Very Good 3650 Reviews
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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

  • Pet-friendly
  • 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


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Downtown landmark hotel decked out in dignified flapper-era stylings and eco-minded modern amenities

The Look

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

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University St
Seattle, WA 98101 United States


4.5 Very Good 3650 Reviews
Reviewed 6 hours ago

This was such a beautiful elegant hotel. The rooms have been completely updated in mid-century style and everything was fresh and perfect. I and 2 friends went to Seattle for a birthday celebration. We could not have found a better place to stay!

NOT Sleepless in Seattle
Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent 2 nights here and had the best sleep ever! The room was clean, quiet and modern. The hotel is centrally located and allows you to walk everywhere. Pikes market is close as is the monorail to the Space Needle. We took the lite rail from the airport ($3 each),and walked up 2 blocks to the hotel. So convenient! Natalie was very welcoming at the front desk. They also have a house car to take you locally...should u choose not to walk. Be sure to check out the breakfast buffet at The Georgian ...it is excellent. We certainly would choose the Fairmont again!

Very Pleased
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wife and I had a very nice three night visit to attend my niece's graduation. Property, room, service and breakfast were all excellent. Very quiet. Must install grab bars in shower. Would like to have had higher water pressure in the shower.

Fantastic stay
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place...Beautiful hotel. Great service. Great location. Fair price even! The restaurant and bar area is a nice draw. Rooms were quiet. What else can I say There was a nice gym. I think there was a pool

had a great time at this hotel! recommend to everyone!
Reviewed 1 week ago

The room was large, clean and modern and most importantly very cozy, which made me very comfortable throughout my stay. I would definitely recommend this brand and hotel to anyone, I was very pleased with my accommodations!