Seattle Hotels: The Fairmont Olympic

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Posted May 16, 2014
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The Fairmont Olympic hotel lobby

Location: Downtown, 411 University Street, 206.621.1700, Fairmont.com/seattle

Number of Rooms: With 450 rooms, this hotel, which opened in 1924, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rates: Average of $299 for a Fairmont room; $329 for a deluxe room with sitting area, and up depending on season

Pool: Yes

Fitness center: Yes

Spa: Yes, Penelope & The Beauty Bar

Restaurant/room service: Yes, The Georgian and Shuckers

Hotel bar: Yes, The Terrace

Parking (cost per night): Self-parking: $37 for overnight stay; Valet: $47 for 5-24 hours

Proximity to Downtown Seattle: Located in downtown Seattle

Quick look: This grand historic hotel is ideal for visitors who want to stay near tourist attractions, but away from all the bustle and foot traffic. Expect a quick and efficient check-in and rooms that are clean, spacious, bright and quiet. Rooms are also stocked with ample goodies: An umbrella, slippers, shoe shiner, lint brush, iron, safe, cotton balls and swabs, fresh flowers, sewing kit, nail care kit, mouthwash, robe and Rose 31 spa products.


The Terrace Lounge

Vibe/Ambiance:
It's on the fancier side, so if you're hoping for a wild party, this isn't your spot. However, it's the perfect Seattle hotel for a relaxing and refined evening with a glass of bubbles. It also tends to be a spot for business travelers and you'll likely be amid a wedding party (the post-reception parties have a tendency to hit the bar area, which can make it rather crowded and loud) if you're staying on a Saturday night during popular knot-tying months.

Occupants: While ages range at this hotel, guests tend to be older, well-heeled and looking for a quiet and sophisticated place to stay.

Lobby: Grand and inviting lobby with traditional decor and live piano music starting at 6 p.m. in The Terrace lounge Thursday through Sunday.

Service: Excellent and attentive service throughout

Cleanliness: Very good


A deluxe room

Room size/decor
: Room size varies, though none are too small; Fairmont room is between 350 sq.ft. to 420 sq.ft.; Deluxe room is 430 sq.ft. Décor is stately without being stodgy.

Bedding: Down pillows and duvets

Robe and towel quality: Terry cloth robes and towels

Bath products: Rose 31

In-room coffee: Keurig coffee maker and tea kettle. But we suggest skipping the in-room coffee and trekking down to the attached Parisian bakery and café Belle Epicurean for an amazing espresso or morning cup.


Bathroom in a Fairmont room

Kids/Pet services
: Small dogs and cats under 40 pounds welcome for $40 per pet

Other amenities: An umbrella, slippers, shoe shiner, lint brush, iron, safe, cotton balls and swabs, fresh flowers, sewing kit, nail care kit, mouthwash, robe and Rose 31 spa products.

Wireless: WiFi is not free, unless you join The Fairmont's gratis President’s Club. $13.95 for registered guests; $15.28 for standard access; $26.23 for premium access

Sound-proofness: Despite being on the busy corner of Fourth and University, we heard no loud street noise at any point during our stay.