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Checked into the Fairmont in Seattle. Jeff upgraded us to a corner suite on the 7th floor. It is very beautiful! For lunch we ate across the street at a restaurant called Purple. The food was great. J had a BLTA sandwich with frites and I had an arugula and quinoa salad with a 1/2 turkey, bacon and havarti sandwich. If you are in the area, Purple …
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Be forewarned! Walking around in Seattle can be a challenge. Those hills are steep! We arrived in Seattle mid-afternoon and got settled into our room at the Olympic Fairmont. Headed out to see as much of Seattle as we could in less than one day. It is a beautiful city, well-deserving of it's nickname the Emerald City. Every shade of green …
Museum of Flight to see 'our' Concorde (BOAG) on Saturday on our way to the airport, for our flight home.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.