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
Enjoyed a great vacation in Seattle with friends the Friday after Thanksgiving- the hotel was beautifully decorated with a life size gingerbread walk through house, themed decorated Christmas trees and a wonderfully decorated lobby. The Teddy bear suite was fun for the kids and they loved the indoor pool, although it was a bit small and not very deep. Service by all staff was top notch - for the price, i would say the rooms are not very large, but it has been nicely updated, and it is an great location. Easy walk to shopping and the Pike Place market , and in a decent part of downtown Seattle.
Upon arriving at the Fairmont, we were immediately enamored with the external beauty of the hotel. The valet line was long, and we waited about 10-15 minutes before someone helped retrieve our bags from our car, but we didn't necessarily mind. Upon actually entering the hotel, we were further impressed by the loveliness of the space. The lower and upper lobbies were both stunning (and the Christmas decorations only enhanced the allure).
Though we were placed quite a long hike from the elevators, once we reached our room, we were just as pleased with the ambiance of that space, as well. In fact our first day at the hotel seemed to be be one lovely surprise after another. We even had an evening dessert delivered from room service, which was wonderful (and the delivery staff delightful), and we slept comfortably and peacefully all night long. I wish I could say that was the end of our experience.
Day two was not to be as glorious. To start, our room service breakfast left something to be desired. There were mistakes made in regards to our order, and the meal overall was just not as delicious as we were expecting. But we ate it and got ready for our day. Our next issue was to be a pesky restaurant reservation that we just could not seem to get cancelled after numerous attempts. But, not a HUGE deal. We spent the day out and about the city and returned back to the hotel rather late, after enjoying a local show. When we returned to our room, we noticed that there was loud music literally vibrating our floors/walls. We didn't think much about it at first, as we tiredly got ready for bed (assuming it was just a car outside that would eventually move along), but as we were climbing into bed, we realized that it was coming from within the hotel. We called down to the desk to report the issue, and we were told that there was a wedding party on the hotel premises. We explained that we were tired and wanted to sleep, and we were informed that the party would not be over until 1:00am. We were told that the party had been asked to decrease the volume, but that there was little else that could be done. What??!! So, all of the hundreds of other guests at the hotel had to "just deal" with the disruption until the wee hours of the morning? Really? At a hotel of this caliber? We were flabbergasted and understandably irritated. The irritation was only exacerbated by the fact that we could not get to sleep until after 1:00am (when the music finally stopped). This was definitely NOT the second night we were expecting. And definitely not an experience we would look forward to repeating.
So, yes, this hotel is beautiful. Yes, it has a really convenient location. Yes, the beds are comfortable. Yes, the staff are (mostly) delightful. BUT, if I can't be guaranteed a peaceful night of sleep, then everything else loses its luster. Lesson learned. If we ever consider the Fairmont in the future, we will definitely inquire about any late night/early morning parties they have planned on the premises and plan our reservation accordingly.
We have just returned from a long weekend stay at the Fairmont Olympic downtown Seattle.
We have never been so disappointed as we were with this hotel. We have been staying at the Fairmont properties throughout North America for years now, and this hotel does not match up. It was our first and last visit there. We experienced some of the worst service ever.
My husband and I, along with our 2 kids, met my brother and his family for a fun weekend getaway. The rooms are nice, and very clean, and very spacious.... nicely decorated with a new modern style and the hotel is in a great location, however our experiences at the bar throughout our stay were so disappointing we can’t stop talking about it.
Soon after our arrival and checking in, my husband and I headed to the lobby bar to enjoy a cocktail. The female bartender with the short, red hair was so rude and short with us I almost fell over.
After standing and waiting in line at the bar to order a drink, she demanded to know what we wanted, there was no welcome, no hello, good evening NOTHING. We ordered and then she wouldn’t take my husbands $100 bill, loudly stating that she had took $100’s all afternoon already and couldn’t break it. She thrust it back into his hands and just glared at us. We charged it to the room. Later, after dinner us adults stopped back at the lobby bar for a bedtime cocktail and again after standing in line for 15 minutes she was still rude as ever. She just looked mad that we were there.
The next day after a day of sightseeing and shopping we again went to the lobby bar to order a cocktail. This time there was 2 male bartenders working, one of whom I found out later was supposedly the Food/Bev manager Sam. 2 of us ordered vodka/ lemonades, and after waiting a considerable amount of time in a long standing line (no where to sit) we watched him make them. He took a glass, filled it with ice, squirted in a long shot of straight lemon juice and then a squirt of sugar water and then dumped a shot of vodka on top. We carried them to the pool to relax and to watch the kids swim and holy cow It was so gross I almost spit it out. $14 a pop. I carried them back up to the bar and kindly asked a server for a manager. She directed me to the person who had made the drinks!!!!
I said “I’m sorry but these taste terrible, can we please get a new one” and so he made it again EXACTLY as he had before but only this time he thrust it into my hand and rudely demanded “taste it and make sure you like it this time”.... did I mention there was a looooong line of couples standing and watching me while they waited to order. I almost died of embarrassment. I took a tiny sip and whispered it’s fine and slinked off. It was again UNDRINKABLE. How rude of him to put me on the spot in front of other guests. So unprofessional and demeaning. Also, If your going to charge $14 for a cocktail, the bartenders should be schooled and well trained and the cocktails should be YUMMY and DELICIOUS!!
(I believe they are even called “Mixologists” and they will compete to make the most delicious drinks) Anyway,
What a disappointment.
The next night was a real doozy, the bartenders were again rude and unorganized, sweaty and complaining about how busy they had been all day. My husband watched while the 2 guys in front of him drew a big picture of a male private part on the line they were supposed to sign on their credit card slip because they were so upset. The bartender pulled they drinks away and told them to get out. Apparently we weren’t the only guests being treated horribly.
The third night was pretty much same story, crabby red haired woman bartender angrily making drinks in a hurried and unorganized place. By then we had given up and found a cute bistro up the street that sold beer and wine so I brought it back in a plastic bag. How cool to have to resort to that while staying at a Fairmont.
The last day we took our kids down for a morning swim, a family had ordered room service breakfast to the pool and their table was covered in dirty dishes and glasses of half empty drinks and leftover food, unattended after they all left for almost 3 hours, when we left it was still all sitting there. I wish I would have took a picture of it and posted it. It was so disgusting.
You’d think if room service sent an order to the pool they would have the brains to send someone back later on to retrieve all the items and dishes but NOPE. Not at this classy place.
When we checked out Monday morning we asked the Conceirge to please store our luggage since we had a late afternoon flight, we were told to take it down one level to the valet desk so we carried it down to the valet desk right at the curb. The bellman informed us that we had “too” much luggage for them to store there (3 pieces) and that we should take it back up to Conceirge, so while 3 unmotivated bellman stood and watched, my husband and I wrangled the luggage back down the hall, onto the elevator and back up one floor to Conceirge.....not one even offered to help or to assist in any way.
By then I was seething anyway at the total lack of professionalism.
I’m sure my review sounds biased but I would never stay at this property again, the service was nothing of what you expect when you stay at a Fairmont property. (And don’t show up thirsty after a long flight.....)
Go to the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver or the Fairmont on Nob Hill in San Francisco....you’ll see what I mean.
My husband and I stayed for the weekend, celebrating our anniversary. Not only did the hotel go above and beyond to accommodate and make us feel special, they phoned the restaurant we reserved and gave them a heads up (that it was a celebratory dinner).
The room was wonderful- spacious and well organized.
The restaurants has food variety.
The location- could not be better!
The spa- beautiful!
Overall, best experience ever!
Even though our daughter lives in Seattle, we decided to take our family of 8 adults and 6 children downtown for a holiday experience. This allowed her to be part of the party without the work of being the host. The grandkids were wide eyed attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and walking through the life sized gingerbread house. The hotel staff were amazing! We had several requests that were attended to with great detail. Truly a world class place!