As a family, we’ve had our fair share of travels. The memories we create while traveling are truly priceless. For the kids, traveling is learning without being in a classroom. For my husband and I, traveling is an experience. But for all of us, traveling makes us storytellers where we can replay our adventures over and over again. A huge part of those stories are the places we’ve stayed while traveling and how they impacted our trip overall.
For our vacation to Seattle, we chose to stay at the iconic Fairmont Olympic Hotel. This was our first stay with the Fairmont brand of hotels and we selected this property based purely on its luxury reputation as well as its proximity to Seattle’s top attractions. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel was built in 1924, but was recently renovated in July 2016 with stunning modern decor and stylish upgrades. While the interior changed, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel still maintains the timeless splendor and luxury service it is so well known for. It is no surprise that this hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a landmark and is such a preeminent hotel in the Northeast.
From the moment you approach the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, it just takes your breath away with the Italian Renaissance style of architecture, the grand arched windows, to the majestic columns. Three large flags salute you at the front of the beautiful, tree-lined roundabout entrance where we were greeted by Rick at the valet. Our check-in was so quick (the quickest I’ve ever experienced) and extremely helpful while traveling with kids. As soon as we gave our name to Rick, he handed us our room keys, directed us to the the elevators, and said he would have our bags up there shortly thereafter (we didn’t have to even go to the main lobby to check in!). From the regal entrance and the swift and friendly service, we could already tell that our experience here at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel would be unforgettable.
Upon entering our one bedroom corner suite, I had no idea what to expect. I am not exaggerating when I say as soon as I opened the door, my jaw dropped to the floor. It was not what I expected at all! The double doors peer into a wide hallway with doors on each side. The right room (room #744) reveals a huge living area with a modern sofa (with pull-out sleeper), refined wing chairs, work desk, dining table that seats four guests, full marble bathroom, and small kitchen complete with a mini fridge, Keurig coffee machine and microwave – perfect for a family or small group. The best surprise that really impressed the kids was the Murphy bed which pulls out from the wall and still leaves plenty of room to run around and play!
The room left of the hallway (room #742) unveils the beautifully designed master bedroom that is equally spacious with downtown views and a view of the waterfront. The bedroom has its own sitting area with a loveseat, wing chair, and a full chaise and work desk. There is a huge dressing area right before the marble bathroom which features a rainfall shower and Le Labo amenities (one of my favorite brands).
After the entire family rushed about checking out the generous rooms and where everyone would sleep (the Murphy bed was definitely fought over), we indulged in the most amazing welcome treats provided by the hotel. From cupcakes and candies for the children (one for each so that they didn’t have to fight), to the beautifully plated fruit salad and charcuterie display, we were in heaven and in awe at the level of detail and welcome we received. In addition to these kid-friendly offerings, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel also provides children’s robes to complimentary cookies and milk, coloring pages, and more!
Anyone with kids knows that the second thing (after the room) that kids get super excited about when traveling is the hotel pool. What I love about the Fairmont Olympic Hotel heated pool is that it is indoors (yay, no need for sunscreen) and enclosed in the most beautiful solarium so that natural light fills the space. There is also a whirlpool as well as two outdoor spaces with lounge chairs if you want to enjoy some direct sunlight. Not to go unnoticed, there are also kick boards for the children to use at the pool which is an incredibly thoughtful feature.
Adjacent to the pool is the Health Club which includes a variety of cardio machines and new state-of-the-art Kinesis Technogym weight equipment. I like that the cardio machines face the pool solarium and that the Health Club offers complimentary bottled water, fresh fruits, towels, and headphones for your workout. If you are apart of the Fairmont President’s Club, you can also request Reebok workout apparel, footwear, and a yoga mat with stretch band, to be delivered directly to your room as part of Fairmont Fit.
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is located to some of Seattle’s finest restaurants, however, if you choose to dine at the hotel, they have two outstanding restaurants that offer the freshest ingredients in the Pacific Northwest. We had the most incredible tea experience at The Georgian Restaurant which will be covered in detail in a separate blog post. On one of the evenings, I had at date night with my son at Shuckers, a casual pub located inside the hotel with a fresh, daily selection of oysters, fish and seafood. The most notable dishes I tried were a sampler of oysters which were so fantastic and the largest bowl of clam chowder that I have ever seen (plus a mug filled with oyster crackers). While I love seafood, my children don’t share the same taste so it was wonderful to have a kid-friendly menu that offered children’ favorites like mac and cheese which my son declared as “Delicious!” For some lighter bites, there is also the option of The Terrace Lounge which features a piano bar and refined refreshments.
Because traveling with kids means delayed mornings trying to get everyone out the door, we took advantage of in-room dining and ordered breakfast for our last meal before heading back home. There were so many selections for breakfast from pastries to omelets and even adorable pancakes for the kids. The room service was prompt and arrived sooner than the stated timeframe and everything was set up for us beautifully on the dining table en suite. It was so convenient to just order in and enjoy a meal in our pjs and robes without having to rush in the morning.
When it comes hotels, location is key and the Fairmont Olympic Hotel is literally located in the heart of downtown. With helpful directions from Rick at the valet and Dylan at the Concierge desk, we walked almost everywhere from the hotel to the waterfront pier, Seattle Aquarium, cruise ship terminal, famous Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Pacific Place retail center, Target and more! When the kids were too tired to walk, we took advantage of the house cars that are available for guests. The staff at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel were incredibly friendly and provided useful tips such as taking the Sky Train (located one block from the hotel) to the airport in less than 20 minutes to avoid rush hour traffic (which can take you up to an hour).
Overall our first experience at a Fairmont property was remarkable. I was blown away by how well appointed the rooms are making them ideal for traveling with families. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel goes above and beyond to help to create memories and experiences for families including offers for family packages such as the Our Family Matters which provides an extra room for half the price. Additionally, if you want to extend your stay, Fairmont Moments allows you to save the longer you stay.
With this trip we made another deposit into the memory banks of our children and have given them more stories to retell for years to come. The story about the Murphy bed which magically comes out of the wall. The story about Patrick the Concierge who found the fidget spinner my son bought in Vancouver that we thought was lost forever. The story about watching American Ninja Warrior and Price Is Right at the hotel and recreating the obstacles races in the spacious room. The story about the forgotten stuffed sea otter which was promptly shipped home to us from housekeeping. So many memories, so many stories, so many more moments to be made. I can honestly say that our recollection of Seattle will indeed include the moments we experienced at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
Thank you Fairmont Olympic Hotel for sponsoring this post and creating this memorable experience for our family.