The Fairmont Olympic Seattle
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Fairmont Olympic Seattle
Well located attractive hotel. Beautiful lobby and typical Fairmont style.
Our room had a king size bed and so we needed a cot brought in for our 12 year old. The Room was a nice size for two but the cot was in the way.
The bathroom was large and had marble floors and counters.
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The Fairmont is a beautiful historic hotel which began life as a university. We received an upgrade in rooms due to a reservation error and loved our corner suite! Service, both in rooms and the common areas was excellent. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the public markets, downtown shopping, and the monorail station.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Fairmont Olympic Seattle
Seamless transition to Fairmont
The transfer of ownership to Fairmont bothered me as other Fairmont properties have succombed to failing customer service and attention to detail, with my last stay in San Francisco a glaring example. The former Olympic Four Seasons has maintained its outstanding stature by retaining many key employees, such as the head doorman. His name was once in memory, but a seemingly small detail such as the guy who greets you at the curb can set the tone for your stay. I've talked with him about summitting Rainier, retaurants of interest and finer points of auto maintenance. I was glad to see they retained familiar and productive staff. Drinks in the foyer are a great way to start your stay. The rooms are well appointed and clean. Housekeeping does a great upscale job on your room. We like this property for excursions with the kids-the girls like the goody bags which come with your room. During my last stay there, my loving wife failed to pack a belt for me - they do have loaner belts behind the concierge desk, but they were all tool large. The concierge offered me his belt, and it was a humane gesture as opposed to an expected sacrifice on his part. I declined, as they have a fairly well supplied store downstairs. For a truly reasonable price, I not only got a great belt but a free wardrobe consult with recommendations by the knowlegeable staff. This is clearly an upscale property with excellent service and impeccable standards. My one grief with the place is their entry loop, which years ago may have been adequate in size-but now is often congested with patron vehicles.
A must stay
Excellent service, beautiful rooms, great food - what more could you ask for? I stayed one night at this hotel, but enjoyed every moment of it. I entered my room and found chocolate dipped strawberries waiting for me. The room was impeccable and the service extraordinary. We dined in the hotel's five star restaurant and had an excellent meal. The hotel is in a great location, too. It's just minutes from the piers, museums, etc. This is a must stay.
Weekend at the Fairmont (June 4-6)
A very nice, upscale hotel. The Service was excellent, as was the food at the Georgian. The rooms were nice, but a bit over priced for quality. We stayed for two nites, and really had a relaxing time.
Stayed here on business for three nights first week of May. When making plans struggled between Renaissance Madison and here. Renaissance is a Marriott hotel and I wanted the points. Also wanted to truly rest each night after work. Gave up over 5K reward points and well worth it.
Could not have received a better rate bidding on Priceline. Room faced the needle on one side and civic center on the other. If I remember it was the 10th floor and last room on the hallway. A hump from the elevator, but worth it once I opened the door. Emaculate room. Bathroom is always the first thing I check and it was awesome.
Wonderful staff at front desk, conceierge, housekeeping, and doorman. No complaints here. Did not eat in hotel resturant but ordered room service. Once again excellent. Close walk to everything to include Fish Market, high-end and regular shopping. First trip to Seattle and thouroughly enjoyed my stay. Wanted to stay longer, but have been traveling so much just wanted to come home.
Note that the Renaissance partly faces the expressway across from the office where I was working. I probably would have problems sleeping. No such problem at the Fairmont. Even joined their guest program and considering the Fairmont in Hawaii for a trip next spring.
Absolutely loved it.
We stayed at the Fairmont Olympic in Seattle for one night only, a Saturday night. We found a great deal and booked a deluxe room on the net. The room was huge and had a desk with office supplies, 3 phones (1 cordless), 2 very comfortable easy chairs with a foot stool and a king size bed to die for. Actually the bed was one of the best we have ever slept in. All the bedding was like new, very good quality sheets, very comfortable. We didn't want to get up! We cut back on our site seeing time to sleep in! The bathroom was large and very clean. The tub was ok but a bit small, there should be a soaker for this quality of hotel and room. The shower was good with plenty of water flow. A generous supply of Penhaligons (expensive, imported from England) soap, shampoo, lotion etc. We ate at The Georgian in the hotel. The food was fantastic and the service impeccable. We had a total of 5 people serving us including a very knowledgeable wine steward who magically appeared 15 seconds after we opened the wine list. We felt the cost, $82 for 2 plus the cost of wine, was reasonable for the quality of food and service. We then visited the Garden for drinks and excellent live jazz, again the staff were top notch. It appears a lot of people come into the hotel to enjoy the restaurants and bars, always a good sign. The parking was $28 for the night but is in line with other upscale hotels in the area.
You'e getting valet parking with in/out privileges, we asked to park 7 hours past check out and were told "no problem sir, no extra charge" note that unsupervised surafce lots in the area charge $10 - $15 per day or $5 for 1/2 hour. All the staff we came into contact with were friendly, polite, helpfull and professional. We didn't get that all to common "going through the motions feeling" once. All phone inquiries were polite and to the point, without needless long speeches. The well staffed concierge was top notch also. We were never kept waiting. The location is perfect, we walked to the convention centre, the market, the main shopping areas, the monorail to the space needle etc. Don't forget to visit the antique shop in the hotel, its like a museum and is staffed by two warm gentlemen who where glad to have us browsing, see a 1735 silver beer stein for $6500 or a huge wall unit for $84,000! An all round great experience, worth every penny!
Management change means still great service
When I heard that Fairmont had taken over management of the venerable Olympic, I went downtown and checked myself in for an inspection stay.
Everything was, as usual, top notch. Most of the excellent staff is still there, and everything from the guest room to the exquisite Georgian Room was perfect.
The Olympic was always a little miscast in the beige Four Seasons chain (which is excellent, but a little dull), and it had been looking a bit tired during recent visits. I'm excited to see how this classic hotel will shine with some more imaginative management.
The great tradition of the Olympic Hotel continues as the Fairmont Olympic.
Better off at a Motel 6
Wow.. maybe it's the transition from Four Seasons to Fairmont, but for the value of stay that I received at the Olympic I would've been better off staying at a Motel 6 (they'd at least leave a light on...).My bride and I stayed here for our wedding night. We had heard from two separate recently-married couples that this place was great and they had both received free room upgrades. We were excited to see what the hotel could do for us.I booked a $360/night room expecting a lovely sweet and great service. That night we showed up (in our full wedding outfits) and checked in. We didn't *expect* a free room upgrade and we weren't given one. The room was disappointing - nothing special about it; standard cheaply appointed hotel fare. Our bed wasn't turned down (even though we had checked in earlier in the day and were now showing up after midnight). The bathroom was small. My wife wanted to take a bath but couldn't comfortably fit in the little tub/shower combo (she's 5'9"). I tried calling to upgrade to a room with a better tub but they had none.We were starving after our big day so we ordered some food - wifey wanted french fries really really badly. Our food arrived on time and minus the most important item: the french fries were no where to be found.I went to open the in-room bar with the key supplied: Frozen lock. I didn't call the front desk because I wanted to make the night as smooth as possible and could do without a locksmith in the room. Thankfully I had brought a great bottle of champagne to the room earlier in the day.We had a great night even with all the distractions and disappointments this hotel interjected. Too bad we didn't stay at a place that *enhanced* our first night as a married couple. Oh yeah, in the morning when reviewing the bill we found one last thing to push us over the edge: One night of parking was $28! I guess the Fairmont likes to kick you when you're down.
It's All About Service
I stayed four nights at the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel in Seattle recently (June 28 -- July 2). I had a great experience. They have definitely trained their staff superbly. Everyone always went out of their way to provide a friendly greeting (always by your name). Requests were always met with a smile. The hotel itself is somewhat older but very clean and well kept. This is the place to stay if you're visiting downtown Seattle.
What an experience! (9/2002)
Wow! What an awesome Hotel. My wife and I stayed in an Executive Suite with our two kids(ages 5&7) and this room was very adequate for us all. It had a nice view of the Sound. As far as location, it was great, within walking distance to all the shops and Pike's Market. The service was excellent! They met all of our needs. They even brought the kids cookies and milk before bedtime and left us chocolates. The pool is incredible! This is by far the nicest (and most expensive) hotel we ever stayed at in Seattle and it was well worth it. We'll be staying there again!
Truly Great Hotel -- Excellent Service
This hotel is truly grand in terms of design and service. The service in particular is exceptional. The concierge was excellent, the front desk staff even travelled across town on an errand for me, and the porters had milk and cookies waiting in our rental car as we drove to the airport on a very early morning.
The rooms are also good value, particularly if you are able to stay at a discount rate which would make the cost not very different from more ordinary hotels in Seattle. Try to get a corner room which they sometimes happily provide for the cost of a regular room, if available.
The restaurants here are also very good, although of course the price of a meal is higher than most other dining choices. However, the seafood we had at the oyster bar Shuckers, which is a tourist spot in itself, was so good that we had dinner here two nights running. On our last night in Seattle, we tried out the fine dining restaurant, the Georgian, and were also very pleased with the food, atmosphere and service.
The lobby is very grand, and makes returning to the hotel a very pleasant experience. We noticed that most other hotels in this city either have very large lobbies with decor that is not in good taste, or small cramped lobbies that the management tries to pass of as "hip."
Finally, the location is probably the best, unless you really want to be close to the artsy area of Pike Place or the waterfront. We basically walked everywhere from our hotel because it was literally in the center of the city.
I would stay here each time I am in Seattle.
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