The Fairmont Olympic–Seattle’s Legendary, Luxury Hotel

By on June 12, 2019
Fairmont Olympic

For 95 years, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel has redefined downtown sophistication with its long-standing reputation as Seattle’s finest hideaway. Opened in 1924, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel continues to define the level of luxury accommodations in Seattle.

What’s In A Name

Staying true to being tied to the surrounding community, in the summer of 1924 The Seattle Times held a contest with a $50 prize to whoever submitted the best name for the hotel. With 3,906 entries submitted to the board of the Community Hotel Corporation, they settled on The Olympic, for which 11 entries had been submitted and the first submitted won the prize. Since then The Olympic was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and underwent two renovations, one in 1980 and one in 2016 each retaining the elegant charm of its Italian Renaissance architectural design.

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Fairmont OlympicRestoration and Renewal

The full restoration in the mid-1980s brought the current guest room count to 450 rooms, nearly half of the rooms suites, while the original hotel opened with 756 guest rooms.  Following a six-month renovation in 2016, the rooms and corridors were all refreshed with new features including mid-century modern décor and contemporary artwork showcasing the Pacific Northwest.

Guest rooms and suites feature lavish bedding, spacious bathrooms with marble vanities and luxurious amenities and the hotel offers two Presidential suites available with multiple bedrooms and dining areas.

Fairmont OlympicPacific Northwest Dining

Offering dining that showcases local seafood paired with classic preparations, craft cocktails, and live music, the hotel boasts an array of dining options that appeal to every mood.  

In one of Seattle’s premier dining rooms, The Georgian features contemporary Pacific Northwest cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and Afternoon Tea, boasting the only traditional afternoon tea service in downtown Seattle. With high soaring ceilings, original Palladian-style windows, and two large crystal chandeliers overhead, guests can enjoy a refined meal that is paired with fresh and seasonal local ingredients.

As one of Seattle’s oldest and most pre-eminent oyster bars, Shuckers Oyster Bar offers a daily menu featuring a selection of fresh fish and seafood. Sit under the unique tin ceiling and beautifully carved oak paneling that graced the room of the men’s haberdashery that it once was, and enjoy the catch of the day.

Seattle’s coffee culture is alive at 4th Ave Espresso Bar, located in the lower lobby, and the perfect place to start your morning with homemade sweet and savory bites and delights with a cup of coffee.

To wind down a busy day, enjoy the Terrace Lounge which allows guests to sink into plush chairs and unwind with local Washington wine and delicious bites. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 6-10pm try one of their classic cocktails and listen to a selection of local jazz, acoustic and soul artists.

Fairmont OlympicBe Well

Located on the second floor of the hotel, The Health Club includes state-of-the-art Kinesis Technogym weight equipment and two Peloton bikes, along with separate men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and sauna. The 10,800 square foot facility also includes a 42-foot indoor swimming pool and large indoor whirlpool which is situated directly adjacent to the workout equipment under a glass-enclosed canopy atrium. In addition, the hotel is home to the Penelope & The Beauty Bar, one of Seattle’s premier day spa and wellness centers offering a full range of beauty enhancing treatments.

In The Heart Of Seattle

Just steps from Pike Place Market, the waterfront, museums and world-class shopping, this landmark since 1924, has offered nearly a century of luxury service standards while melding classic elegance with contemporary room décor. Come and see why the Emerald City’s first love has never looked more beautiful.

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit Fairmont Olympic SeattleOR take advantage of the Fairmont Navigate Boomer Offer

Visit Fairmont and receive 10% off, a $50 Food & Beverage Credit per stay, on a 2-night minimum stay at any of the participating Fairmont properties


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The Fairmont Olympic–Seattle’s Legendary, Luxury Hotel