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"A visit to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel" Downtown Seattle Tip by Jefie

Downtown Seattle, Seattle: 45 reviews and 75 photos

  Lobby of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel
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  • Lobby of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel - Seattle
      Lobby of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel
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  • Main entrance of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel - Seattle
      Main entrance of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel
    by Jefie

When Seattle's Olympic Hotel opened in 1924, it became the city's most luxurious hotel, even described as the finest hotel west of Chicago. Built in the Italian Renaissance style on the site of the first University of Washington campus, the hotel was built at a cost of $4 million, while close to another million dollars was spent on furnishings. Italian workmen were even brought to Seattle to make sure the Palladinian high-arched windows and terrazzo floors would reflect all the luxury of an Italian palazzo. For a long time, the rich and famous would book the Olympic Hotel for wedding ceremonies, debutante balls and birthday parties. However, the hotel eventually lost some of its former glory as more modern hotels were built in downtown Seattle. In the early 1980s, the Olympic Hotel was bought by the Four Seasons group and major restoration work took place at a cost of over $60 million. The Olympic Hotel once again became the city's premier hotel, becoming the only hotel in the state of Washington to receive a AAA Five-Diamond rating.

While not everyone can afford to stay at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, it's still worth going inside to walk around the hotel's magnificient lobby. For those who'd like to get a taste of luxury without breaking the bank, it's possible to stop by the lobby's bar (The Terrace) for happy hour (3:30 to 6:00 pm) or to have afternoon tea at The Georgian (12:00 to 2:30 pm daily, $35 per person).

Address: 411 University Street
Directions: Downtown Seattle
Phone: 206-621-1700

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 14, 2010
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