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Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, WA

Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, WA

Specialties

The Fairmont Olympic is the premier luxury hotel in downtown Seattle, boasting impeccable service, splendid Italian Renaissance architecture and two award-winning restaurants.

History

Established in 1924.

The Olympic Hotel was opened in 1924 and has been a Seattle city landmark ever since. Built on the original site for the University of Washington, the hotel comprises an entire city block and has been host to the city's most glamorous events.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.23

Address: 411 University Street, Seattle, WA, 98101
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Comments (209):

1. Laura P.
I have a different take.  Since the change-over in management the hotel has lost it's intimacy and luster.  I have been hanging out there for almost twenty years - Garden Court, Lobby Bar, Georgian Room, Schuckers.  (note:  the bartender at Shuckers rocks and the doormen are the best).  However, the place sort of got corporate-ized.  I spent a recent weekend there.  The room reminded me of a forgotten old house that had been lush back in the day .  The great news is that there are some really good hotels in Seattle now - finally.  Although I usually loathe big chain hotels, The Elliott Grand Hyatt was fantastic.  But if you absolutely have to have that old world charm just go to the Sorrento.  Adam will take care of you.

26/01/06 | Link | Rating: 3.0
2. MM R.
Agreed that this fine hotel has lost some luster since The Fairmont took over.  It is, however, a grand place.  The Spanish Ballroom boasts an ideal dining room for special occasions.  The lobby bar is a great place to linger, lounge and watch the come and go in there.  Top notch service.

10/03/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Maria C.
Many, many moons ago I worked part time at the gift shop here. I never managed to be on duty when someone famous came to buy toothpaste but the aura of the place has always been classy and elegant no matter who has owned it. I recommend afternoon tea in the Georgian Room and as a place to stay for out of town guests who can afford more than the local Travelodge. My aunt loved it. I think she visited for the hotel, not to see us. Just a suspicion.

17/10/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. bethany s.
This used to be the Four Seasons and when it was the Four Seasons, it was the only 5 star hotel in the seattle area.  So does buying a 5 star hotel mean you're still a 5 star place?  Not sure, they did lose my friends coat for an hour, other than that it still seems to have the same standards as before....Definitely one of the finest luxury hotels in seattle. - way way out of my personal budget though.

03/11/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. L S.
Five stars for a five star hotel. Erik T and I had the pleasure of staying here this past weekend and we both very much enjoyed ourselves. We checked in a little after 3pm. It was super busy over the weekend, apparently this is the place to go when Seattle loses power. Every single room was filled. But that didn't take away from any kind of customer service, we were treated well and greeted by every employee we came in contact with. I thought the girl who checked me in should have told me where the fitness room/spa/pool were, but I was clever enough to figure that out on my own when the elevator stopped on the 2nd floor and the heavy scent of chlorine wafted in. I was greeted by name when I checked in/out and when I called down to the front desk from my room. I really appreciate that kind of respect. As mentioned in previous reviews, the rooms are a bit small, but large enough to entertain friends. We had just a regular room, and with us sitting on the bed, our friends that came to our room before we went out had chairs to sit on and not feel cramped. The bathroom was very spacious as well, with plenty of room for me and my best girlfriend to get ready in and do my hair and makeup without elbows in each others faces. I wish I had that luxury at home  while getting ready in the morning trying to maneuver around my husband. The Fairmont offers free Wi-Fi and if you don't bring your laptop they have an online service you can pay for that you access with a wireless keyboard through the television. All the usual amenities: overpriced mini-bar, bar ware, basic cable, iron and board, and hair dryer. We brought our own wine (like Boy Scouts, we're always prepared) but apparently the previous guests had taken off with the corkscrew, so we called down to the front desk for one and they immediately brought one up. The decor of the room reminded me of something my grandma would have had in her house if she were still alive. A non-offensive yellow and cream striped wallpaper adorned the walls of our room and a floral comforter was on the bed. Nice and cozy, actually. The Fairmont really exudes a sort of Old World Charm, not only with the decor but the actual architecture. The building is actually on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. The fixtures on the elevator appear to be original, or at least great reproductions.
One thing to note. Be sure to call ahead for your car when you're checking out! Check-out time is noon, and you won't be the only one checking out and retrieving your vehicle. In the past at other hotels, they've advised a potential wait of about 15 minutes or so to go get my car, but it's never been the case. I always get my car and go. And that may be the case here, but since every room was occupied over the weekend, everyone really did check out at the same time and go get their car at the EXACT SAME TIME. Erik and I waited for an hour. An hour for our car that was parked not that far away. But all the valets are super nice and really happy. They all actually seemed to be enjoying what they were doing and happy to help their guests. Imagine that! Parking is $30 a day, I'm hoping these guys get a good chunk of that.
So, if you have the cash and are looking for a nice place to rest your head during your next visit to Seattle, I would highly recommend the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

19/12/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Arianna G.
I adore this hotel. I've only been here once and it was last month, but my god do these people understand what customer service means. It's a beautiful hotel and it has a wonderful location. Via the internet we were able to get an exceedingly reasonable price for an executive suite which is adorable with the french doors inside. What really spoke to me about this hotel was the customer service. The conciege took care of all of our plans while we were in seattle, the doorman caught the only possible problem we might have had averting any possible stress we might have had, the seamstress came up to our room right away to take care of some sewing for us and took our dry-cleaning down with her! It arrived back way before it was estimated to and we also had housekeeping arrive five minutes after we called them. We weren't the most demanding of customers, but I will say that we did have quite a few service requests all of which they fulfilled admirably.

10/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Kristin S.
This place is a class act.  You must stay here if you are going to Seattle (and not on a budget). Nothing beats the quaint style. The newer hotels really don't measure up. The concierge are all friendly and terribly helpful.  They helped my friends book their entire stay - including breakfasts- planned out hikes. Amazing. They are like yelp on a stick (?) Anyway, as some have said- get high tea. Nobody should ever miss an opportunity to get high tea. That's just sad.

03/04/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Margaretta L.
Try the Garden Room when looking for an after-dinner escape from smoggy downtown blues.  Suddenly you're surrounded by elegance of a time gone by, a 5 star dessert cart, and a live band for slow dancing with your honey.  Honest.

15/04/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. april d.
Never stayed in the rooms so I do not review these, I worked in a shop at street level at the hotel and had a number of occasions to contact concierge and they were always nice though always busy.  The Garden Court is a wonderful, airy place for drinks with friends it's like an old English garden room and they have a piano bar.  The Georgian Room is posh, I went there on a date and they have anything you need but they did forget to take the string off my main course after cooking it and I had to send it back for this to be done.  The Georgian is way expensive though so watch out for that but it is truly grand.  At Christmas the lobby is a wonderland of giant themed Christmas trees that eventually get auctioned off but are a wonderful holiday tradition my boy and I have.  One thing though is that the hotel has a smell, not necessarily bad just strange.  Beautiful hotel, maybe someday I'll have an occasion to stay in one of the rooms.  Historical Seattle note, the hotel sits on the site of the original U of W, just think that's neat.

08/11/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Ass Man Z.
If you like luxurious, 80 year old hotels with lot's of floral patterns and a five star rating...this is the one and only in Seattle. The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The President of China and many others stay here when they're in town, so...it isn't cheap!

12/08/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Peter H.
My parents stay here every time they visit me from NY (they have an amazing IBM corporate rate here for some reason). The place is old school luxury and opulence. Think of the movie "Titanic". Yeah, sort of like that.

Rooms are not huge, but are well appointed. Service is super amazing. Food is great, with many choices (I've had breakfast in the main dining room, as well as lunch in the oyster bar - both were FABULOUS).

Of course, you will pay $$$ to get this, but if money is no object, and you like old, classy places, this is the place to go. Great for Mom and Dad (or Granma and Granpa).

02/08/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Amber L.
This place rocks!!  I checked in late one night while traveling light with my backpack wearing jeans and a CAL fleece and they didn't act snobby or pretentious because of my very understated attire.  The service is world class here and the Japanese breakfast is one the best I've had.

01/06/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Reza E.
What a beautiful hotel! Old world charm and great service. When we checked in they upgraded us to a suite free of charge. The suites are smallish but very well done. It feels more like a european hotel with better service! We really enjoyed our stay.

29/05/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Holly T.
We were really disappointed in our stay at the Fairmont. The location is great, and there was nothing terribly wrong with the service, but the room was depressing. A married couple on vacation and we get stuck with 2 twin beds? Oh boy, it's just like college all over again. The hotel was booked so we couldn't change rooms. In addition, they informed us that due to the age of the hotel most of their rooms actually had twin beds. On top of that, those beds were pretty darn uncomfortable. I'm pretty surprised to hear that they wouldn't have changed them out by now; it's not as if the room was too small to accommodate a larger bed. I know they are trying to preserve some of the old style "charm," perhaps, but it's not as if they haven't added other modern conveniences to the rooms. I wouldn't have minded the high price of the room if I felt we were getting something luxurious, but there was truly nothing pleasant about our room at all. Furthermore, despite the 'do not disturb' tag on the door, we found ourselves disturbed by hotel staff rather frequently. This is the second time I've stayed at a Fairmont property and I just don't get the fuss.

26/07/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
15. patrick blap S.
completely out dated but good service.
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i can't wait for the new four seasons  to open in seattle...

and  our rooms smells like a 75 year old grandma.

04/07/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
16. Daniel K.
clearly outdated but nice workout room and friendly staff.  cot was really nice too.

24/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Martine M.
We stayed here for six days and loved every minute of it! It is a beautiful hotel! Our room was lovely and very, very quiet.  The staff went out of their way to make our stay wonderful. We went down to Pike Place Market  one afternoon and came back with some flowers. Upon entering the hotel, someone came up and insisted that they arrange the flowers in a vase for us. I was stunned!!  If we made a request, they were very prompt with everything. I need to mention the people assisting with luggage on the curb and the doormen. These people were incredibly nice and welcoming - sincere and friendly! I would stay here again when visiting Seattle!

23/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Walden C.
This hotel was a dream. With only one day in Seattle we were both disappointed that we couldn't spend more time in the room as it was gorgeous! We were automatically upgraded to a king jr. suite which was a really pleasant surprise. Service overall was wonderful - very genuine and pleasant. We were allowed to check in a few hours early but it was a Sunday, so I wouldn't expect that on a Friday or Saturday. We will absolutely stay here again.

23/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Adine L.
my girlfriends decided it would be fun to have a "girlie photo night".  we figured if we were going to make a night of it, we should go posh and at least have some pretty back drops to work with.

there were about 8-10 of us, i believe, so we all pitched in and got a huge deluxe suite at the fairmont olympic hotel in seattle.  i've never stayed in a hotel that nice before.  granted, i guess i didn't actually spend the night there, even tho i paid my share to. eventually it kinda turned crazy and i started feeling sick so i got the hell out of there. but i digress...

walking in to the hotel through the main entrance, it really took my breath away.  i had a definite "pretty woman" moment.  i can't believe that this is the oldest hotel in seattle.  they really keep it looking immaculate.

the room was amazing!  you walk in, there is a little foyer type hall.  the decor is just like the hotel,  old school and super classy.  but i'd like to note that the furniture wasn't so nice that you felt you couldn't sit on it. straight ahead was a bathroom.  to the right, the living area and small kitchenette with sink, mini fridge, champagne flutes and other drinking accessories.  to the right of the foyer was the master bedroom.  everything was spacious and beautiful.

i'd have to say that my favorite part of the room was the bathrooms.  yes, plural.  there were two bathrooms in this suite which really helped when there were ten chicks vying for a mirror to get ready for the photo shoots.  the bathroom in the hallway had a shower and a toilet.  the bathroom in the master room was full tub and all.

i felt like a princess for sure.

10/04/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. Kandi K.
I love the Fairmont Olympic.  It is an elegant hotel that makes me feel like I am at some sort of 5-star bed & breakfast.  The service is fantastic.  One time I was in a rush to leave for the airport when I realized I had failed to print my boarding pass the night before.  I mentinoed it to one of the staff, and they quickly printed it out for me and sent me on my way.  On another visit, I opened the door to my room to find a small tray of chocolate covered strawberries sitting on the desk.  DISCLAIMER:  Don't expect this stuff, but they might do little things like that on occasion.  And BTW they were the best choco-dipped strawberries I have ever had!  The decor is lovely.  The carpets, wallpaper, and wall hangings are all very classy, and I like to admire them.  Usually I find all hotel decor to be an eyesore.  At the Fairmont, you will never find any of that modern, geometrical, tacky stuff.  Thankfully my new company lets me stay at any hotel I want, so I can continue to stay at the Fairmont when I am in Seattle on business.  I coudln't bear the thought of staying at the Marriot or anywhere else.  

Speaking of business, here is a tip:  Seattle folks love to eat breakfast at the Georgian (one of the restaurants in the hotel).  The granola parfaits are legendary.  If you are trying to cram meetings into your day, I highly suggest taking a client to a scrumptious breakfast there.  See my review of the Georgian too.

Update:  Furthermore, after writing this review, remaining true to what I said, I suggested to a colleague that we meet some clients at the Georgian for breakfast when we head up there again.  I am at a new company, so I didn't know how well this suggestion would fly with new people.  Turns out my colleague had never stayed at the hotel, but he has eaten breakfast at the Georgian.  Then he began to rave about the granola.  He called our clients and suggested a breakfast meeting.  Let me tell you, they were more than delighted to meet with us.  Business folks will do anything for breakfast at the Georgian.

17/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. bonne b.
It's a wonderful, beautiful hotel with great service. I always feel too young to be staying here though, and usually opt for the W.
Rooms are large however, and numerous room configurations are available-- we had the perfect layout when we stayed here with kids.  
Head down to Shuckers for some really good chowder and oysters.

23/09/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. June N.
Just attended a wedding here.  Niiice!

Well first off, the place has a certain old world "feel' to it.  The kind of place where that Monopoly guy in the black hat would fit right into.  I mean the place exudes class.  After the wedding and before the reception, a few of us sneaked off to the bar to catch some of the hawks game.  Anyways, 3 drinks later $25!  I couldn't really complain though, they did have an assortment of Nuts, Olives, and really tasty potato chips.  What kind of bar does that anymore?

The food at the reception was tasty.  Although my steak was tougher than I would have liked...it had flavor.  All in all, a nice venue and I was impressed.

16/11/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Shawn N.
As we walked in the room, our jaws dropped. Five stars? FIVE stars?!? I had booked an executive suite for our third anniversary. The doormen were nice enough, and sure, the lobby is grand, albeit showing signs of age. However, the room was small, with ugly furniture and no seperate tub/shower. Only one sink!! We almost turned around and went home. The room service was efficent and amiable, but grossly over priced. For 2 sandwiches @ lunch, it was over $70. The room did have 2 flat screen tvs, which seemed very out of place with the outdated decor. The ceiling even had that popcorn crap on it. I have stayed at roadside motels with better rooms. The fitness center was nice enough, but overcrowded with kids jumping in the pool, so the hot tub wasn't very relaxing. Do yourself a favor and pick another hotel. The proximity to everything downtown was the only plus I saw... Be prepared for $24 a night parking.

11/10/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
24. Kirsten O.
Oh yeah.  Fairmont.  Cannot go wrong.  Beautiful hotel, fabulous location.  I could do this over and over again and be happy with the results everytime.  My boyfriend and I arrived via bus from Sea-Tac and it was fabulous.  First of all, taking a bus for about 2 bucks per person and getting dropped off just a block from the hotel, that is awesome!  It was so fast and efficient, way better than the 35 we are used to paying taking the limo service or taxi (note they are about the same price!).  We walked in after a VERY early flight and was planning on dropping our bags and going somewhere for breakfast.  Never thinking they would actually have a room ready for us at 10:00 am, HOURS before check-in, but lo-and-behold! they did!  Fabulous.  We ended up on the top floor in a deluxe room (which is a step up from the regular).  It was soooo great inside.  Big room, beautiful decor, tons of windows, and a fabulous view outside.    But, the bed.... the bed, the bed, the bed.  We took an early afternoon nap and was in HEAVEN.  You cannot go wrong with this place.  When we forgot our toothbrushes they had some for us at the front desk, when we wanted some recommendations for food, the concierge was on-point.  Its a great historic landmark which used to be the University of Washington.... this was great as the bf went there for his Masters... so he thought that was way cool.

Check it out... you definitely will not be disappointed... and mind you, I travel a lot!

13/04/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Kaitlin W.
When I was a little girl my parents made the big mistake of taking me to a wedding in the Spanish Ballroom. For the past twenty years I have dreamed of hosting my wedding at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. We have spent many nights and celebrated many birthdays at the hotel. Each time we came for a visit I peaked into the ballroom just for a chance to imagine my wedding in that opulent room.
After a romantic engagement and celebration at Schucker's the planning began.  I was hesitant to meet with a Fairmont catering manager, fearful that my dreams would be financially out of reach. I was shocked when we discovered that the Fairmont was more reasonably priced than I had thought. This is when the relaxing and fun part of the planning began. As the months before our big day became days the number of emails I sent were still quickly and sensitively answered.
 On the day of our wedding my dreams became a real life fairytale! Every minute of the day was spent relaxing in the luxurious hotel. I knew that every detail grand or minute would be executed with perfect precision. Although, I am a complete control freak, especially with our wedding details, I had absolute trust in Dana Schroader and the Fairmont staff. I was overjoyed to see that all aspects of the day went perfectly! Our guests said that they had never seen a more beautiful or perfectly executed wedding. Everyone is still craving our wedding meal and cake, including us! My little girl dreams came true thanks to the exquisite staff at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. I can only hope that our children choose to share their happiest day at the Olympic.
Thank you to the moon and back!

20/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. S J.
It's very nice, but I'm not sure it's worth the price.  I hear the rooms are $400+, and I definitely couldn't it seeing being worth that much.

Granted, we did arrive after midnight (after a wedding and a stop at Dick's) and left around 8a the next morning, so maybe we didn't get the full Fairmont experience.

08/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Matt J.
What am amazing hotel.  Yes, some of the decor is a little like spending the weekend at your grandma's place, but overall a great experience.  The lobby was so beautiful, I enjoyed my morning energy drink down there every morning.  The staff was impeccable.  Our housekeeper meticulously arranged all of our toiletries each afternoon (we're late risers).  Love it all!  Not sure when the rooms are scheduled for renovation.  That would be my only "complaint"

19/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Susan M.
This is really one of the only large "old money" hotels in Seattle, the sort that you typically find in an east coast city.  It's truly pricy, but well worth the money for discriminating out-of-town visitors.  It's really one of the ONLY two places in downtown Seattle to take someone for a "power breakfast" (the other is the Washington Athletic Club).  They also do excellent large catered dinners, but they have an upper limit on catering/party capacity.

In the basement, opening up on 4th Street, is Shuckers Oyster Bar.  I highly recommend it for early evening happy hour.  The drinks are great and the oysters are well presented.  It's a neat place to go before, say, 5th Avenue theater or something like that.

17/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Bernadette D.
OH. MY. God. Praise Jesus for my fat work discount or else I would never be able to experience the luxurious divinity that is The Fairmont Olympic. It seems like a lot of folks these days dig ultra-modern hotels that look like a dark Euro rave would break out if someone pumped some trance music into the lobby. Sprockets isn't really my thing. I like old. Really old. If it looks like a scene from The Shining, I'm all in. This place does not disappoint in that regard. It's romantically refined and supremely swank. They bumped me up to a suite that was 2x larger than your average San Francisco apartment. How do you know when your hotel room is too big? You have two (or more) TVs and you can do the full arms-outstretched Wonder Woman spin in your bathroom. Sweeet!

The water pressure was outstanding. Speedy valet. Delicious room service. Relaxed bar. Friendly staff. Oh - and right across the street from all the good shopping (flagship Nordstrom). If I could give it more stars, I would.

12/03/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Angelina Z.
Wow , pretty shnazzy ..... that's not a real word is it ?

I came here for a conference for work, I loved the way they partitioned the room so you had a 'living room' and then the bedroom. I loved it , it was a great experience. I was not satisfied with the fact that my room wasn't ready when I arrived and had to check my luggage in at the front desk because the meeting was about to start , but hey they had alot of people from the company staying here and arriving all at once. That should be a good indicator that you need to be on top of your game and have those rooms ready however. Parking is a little challenging but what place in downtown Seattle doesn't have that challenge. I loved the place , however If it was my dollar I wouldn't have stayed here.

02/03/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Neelima D.
This hotel is breathtaking. It's hard to be at a Fairmont and not feel like a million bucks, but the old European feeling here really makes you feel like you are staying at a palace. Though everything has an antiquated look, everything is clean, fresh, and very bright. The service is as one would expect.

The turn-down service included the nice touch of playing the Fairmont Lounge CD. Coming back from a long day of shopping, this was the easiest time I have ever had unwinding at a hotel. Something about the spacing of the furniture and the height of the room makes you forget that you are in a hotel. It feels like you are in the bedroom of a Manhattan debutant. Their afternoon tea looks like something not to be missed (though sadly, I missed it).

I would actually recommend staying at the Westin instead if you are looking for a place to stay on business. The Fairmont is better suited for staying at a hotel on leisure. The beds here are more comfortable than the Westin beds. The neighborhood is posh. It would be a good place to stay for a weekend of spa/shopping with the girls or to bring your parents.This place is more romantic than sexy. If you are looking for a sexy place to stay, I'd go with the W.

The shampoo and shower gel smell like men's cologne so ladies, don't forget your own bath stuff.

05/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. caroline s.
Great location for me when attending Casual Connect. Luxurious hotel, great attentive service, quiet. Happy to pay the reduced conference rate, as it doesn't feel like a $4-500 a night hotel.

23/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Josh H.
Classy.  The lobby and decor around the hotel are amazing.  The staff were all helpful, and check-in and out were quick and painless.  The room was clean and maybe a little dated, but fits in with the style of the hotel.  The gym and pool facilities were outstanding.  The pool area has a great view the downtown buildings and the gym is excellent for a hotel gym, complete with sauna.  The price is a little steep depending on what you're used to, but for shorter stays its not too bad.  Price permitting, I would absolutely return here again.

16/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Tom R.
This is a very nice, but no way outstanding, hotel.  It is quite old, but very well maintained and does not have that "old hotel" smell.  I was there for a meeting, so I got a group rate bringing the rate to what I would consider reasonable for a hotel of this caliber.  Their rack rates in no way correspond to the quality of the hotel.

I was impressed by the service in that it was not excessive.  I do not like to be kowtowed to, nor do I like to have a hotel employee insist that I accept some service that I don't really need.  I was pleased that neither of these occurred at this hotel, as they sometimes do at other high-end properties.

My suite was quite large and, as I said before, well maintained.  The only complaint I have about it is that it was a bit noisy.  The outside noise came in as though there was no window at all.  They would do well to install double-paned windows.

In all, I was happy with my stay, but would never pay their rack rate for what they offer.

10/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
35. Jessica H.
This is the nicest hotel I've ever stayed in.  Of course I was on a business trip because if I had to pay for it on my own I could never afford to stay here, but thanks to my employer picking up the bill (and my boss knowing people in high places that got us super-discounted upgraded rooms), I got to spend a week in true luxury.  From the time my taxi arrived the staff were all calling me by name (how did they know who I was?) and everyone was doing their best to make sure I had everything I needed (did I need to send my clothes to the dry cleaner immediately upon my arrival and have them cleaned and delivered to my room by the next morning?  No, but thank you for offering!).  I had the pleasure of staying in a luxury suite, which comes with a separate living room.  It was amazing.  The bed was enormous and extremely comfortable.  The decor was very tasteful.  The bathroom was huge (two sinks!) and even came with a separate closet/dressing area.  Everything was spotlessly clean.  The housekeeping staff turned down my bed every night and left me thank you notes for my tips.  :)

Of course when you stay at a fancy hotel, everything costs more.  One night I considered ordering a movie but they were like $15!  My expense account didn't cover that, so I settled for "Deal or No Deal."  Fortunately my expense account did cover room service, so one night I had a delicious salmon dinner in my private living room.  It was superb.  Outrageously expensive, but worth every penny.  Five well-deserved stars for the Fairmont Olympic.  I look forward to one day having the money to stay here again...

26/06/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. steve k.
The Fairmont basically ruined our anniversary visit in June and wanted to make up for it with a free deluxe executive suite (and free parking) last Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). We jumped on it. And it started out great. Our room was spacious and truly "deluxe". And, there was a bottle of wine and a cheese plate waiting for us. We checked in a couple of hours before planning to watch the Westlake festivities and then go to dinner. We thought we'd spend the intervening time relaxing, and, well "celebrating" in our room. That was until some jerk checked into the room directly across the hall with a yappy dog, threw the dog in the room, and took off to shop, eat, whatever. We were literally driven from our room (no "celebrating") by the barking, and after checking out Westlake, spent the rest of the time before dinner in the hotel lounge. The dog was quiet when we got back from dinner, but was yapping its head off at 6 AM the next morning. We asked at the front desk, and here is valuable info for travelers who value peace and quiet. The Fairmont allows dogs on EVERY floor except one, the 6th. Dogs can stay on every other floor. By contrast, Kimpton hotels do the exact opposite. They restrict guests with dogs to one floor, leaving the rest of the hotel for those who want a little peace and quiet. So, if you're planning a stay at the Fairmont, and don't want a yappy dog ruining it, check with reservations and make sure you get on the no dog floor. Or, stay at Hotel Monaco. Otherwise, a very nice hotel.

27/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
37. John G.
Ah, superb old world charm in a modernized setting. Great upgrade and refurbishing job recently.  The lobby is breathtaking and the interior decoration is plain wonderful. Large wood sculptured rails, great historic pictures, rich carpet you sink into.  The rooms are really neat with a yellow cream wallpaper and dark cherry wood furniture.  Spacious king bed, bathroom with a guys type of shower (lots of water).  

Service is killer here.  They all greet you by your first name.  Everything is done with the customer in mind.

Workout room?   A term hardly even close.  It is a full health center with men's and women's locker rooms.  Rich wood lockers, plush robes and towels galore.  Toiletries just laying there for your use included shave cream, disposable razors, after shave, hair spray, brushes wrapped in cellophane. They have a dry sauna.  When you check in you get a towel or two, bottle of water and a headphone set for the tv's on all the aerobic equipment.  Pleasant attendants ask if you need anything to make your stay more enjoyable. Oh, some nice tables to sit at after working out to read the paper and enjoy the complimentary coffee and tea service.  Has on outdoor table area which we used as we had some sunshine on our visit. A nice large pool, small pool and hot Jacuzzi. First class all the way.

Need to go somewhere in town, but don't want to walk the hills?  No problem.  They have a complimentary town car that you just ask the valet to call for you.   All day it goes back and forth to take you somewhere and pick you up.  We found ourselves at an outer restaurant, and called the hotel.  The town car came in 20 minutes.

Lovely Georgian dining room to gasp at and have a wonderful dinner. They serve formal tea in this room also for those that like to be treated like the Queen.

The Fairmont Olympic is the standard for a 5 star hotel for me, and it earns it.  I was able to stay here because our company has a generous discount rate.  Stay here and you walk in the steps of Charles Lindbergh.  Yes, he stayed here in 1937.

18/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. Rachel S.
I was in Seattle for business and selected Fairmont because (a) my company has a preferred rate and (b) all of my coworkers have nothing but wonderful things to say about it.

The Fairmont is located right downtown (easy walking distance to just about anywhere you'd like to go). The staff was welcoming from the beginning and especially at the end of my stay when I was horribly sick and checked out at 4AM to catch my flight home.

The Fairmont has a "grand" hotel appeal with tall ceilings and chandeliers. The maid service is nice, the rooms are clean and they turn down your bed in the evenings-- I love turn down service; it is so nice to come back to after a long day of meetings! Big, comfortable beds with lots of pillows, slippers and a bathrobe to use during your stay. Amazing, really.

We ate at the Georgiana (sp?), an elegant dining room located in the hotel's lobby and ate delicious breakfast--- again, great service.

This is THE hotel to stay at when in Seattle. I can't say enough nice things about it. The Fairmont is definitely a "grand" hotel, without the "grand" price (at least, not corporately).

I'll stay there every time I'm in Seattle on business. cheers! :o)

07/03/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Melissa S.
I'd always wanted to spend my wedding night at the Fairmont Olympic, and my husband sweetly obliged by surprising me with a booking.

However, for the almost $400 we spent for one night, we were sadly disappointed. The hotel is very old, and very beautiful, but the age is beginning to show.

The bed had the worst mattress I've ever slept on in a hotel. We hardly slept, and not for the reason most people might think! Most of the furniture also showed wear.

Most of the staff was friendly enough, if not reserved, but the concierge was horrible. He had an attitude and quoted me double for a town car to the airport than the price I got by calling the town car company directly. Guess he gets to keep a little of that extra green in his back pocket, huh?

The location was great and the room service was delicious, but for the price, I wish we'd stayed elsewhere.

20/04/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
40. Jinny S.
Sweetness.  In all respects.

Beautiful rooms.  Great amenities.  Kick ass staff.  Concierge knows my name now.  Love it.

Stayed in the Executive Suite.  Was a little puzzled by why there was no wireless, but I took advantage of the free high speed via cable.  Shower indicated high quality.  (Yes, these are the things I look for now when I go to a hotel.)

The Georgian room serves excellent breakfast.  Proud to say I am intimate with the bar.

Used one of their conference rooms - The Cabinet Room actually.  Well set up.  Needed an extension cord and outlet tree - they were there in a jiffy.

No complaints whatsoever.

20/09/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
41. AJ R.
Such an amazing classy hotel. You would think after walking into the place with our BFF's we would be full of classiness- wrong- The rooms were so amazing we ordered Pizza's and all climbed into bed to watch a movie. The pool and hot tub are beautiful. Service was great. A very pleasant stay.

21/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Maria C.
Beautiful lobby and restaurants, and friendly, helpful and professional staff.  Good location downtown, including block and half from a light rail station.  However, my room was a little worn including carpet stain.  The a/c wasn't working well so i was a little warm most nights.  The internet was included with my president's club membership, and it was serviceable.

27/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
43. Pam B.
I was somewhat disappointed. Changed hotels during stay in Seattle, due to conference.  Was so much happier at the arctic doubletree.  Rooms were more up to date and better appointed.  I mean they have a French press in every room!  Fairmont is definitely more opulent and staff is just as wonderful. Rooms are outdated as are the bathrooms.  Wi fi is overpriced and fridge needs room for purchases.  Bed is great!

16/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
44. B J.
Beautiful old hotel!  Stayed here last Friday for one night as a pre-cruise stay.  Couldn't ask for a better location, close to Pike St. market downtown.  Fabulous and attentive 5 star service from all the hotel staff.   Traditional and gorgeous, I would definitely recommend.

04/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Aaron I.
The oldest hotel in Seattle, the most class, the best service, and lovely character.  If you are looking for history and elegance than this is the hotel of choice in Seattle.  From the doorman to the lobby you will find that this Fairmont makes its clients feel like a a quadrillion bucks.  I suggest visiting thier lobby during Christmas as the decor would make scrooge love Christmas. Most rooms I've stayed in are extra spacious, like you can fit 2 king size beds in there and all rooms have high ceilings.  
When I travel i always look for the workout facility and the Olympic's is pretty good.  Pool, spa, dry sauna, cardio machines, and free wieghts, all the necessities.  My favorite stay in Seattle!

14/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Charles O.
If you asked me what a great hotel should be like, I'd say try to emulate the Fairmont Olympic.   One could not do better than to copy this formula for success. This hotel has it all: great staff (clearly happy to serve the guests), fine dining, beautiful rooms, style, and flair.  Here is an example: When we needed a few glasses to enjoy a bottle of Tor Kenward's 2009 Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay (exceptional) in our room, the hotel produced a few Riedel crystal glasses. When we inquired of the Concierge as to a good restaurant near the hotel, they had no difficulty sending us to a competitor, and doing it in their hotel limo! Our room overlooked both the business district as well as a good slice of the harbor and Sound. Every time we had a question, a need, or an extension of checkout time, they were only too happy to assist us. The staff was well informed and dedicated. Truly an excellent hotel and they made our visit to Seattle a memorable experience. Next time, dinner at the Georgian for sure! From greeting by the superb front door staff to our check out and exit, we were treated well by people who truly know the art of running a fine hotel. That, in my experience, is an achievement.

05/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
47. Sarah M.
My husband I stayed here the day we got married - I wish we always traveled like this!  I couldn't believe how wonderful the staff was, from start to finish.  We pulled up at the valet, not in a limo but in our beat up hatchback full of odds and ends from the ceremony.  No one blinked an eye, but treated us like celebrities.  The entire staff greeted us by name, and remembered who we were the next morning.  The room was perfect, ornate details in the hall, impeccably clean throughout.  Everything we asked for was brought immediately.  

When it came time to check out, we didn't want to leave.  I'm hoping an anniversary present in September will be another night here!

29/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Kris A.
Very classic and lovely hotel.  Immaculate service - seriously, it was flawless.  The room was comfortable, large, and pretty, and they upgraded us at no charge so that we had a water view.  We actually got the room at quite a steal, which may be why I'm so generous about my rating (although our stay was truthfully pretty perfect).  We used the hotel car a couple of times and our driver was wonderful and very helpful and friendly and gave us great tips on the city.  The concierge was detailed and spot-on in his advice and recommendations and suggestions.  The pool (we tend to hit up hotel pools) was beautiful, peaceful, and had a terrific hot tub.   The lobby is the prettiest part - graceful, sweeping, and grand.

Great experience.  Would love to return.

22/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Sean M.
Amazing. The hotel drips old world charm. If you want to pamper yourself or a loved one, this is the place to come in Seattle.

The service was impeccable. Staff was super nice and catered to our every whim. We had breakfast in the room and the food was wonderful. I had Pancakes, an omelet and hash-browns and they where large servings and tasted great. Food was delivered timely and staff seemed very sensitive to any needs or concerns.

The room was on the smaller side for a suite, but was well decorated and very clean. The bed was large, but not as comfortable as I would have expected, but nothing to complain about.

06/11/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Rhonda O.
Our family stayed here for a conference my husband was attending at the hotel. When we arrived Friday evening at 7:45 cars were lined up on the street entering the hotel. There was a 15 minutes wait to park our car.

Once in the hotel we were greeted by very professional staff. We are a family of four and requested a room w/two queen size beds. Apparently this hotel only has two room options: (a) one king; or (b) two twin beds. Nevertheless, we took the room with the king bed and requested a roll-away. (Our kids are ages 9 & 4.)

The room was clean and nicely appointed with desk, chair, closet space and minibar. However, after they brought the roll-away, the room was too small for our family to stay in at any length.

Even though it was a Friday night and late, we were able to get a table at one of the hotel restaurants, Shuckers. It was fabulous and the same level of service  from the hotel was continued there. It was great for kids.

We visited the pool/spa on a couple of occasions and were quite impressed that the locker rooms were equipped with fuzzy robes and nice thick towels.

Saturday evening we attended a Christmas party in one of the ballrooms. When we arrived most of the 170+ guests had already claimed their seats. As a party of four who wanted to sit together it posed a challenge for the banquet coordinator as there was not a table with four seats left. Apparently some guests showed up without a reservation throwing off the seating. After three conversations with the banquet manager my husband finally got them to bring out another table for us. (This probably could have been avoided with preassigned seating. )   The banquet food was so-so, it seemed that they missed the dressing on the salad, but the dessert was sweet!

There were two glitches during our stay that keep me from giving this hotel five stars. First of all the valet parking situation is crazy. It took 20 minutes the first time to get our car from valet and 30 minutes the second time. So be forewarned if you need your car make sure you call ahead of time. The second glitch was that I had requested a bucket of ice from the concierge desk for a bottle of champagne. (They had very small ice buckets in the room.) It took 90 minutes for the ice to arrive.

Finally, we were here during the holidays and the decorations were fabulous!

09/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. Kati B.
We had high expectations given the price and rating of this hotel and were dissapointed. I called ahead and asked that a refrigerator be put in our room, i was told that to save the fee they could just empty the mini bar. Great! Then we get there and it is not emptied and they charged us $25 to empty it. Then there was the internet- $16 a day for the worst connection EVER. After the second day we gave up on it and just used our phones. Our room was FREEZING when we checked in and the heat didn't work, it never really got any warmer. I had to get under the covers any time we were in the room for more than a few minutes. Every day when we got back the air conditioning was on 63. We chose this hotel partly for the indoor pool, but when we went to check it out the skylights were open and the air conditioner was on. Wonder why nobody was in it? We had to write housekeeping a note to get more soap.

On the good side, the location is fantastic. We walked and took public transit everywhere.

15/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
52. Becky N.
This used to be the four seasons, so needless to say, this is a very fancy hotel.  Everything about this place drips old school elegance.  Although this is an older hotel, it remains clean and the customer service is excellent!  I've stayed at many 5 star hotels around the world and I have to say the bed in our room was the most comfortable bed I've ever had the privilege of sleeping on!  The sheets were extremely soft and clean, and the mattress had just the right amount of firmness.  If you're in the mood for something sweet, they've got a great lounge downstairs where we had some of the most decadent and delicious desserts.  I highly recommend anyone staying in Seattle to check this place out.

26/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
53. Brett B.
I travel every week in my job.  I've stayed at this particular hotel for over 20 nights so far.  This hotel has the best service of any hotel that I've ever seen.  It is also the cleanest hotel.  For those who don't travel very often, you might not be very impressed.  Other hotels will stick a fancy coffee maker in the room or an iPod dock and call that customer service.  What a joke!  I've stayed at hotels with better amenities.  However, you CAN NOT match the service of this hotel.  I've never seen anything better.

10/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
54. Elle B.
Clean, spacious, well-appointed, great location, would definitely recommend - never disappointed with a Fairmont property!

30/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
55. Kimberly M.
Stayed here a few times now. I have enjoyed the benefits of the President's circle where the valet hands me my room key and sends me on my way. No hassle of having to stand in line at the front desk for checkin. Also gym shoes and adidas workout clothes are waiting in the room for my stay. It is quite an awesome program for the business traveler who is there for one or two nights as we all know how much space running shoes take up in a small piece of luggage! AND... this is SEATTLE... so I have to make room for my rain boots. It is very nice to have a clean loaner pair of Adidas running shoes awaiting my stay. Service is great and the hotel is located close to all the sites!

26/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
56. Lee R.
We came to the Fairmont Hotel in Seattle on Friday night before we boarded a cruise to Alaska with a bunch of friends looking for a good time in nature. A couple of Yelpers from Seattle recommended it to me since it is located fairly close to where the cruise ships are docked.

The Fairmont in Seattle is great! Everything was top notch ... service, food, accommodations, and the bed too. Not one complaint. I was very happy with the location since we could walk everywhere we wanted to go.

I was especially happy when the front desk person offered my daughter a very nice gift pack when we checked in. The pack had some cards, crayons and coloring books and it made her very happy. She has been carrying the pack with her each day on our cruise too. She loves it!

A little bit can go a long way with a three year old.

I would say from my experience that the people at the Fairmont in Seattle do an excellent job making all of their guests happy.

23/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
57. Taggart H.
Needed a room night to qualify for status so we stayed here on New Year's Eve.  It's a love/hate with the Fairmont.  On the plus, nice places, decent prices, good relationship with Amex.  If I had regular Amex resort book dough I'd go there.  I don't and end up at the Fairmont.  The minus, as usual, children.  Everywhere and all over.  This hotel has the nice enclosed pool and hot-tub.  Nice, that is, until that special brand of kid screaming bounces off the glass and threatens to destroy your soul.  We've checked with the hotels, no-one has any interest in trying to make kid/no kid areas so we've determined to be more dilliegnt and find lands without kids.  A laudable and perhaps impossible goal.  

Oh, the service was nice, breakfast was great, I enjoyed the lobby bar despite glacially paced service, and the leave the NYT at your door.  Plus from the bar we could watch the crowd emptying from the Georgian Room's $275/per NYE dinner.  Median age was 102.

02/01/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
58. D. R.
A super cool hotel that was accommodating even with my airplane  being hours and hours late; and they didn't mind. They knew. Thanks! Great rooms. Great staff!

07/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
59. Neona R.
I thought this hotel was lovely. Especially for the price. All of the staff was outstanding in their competency and gracious service. The hotel itself is beautiful and located in a perfect spot right in the center of downtown Seattle. Our bed was very comfortable, our room was well appointed, the shower was great, the noise level was very low and we had a great view. We had a drink in the bar last night and it was great people watching. There was some big event going on and Seattle's richest inhabitants were out and about in grand gowns with fancy updos. It was highly entertaining! Also, we ate breakfast in the Georgian restaurant, located in the hotel, and I found it to be quite pleasant. The food is definitely spendy, but man, what a grand dining room! And we were given two complimentary copies of the Sunday New York Times! The food was pretty good. Not great, but certainly not bad. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.

04/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
60. J M.
As a Fairmont Platinum member, I love this place.  I stayed here for roughly 7 weeks last year (non-consecutive).  After the 2nd stay, the valet guys remembered my name and my business.  I was almost always upgraded to a great huge suite.  Nice lady brings by a bag of ice and bottle of water each evening.  Breakfast is good, maybe a tad bit expensive.  The house car is often available and they'll drive you nearly anywhere downtown / South Lake Union.

12/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. Jane A.
I stayed here for one night. The positives others have listed are all true. The negatives: At check-in I was provided with zero info about amenities in the hotel. Room number written on envelope that room key is in.  There is no electric kettle or way to make coffee or tea in the room, a trick of other "luxury" hotels as well.  I phoned for a kettle and was told they would send one up, but then they called back to say they had run out. I do like coffee first thing in the morning so ordered it -- $14 for coffee. Ouch. Incredibly saggy mattress! This was really NOT satisfactory.  You must pay extra for wi-fi -- it is not included. Luckily my ipad has a cellular data setting. I had to move furniture to plug in my adapters to charge my phone, ipad, etc. Wish they would modernize in a few small ways.

25/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
62. Christine S.
Stayed here last night and wowza, was it awesome.

Pros: Ummm, EVERYTHING? The service here is just incredible. From the second we walked in everyone was so helpful and courteous. Actually, I lied, it was before we even walked in that the service knocked me off my feet. The valet was so nice and helpful and charming. While we waited for the car we were able to speak with the valets and they were just so charming and nice. The most AMAZING thing about this place was that they have a town car available complimentary that will take you around Seattle. Be sure to get on that one, but do tip the driver!

Cons: Not much, really my only issue was that the day of check out there was a steady stream of knocks at the door from 10am and on. So many staff came by seeing if I had checked out yet and to clean the room and to check the mini bar. For a hotel with check out at noon it was pretty annoying to have people bugging you for two hours.

13/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
63. David W.
Very nice. The bed and pillows were very comfortable.  Oddly, though, the office area didn't include any handy power outlets despite offering complimentary Internet and WiFi throughout. It could also have used a garbage besides the one in the bathroom.

And while the doorman opened the door for us, he looked unhappy and didn't even look at us or make any attempt at a greeting.  The front desk was competent, but a tad odd since he could make no recommendations for the Gregorian restaurant for breakfast.  Considering the fine job they did for breakfast, though not cheap to be sure (who'd expect it to be cheap?), it was odd that he seemed to know nothing about it.

14/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Erin B.
If you want a fabulous splurge, this place is great.  Went there for a weekend with my husband.  Really nice staff.  Our room was great and comfy - a nice king size on the corner.  Any place that organized my things for me during a room spruce-up has my attention.  Beautiful interior - fun to look at the historic pictures of when it was first built.  Sign up for the Presidents Club.  I would go again!

11/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
65. Shirley Y.
Swanky hotel with old school charm.

We chose Fairmont Olympic on our very first visit to Seattle. It's the type of place that has a doorman! We booked on a travelzoo special so it ended up being way cheaper than the Marriott or Edgewater.

GREAT CONCIERGE! - which is really important when you're in a new city. He knew his stuff and made excellent recommendations. He suggested Wild Ginger and also recommended Folklife Festival for the weekend (which I was skeptical of... I mean, I don't want to attend a festival for hippies). Alas, I ended up eating my heart out at the festival and to this day, still dream about the African cuisine I had there.

07/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
66. Stephanie B.
This hotel is absolutely beautiful.  The lobby, Terrace, and guest rooms are very ornate and I loved the historical feel to the decor.

We checked in seamlessly and the desk agents were very well-spoken, professional, and helpful.  Upon hearing it was our first anniversary the agent offered a very sincere "Happy Anniversary!" and asked if there was anything he could do to make our stay the best.

We had one little snag when we had to change rooms at midnight because the toilet was broken.  It had to be pulled and replaced so we were moved one floor up.  That was a little inconvenient and I had liked the layout of our previous room better but the night manager made sure that we were completely satisfied before I got off the phone.

The in-room dining was some of the best I've ever had and the presentation was beautiful.  Everything we ordered arrived hot and exactly as ordered.

I would recommend this hotel to people who appreciate historical sites, antiques, fantastic in-hotel dining and drinks and a central location.

31/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
67. Chris C.
A beautiful hotel with a great staff. My one complaint would have to be the TV in the room, half of the channels were blurry. One could make the argument that when you're on vacation you shouldn't be watching TV, I still felt this was an odd issue to deal with at such a premier hotel.

26/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
68. Emma C.
The attention to detail makes up for the single beds.

Despite a small European style room with two single beds, the very well appointed rooms and bathrooms are rather charming. Hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers were all available.

The gym is right beside the pool and hot tub, which makes working out a very sweaty experience, but the equipment is new  and every cardio maching has its own tv and cd player. They also give you a towel and bottle of cold water when you check in, a nice touch.

The hotel is also making an effort to conserve water and only changes your sheets and towels when you specifically ask them to.

I'd definitely stay here again!

22/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. Linda L.
Effective and efficient: Great rate thru conference, social place to meet the speakers.  Lots of place for quick bites & room service was great.

WTF w the low flow shower. so slow, 4x show time and made me late for 9:00 am conference

25/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
70. Kimberly T.
We stayed here for 4 days in April. This hotel is INCREDIBLE! It has old-school charm & is one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed at. The staff was extremely helpful and very polite. The valet guys were also great - always providing us with bottles of water, and one day on our way to Mt. Rainier, cookies and milk! I thought the location was also fabulous, being that it is only a few blocks from Pike Place Market and lots of shopping. HIGHLY recommend staying here, worth every penny.

12/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
71. Stacy F.
Here is a copy of the letter mailed to John Hasse, mgr of the Fairmont:

Dear John,

My husband and I stayed at your hotel on February 10 - 12 of this year.  I am writing to you to share my wonderful stay at your hotel, so wonderful in fact, I want to tell the world.  I plan on putting a copy of this letter out on Yelp with a 5 star rating.  Your hotel and its staff are top notch.  

I have also included a copy of a letter mailed to W Seattle which will basically give you an idea of a different experience we had while visiting Seattle.  Two days with you and your hotel family was a breath of fresh Seattle air...

Upon our visit to the Fairmont, we were a bit nervous due to what happened at the W.  The front desk gentleman that helped us, I believe his name was Justin, quickly put our mind at ease.  Because of the road work on Fourth, we asked if we could get a room on the top floor pretty much joking, to be honest.  He met our request which was so surprising!  

I loved our room.  It was clean, roomy, a great bathroom and wonderful products.  We decided to pretty much walk everywhere so we checked our car and left it until we checked out.  The valet charge was less expensive than the W which was surprising but a good surprise at that.  The doorman Danny was such an amazing guy... He was courteous, so helpful and just a wonderful personality to be around.  He really made the visit that much better...

We were sad to leave the Fairmont after our wonderful stay.  Danny was again out front as we were leaving and he noticed that our rental car had a slow leak on the rear passenger side as it came up the driveway.  He said, "Not a problem, it looks like a slow leak. We have a compressor!"  He and the valet pumped the tire up within 5 minutes and set us on our way.  I mean, Danny really saved us!  If he hadn't noticed the tire, I am not sure what would have happened. I really don't want to think about it!  He is just a terrific professional.

This was my 2nd stay at a Fairmont Hotel. I stayed at the Fairmont Montreal Spring 2008.  I had a great experience then as well.  I now know that if I want a terrific stay with great hotel professionals, it is the Fairmont.  Because my husband and I were going to be visiting Seattle for a week, I wanted to get different hotel perspectives. I can now honestly say not all hotels make the customer number one. But the Fairmont does. I hope to stay at your establishment in the future!  Please pass on my accolades to your staff.  Thanks again for a great stay.

Sincerely,

Stacy Fox & Dan Rhodas

15/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
72. Dave R.
Great old joint . This is my home when in Seattle. Been here no less than 100 times and each trip was wonderful. Thanks to all the great staff, I will be back.

10/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Cathy G.
I have been to a few seminars here, so my experience is with the banquet department and how they 'refresh' and provide food for seminars. Excellent.

My friend is currently being put up here for his work as a guest form another city. It's a wonderful hotel. Everything is top of the line. He did mention that the cheapest thing he coudl find to eat for breakfast was over 13.00.. so plan on normal fancy prices for food.. I know the service will go with it.

He went to a supermarket and bought cereal and milk for a few days. There are always to be thrifty if you want or need to be.

31/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
74. Ginger E.
Fabulous weekend adventure!  It was our Annual Girls Trip and we booked our stay at this fabulous hotel.  The staff were very accomodating and the rooms were incredible and spacious.  We did have an incredibly long wait Saturday night in the bar taking over 30 minutes to get even a glass of water and another 20 minutes before our drink  order was taken.  We finally gave up and and went upstairs to get ready for dinner.  Aside from that, we will definately return!  Oh yes, and the car service (two brand new black Jag's) were fabulous.  Everytime we came down for a cab, we were offered the car service and were thrilled to do so.

12/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
75. Raider J.
I have to give 5 stars to Guest Services Manager David Barbour.  I have been to this Fairmont property on several occasions and David has always been very gracious, kind and hospitable.

He got me a deluxe ocean view suite at a great price at the Fairmont Kei Lani in Maui.  I was going to stay at the Ritz Carlton, but David persuaded me to stay at the Fairmont.

David is an outstanding ambassador for the Fairmont Hotel Co.

01/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
76. Mollie O.
I liked the Fairmont, but I think it is fair to say that the rooms need renovation. I thought the lobby and hallways were well decorated and pretty classic, but the bathroom in my room need to be updated for the 21st century. There was also that faint old hotel smell of dust and smoke now and again...

I thought the lobby and the hallways were well done, but the furniture and decor in my room was straight out of grandma's house, although I did have a newer television, and my grandmas do not.

The workout facilities were really nice, I give the workout room a solid 4 stars.

07/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
77. Matt S.
Classy building, very friendly and helpful staff, great location... The traditional Japanese breakfast is delicious! Parking next door is a rip at $29 overnight, but everything else was great!

29/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
78. Deb L.
The room and service are nice.  I only gave four stars, because of
1. two towels smiled like SMOKE when I asked for a non smoking room
2. AC doesn't really work, ended up opening up the windows
3. the remote control of the TV required pressing XXX of times before you could change the channel or volume.

Overall, had a good experience, except the ones above

12/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Brian M.
Great classic hotel with ultimate service. The restaurant food did not disappoint. Great location. It rivals the San Fransisco Fairmont I have stayed at in the past.

16/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
80. Lauren Ashley G.
Great service here. They treated me like I was Princess Diana. I liked the size of the hotel because I felt like we were far away from everyone. The location is great. Also a huge plus was that I'm a huge breakfast fan and what I had here was probably the best breakfast that I've ever had! Great room service.

18/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
81. Sanjay F.
My girlfriend and I decided to stay in town after her Holiday Party at Ruth's Chris last weekend. We got a killer rate through her company and so we indulged.

The King bed was very comfortable and the room was large enough for us. I was very disappointed to see at old, tired and decrepid CRT (that's cathode ray tube television for the non techie types). It wasn't even a flat screen CRT television sitting in the hutch. Seriously?? Fairmont, time for a technology upgrade- STAT!

I love coming to the Fairmont Hotel during the Christmas season and looking at the festivly lit trees and decor. I used to come here when my friends daughter and her highschool group came and sang for the hotel guests during the busy shopping times, but it's been a few years since then.

Perusing the worldlux store has always a favorite pasttime as well.

We were both disappointed with Michael the bartender at the Terrace. Sure, his drinks were good and strong, but dude, if you're going to check my ID, then wouldn't it be in your better interest ($$) to check my girlfriends ID also? I mean she was really angry that you didn't flatter her at all by only asking for mine. Insensitive, idiot! We were so saying to ourselves- THAT'S TOTALLY GOING IN THE YELP REVIEW...

17/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
82. Richard L.
We booked our stay along with a flight for this hotel.  We let them know in advanced that we were coming to Seattle to spend our anniversary.   To our surprise, we were informed that our room was upgraded to an Executive Suite.   In addition to this, the hotel also sent us a complimentary plate of chocolate covered strawberries with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate on the side.  How can this hotel be any less than perfect?

As far as the hotel itself, it definitely has old world charm that others have described before me.  The lobby was super spacious and furnished attractively.  Although the elevators were small, there was never a time when there was not enough room in them.  In fact, there were enough of them available where we pretty much always rode solo.  

The room was very clean and I loved how there were 2 separate areas to kick it in.  We were worried that they hadn't upgraded their TV's based on pictures on the Internet, but both living areas had good size LCD TVs.   There was definitely plenty of room available, and the bathroom was nice too.

Room service did a good job of keeping the room clean, and they seemed to do additional things that we just didn't expect.  I guess a little tip goes a long way here or that's just how they do business.

We did use the fitness facilities a couple of times, and it was nice to have a TV attached to the cardio equipment.  The equipment seemed to be well maintained and clean, and the locker room was fully stocked with all the necessities if someone wanted to refresh in there vs. their own room.

We will definitely stay here again should we be in the area.  Thank you, Fairmont, for your professionalism and hospitality.

20/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
83. Alex Y.
Very fancy hotel. It is everything you would think a 5 star hotel would be like.

11/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
84. Cassidy S.
Absolutely lovely! The hotel is very beautiful inside and gives you a feeling of something truly special. The staff was all extremely helpful with everything from check-in, to valet service, to the bell desk. My room was perfectly clean and I felt well taken care of. Bonus: an actual functional hairdryer in the room. Usually they're not very nice at hotels and this one was nicer than what I have at home. :)

13/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
85. John F.
This hotel was probably the nicest in it's area...30 years ago. After you leave the impressive lobby which is beautiful and grandiose, the personal rooms are nothing special. This hotel is dated and you find that from the carpets, to the furniture to the bathroom fixtures. The employees here are nice and room service had my room in perfect order each day and the access to downtown is great but overall this hotel needs a remodeling. Plus my biggest complaint of the Fairmont is that they charge $14.95 a day to use their WiFi!!! You cannot access any other internet service without theirs and in 2013 they are charging $14.95!!! That is preposterous.

07/03/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
86. Rand A.
Really enjoy staying at any Fairmont, always clean, great customer service, and their restaurants are always great. My experiences have always been good.

31/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
87. Brad M.
This place is almost too high class for me.  I have pretty basic needs and requirements when it comes to hotels, and the Olympic met every one of them easily.  Clean room, very friendly and helpful staff.  I required change twice and they were happy to help, and they also stored my bags for me after I checked out so I could experience some more of Seattle before I left for the airport.

I would definitely recommend this hotel.  Very good location downtown, it is about two blocks away from a light rail station which takes one to and from the airport quickly.  Also very close to the waterfront and many restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and shopping stores.

15/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
88. Caroline M.
The Fairmont Olympic offers well-appointed, classic grandeur.  My son and I were able to experience an overnight stay in an Executive Suite.  It was spacious and nicely separated by lightly draped French doors.  On our mini-vacation, we started out the evening with a seafood dinner at Shuckers where they offer some of the best fish and chips in town, took an evening walk to S.A.M. and enjoyed a couple Fran's chocolates before walking a couple blocks back.  The Olympic is in a prime location for walks to everything downtown.  

We thoroughly enjoyed the warm temp. pool.  When we arrived back to our room, we had a platter of tea waiting for us, and proceeded to make good use of the complimentary cookies and milk promotion.  The down comforters and down pillows were heavenly.  The next morning, we went to the cafe in the hotel and enjoyed hot cocoa and espresso --- and a slice of red velvet cake which was a little pricey but, worth it.  (I know, red velvet cake for breakfast? ...it was "vacation" so it was ok.)

Our stay was memorable.  The staff wasn't stuffy.  They were all about personal service.  They exceeded my expectations.  The only thing missing was an iPod dock in our room, however, with so many types of smart phones in the market place, I can see why they don't offer one.  

The Fairmont Olympic offers spaces for meetings and private events, too.  If their hotel service is like their event service, I'd look forward to hosting an event there, as well.  All in all, our experience was top-notch.

27/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
89. Shawn D.
Wonderful service, phenomenal staff, superb hotel

05/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
90. Michele H.
Beautiful, charming hotel in the middle of a beautiful, charming city.
What a combo! My husband and I appreciated the friendly and warm welcome, amenities such as the lobby bar with pianist on a Friday night, easy in-and-out with our rental car, and a quiet, comfortable room with super beds and nice bathroom. The cookies and milk upon departure were an unexpected treat. We'll be back!

10/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
91. Richard G.
I had a client put me up here once before and I must have gotten on their preferred Fairmont President's Club membership list as they have sent me a bunch of emails containing special deals and packages at reduced rates.

Since I had planned on visiting my clients in the area I took advantage of their special offer and got a great deal on a rejuvenation retreat package which guaranteed me a deluxe King Room, a one hour massage treatment in the spa, and a wonderful breakfast in the Georgian included.

They really go out of their way to take care of repeat customers as I got the VIP treatment once I entered the lobby and by the wonderful attentive desk staff. Me and my bags were whisked a way to my deluxe room on the quiet side (not facing the street) and they took my appointment for my massage in the spa at the same time! Talk about efficient!

My brunch in the Georgian was excellent and the service was definitely above par!

I would highly recommend staying here for both business or a weekend getaway and do try to get on their preferred membership list if you can as they solicit deals not published on their website.

29/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
92. Henry A.
Stunning hotel. Absolute top shelf service from the valet righ through to check out. Interior is amazing, room are somewhat dated, but this is expected with a fairmont. But the common spaces more then make up for it. Of course its over the top expensive, but it's the fairmont. If you want something cheaper, go to the best western down the road, you get what you pay for.

26/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
93. Katie C.
Service here was really great. The day after I booked our package, I received a call about it- our package wasn't actually available on the date I had booked, so they were going to switch us to another one (which included a $100 visa card, woohoo!) at no charge, let us keep the 'executive suite' room, and for the inconvenience they were also going to send us champagne and strawberries. Not a bad deal!

The hotel was busy when we checked in (it WAS New Year's Eve), but it went pretty smoothly.  The staff is very friendly, and checking in was easy.

The lobby was gorgeous, filled with Christmas lights and huge trees.  You felt like you were somewhere special.  Although, that changes when you get off the elevator and see where the guestrooms are. Hoooly wow old.  It's not even like grandma-old, it's like, great-great-grandma old.  I appreciate an older feel sometimes, but this was just pushing the limits.  The bed was huge, but as some other people have already pointed out, pretty uncomfortable.  The pillows were especially terrible, more like hard lumpy rocks than anything. Had I known they'd be so bad I would have brought my own. Ouch.

We had requested a coffee maker, but they were unavailable.  We were told that we could call in-room dining for coffee anytime at no charge, so we took advantage of that (we need our coffee!).  It did show up on our bill though- $20 a pot!  It was taken off when we checked out though, no problem.

All in all, it was a decent stay, but less than I expected from a 5-star hotel. I probably won't stay here again.

*Money-savin' tip!  We bought 3 $100 gift cards at Costco for $80 each, so that's $60 we were able to save right there. So if you're planning to stay here anytime soon, make a quick stop at Costco first to save yourself 20%  ;).

05/01/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
94. Madelyn M.
We are locals and stayed at the Fairmont this past weekend, so we could attend a party in Seattle and cab back and forth rather than driving back home to the foothills of the Cascades.

Generally, the hotel lived up to it's reputation, but there were a couple of odd choices that the staff made when we checked in that sealed their fate with us.  We won't stay there again.

First, they put us in a room right next to the elevators, which really should be booked only rarely.  The elevators are pretty noisy. Second, they missed the opportunity to make us loyal customers by charging us full price on the weekend with no perks - no upgrades, no discounts, nothing.  They don't see to understand the concept that having loyal local folks can be a buffer against bad times, and they can send you a lot of out of town business.

I paid for a suite, and it was just about the smallest suite I have ever seen, and the access to the bathroom was poor, and the bathroom was pretty blah.

By constrast, when I lived in the Bay Area and stayed at the Four Seasons on the weekend, they did everything to make us loyal customers.  Upgraded room, steep discount, champagne (a decent one, too).

22/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
95. robin l.
I totally love downtown Seattle. This hotel is absolutely lovely. Great service. Great location. I wish I had more opportunities to come to Seattle.

27/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
96. Bradley C.
Great hotel. Every step of the way a near perfect experience.

31/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
97. Adria D.
I absolutely loved this hotel! The antique decor reminds my of the hotels in San Francisco. The staff treat you like royalty and were are all so helpful and accomodating! They get 10 stars for service alone!!

I will warn you when biding on Priceline, they will give you twin beds. Well we needed a king. When we walked in to our room we saw the twins and said "OH NO this will not do" so we called down. Now this was New Years Eve, so I already had a feeling we would be out of luck. We only booked it 2 days prior I was shocked we got it for $212 a night and such a prime night as well. I thought OH that's why we got it!

So, at first we were told they were completely booked then after a few minutes of holding the desk clerk said they had a king available for an additional cost. I agreed to the additional fee but was told they would need time to clean the room and it would be an hour or two. I told them 'no problem I was happy just to get the king'. So 2 hours goes by, still no room or call from the desk. I called down they said it was not ready. So after a nap we decided to go check out the bar (which the bartended in the bar needs a major attitude adjustment by the way) and grab a snack. We popped by the desk and they said our new room was ready and due to the delay we did not have to pay the upgrade fee!! Sweet! That made me very happy! Thank you Fairmont.

The bathrooms were HUGE and very elegant and classy!
The bed was so comfortable!!! I never wanted to leave it and the pillows, well I almost bought one, it was that good! Hower the pillows were $75 each, which was a little out of my budget this trip. Maybe next time because I will certainly be back here!

We were also lucky enought to see all the beautiful Christmas decorations still up which was a real treat because I had been traveling so much I really didn't have much of a Christmas.

I also really enjoyed the nice gym and indoor pool! Very well maintained, nice elipticals with TV's mounted! They had free apples in the pool/gym area as well.

I highly recommend Shuckers, the oyster bar in the hotel is exceptional. Some of the best oysters of my life and during happy hour only $1 each!

01/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
98. Tim B.
Wife and I wanted a staycation downtown Seattle:
Pros:
-Location: Easy walking distance to everything.
-Comfortable beds
-Great decor
-Friendly staff
-Opulent lobby
-Mike the bartender

Cons:
-Parking cost
-Housekeeping doesn't replace the Keurig coffee pods.  You have to call room service to have them delivered. No charges on the bill - just the hassle of calling then, of course, the tip.
- No bed turn down service.  What?  Maybe we should have asked...  we just assumed it would happen.

Tip: Join the Presidents Club.  It's free and the in-room Wi-Fi charges are waived.

Overall it's expensive but definitely worth it for a once in a year get away.

08/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
99. Jeff H.
My cousin was in from Colorado and wanted to go for some drinks, so I brought her to one of my favorite places to sip a cocktail: The lobby bar of The Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

Drinks are a little on the spendy side (what did you really think was going to happen) but always worth it. They use very high quality liquors and are masterfully mixed by the bar staff.

I just love the vibe in here, just speaks class without being pretentious. Be sure to ask the man playing the piano for your favorite tunes, he will always try to comply.

A fantastic martini and Phantom Of The Opera on the piano, how could it not be a great night?

16/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
100. Diane D.
We literally live in hotels 10 months a year and the Fairmont Olympic is one of our favorites.  While it doesn't have quite the huge ambiance of some of the other Fairmont properties we stay in it more than makes up for it in the quality of the service.  
Nicely appointed rooms that are VERY clean and well maintained.  Front desk staff and bell staff are sharp and professional.  Housekeeping staff are professional and very personable as well.  
Good job Fairmont Olympic - we will be back!

14/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
101. J K.
I love fancy hotel lobby lounges: comfy, room to spread your wings, great service, good snacks, etc.

25/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
102. Sile O.
Sure, the Olympic has an impressive history. If you like architecture and beautiful stately hotels built in the 20s, it's worth the stay for that. Wonderful rooms, comfortable beds, gracious service.

But ... what really got me was the room service. Any decent hotel is going to have reasonably good room service with your standard choices. The Fairmont takes it a level higher and has a whole page on the room service menu with lifestyle menus - Heart Healthy? Check. Gluten Free? Check. Diabetes? Check. Raw? Check. Vegan? Check. Macrobiotic? We got you covered. And it wasn't just haphazard menu items put together to create an illusion, each of the menu selections looked great. It really gave the impression that there is no detail too small for them to care about.

Fair play to you, Fairmont Olympic, fair play!

29/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
103. Alyssa A.
I love this hotel and hope to stay in every one of their locations. The service is impeccable. We were greeted by the doorman who was very friendly and attentive.

Their gym facilities are incredibly nice. The pool and hot tub are located on the second floor in a solarium with lots of natural light and several porches to enjoy the outdoors.

A wonderfully relaxing experience and I would definitely come back again.

21/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
104. Chris M.
WOW... beautiful Hotel, Great Rooms, and Staff were Pros.  This historic hotel lives up to what you would expect in a historical site.  The restoration is done well and the rooms live up to modern expectations.  Staff provide an excellent standard of service. Could be a little more Business Person friendly.. free WiFi... free business center and airline ticket printing.

10/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
105. Ed A.
We sat at the bar for drinks on Christmas night. Brooke provided great service and great recommendations for our dinner at Shucker's that evening. She is an awesome bartender and made us feel like we knew her for years. After eating at Shucker's we went back to the bar and told her thanks for the food recommendations. One of the best bartenders. We will definitely be back to visit the bar and her in the near future.

01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
106. Cory M.
I usually don't like "older" hotels... mostly because they smell (thats right,.. I said it), but this place maintains the old world charm without smelling like an old dead person.

The other thing I don't like about old hotels is their likelihood to remind me, even the slightest bit, of The Shining. This place didn't do that (too much).

Rooms were nice, and they had bathrobes (I like!) and new comfy beds.

People were friendly, and the place was super duper clean. Ill stay there again.

16/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
107. Sandy L.
We stayed there satudary night with a celebration package.

The lobby area is nice and very classy. Room is clean may need partial redmodeling on stuff like mirror and potty which both look old.  Little weird that the room doesn't have iPod docking station with alarm clock.  No way we can play music from our phones.  Instead they have Bose CD player whose sound is much nicer just inconvenient to the guests. Swimming pool is only 4 ft deep and fitness center is small anyway nice equipments.

Check-in is slow, I was abit surprised that the front desk staff didn't explain to me what my package come with and give me a brief info about hotel amenities (such as pool, fitness center, etc).  What more weird is he wrote down my room rate on the card key envelop instead of telling me verbally or have me signed the rate sheet (?).

The package came with bottle of champagne and cholocate covered strawberry upon arrival.  We didn't have those stuff in our room until 5 and we already cut the b-day cake ..

However, when the fitness center staff found out my bf proposed the night before, the hotel staff was very nice to send us a hand written card with  cholocate covered strawberry.  

After we check out and pick up our car, the valet guy was so friendly to chat with us about our car and left a goodie bag of cookies and cartons of milk.  This gesture is really nice if ppl are on the go to catch a flight or so.

I just feel overall the customer service there is random and inconsistent for a 4+ star hotel.

12/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
108. Emmanuel K.
Great place to stay. Nice rooms, great customer service and cater to vegans. The vegan meal was delicious at the Georgian restaraunt and the service was fantastic.

11/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
109. David R.
Not sure how people are so enamored with this place. You can definitely see how this was a beautiful at one time, but money is definitely not being put back into the property. From my unclean room to stuffing coming out of pillows in the lobby to not automatically refilling the coffee maker. There is little to no attention to detail. With just the general stains on furniture in the rooms I would be scared to bring a blacklight in.

Definitely join the presidents club for free Wi-Fi otherwise you'll be ripped off for the "premium internet".

All in all I would highly recommend looking elsewhere.

10/04/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
110. Ninette C.
We got ready for my friend's wedding here and she stayed here for two nights.  She was upgraded from the executive to the presidential suite which was big and very nice.

It has an old-school charm to it, so if you want modern, this isn't it.  The bed and furnishings was nice and the bathroom big.  We didn't ask for too much so I can't say much about service.  They sent her chocolate covered strawberries.

This was my second time in the lobby area and it is absolutely stunning.  There are several beautiful rooms to hold events in.  We took pictures on the staircase and in one of the ballrooms.  We also took photos outside.

I would love to stay here but at something like $250 a pop, its a little hard to justify why I would want to stay here when I live in Seattle unless it was an excuse like MY wedding. Someday, someday!

07/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
111. Jason N.
We stayed here for 4 days and really enjoyed our experience (so much we came back from Vancouver early).  Our rate was $229/night for deluxe king and seemed reasonable.  

Reception was prompt and attentive.  

Concierge really did a 5 star job.  We needed a stroller (received a double stroller), directions to every which way and rental car reservations.  They handled everything timely and efficiently.

We really took advantage of the hotel car often (it's free and they'll take you anywhere within a certain radius - riding in a BMW 740M is much better than a cab ride) and the porters/doormen were really helpful.  The hotel car was really a perfect amenity for our family.  We were able to enjoy great breakfast's and dinners thanks to the hotel car.

We ate breakfast at the hotel which was very nice.  Seattle overall seemed expensive eating out and, with kids eating free, it was a no brainer.  We also took advantage of the milk/cookies for the kids which was a nice treat.

The rooms were nice and comfortable and we enjoyed the two LCD TVs in the room (one for kids and the other for adults).

Only complaints would be a standard hotel bathroom...nothing fancy and not full HD on most channels.

Overall, a truly excellent experience and we would stay no where else in Seattle.

29/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
112. Susie O.
Perplexed by the high ratings here.

Pros:

- Great Location in downtown
- Wonderful Staff
- Comfortable Bed
- Spacious bathroom

Cons:

- Charge for Wi-Fi, PER NIGHT, PER COMPUTER
- Charge per night for parking/valet required
- Thermostat/heater did not work (freezing)
- Outdated tacky decor
- Inedible Room Service Food
- No fridge in room

The staff from bell hop to front desk was outstanding. Friendly all the way around...but definitely would not stay here again for the way this establishement tries to nickel and dime their guests. NEXT.

25/04/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
113. Sharon C.
I was here for a wedding on Saturday and had a great experience. The venue was beautiful for a wedding and I was very impressed. During cocktail hour, the servers were very quick on their feet and the appetizers were delicious. Dinner was very tasty (Salmon, Steak, Chicken) and elegant looking. The reception was fun and the dance floor was quite busy throughout the night. For a wedding, this hotel is a wonderful fit.

05/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
114. Ray M.
Stayed for a business meeting I had in town.  The room was a good size and comfortable.  TV was a little annoying.  It kept going off.  But that was the only glitch.

Staff was friendly and welcoming.  The doormen made me feel welcome the moment I arrived!

11/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
115. Herb T.
Nice fairmont. Historical charming older building centrally located.  My favorite when in Seattle but they need to get digital TV! Analog TV in the hitech home of Microsoft where they sell movies for $18???? Overpriced for digital but definitely for analog!  In general a great hotel with a well trained staff.

29/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
116. Becky R.
Had heard rave reviews about this place. It didn't disappoint!!! Loved it!

10/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
117. Eric B.
This is a lovely hotel, in a great location, with amazing staff.

But, bearing in mind that I am not the sort of customer this hotel is targeted to, I will say it has a few drawbacks.
1) It appears a good chunk of the rooms have little to no view. Our room certainly had a terrible view for a deluxe hotel, which is sad in a beautiful city like Seattle.
2) The suites claim to be partitioned, but our room had french doors with no glass, only a sheer fabric separating the rooms. Not good if you're trying to let a toddler sleep while you relax.
3) There's no Pac-12 Network on the TV. A small thing, but huge if you're a college sports fan on the road, and your team is playing.
4) The wi-fi is $13-a-day.

I know you will find other choices which have better amenities for a similar price in the vicinity.

04/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
118. Tracy L.
Although we didn't stay here, we hung out in the lobby and visited the Christmas Teddy Bear Suite, and we enjoyed it very much.  The lobby was beautiful, with a very large and grand Christmas tree.  The Teddy Bear Suite was literally one suite dressed up for Christmas and filled with teddy bears.  My two year old son is not into stuffed animals, so I wasn't sure if he would enjoy this activity, but he ended up getting giddy and allowed us to take so many photos of him. We also visited the Teddy Bear Suite on a Friday afternoon, the second Friday of December, and we shared the whole suite with just one other family - no line at all!  Overall a great experience (and free).

11/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
119. Jennifer C.
Not too impressed with this hotel. We booked an executive suite and they gave us a standard room thinking we wouldn't notice since it was our first time there. When we called down to let them know, the manager made up some lame excuse saying they ran out of the executive suites and the standard room was a little bit less in price. This was never explained to us when the first girl gave us that crappy standard room. I'm thinking they did this because we had a corporate rate discount. My guess is they were reluctant to give us a great suite with the price we were paying. Well then don't be a part of the corporate rate discount hotels.

It's pretty noisy here as well. I will not be staying here again.

17/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
120. Randy J.
I have stayed here twice and each time is great. From the amenities and the location you really can't beat it. Its close to pretty much everything you want to visit or a short walk. Would stay here every time I visit Seattle if I can.

25/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
121. Richard M.
Stayed at the Fairmont over Christmas 2012, and must say the service was great and the rooms comfortable. They even let us check in on Christmas day early (around 9:45am) unheard of.
The hotel was decorated in a nice holiday theme, not overdone. The location was great. We where within walking distance to all of downtown. They offer a limo reasonably priced for longer trips.
Will be back again in the spring when the weather and flu season aren't so oft putting.

24/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
122. Shirley F.
Old comfortable charm with very modern amenities.  I especially like the nice little touches such as  K-cup coffee machine and electric tea kettle in the room to keep you warm during typical raining days in Seattle.  The health club with heated pool is a  bonus.  The only negative is that the desk in the room is a tad small as a work space if you are here on business.  Overall, it's a comfortable stay away from home.

02/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
123. Rick G.
What can I say? It's the Fairmont. They live up to their reputation. The location is great and the bed is the best!

But I ask, why do they have to charge for WiFi? I can get free WiFi in a Motel 6, why not here? Very sad for the chain.......

16/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
124. Ruben H.
This place is very impressive.  If you love old architecture and stories behind it, then you need to either stay here or eat at the restaurant attached; Shuckers.  This Hotel has the original build documents on the walls and 32 pages from the 1927 Seattle Times that explains the hotel, I was very impressed.  We also ate at Shuckers and left a review about that on here.

25/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
125. R M.
The lobby is so beautiful. The staff was so helpful and polite.
We are familiar with the fairmont and were so disappointed in our room.
Had stains on the carpet that had been tried to be removed with bleach.Beds are comfy but room looked as if it had a time warp from the 70's Location is good but wouldn't go back till hotel rooms are completely renovated. Also overpriced for what they offer

03/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
126. Lana N.
Of course a very nice hotel...  A bit pricier than I would have liked but it worked out best for visiting family in town.  I will admit my family ( mom, dad and two small kids) usually stay in more moderately priced hotels...  and I will say I wish we had this time as well.  For the $ we paid here not even a continental breakfast was offered also parking was outragious.  Consider those into your budget if you decide on this hotel.  Overall a nice room and we did enjoy the pool, just wish we would have known about parking and breakfast (or lack there of) before hand.

27/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
127. Dave F.
Great stays here over both Thanksgiving and Christmas 2011. I just wish it didn't cost $64000/night to park my freakin' rental car. OK, seriously, it was $39 per night eg 2X the cost per day of the Hertz vehicle.

If there was a Hertz in the hotel, I'd just turn my car in everytime I came back! :-)

Hmmm......may be on to something, here.

27/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
128. Joni J.
I worked for several months on a family business trip for our entire group with Mary Eichholtz.  She was phenomenal at understanding what our needs were and catered to our every whim!  Every team member we encountered were extremely friendly and accommodating from the first day to the last (five days total).  

The structure itself was the original University of Washington and is still in elegant, pristine condition and the rooms were very comfortable and roomy.  The location of the Fairmont is easy walking to Pikes Place Market and everything else downtown.

25/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
129. Sam A.
Awesome hotel - its the little things that make it great - great shower, good towels, comfy beds, good TV channels.
Great location. The room service was delicious - and served hot.
Stayed here for Christmas 2011, was a great stay, reasonably priced, and the only complaints were the prices of the drinks at the hotel bar and Shuckers - the food wasn't as good as we'd hoped. Otherwise - fantastic hotel.

28/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
130. Bruce W.
Honestly, this is barely a 2 star hotel in my book

The gym was tiny, but that's not a deal-breaker. However, the sauna was closed. The lockers were closed. The gym showers were closed. The equipment was old.

Our room? No view whatsoever. The furniture and decor was outdated, albeit some of it was very nice (granite, marble). Like a grandmother designed it.

It is still nice, but severely overrated and overpriced. Luckily my wife's company was picking up the tab.

Her business conference (held at the hotel) ended at 2pm, yet they refused a late checkout. They wouldn't even budge by 30 minutes. WTF.

Terrace was a nice place to grab a bite. Food was pretty damn good and the lady was nice enough to hook it up with a bite to eat right when they closed. The shining star of this place. If I were offered a free night anywhere in Seattle, this wouldn't be in my top 10.

12/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
131. Lisa D.
We stayed here for vacation and had a really nice stay. We were celebrating our anniversary and they had chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us on arrival in our room. The suite we had was clean and spacious. The concierge was helpful. Enjoyed the Shuckers restaurant.

07/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
132. Elle K.
I love this hotel. It has this old Victorian charm to the place and the staff are very kind. It has this elegance that none can really compare to. The restaurants are fantastic and I love their bar (Lavender Martini)!

12/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
133. Renee G.
Very charming hotel!!  There was some kind of loud HVAC noise plaguing my room, but otherwise I had a pleasant experience.  I ordered an apple salmon dish and a tomato/mozzarella salad for in-room dining -- the service was excellent and the flavors were superb!

13/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
134. Dan B.
First, GREAT service... all the staff are terrific.  Second, the street noise from 9 floors up is astonishing loud, replace the windows.  Third, the showerhead is the weakest ever, upgrade them.  Fourth, for such an expensive hotel, the towels should not be rough and corse like you stole them from a Motel 8, steal them next time from a Ritz Carlton.  Did I mention all the staff we dealt with were fantastic?

04/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
135. Leslie R.
Where do I start?!  Holy Cow! My husband made reservations for us to go to the  Fairmont for Easter Sunday Brunch, which was held in the Garden Room ... this experience has just hands down raised the bar to near impossible heights for all other places that host Sunday brunch across the country and around the world.

Other hotels should study the Fairmont for guidance on how to improve their service.  It was outstanding from start to finish.  

How many hotels do you know where the bell man (Danny) takes the time to provide you with directions and takes a moment to walk you into the hotel and visit and with you for a moment upon your arrival while the valet is parking your car.  5-Star service all the way.

When we arrived - we arrived early and enjoyed Mimosas while taking in the beauty of this elegant hotel while we waited for our table.  We also had our picture taken with the Easter Bunny who was running around the lobby entertaining guests *smiles*

The hostess was able to seat us early in the Garden Room where we enjoyed the most amazing Sunday Brunch on record to date.  

Over the most incredible Bellini drinks we enjoyed Tiger Prawns the size of tea saucers, 12+ different world class cheeses - one of which was a block of Parmesan cheese with fresh honeycomb heated under a heat lamp until the honey was absorbed into the cheese ... the chef who came up with this combination is a genius!  They had oysters, crab legs, crab claws, fruit, fresh warm breads, cold cuts, pre-made little sandwiches for the children and the list goes on and on, and this was just the appetizer buffet starter!

For the entree you had a menu to choose from - I ordered the dungeness crab eggs benedict with morel mushrooms which were to die for!  While my husband enjoyed a thick medium rare cut of prime rib with sides.  Outstanding.  

We enjoyed dessert over coffee where we indulged in two HUGE fountain towers flowing in dark and white chocolate, decedent rich chocolate cake, fruit tarts, rhubarb creme brulee, cookies, carrot cake, fresh fruit, cheese cake - again the list goes on and on ... it just never ended - and the portions were generous.

The staff were outstanding - they couldn't have been any more accommodating, or attentive.   They knew the history of the hotel, and you could tell they were proud where they worked the company they worked for.  They were funny and courteous, and had all sorts of wonderful information about the local area.

We learned that the Faimont offer brunch during the week - but that they only offered this special HUGE brunches only on special holiday occasions (e.g.: Christmas, New Years, Easter, etc.)  For the price they really do go above and beyond and it was well worth the cost.  

Holiday Bunch at the Fairmont is a definite must do - and is on our list of places to return - but this time we'll be bringing friends/family!  

When we left - they validated our valet parking and had our car waiting for us when we got down to the lobby ... timed perfectly!  

What a beautiful place to spend Easter Sunday!

16/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
136. Thomas J.
If it were coming out of my own pocket, I'd not stay here. It's ok, but I don't know that it's worth the money that my sponsor spent for it.

First impression on arriving at the hotel was that it looked very familiar. Ultimately discovered that why it was so familiar is that I'd stayed at the Fairmont Copley Square in 2005.

My room was on the fourth floor. I get that this is an old/historic hotel and that there's only so much they can do to modernize, but... I shouldn't have to make the choice between not sleeping because it's too bright or not sleeping because it's too warm. It's really silly how their HVAC is ducted. To sleep, I need my room dark and cold. Their HVAC ducting is in the window sills. To draw the curtains to sufficiently block the downtown lights of Seattle means that you also prevent the HVAC from keeping your room at an acceptable temperature. Woke up after a couple hours sleep because I was too hot ...on a night where the temp had dropped to the upper fifties.

The bed was too soft to get really comfortable. Just glad I had Aleve in my bag to make the back and joint pain abate.

Bathroom was really oddly laid out and the shower didn't get to be much more than tepid.

The in-room wifi's signal strength maxed out at about 3 bars of 54Mpbs speed. Dunno whether the slow connection was weak signal or over subscription to the outbound service. Needless to say, NetFlix wasn't an option.

On the plus side, they had a USB charging station on the bedside stand. So, my battery-hungry first generation LTE device could be left on full power-profile and still have 100% battery when I woke up. Seeing as I use my phone as my alarm clock, this is a Good Thing(tm).

The in hotel dining was kinda "meh". While the serving sizes were generous, the taste was lacking. The chowder was thick and creamy but lacking in flavor - fortunately it had bacon crumbles in it to at least give it something resembling flavor. The waygu hamburger was ...Well, "nothing to write home about". Use of honey-cured bacon on it just made it too sweet to be palatable. And the pepperjack I had it made with, while ok on the "jack" was seemingly devoid of pepper.

Overall, it strikes me as a place that's getting by on reputation rather than delivered quality (wife was enthused to hear I was being put up at this hotel, as it was, apparently,  a big deal place when she was growing up in Tacoma). I just didn't see anything that was "all that" now, though.

22/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
137. TB D.
I stay at Fairmont often on business and am usually happy with them, but this Seattle property is the worst. The only good thing about this hotel is the staff. They are extremely nice and professional. However, the room was dirty, the light fixture in the bathroom was broken and ready to fall off, the carpet still had crumbs and god knows what else was on from the previous guest. You can also hear conversations and every noise in the hallway. Mosquitos were flying around in the room. The worst thing is the shower. The water pressure is so weak they need to replace a shower head or do something! I live in LA and am used to weaker water pressure because of constant draught, but this one was even worse than Southern California!

01/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
138. Lindsey D.
This experience was delightful from check-in to check-out. From the moment I arrived in the roundabout of the Fairmont, I felt like I was stepping into a royal fairy-land. The friendly valet staff welcomed me and pointed me through the doors and up the escalator to the lobby. I learned that those who are members of the President's reward's club could even have their key waiting for them at the valet desk.

Check-in was seamless and while I was checking in, I was able to enjoy the majestic looking lobby with high ceilings, the historic feel and the elegant vintage furniture. This would be an amazing hotel for a wedding due to the grandiose of the main areas. They also have quite a large restaurant and large ballrooms.

During my stay, I was lucky enough to be upgraded to a junior suite. This meant I enjoyed a spacious bathroom, living room complete with a couch, tv and desk as well as a bedroom complete with another tv and a very heavenly bed. I also enjoyed the Kuerig coffee maker inside the room which allowed me to get a caffeine kick before I set out for some of Seattle's finest roast. The room was calm, comfortable and elegant all in one. The bathroom floor and tub wall was made of marble. The soap products smelled of a spa and instantly relaxed me. Most importantly, the bed was like floating on a cloud and I drifted into a deep sleep and could have easily slept through my whole trip.

Location wise, this Fairmont is truly in the heart of everything. Pike Place Market is only a five minute walk. The hotel sits within the shopping district and it's only a couple minute walk to Nordtrom's flagship store and the mall that houses the monorail to take you to the Space Needle. The Fairmont itself has a variety of boutique shops, including Luly Yang couture right next door. You couldn't pick a better location for everything you need to visit while in Seattle.

Everything about my stay was seamless. The staff never showed an ounce of stress, even though I noticed that during my stay they not only had a CEO Summit but they also had a cruise line staying with them. Talk about a ying and a yang! I noticed that for the CEO summit, they had a very organized table set up on the base level and several staffers waiting to welcome their VIP guests. It's obvious they host many high end conferences and guests from the way they were prepared.

I look forward to another visit in the future, so I can hopefully experience the bliss of Fairmont lodging while I'm in town!

21/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
139. Kandy H.
Hotel: 3 stars
Staff: 5 stars

The hotel itself uses old furniture -- but I think it was the artsy preserving type of hotel. If you're into that, it is definitely a 5 star hotel for you. But I'm not. I'm into new pretty things. The staff here is AMAZING. The service is definitely top notch. There is always staff and front doorman available to get your door and help you get a cab. The lobby is very nice, spacious and well designed.

18/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
140. Brianne D.
This hotel was outstanding.  Location was perfect.  Our room was beautiful!  We got room service and it was spot on.  The beet salad is not to be missed.  Still craving it.  
Our first day we asked the doorman how to get to the space needle.  He directed me to Iain who drives the city car.  We were traveling with 2 children and Iain made travel so easy.  He dropped us off/picked us up and was so helpful in planning excursions.  He really made our stay memorable and special.  The Fairmint once again exceeded all my expectations.

03/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
141. Cale A.
Beautiful Hotel, Right in the middle of downtown seattle. Walking distance to market. The breakfast was honestly one of the most amazing buffet breakfasts ever. Bees from the roof of the hotel provide the honey for your granola or pancakes.
If it is in your budget you wont be disappointed.

23/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
142. Linnea E.
HATING my stay here!!! it is noisy, old, and worn out. beds are so uncomfortable. i'm afraid to walk barefoot or touch things. ew... everything looks dirty. no.  

If you need a visual on the rooms, think great-grandmother. OLD. worn out furniture. the bed sagged so badly in the middle that the bedskirt, while about 1-2 inches off the ground on the sides, hit the floor in the middle. the chair in the room was a barfy yellow... with brown dirt-stained arms and headrest area. really... just ew.  the carpet looks to have been washed so many times that it had all kinds of ripples and puckers. yet still looked horibly filthy.

the bathroom:  again, OLD. nothing updated. many things broken. sink had a drip if you didn't really crank the knobs hard. tub still had an old stopper.  there was a scale... cracked in multiple places.  the vanity light didn't work at all.  

customer service:  good. that's the only thing getting them the 2nd star.  though, i am somewhat convinced that there is an unwritten rule at fairmont hotels that if you complain about your room for any reason and they have to move you, they will move you to the worst room in the hotel.  it happened here, and i've had it happen at another fairmont.  and i assure you, i am really nice in how i phrase my request to relocate. they smile. now welcome to your new super crappy room (not that the first one was much better).

I'm really still shocked this is a Fairmont.  While the customer service seemed good, the overall quality of the hotel was far below what I consider fairmont standards.

16/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
143. M M.
I love Fairmont hotels and this one did not disappoint! I was a bit nervous after reading some of the negative reviews, but we really enjoyed our stay here.  It is an older hotel, so it's not fair to compare it to a new/modern hotel (totally different styles).

PROS
* The lobby bar has a happy hour every day!!  $5 for salmon bites and popcorn shrimp, $6 martinis, and $8 fancy drinks.  LOVE!
* There is a BMW house car available for free!  It is first come, first serve (you cannot reserve it) but we never had to wait for it.
* We ordered room service for the kids one night.  It is expensive, but all room service is expensive!  But everything was organic and delicious (I ate most of my daughter's mac-n-cheese...yum!).

CONS
* The mattress on the pullout sofa must have been 30 years old.  It was terrible...we ended up using extra blankets to try to add some padding so you couldn't feel the springs.
* Housekeeping was a bit inconsistent.  Some days they didn't show up until almost 5pm.  And we had to request extra towels because there were only two bath towels in the room.

07/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
144. April Y.
I love the ambience of this hotel from the moment I've walked into the lobby. I see history being displayed in such elegant way, every little conor of this hotel has something neat to look at. " The Georgian" has brunch in an elegant setting. The main lobby has three stages and a cozy seatting area to relax and people watching. I especially like the little seats behind/ underneath the stairs, it gives you a sense of privacy in an open setting. Our room is super clean and neat. I love my bed!! It was raining when we've arrived. I was worry, then I found my room has an umbrella! l also like the gym has super clean swimming pool and hot tub to relax your sore feet from walking all day. Location is close but not too close from major attractions. You see the quality of every little things you touch in this place.I would come back again!

04/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
145. Chris M.
When I travel, I usually try to stay at the Fairmont.  The Seattle location is one of the best. It's very clean, the service is friendly, and the location is super convenient. It's a great place to stay during the holidays.  It makes holiday shopping so much easier without having to carry bags or find parking.

12/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
146. Stephen B.
I decided to take the other here for his birthday weekend in early February.  Two things should have tipped me off about this Fairmont property.  One, they don't offer Fairmont Gold level rooms.  Two, I called the spa to schedule some treatments, here it is early March and still waiting for a call back.

I booked an exec suite room.  The configuration is nice, with the bath around the corner from the sleeping area.  The room was in need of a good cleaning.  It had a dusty scent.  The carpets and furniture were worn and in need of replacing.  The carpeting in the halls is also very worn and in need of replacing.  There was light out in the bathroom.  You would think housekeeping at a Fairmont property would've made note and had it corrected.  I called on Friday evening to have the light replaced, by Saturday afternoon they had completed that request.

I am an early riser and enjoy coffee with my newspaper.  On Saturday morning, I was told that I would have to go outside the hotel and down the street to the closest Starbucks for my coffee.  We did have breakfast in the dinning room.  While it was OK, there is nothing special in their offerings.

If you enjoy the thoughtfulness of service and amenities of the Fairmont Empress, the Fairmont San Francisco, Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis properties, you will be disappointed in the Seattle Fairmont.

01/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
147. Chris C.
The Fairmont Olympic has great, old school charm and ambiance, but is looking a bit worn.  That said, it still has a grand hotel feel and great service.

PROS:
- Historic, grand hotel feel and beautiful lobby.
- Gorgeous Christmas decorations.
- Great service from top to bottom - valet, check-in, concierge, restaurant.
- Comfortable, well-kept rooms.
- Location is minutes from Pike Place Market and just a block away from the Link light rail station.
- WiFi is free for President's Club members.
- Reasonable off-season rates.

CONS:
- The hotel is a bit worn, and could use some updating.  The carpet in my room was lumpy.
- Remember to sign up for Fairmont's President's Club otherwise you will have to pay for WiFi.

18/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
148. Peter G.
Centrally located, clean and comfortable. I would recommend this hotel and I would stay here again!

27/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
149. Kalong W.
Outstanding. I was booked two nights here for an interview w a company in Seattle, and loved everything about this palace hotel. All the staff were attentive and efficient, the halls and rooms were lavishly decorated, every detail was of high quality, and it was in the heart of downtown. The only downside WAS that it's in the heart of downtown, so it was a bit loud at night. Not to worry, earplugs were brought up promptly at my request.

12/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
150. Joel B.
If you want to experience Seattle with style, I recommend the Olympic highly!  Every amenity and service is available.  No detail is left out.  Super location.

23/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
151. Lisa B.
We truly enjoyed our visit at the Fairmont Olympic.  As delegates for a large international convention we were impressed with how well our needs were  accommodated.  The level of service was top notch and showed a personal interest in each of their guests by every employee we came into contact with.

The location was very convenient for exploring downtown Seattle. Shopping, dining and sightseeing are just outside your door.  

Our seven-night stay at the Fairmont definitely contributed to the beautiful experience we had during our stay in Seattle!

11/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
152. Margaret B.
Really shocked it has a high rating. Service is great; really nice staff. The hotel and rooms are just average. Our room had the TV awkwardly placed on a side table in front of the windows, when it should have been mounted on the wall directly across from the bed. The desk similarly was pushed against a wall with a large lounge chair wedged in between the desk and wall with another chair on the side . Upon walking into the room itself, was the bar in front of the door that created a tight entrance into the already over stuffed room. I could handle the outdated decor but the basic spec planning made for an uncomfortable stay in the room. This is basic floor planning 101 that failed. (Do not rely on the hotel's photos)

Sidebars:

Shopping in the hotel itself is quite nice; surprisingly, high end merchandise from Italy and custom made blouses made for a seamless quick run through.

Downside: The spa, which had available appointments on a Wednesday morning, wouldn't take me to do an extraction unless I committed to a full facial. VERY poor service and felt a little strong armed to commit to a service unneeded. I went elsewhere.

Internet: They charge by "speed" which is absurd. The trend in 4/5 star hotels- US and in Europe- is to comp internet. But to have a two tier fee schedule is absurd, especially given Seattle is one of the tech centers in the US.

They really need a revamp of some basics in the hotel. As mentioned, impeccable staff (and central location) but little thought into everything else. Most certainly not a 5 star hotel. Next time we will stay at the Four Season's.

30/07/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
153. Joseph C.
We were disappointed by the 5-star rating of this hotel. When we checked-in, our room wasn't ready (understandable b/c we were attending a conference).  However, after many of our colleagues checked-in after us gotten their rooms, we were still waiting.  The room was nice but the sink's cold water faucet was reversely installed, making it very difficult to operate. The bathroom granite counter top was cracked...None of these should ever be part of a five-star rated hotel. Very disappointed by the hotel management.

02/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
154. Randy A.
Beautiful historic property on the original site of the University of Washington in downtown Seattle-- situated perfectly in the middle of everything: walking distance from Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, the university district and the Convention Center.  Old style elegance and a very attentive staff that wants to serve their guests in the most efficient manner possible.  They ask your last name and refer to you by Mr or Ms, but they do it in such a fashion that isn't stuffy at all.

The rooms are spacious, nicely appointed and the housekeeping staff keep them sparkling.  Make sure to workout in their second floor gym!  It has above average fitness items sufficient for all but the most advanced lifter (or if you want to train legs-- just walk across the street to the Gold's for more serious workouts) and their indoor pool is amazing with mood lighting that changed based on the time of day you visit.  The locker rooms are of spa quality with robes, various hair, body and shaving products and their sauna is large and smells of menthol (the way it should smell).  

Their lobby bar has the expected piano player and their drink choices are abundant and creative.  And lastly I have to mention the concierge staff-- they are really knowledgeable and are skilled on finding out exactly what you're looking for and make it a point to ensure you're pleased with their recommendations.  

Very nice property with old world elegance but with American sensibilities.

18/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
155. Rachel W.
We stayed here for Christmas last year.  It's so beautiful and they have lots of fun Christmas decorations and events.  The restaurant is great and the location is perfect.  It is just blocks away from all best stores downtown.  They also have a bar that serves drinks and appetizers in the lobby.  I had the best mojito of my life here.  It was a wonderful place to spend the holidays.  A home away from home.

08/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
156. Smp P.
I had recently had a 3 day stay here and I've stayed at various Fairmont properties between Canada and the U.S. and I think this is the Fairmont with the best service! The personnel who work here are spectacular and always go out of their way to be friendly. From Paulos at the gym to David at the bar, they provided excellent service and were very personable. This property is kept very clean and yet has a historic charm. The location is excellent! Thank you for the wonderful stay!

24/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
157. Tony T.
The staff here are nice and friendly. It's quite expensive for a few rooms.
The shampoo and soaps are a nice touch, and I believe there's a
Rose 31" fragrance on the market, because the floral scent is a unisex scent.
It had slippers for guests, and bath robes as well. The rooms were quite spacious, but the hotel was old. I don't mind staying at hotels where it's outdated, and I'll give them a lot of credit for maintaining this old building for this long. Parking is the only thing I didn't like, because I had to park across the street to get into the hotel. Most places have their own private lot...
I had extra blankets and pillows sent to me in less than 30 mins after making the call from my room.
This is recommended for those who prefer those classic luxury hotels...

10/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
158. Mike F.
"Are you a celebrity?  You're not?  Man, by the way I saw you being treated by the staff at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, I was almost certain you were famous!"

I'm not a celebrity, either, but I certainly felt like one when I stayed at Fairmont Olympic Hotel.  My parents have been frequent guests at the hotel for a few years, and I never understood what all the buzz was about...until I had the chance to have  stay.

I've stayed in thousands of hotels throughout my life.  The Olympic Fairmont Hotel was certainly one of the finest.  The excellent Fairmont service began even before I had gotten my luggage out of the car.  When we arrived, we were greeted by Danny, who with a smile, immediately gathered our bags and arranged for them to be brought inside.  Unfortunately, one of the people in my party was having an emergency.  Danny, along with other staff members, quickly figured out what needed to be done.  Needless to say, Danny was a big help...and everything turned out all right!  I can't say enough about how kind the staff is at this hotel--regardless if they are a manager, desk clerk, doorman, bellman, or maid.

Our rooms were very clean, nicely decorated, had comfortable beds and couches.  It  even had bathrobes, slippers, and workout clothes!  The maid service quickly came in and asked if we needed anything.  She saw that we needed some ice, and she quickly ran and retrieved some.  As I said previously, the Fairmont staff is excellent...so excellent in fact, that they even turned down our beds in the evening.

One of the greatest perks of staying at the Fairmont Olympic is the fitness area.  They have a full weight room, plenty of up-to-date treadmills and elliptical machines, as well as a pool for lab swimming.  When a guest is ready to relax after his workout, there is a whirlpool, sauna, and executive locker room.  The towels are plentiful and fresh.  The fitness area is also very clean, which is rare for a hotel.  

The greatest...and I mean the greatest aspect of our stay was the "house car."  As long as a guest was going within a three-mile radius of the hotel, he could secure a driver (with a BMW 7 series) to take him.  This was extremely convenient, and we got to know our drivers, both of whom were friendly and interesting, very well.  Remember what I said about feeling like a celebrity?

If you find yourself in Seattle, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not staying at the Fairmont Olympic.  Every, last aspect of the place is impeccable!  

When you're being treated like a celebrity, don't forget to tip!

12/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
159. Kristi M.
Nice but old and outdated. Doesn't look like they've replaced the furniture in 30 years. Clean though!

11/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
160. Bad L.
I am becoming addicted to Fairmonts.  I recently stayed at the San Francisco one and now this.  What a great place.  It's nice to hang around rich people.  The woman here are stunning and well put together.  Because of the expense, it keeps out the riff-raff.   Expect everything to be over-priced, but it is so worth staying here.  The rooms are tremendous.  The beds, pillows, sheets are heavenly and you can host a dinner party in your bathroom.

13/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
161. Susan H.
Beautiful hotel so close to everything downtown including Pikes Market. Fairmont has done an amazing job preserving the historic look and feel.

I must have checked in at the right time for our event being hosted here. I ended up with a high floor corner suite. The room blew me away. I had the most amazing views from my room. Lots of amenities and comfortable room to hang out in. The bed was comfortable too.

Hotel staff were friendly from check-in to check-out.

My issues: Water pressure sucks. I stayed in the shower much longer than normal because I wanted to make the soap and conditioner was fully rinsed out.

I paid a premium for upgraded Internet. The basic paid offering was way too slow. I think most hotels are going this route and I dislike being charged for this service when it should be offered.

I guess I don't understand why motels offer free wifi and most hotels offer it as an additional charge when you're already paying $200+ a night per room. I guess they feel if you can afford the room you're willing to pay for the wifi too. Ridiculous. It should just be a complimentary service for valued guests.

09/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
162. Tim W.
I stayed at this place last week during a business trip to Seattle.

Starting with the GOOD stuff:
The room was very clean!
Large room.
Most comfortable bed and pillows ever!
Great location- walking distance to everything downtown.
Nice employees. Friendly service.

The not so good stuff:
$14.95 per day for WiFi- it was included in my company rate but you have to pay for it if you are on a standard or special rate.
Horrible water pressure. The shower is a mere trickle of water!
Expensive room service- I didn't use it but the continental breakfast of coffee, danish and juice is $20 plus delivery fee and service charge!
Bottles of water in the room costs $8.80 a piece!
Valet parking only for $42 a night.

If you can swallow the prices and get over the antique-y / grandma's house decor... this is a pretty nice place to stay.
Everything in the room was spotless and that is #1 to me.
The water pressure was awful ... probably would give them 5 stars if I could wash the shampoo out of my hair with ease!  =)

14/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
163. Gareth R.
Love the Fairmont as do all my colleagues. We visited as a group again (how many times? I've lost count). The Fairmont is a first rank hotel and yet totally friendly and un-snobby. Love the. staff attitude, friendly and helpful in every way.

Exec suite room, familiar comfort, wonderful bed, all amenities. Extra K-cup coffee provided as soon as I asked. I really feel at home here.

We also used a meeting room for an all afternoon meeting of about 15 people. Facilities setup was great, coffee and snacks, projector, all efficient and problem free.

Love the bar. Michael the bartender is famous for his award-winning martinis. It is a tradition in our group to have the "Baha blue" for our December trips but be warned, round after round of these will make you totally unwilling to leave...

Just steps away from the hotel are several excellent restaurants. The two closest are the Capital Grill (high end steakhouse) and Tuliio's (mid range Italian), both excellent. About 5 minutes away is Wild Ginger which has the best wine list for an Asian restaurant that I can recall.

All in all, this is a great base for Seattle.

14/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
164. Ashley G.
This was one of my best hotel experiences I ever had. Everyone was so courteous and helpful. When I called the front desk, they answered with my name. It was a wonderful time. The room service was delicious. The bed was a little hard for my tastes, but the linens and duvet were so luxurious. I can't wait to go back!

09/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
165. Kelly V.
We stayed for four days in May and were so glad we stayed at this hotel!  Location wise, it's in downtown Seattle and walking distance to the Pike Market and great shopping (Nordstrom, Barneys, etc.)  The hotel itself oozes old world European charm, the staff was beyond accommodating, and we loved the little touches like Le Labo toiletries and milk and cookies in your car on Sundays.  Silly us thought someone left them in our car by accident at first.  Anyway, the hotel is a bit dated both common areas and private room wise, but the bed was comfortable and our room was clean.  I do wish there was more seating in the living room area of our room and that the water pressure in the bathroom was stronger.  But neither deters us from coming back.  One last thing, there are fine shops and restaurants inside the hotel, make sure you check out the cute cafe with delicious coffee and pastries!

05/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
166. Shan G.
booked by company. upgraded to exe suite. it's not as good as it sounds. small room. old facilities, everything is old, deco, hardware, electronics.
no free wifi, no free breakfast

13/02/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
167. V H.
I probably wouldn't have been able to stay at the Fairmont had I not won  3 nights through The Tacoma News Tribune and the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. I have always wanted to stay in this old world elegant hotel and my 3 days did not disappoint. It was beautiful, comfortable and the staff was especially accommodating. I highly recommend the Fairmont if you like to be treated well.

19/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
168. Nell P.
Not a good stay! To begin with, everything is an extra charge. I would expect parking, Internet and breakfast to be complimentary when paying 250$ per night, but apparently not. Prices for those were an extra 37$, 24$, and 19$ per day! Considering that my 250$ night price was on sale, the price of this room was insane! Overall the room was not nice enough for the price. Very few amenities, and nothing special included like jet tub, etc. The furniture was older and didn't match anything, and my room faced a beautiful brick wall. I also didn't receive any refills on soap during my stay, which was disappointing. The hotel also doesn't have any luggage carousels and the elevators don't begin until the second floor (no idea how they accommodate wheelchairs), so unless you would like another fee for a porter, it's difficult to get bags up to your room. As a single person, it was very difficult to hoist the bags up and down the escalator.

I also ordered room service, and found it to be nothing remotely special and not very tasty.

09/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
169. Bd F.
Awesome hotel and very nice staffs. We left Mac book charger by mistake... They even shipped to us. Food was good too, amazing cheese platter must try.

31/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
170. Lisa N.
I most recently visited the Georgian for afternoon tea with my lovely cousin and her friends for a bridal shower. We were fortunate enough to secure the room in the back for our event, which was nice because we had some privacy. The space is gorgeous, with high ceilings and chandeliers and clean, beautiful decor that makes you feel like royalty. We were each brought an individual pot of tea of our choosing as well as a tiered stand featuring all of their small bites: sandwiches, scones, and desserts. My Japanese sencha was pleasant and complemented the adorable, tiny food very well. Service was attentive and wonderful, and most importantly, the bride-to-be had a wonderful time. I'd never done anything like this before and had a wonderful time. Can't wait for an excuse to go back!

13/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
171. M L.
This is a very beautiful hotel! The lobby is gorgeous, and the rooms are huge. I would definitely stay here again.

The PROS:
- Clean, spacious rooms
- Centrally located
- Lovely customer service
- Complementary Keurig and tea in the room
- Warm blankets, soft beds
- One block away from the Light Rail (40-min direct ride from SEA-Tac)

The CONS:
- Only one bathroom sink for a 2-bed room
- Shower water takes a while to warm up
- No free wi-fi

01/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
172. Barry A.
One of the great, stately hotels in the US.     Wonderfully located in downtown Seattle, this hotel always greets you with a beautiful lobby, excellent service and comfortable, well appointed rooms.   I highly recommend this historic Seattle gem.

27/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
173. David L.
Great historic hotel in the heart of downtown. Beautiful spacious rooms but best of all is the impeccable service. Everyone goes the extra mile to help. The public areas are traditionally sophisticated. Don't miss Belle Epicurean for Seattle's top coffee, croissants and desserts. 5 stars.

14/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
174. Raizel G.
I stayed at this hotel recently while on a business trip. The hotel is very elegant and nicely decorated. The room was nice, but actually smaller than I expected. The staff was friendly.

I would recommend signing up for their President's club. It's free and you get some extra perks. The room key was waiting for us at the door - no need to go to the front desk to check in! Plus we got free use of the town car (is that usually free?), wi-fi, and a newspaper every morning.

There is an indoor pool and jacuzzi that closes at 10pm. The gym is pretty small, but didn't seem crowded at all. The locker/chaning/shower rooms in the gym were really nice.

I didn't eat in the hotel because it's pretty pricey. Even the bottled water in the room cost like $8!

I was very impressed with the doormen and the staff that greeted us whenever we arrived and left. They always held the door for us, smiled, and said hi. The town car drivers were friendly as well.

The location of the hotel is great. It takes just a few minutes to walk to Pike's Place and the waterfront!

24/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
175. Colleen R.
Wonderful stay. Hotel staff were extremely welcoming and facilities were very clean. This hotel is centrally located to a lot of great restaurants and shops.

25/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
176. Hydee H.
Gorgeous hotel in a great location within walking distance of everything!

Your basic standard room is deliciously decadent...super comfy beds and oversized luxurious rooms.  

If you like working out, the gym has everything you need including headphones, towel service, fresh lemon water, coffee, tea and an apple as you leave!

09/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
177. Elisa L.
Awesome hotel service. Hair dryer wasnt working? Forgot toothpaste? They got both for me within 5 min, which was awesome!

Really unique interior within all the rooms. Greeted with chocolates on the coffee table, too. Girl at front desk was particularly sweet and helpful.

Would come back again.

27/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
178. Andy E.
The rooms are what you would expect for a hotel in this price range. The decor aims for Belle Époque and comes close without sacrificing too many modern amenities. They went cheap on the windows, so even on the 11th the floor street noise is an issue (We split our trip between here and another hotel in town where the room was totally quiet). The staff is pleasant enough.

But for a hotel in this price range I wouldn't expect to be nickel and dime'd quite so aggressively. The food in the room is humorously expensive, it seems so improbably that anyone would ever purchase an $8 bottle of water.

And who charges $15 a day for throttled wifi? And you better upgrade to $25 if you want to watch netflix, or upload any files to work. No free wifi in the lobby, or anywhere else in the building. Totally small business unfriendly. $5 a day I could see, but $25? That's a monthly bill- for one days use. Totally gouging.

If you want to live out your 19th century class fantasies, this is the place, if you have any work to do during your stay go elsewhere.

03/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
179. Paula P.
This is a lovely historic hotel in Downtown Seattle. The rooms are nicely done with outlets on the bed stand...Yay!!!!

Upon check in, staff was courteous enough, but they all seemed a bit overworked possibly? It was Thanksgiving weekend, maybe that's why I didn't feel exactly welcomed as I normally do when checking into a hotel of this caliber.

Valet parking was a breeze, those folks were extremely accommodating and very friendly. The time they gave me for getting my car was always earlier than they said it would be which is always most appreciated! One day I even got a little bag of milk and home made chocolate chip cookies on the passenger seat. A sweet gesture!

Along with the multitude of restaurants in the area, there is one connected to the hotel called "Shuckers". I HIGHLY recommend this place; the atmosphere is warm and slightly upscale but very casual at the same time. Very nice!

02/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
180. Trevor A.
The Fairmont Olympic hotel in Seattle is a very classy, and classic establishment.  The architecture, decor, and attention to detail from the staff is impeccable.  The reason for only four stars is our rooms wall papering and carpeting appeared a bit worn.  I must say that room service is very much on point with regular cleaning, along with a turn down service.  Also appealing was the well appointed, and maintained fitness center, and super courteous staff.  The hotel is located in the business district, and is well within walking distance of all attractions and most eateries.  Please remember, you will not find anything contemporary or modern about this hotel.  What you will receive is an excellent example and education on the proper techniques of customer hospitality.

28/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
181. Rachel J.
Now this is a true 5 star hotel. I had an executive king suite and can honestly say I've never stayed in a place as grand as this before. The only thing that bugged me was the lack of free WiFi...come on guys, no need to be greedy! But yeah, excellent location and the gym and pool were INCREDIBLE.

31/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
182. Adrienne N.
We did not stay here - just met friends in the lobby for drinks.  The lobby is beautiful and many people were there for drinks.  There was only one waiter on duty so it took quite some time to get our drinks.  They were fine, not outstanding for the price.

02/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
183. Arlene H.
I'll start by saying the Service at the Fairmont was outstanding!!!!  Special thanks and acknowledgement goes to Alex and Ephron who are the drivers for the car service the hotel offers.....very friendly and engaging.....a true pleasure!  

As for the hotel itself, its location is excellent, but not a hotel I believe I would return to.  The hotel is very old, and we suffered some of its consequence.  We first checked in to a room on the 11th floor (out of 12).  It was very hot in Seattle, upper 80's, low 90's.  The room air was set to 50 something degrees, and felt like a fan was running and blowing hot air.  Unpacked, made a call about the air (or lack there of), and went to dinner hoping to return to a cool room in the late evening.  Not the case.....

At close to 10:00 pm, called and the manager came to take us to see different rooms.  The issue was with the hot air outside, the upper floors were not cooling as hot air rises.  So, we ended up going from the 11th floor, to the 6th.  I have never been happy to move down floors, as I was in this case! The air worked perfectly on the 6th floor, and the manager had 2 glasses of lemonade waiting for us to help us cool down as we again unpacked - nice touch.  

So again, service was great.  Rooms, very nice size suite, but old.  Bathroom has no fan, and the water pressure was very poor.  But having to unpack, pack, move rooms and unpack again, does not make for a pleasant beginning.

18/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
184. Cassandra F.
Very beautiful.  An historic masterpiece to appreciate. Very nice staff.  The Georgian is wonderful for breakfast and brunch. Shuckers is great for dinner.  Very nice shopping avail., and Penelope And The Beauty Bar is within the hotel as well. There is also a cocktail bar with lounge seating. Very comfortable hotel.

23/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
185. Nat B.
I love the Olympic and have been coming here since my high-school prom in 1967.  The food and service have always been superb, which prepared me for something much better than the rather hectic, not-very good breakfast - which may have been due to a large wedding party descending all at once.  Nor was Schucker's what I remembered, though the service was stellar.

I still love the place: dignified, old-fashioned, quiet, beautiful, great location, very, very good staff from the moment you drive into the entryway... I'll be back, and I look forward to it.  A taste of what hotels used to be!

06/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
186. Kitten M.
I was really impressed with my stay at the fairmont. Their customer service was impeccable. I've traveled far and wide and never had curbside check on where they knew me when I arrived. It was like magic! The highlight for me was the hot coco brought with marshmallows and whip-cream so you don't have to decide! Just excellent. The only part I didn't like were their bathtubs. Too small too shallow. I think it's a hold out from decades ago. Fortunately the hot tub made up for it!

27/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
187. Edward L.
This truly is a fancy hotel with a great location. This is easily a 5 Star Hotel. You are only a few blocks from all the good shopping as well as a 5 minute walk from Pike Place Market. The beds were super comfy and the rooms were spacy. Plan beforehand because I had to print off some documents the night before a meeting and used their business computers. They charge $5 for every 15 minutes and $1 for every print! Not sure if I'd call that service 5 star, but everything else was enjoyable.

Besides that, take a walk around the building and just process the layout. It's gorgeous. Customer service was top notched.

30/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
188. Kelly L.
I stay at this hotel every trip I take to Seattle. I absolutely adore everything about it! The staff is amazingly friendly and so helpful if you ever have anything that you need. The rooms are always really clean and really beautiful. Wifi works well in the rooms. And I love having a bathrobe and slippers! Did room have a safe in it so that you can walk away your valuable during your stay which is nice. And the hotel is super centrally located to all fun things downtown. Its a few blocks away from the aquarium, the art museum, and Pikes market. I love everything about this place!

30/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
189. Carrie S.
My favorite hotel in Seattle.  Hands down.

Beautiful historic hotel in an excellent location.  Starbucks is 400 feet away.

The hotel is within walking distance from all the great tourist attractions and shopping in Seattle.

$45.00 car service ride from the airport.  Just go to the taxi stand at SEA-TAC.

Unique shops and restaurants are in the hotel, and some of them are pricey, and some of them are surprising reasonable considering this is a 5 star hotel.

Service is outstanding.  And, as a President's Club member, I can check in online and get my room guy from the bellman when I walk into the hotel.  I can also check out online.  I barely even have to go to the front desk.

I stayed in a suite, which was large, spacious, and the bathroom was a really nice size.  The rooms are very quiet and I slept like a rock.

Other room amenities which cannot be overlooked include robe and slipper, a very nice coffee and tea station, a safe, and a nice bar.

I cannot wait to come with my husband for one of our 3 day mental health weekends.  We could spend the entire day in our room and still be pleased.

The fitness facility is pretty nice.  They also have a beautiful indoor pool area.

07/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
190. Nancy S.
I stayed here for 4 nights. Pros: Very friendly staff. Facility is clean. Great location, close to shopping and some restaurants and Pikes Market. Mono rail to Space needle is within walking distance. Beds are comfortable. Breakfast was good. Cons: Old hotel and needs remodeling. Food is extremely expensive. Room rates are high. Room was too hot. There doesn't seem to be anybody available to help senior citizens and others with their bags. Once the bags leave the trunk you are on your own.

09/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
191. Franklin D.
Very very nice.

Stayed a couple nights, good channels on cable hehe. Some decent view depending on where they put you in the building.

Had eggs Benedict in the Georgian room one morning. Should have tried Shuckers but just not enough time to do it all in a short trip dontcha know.

The Bell Captain was extremely cool, spent a few minutes with him talking about best places to see/eat/drink within walking distance. Helped me make sure I was cabbing it uphill and walking downhill at all times ;) Should have gotten his name, dang it.

13/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
192. Winifred X.
fabulous!  definitely worth the fancy price tag. Though their seafood restaurant Shucker's is just alright in my experience. But next time I want to try the afternoon tea in the Georgian room.

Room is spacious, bathroom has nice amenities, and you can see old school classiness everywhere in this hotel.

09/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
193. Juliana C.
Had a pleasant stay here for our first weekend trek to Seattle. To be honest, this wasn't my first choice because it definitely caters to an older crowd but hotel prices were sky high this past weekend so we made our decision based on price (booked through Hotwire). The location was very convenient. I enjoyed being able to walk down to Pike Place Market and the waterfront.

Amenities were pretty standard. I did appreciate their gym and pool area - it's well lit and accessible to all guests and offers basic gym equipment, fruit and coffee/tea. Great spot to stretch and wake up :).

Parking was pretty expensive, though. $47 a night to valet, but $37 a night if you pull up around the back and park yourself.

Overall, I would rather check out Seattle's boutique hotels but not a bad option if the price is right.

29/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
194. Trevor D.
My wife and I went in to the Fairmont immediately after our wedding, still dressed in our wedding attire. Holy cow did they take care of us! Upgrading our room to a beautiful suite and sending us chocolate covered strawberries. We ordered room service for dinner and the food was fantastic. I recommend this place!

21/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
195. Cece E.
Great central location, about 6 blocks from Pike's Market and about 2 blocks from the public library. Spent a night here compliments of Holland America for booking a Neptune suite for an Alaskan 7-day cruise.

Old fashioned elegance with lots of pastel colors and cabbage rose curtains. Large suite but space was broken up into separate areas. Roomy foyer but large dresser was awkwardly placed in front of the bathroom doorway. Sitting room was cozy but crammed with a desk, TV, lounge chair, coffee table and a sofa sleeper. Curtained doors separated the bedroom that contained a king-sized bed and another TV.

Breakfast cost extra but it was very civilized. I felt a bit under dressed in jeans but all the dining room staff were friendly and attentive. Cool Fact: They keep an urban bee hive on the roof. I was lapping up the yummy honey like, well, Winnie the Pooh.

22/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
196. Kathy A.
Attended a wedding here. Beautiful setting and easy transition from the ceremony to the reception. Bar was great. Food was so-so

09/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
197. Candra G.
I stayed at the Fairmont hotel for 5 days during a conference.  From start to finish, they provide a stellar service experience.  The hotel decor has an old world charm about it (borderline outdated within the rooms).  The gym is top notch - they provide headphones and the equipment is top of the line with an indoor swimming pool,  

The only downside is that there isn't a fridge to put stuff in and housekeeping comes very early - so sleeping in may be a goal not worth having on the list.  Location-wise, it is close to everything.

11/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
198. Jason K.
I stayed at the Fairmont during a recent Tableau Software Conference in Seattle.

It is an older looking building, but everyone is super nice.

The room was clean and within walking distance to the Pike market and convention center, about a 10 minute walk.

Great in room fridge and wi-fi. Lots of TV channels and the fitness room was pretty impressive.Lots of different machines and a dude that welcomes you when you walk in.

I stayed on the 7th floor and looked right over into an office building.

The area was safe, it did smell like pot at night, but lots of good restaurants and bars around. Yard House was a favorite of mine.

Great choice to stay for a pretty reasonable price.

13/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
199. Rose B.
My husband and I stayed here on our wedding night. It was perfect! We were upgraded to a bigger suite, which was wonderful.  I had told them it was our wedding night and when we arrived we had chocolate covered strawberries and a congrats note waiting for us. I thought that was a nice touch. The room was beautiful and very comfortable. The next morning we went to The Georgian for the breakfast buffet (and since we hardly ate anything at our wedding were were STARVING). The food was delicious! Because we had such a wonderful experience, we have decided to spend our anniversary at The Fairmont Olympic every year :)

04/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
200. Irene H.
I booked through Amex FHR - Stayed for 3 nights, paid for 2 nights. Got $100 food/bev credit and free breakfast every morning at the Georgian (or $32/pp credit for room service). Also got upgraded and a 4pm checkout. What's not to love?

We asked for a king bed and got upgraded to a executive suite on the 10th floor. Man, Seattle is a dark city. The room barely got any light. We faced an office building (these poor employees worked often) and could see the top of the Pike sign.

FOOD
Seattle is a food city but we ended up eating a bit at the hotel with all of the credits. Room service is roughly 35 minutes. All the food was good, especially the juices and fruits. There were plenty of healthy options on the room service menu. We ate in the Georgian one morning for breakfast. We opted for the buffet but ended up somewhat regretting it. Make sure you do a walkthrough. They have a daily juice blend. One day it was OJ + blueberry. Another day it was peach + apple. Mmm!

DECOR
It's charming/quaint... not modern at all. Clean. But I really appreciated the charging stations on the desk and nightstand. And the Le Labo toiletries!

TRANSPORTATION
Not sure how much an Uber is to the hotel but from the hotel to SEA was less than $30. This is a hilly area. You can walk to Pike Place Market area within 5 minutes. The needle is probably a less than 30 minute walk. There is also tons of shopping further north of that area. We ended up taking a lot of Ubers which we found very affordable.

06/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
201. Sitti Sufliah S.
The staff was ok. Not too friendly and not too snobby. The room was lil bit small with the price that i was paying for. Also, they didn't give any complementary water. Its also near the pike market, so its really good. Overall, its a nice hotel

12/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
202. Christopher C.
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle is filled with old world charm.  Situated inside a Georgian style structure the hotel harkens back to a past when men wore suits to dinner and women wore gowns.  You're introduced to the hotel through a very airy lobby filled with old time glamour.  Big couches, bold design cues and a lot of wood adorn the lobby.  The rooms are large for its era and unlike some of the other reviews, I found the bed to be quite comfortable.  However, like those reviews have mentioned the rooms are a little dated, but they do a good job at making it all work.

Pros:

Location.  You can't beat the location of the hotel.  It's convenient to the light rail and monorail.  It's walking distance to Pike Place and the convention center and its close to a lot of restaurants.

Room Size.  Short of the Four Seasons, you won't find normal rooms of this size and especially of this era of hotels.  Plus the ornate feel of the lobby gives it an air of elegance that newer establishments cannot match.  

Pool and Fitness Center.  It has a pretty nice pool area, albeit a little small...but it is indoors therefore available year round.  The gym was pretty well stocked and more importantly it had clean locker rooms and showers filled with fancy toiletries.

Cons:

The entrance leaves a little to be desired.  There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to how the bell captains work and there seemed to be a perpetual traffic jam at the main entrance.  Cars were left sitting while others waited out on the street.

Restaurant and Bar.  While convenient the cost at the restaurant and bar were higher than expected.

Front desk.  As mentioned, the front desk service while good didn't match up with what one expects from a five star hotel.  They weren't bad by any means, but it wasn't the four seasons.

Overall, this is still one of the better hotels in this city and one that does honor to the Fairmont name.

05/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
203. Joda L.
My god, this place is amazing! Both the inside and the outside of the hotel have amazing details. I felt like I should have been walking down that grand staircase in a ball gown to go meet James Bond at the bar.
The staff are amazing and the place is squeaky clean. I highly recommend the Georgian Room for lunch, they have delicious food and very fabulous wait staff. I will stay here again for sure.

25/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
204. Kristina S.
Staying here with a group of friends for a birthday celebration. The rooms are clean, spacious and nicely appointed. The bathrobes are scratchy. The hotel is old, but well cared for and beautiful. The staff is professional. I had a salad and martini at the bar and both were worthy of their hefty price. This isn't the flashiest hotel in town but it's a nice experience.

17/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
205. Inga W.
This is a beautiful, historic building with a lot of history, that is in dire need of a major renovation.  The lobby is beautiful, open and elegant, with an air of opulence.

The rooms need some work, the windows are single pane, the heater/air conditioner is built into the window sill, so when you close the drapes, there goes the air ventilation for the room.  

The furniture is sparse and not really about relaxing in the room.  My room had two double beds, one arm chair, where shall the other person sit?  A small desk that is hardly big enough for work.  The arm chair looked very old and in need of a cleaning.

The outlets are lacking, so I had to search for one for my phone and one for the computer, very annoying.  

The bathroom has no fan, the shower is old and water pressure seriously lacking, the tub is old and not fit for a bath, it's very shallow and everything looks kinda dingy.  

The door to the room is also not very thick, so you can hear conversations through it and noise.  

The room service is quite pricey, on average $40 for breakfast, but it was always timely and with a a cart, so at least there was room to eat.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think they need to turn this hotel into a W, but it is definitely aging and will have a hard time competing with all the new construction in the area.

03/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
206. Angelina E.
The service was amazing and overall a great stay. Just docked one star because the decor is really dated.

21/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
207. Tres B.
Old school hotel, posh, elegant, time trip to a more graceful , less modern time.

Nothing better than sitting in the elegant lounge listening to the live piano and sipping a single malt.

14/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
208. Hima M.
When I recently came over to Seattle from California for business matters, I was really surprised on just how nice this hotel is. Their interior design is beautiful lined with shops from flowers to jewelry. The lobby is almost reminiscent of the one in the movie "Titanic". There is definitely some historical elements for that interior design, and I must say it really fits the elegant title well.

The rooms are very nice, and the hotel is even equipped with an indoor pool, garden, and fitness center. The in-room dining meals are very delicious and very high quality.

Basically, this is pretty much your old school hotel very posh, elegant, and somewhere to stay if you are needing to stay somewhere.

27/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
209. Isabel T.
From the time we drove our car to the front door to the time of checkout, we were overly impressed.  I have to admit I was slightly worried after reading other reviews about the age of the hotel and I can't speak to other people's experiences but the hotel to us was immaculate and tended to appropriately.  Our room #808 executive suite was a great size, with a full closet, dressing space, spacious bathroom, sitting area, and large fluffy king size bed.  We had a wonderful light and bright view of the downtown buildings and never heard a peep from people above, below and to the side of us.  The health club was luxurious, with beautiful dressing rooms, workout equipment, lemon water and a gorgeous whirl pool and pool.  We had room service delivered and it was so delicious and up to par with fine dining establishments.  What I want to stress though is that the associates of this hotel really make the experience, they always call you by your name, are very attentive and downright concerned that you have nothing but the best accommodations.  From the lovely gentlemen at the door, the gentleman who checked us in, the employee at health club to the wonderful young woman Maria who delivered our breakfast to us, they were all nothing but exceptionally friendly and professional.  Do not hesitate to stay at this hotel, you will be reminded that top notch service still exists.  It was to say the least a pleasure to stay here and we will most certainly return.

Oh and P.S.  When we picked up our car they gave us milk and cookies for the road.  Seriously?  I love this place.

03/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0