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“A gorgeous way to feel pampered.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Fairmont Olympic Seattle
Ranked #20 of 100 Hotels in Seattle
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Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews
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“A gorgeous way to feel pampered.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2009

Every detail was seen to; every staff interaction was pleasant. Exceptionally clean and comfortable. Wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2009

I stayed for two nights and management was unethical ,unprofesional .Motel 6 probably has better manner and profesionalism.
I would be very careful with dealing with this hotel and stay away from them as far as possible! I probably stayed hundreds of hotles all my life but I never ever had worst experience than this hotel

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2009

The Fairmont Olympic is a grand old hotel. It's certainly not trendy, and is decorated in a somewhat fussy style - I personally think it could use a little updating, especially to keep up-to-date with all the other hotels in the area. You don't really get the feeling you are in Seattle. Hotel takes up an entire city block and according to staff, very few rooms have views, because you're looking at buildings next to hotel. For that reason, you could really be in any city. We're in executive suite, which is very very spacious! Bedroom, sitting area, dressing area, large bathroom. It's surprising room does not have a coffee pot - but I asked, and they brought us one from room service. That's where this hotel shines - in the service. Every single aspect of service has been excellent.

Stayed July 2009, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2009

We got a friends and family rate so it was considerably cheaper than the other hotels downtown seattle.
I have to say the location is great - though after walking around i got the impression that seattle downtown is so small you could stay anywhere and it would be convenient.
We got upgraded so i'm not sure what a normal room is like, ours was nice and spacious. THe place was pretty good, think the bed was a bit old (common complaint with most faimonts) so a bit springy but not terrible. I liked the gym, its tiny but its got the basics and its in the pool area so there is a nice little atrium. If you are looking for free coffe in the morning it is poolside, i'm not sure why.
If you are a part of the fairmont club (free!) then you can use the gym for free. You go down, get earphones for the cardio machines, a towel and a bottle of water.
I liekd this place.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2009

After spending an evening out on the town we went to retire to our room and the “bed” was horrible absolutely no support at all, and we both kept rolling into the middle and every time one of us moved the entire bed shook and did not feel like it was properly secure. Finally after 3-4 fitful hours of attempted sleep we got up and checked out. Upon checking out at the front desk we waited politely for the girl to ask us how our stay was – it never was brought up.

As this was our first stay at a Fairmont hotel it will more than likely be my last as it has left a lasting impression. It was nice to know if you get what they call the "friends & family rate" You get the worst room in the hotel.

Parking is $36.00 per day on top of what you pay for your room as well FYI.

I also completed a comment card and sent an email to the Fairmont and have not had any response to my concerns, I guess this is how you treat "friends and family"....

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2009

I give this hotel 5 stars! Excellent stay, very friendly and accomodating staff. They change your bed sheets daily. Hotel is within a few blocks from all major attractions, and within 3 blocks of the monorail to the Space Needle. I would recommend this hotel to everyone, you can get some fantastic deals on the bargain websites right now! Great wine bar across the street called Purple, I highly recommend!!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2009

The hotel is located a close 4 blocks from the Convention Center, and the walk to there is great. The bellhops are quite friendly and offer to help with luggage if you'd like. The doors were always opened for me when entering or leaving the Hotel. The staff at the reception counter were quite friendly and fast. The Hotel is also clean. But this is where the compliments stop.

The non-smoking room, and the hallway leading to the room smelled like smoke, numerous room furniture items were in need of repair or they were extremely worn, the bathroom sink dripped, the carpet was stained in places as was the couch and desk chair, and the TVs were probably 10 years old with remote batteries needing replacement. There was a single instance of a repairman entering the room without knocking.

The hotel was nice enough, but definitely not 5-star quality. Perhaps "3 stars" out of 5 is more appropriate.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Fairmont Olympic Seattle
Address: 411 University St., Seattle, WA 98101-2507
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Region: United States > Washington > Seattle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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
#16 Family Hotel in Seattle
#17 Green 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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