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Fairmont Olympic Seattle Explorations

Fairmont Olympic Seattle Explorations

Fairmont Olympic Inducted into the Historic Hotels of America

We were just inducted into the Historic Hotels of America membership recognizing the most historic and culturally important hotels in American.  We were among the 20 new inductees and joined the group alongside our sister property in Santa Monica, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.

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Fairmont Olympic Seattle Explorations

Fairmont Olympic Seattle Explorations

Forbes Travel Guide: The Best Way to Spend Two Days in Seattle


With only two days in Seattle, convenience and comfort are key. You’ll want to be close to all the action, and that means booking accommodations in bustling downtown. The classic, luxurious Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Fairmont Olympic Hotel is perfectly situated to suit your needs.

Downtown Seattle is great for walking, but it’s very hilly, so once you’ve settled in and freshened up with the Fairmont’s signature Le Labo Rose 31-scented toiletries, don a water-resistant jacket and a comfortable pair of shoes, and set out for Pike Place Market.

A five-minute walk downhill from the hotel, the city’s original farmer’s market, which celebrated its 110-year anniversary last August, recently completed a $74 million MarketFront development with 47 new stalls and gorgeous, unobstructed views of Puget Sound.

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Fairmont Olympic Seattle Guide

Global Yodel

Whitney Reeder's Guide to Seattle

In collaboration with our friends at Visit Seattle, we sent New York Yodeler Whitney Reeder and her family to Seattle to shoot some photos, share some insight, and create a Visit Seattle Travel Guide just for you. 

Name: Whitney Reeder

Occupation: President of a New York-based stationery company

Place you live: Brooklyn

Have you visited Seattle before? I grew up in Washington, so I’ve been many times, but flying into Seattle always makes me feel a bit nostalgic. We’ve stopped in Seattle once or twice over the past few years, but this was the first time we had a chance to really explore the city together as a family.

Can you tell us about the hotel you stayed at? The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle sets the standard very, very high. No detail was missed. Special treats for our daughter waiting in our room, turn down service, and absolutely exceptional room service made our stay special. I love it when a hotel makes an extra effort to make families feel welcome and the staff at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel were there to accommodate our every need.

If someone was visiting Seattle for 24 hours what would you suggest they do? Wake up early. Downtown Seattle is delightfully sleepy in the morning. Watch the fishermen pack ice around the catches of the day and the flower vendors shake out tangled dahlia stems at Pike Place Market. Grab a maple donut and coffee from the closest Top Pot Doughnuts, and head to Olympic Sculpture Park, which is free and opens every day.

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NY Post

 Add a Seattle visit to your fall bucket list

Seattle may be known as the country’s rain capital, but it actually gets just a bit over 34 inches a year, according to US Climate Data — some 8½ inches less than New York City. And in the summer and early fall, there are plenty of days with nary a drizzle. That, combined with hospitable temperatures in the low- to mid-70s, make Washington state’s biggest city a perfect escape from the sizzle of NYC. It’s also the best time to explore the lush green glory — be it in the city or country, on the mountains or water — of the Pacific Northwest. Comfortable shoes required.

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Corner Suite

Conde Nast

Top Hotels in America's Pacific Northwest

Transformed into a hotel in 1924, this downtown brick and terra-cotta Italian Renaissance tower "exudes beautiful old-world elegance." The "excellent location" is blocks from the Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market. Rooms in rose, soft yellow, and seaside blues "may not have a lot of character but are well appointed" with neoclassical writing desks, marble bathrooms, and custom wallpaper. Corner suites have parlors with antique furniture.

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Fairmont Olympic


The Most Iconic Hotel in Every State

Though the most historic hotels in Seattle are probably in Pioneer Square, those spots that used to sell rooms for 25 cents to traveling miners haven’t exactly been kept fresh. A little bit north sits this stone majesty, located on the original site of the University of Washington and a fixture of Seattle social life for nearly a century.

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Olympic Bees

The Huffington Post

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel has Seattle All a Buzz

High above the Seattle skyline, Chef Gavin Stephenson loves to show-off his flourishing rooftop culinary kingdom. For the past six years, Chef Gavin has been keeping bees and starting an urban garden atop the historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel, where Stephenson has been the Executive Chef since 1999 when the hotel was still the Four Seasons. Now, the progressive hotel has added a Bee Hotel and a Pollinator to its very popular and now growing bee program.

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Renovated Guest Rooms


Seattle's Fairmont Olympic Hotel Shines Following Redesign

Arriving at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle makes one feel like a VIP. The feeling of "they know who I am and when I'll be there" begins with an e-mail from the hotel on the day of arrival asking for an estimated arrival time. Fairmont President's Club members with credit cards on file can simply let the staff know when they need their room ready for check-in and they'll receive another e-mail when their room is ready. Upon arrival, one need only show identification to the door person to receive the key to the room, undoubtedly first stopping to admire the stately ionic columns that soar above the hotel's façade.

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Pre-Renovated Guest Room

Fairmont Olympic & Give Back

Furniture Donation to Mary's Place in Partnership with Amazon

The Fairmont Olympic is currently under-going a complete 450 room renovation, which is updating all guest rooms and corridors. As the floors go out of order, one by one, the Fairmont Olympic is left with an average of 45 rooms’ worth of furniture per floor. In an effort to combat homelessness in Seattle, the Olympic has partnered with Mary's Place and Amazon to help repurpose the excess furniture from the Hotel. 

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The Georgian


The Most Expensive (And Luxurious) Hotels In Seattle

Historic and luxurious at the same time, Fairmont Olympic is located in a 1920s building—and much of the hotel’s historic charm shines through, even though the hotel is undergoing a massive renovation in 2015/2016. Within the hotel is a AAA 4 Diamond restaurant called The Georgian, as well as a more casual oyster bar called Shuckers. The hotel’s historic atmosphere makes it a popular choice for weddings, too, and it’s by far one of Seattle’s most romantic hotels.

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A Historic Landmark In Downtown Seattle

Fairmont Olympic Hotel brings grand tradition and pampering service to downtown Seattle. Carefully blending its 1920s Italian Renaissance heritage with 21st-century hospitality, Fairmont is conveniently located in Rainier Square, only minutes from the city’s top attractions. 

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Seattle Skyline


Travel Deal: Fairmont Olympic Hotel Entices Canadian Travellers With Rooms At-Par

One over-the-boarder destination we would usually visit several times a year is gorgeous Seattle. We LOVE Seattle. But that said, until the dollar bucks up (pun intended), we will be staying close to home. Seattle's luxurious grande dame, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, is hoping to combat this issue with an exclusive stay offer, specifically for their neighbours to the north. 

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Opulent Winter Garden Inspiration at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel 

This stunning styled shoot at the storied Fairmont Olympic Hotel is positively fit for royalty. It proves that a winter wedding, when fitted with all the right details and the perfect venue, can be bursting with as much life as a mid-summer soiree.  

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Stretching Your Holiday Loonie
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is offering Canadians a dollar-for-dollar booking option. Through to the end of April, Canadian visitors coming from Canada can book rooms (available for stays through June) at the equivalent rate in CAD to USD. Upcoming events in the Emerald City include this month’s Cherry Blossom Festival, and next month’s Seattle Beer Week and Seattle International Film Festival.

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