Fairmont Olympic Hotel
What We Love
- Historic elegance, including a lofty lobby decked out in ornate flapper-era style
- The pool and whirlpool, enclosed in a light-filled solarium that opens in summer
- Fairmont's signature high standard of service, delivered with unflappable efficiency
What To Know
- Oyster fans should be sure to make a stop at Shuckers, one of the city's oldest oyster bars, which offers nine preparations of the seasonal bivalves
- Popular for weddings
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Olympic’s double-decker lobby harks back to the building’s 1920 roots with ornate moldings, potted palms and a red carpeted staircase that curves up to second-floor balconies. The nine floors of guestrooms evoke an Easter basket: yellow wallpaper with accents in robin’s-egg blue. The furniture has classic Victorian curves and is often upholstered in brocade. Botanical paintings and vintage maps on the walls reinforce the hotel’s vibrant-yet-delicate aesthetic, but the beds have crisp, sumptuous linens.
Bed and Bath
The gray marble lining the shower and bathroom floor is more modern than the fussy flowered wallpaper, but the bathrooms are large enough that they pair well. Products are from Le Labo’s Rose 31 line, in sturdy recyclable packaging that underlines the chain’s eco-friendly push. Terry-velour robes hang at the ready; child-size versions are available by request.
The 42-foot swimming pool, tucked into a third-floor solarium, is a rarity among Seattle hotels, and it’s flanked by breakfast tables and a 20-foot hot tub. Glass walls open when the sun deigns to shine. The Georgian restaurant next to the lobby has Old World elegance and serves all meals but is best known for its surf-and-turf dinner. A short arcade on the ground level has a spa with a complete salon, clothing stores and a flower and sundries shop. The hallway ends at Shuckers, an oyster bar built in an old haberdashery that retains classic oak paneling and a tin ceiling, not to mention more than a dozen oyster varieties. Ask for the hotel’s Honey Ale, made with honey from the rooftop beehives.
In the Area
Seattle’s finest arts venues surround the Fairmont Olympic, including the 5th Avenue Theatre, across the street, which stages large-scale musicals that often transfer straight to Broadway. The Seattle Art Museum, fronted by a moving Hammering Man statue, and the symphony home base Benaroya Hall are a few blocks farther. Pike Place Market is a five-minute stroll downhill, offering views of bright white ferries on Elliott Bay and flying fresh fish. A 10-minute walk to the south ends at Pioneer Square, home to the history-packed Underground Tour and a new spate of trendy bars and restaurants.
How to Get There
We stayed in a suite for two nights for a get-away weekend. The beds are terrific, the housekeeping was excellent, and we found the suite specious for a city hotel. The location is excellent for everything and there are many yummy restaurants right there.
We often stay a the Foir Seasons Seattle; for price:value, I think this one wins by a nose.
My spouse and I stayed here February 15th weekend and booked well in advance for a relaxing getaway. When we arrived they asked if we wanted to upgrade and we said we were fine with our room that we booked. She didn’t seem pleased then proceeded to tell us they only had a room left on the second floor. We think she was just saying this but we didn’t argue. Our room was fine but when we wanted to rent a movie and our tv didn’t work. We called the front desk and the IT guy came but told us that they couldn’t resolve the issue until the morning we were leaving. We had regular tv but no guide and no options of renting movies. The hot water took 10 minutes, no joke, to get warm. It didn’t even get hot. Our tub didn’t drain either so we showered in water with the bathtub half full. When we checked out, we told them these issues and they said the manager wasn’t there but that when he came back, he would call me. He didn’t call... I don’t think this is a 5 star hotel and I wouldn’t stay here again.
Such a great Seattle hotel! Stayed twice this week due to the snow and events I had. Both times were perfect. Always my choice when staying in downtown Seattle is The Fairmont Olympic!
- Greeted and remembered by the front desk. Such genuine and caring hospitality!
- Property is always clean and smells nice.
- Fantastic spa called Penelope which is a must! Ask for Angelina for the best facial and Sonja for waxing services.
- Coffee shop is excellent, with outstanding service and the pastries and desserts are amazing. Tiramisu a must!
- Renovated hallways and rooms are beautiful and very comfortable. The bed is excellent. Two TV’s and a lovely living room.
- Terrace bar makes delicious drinks and don’t miss the truffle deviled eggs and clam chowder, worthy bites! They also serve homemade potato chips.
- Valet and house car services are top notch. They remember you and take great care of their customers. They provide local car service in their luxurious BMW. Nice touch Fairmont!
Cons: (only one)
- Shuckers (restaurant) has gone through many changes. Sometimes change is good and others times disappointing. The menu has changed considerably. Gone is the fresh fish board that locals loved and the most decadent oyster bisque one could ever eat. I have tried the restaurant now twice and while service is great, the food is average and the loss of the oyster bisque - HUGE. With so many places in Seattle, this no longer feels unique and special.
We love it here! Great service, central location, and always a wonderful stay!!! Having tea at the Georgian downstairs is one of our daughter’s favorite treats. We live in East King County, so this is our staycation of choice!!!😊
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel should be/must be YOUR hotel in Seattle. It deserves this kind of loyalty and affection.
From the moment you check in to the moment you check out, the Front Desk staff and the Concierge Desk will do everything to spoil you.
I am one of the few folks who wants a room with a view.
"I'd like a room with a view of the Harbor." I asked the Desk Manager when we checked in.
Viola, the hotel Gods must have heard my request and we had a small view of the Harbor with a tanker sitting out in the Harbor.
"I'd like a late checkout." I asked on our day to leave.
"Sure", we can do that, said the Desk Manager.
Then I said, "Actually I'd like to never check out."
So we had a room on the sixth floor overlooking the street with the Harbor in the distance.
"Please recommend the best seafood restaurant in Seattle." I said to the Concierge Desk Manager.
Viola again. I had a delicious seafood dinner near the Pike Place Market and it was so great a recommendation that I took my wife there the next night.
Because we're gluttons for hotel spoiling we joined their Frequent Stayers Group and now have to look for Fairmont Hotels everywhere we go.
If you want spoiling and love beautiful gracious older hotels the Fairmont Olympic is your hotel in Seattle.
You will feel like the staff and management know a little secret.
That we all like and deserve to be spoiled.
Enjoy your stay at the Fairmont Olympic.
Just remember, I told you so.