I stayed here for two nights with my husband and two children, ages 6 & 10. We stayed a Friday and Saturday night in a suite (490 sq ft) which was quite nice as we had a king sized bed and had privacy doors to shut between our bedroom and the living room, where the kids slept on the pull out sofa.
Everything in our room was elegant, good quality and comfortable... the lobby and Georgian dining room were gorgeous, and everything else (the stairs, the hallways etc) all continued the trend.
Location was perfect. Here's what I wanted to know before I went, and could not find information about, so here it is. The hotel is:
2 blocks from a grocery store
2 blocks from 2 drugstores
Exactly 4 blocks down (on 5th Ave) from the monorail ($2.50/adult, $1 kids) that takes you straight to the Seattle Center (Space Needle, Science Center etc)
Exactly 5 blocks from the entrance of Pike Place Market (2 blocks over to Pike Street, and 3 blocks down Pike Street). It's an easy walk.
Basically, it's EXACTLY in the heart of the retail core, with tons of restaurants, and entertainment within blocks. Also there's a town car that will take you to where you need to go at no charge, we got a ride once, but it's so fast to walk everywhere we just did that most of the time.
A great place to try eating, is at the cheesecake factory on Pike & 7th... AMAZING food...
The breakfast buffet was ok (nice fresh berries, fresh juice, the rest was basic sausage, eggs, potatoes, cereal... we got it as a part of the stay-cation and it was very convenient to eat there in the morning, but if you have energy to go out in the morning, there's many places you can eat that offer great buffets that I feel offer more for the $25/plate per adult the Fairmont charges for this breakfast buffet. Frankly, for that price and the quality of the rest of the accommodations, I was expecting something a little more gourmet. My little girl ordered the teddy bear pancakes though and she really loved them... I'd go once to try it out, and enjoy the lovely dining room, but keep your eyes open for other breakfast options as you're going around.
We loved the pool, which was perfect for the kids to play, and the large crystal clear hot tub (more like a hot pool) where we spent a lot of time. The pool area was well appointed and elegant, with skylights and palm trees giving a tropical feeling. There were constantly people polishing and tidying, making everything perfect. The bathroom in the pool/ health club area was BEAUTIFUL... everything you could want!
The staff were super helpful and eager to make everything perfect, they really put energy into answering our questions, taking care of small requests and going the extra mile... when one of the staff on our floor (8th floor) noticed we were heading to the pool and our son didn't have a bathrobe, she personally went and got one his size and brought it to the pool for us. I think her name was something like Zalenka, she was from Croatia... Anyhow, it takes energy and caring to notice something like that, and care enough to do something about it. I was very impressed!
Sleep quality was so so... the beds were beautifully made up with nice sheets and feather bed, and were comfortable and beautiful. The problem we had (no idea if this is common to all the beds, or just ours... of just ours because we're "bigger" people...) every time one of us turned over, the bed shook back and forth (as it was on a metal frame on wheels) and woke the other person up. If you're a bigger person and taking a queen or king bed, try lying down and seeing if the bed shimmies when the other person turns over... if so, call housekeeping and ask them to fix it! Basically, next time we go, we're getting 2 queens instead of a king... :-)
Bottom line is, hotel is beautiful, we loved it, and will absolutely be back next time we're in Seattle. For quality, service and location in downtown Seatte, we were very happy with the Fairmont Olympic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Footsteps from Seattle's most exciting attractions, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel combines traditional warmth with 21st century convenience and personalized service. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the beautifully historic 450-room hotel blends classic ambiance and Italian renaissance architecture with state-of-the-art amenities, including high-speed wireless Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces, 24-hour room service, 24-hour concierge, a fully equipped fitness center with indoor swimming pool, and complimentary house car service throughout downtown. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel is excited for the next stage in this history with the start of a $25 million renovation. This renovation began on December 9th 2015 and is set to finish in July of 2016. The renovation will go floor by floor and will include buffer floor closures in order to minimize disruption to guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Fairmont Olympic Seattle Hotel Seattle
- Fairmont Olympic Seattle
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