Seattle Hotels: The Fairmont Olympic
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
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.