picked the Fairmont Olympic Seattle. Last year we stayed at the Four Seasons and although trendy and chic didn't quite live up to our expectations. Being that we have 2 young children, we like to find hotels that are near the center of where we want to be and a swimming pool. The Fairmont meets both of those requirements. I found a great rate on-line coupled with the fact that I have their premier status AND Fairmont card. Both provide many upgrades and certificates I applied toward this stay which really enhanced our experience with the hotel. I paid for a regular size room but had a certificate to upgrade to a suite. The suite upgrade allowed us to have a bit more room at no extra cost. Also, I had several dining and breakfast coupons in my account and because their breakfast is quite pricey, it made the cost more in line. They charge $6.00 for coffee and 6.00 PER glass of juice. Before you even have time to see how much that costs on the menu, they essentially bring you both without warning you of the cost. We had sticker shock just on the drinks alone. Also, they don't tell you this unless you ask, but kids 5 and under eat free with a paying adult.
The hotel seems quite grand and is very beautiful although the lobby is a bit tired - the furniture is looking worn and shabby. I noticed one couch could even be entered in the ugliest couch contest. The reception staff was very professional and offered us a paid upgrade to corner suite. They started with $400.00 more per night. When we declined they came down another $100.00, we declined again and they went down to $250.00 extra per night for the corner suite. We decided to check it out. Although it was enormous and beautiful, we decided we would be satisfied with our deluxe king suite. Thien, the doorman downstairs at valet really stood out as a wonderful employee. He was there most of the days we were and loved to engage the kids. He even gave them cookies and milk one late morning.
Our room was large enough for the 4 of us to comfortably spread out - and as you know a family of 4 can do that rather quickly. The sofa pulled out to a queen size bed and the master bedroom could be closed off with a pair of French doors. Although we had a peekaboo view of Elliot Bay (if we titled our heads just right) our view was mostly of an office building across the street. However, in all honesty, the hotel doesn't have the best views as it is surrounded on all sides by buildings. What the hotel does offer is an amazing location in downtown Seattle. We could walk almost everywhere we needed to go and if anything was just out of walking distance, the hotel provides a car to transport you to and from your destination.
The pool and sauna are a welcome treat after sightseeing all day. The downside is it closes at 10:00 sharp. However, the indoor pool is a comfy 85 degrees and the spa is large enough to hold several people without feeling crowded. I used the sauna once and it was a perfect temperature.
I think we have found the perfect Seattle hotel. We definitely will return next year!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Fairmont Olympic Seattle Hotel Seattle
- Fairmont Olympic Seattle
- Fairmont Seattle
- Four Seasons Seattle
- Seattle Fairmont