Since 1924, the historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel has served as one of Seattle’s most celebrated social addresses. Recently underwent a $25 million renovation, the updates to the 450-room hotel work to honor the rich history of the space and encourage the growth of both old and newfound traditions.
“A storied landmark, Fairmont Olympic is the heartbeat of the city experience, a true classic Seattle gathering place and a home away from home for generations,” says Hannah Corbin, the marketing and communications manager at the Fairmount Olympic Hotel.
The renovation introduced a transformed main lobby, dining room (The George) and Olympic Bar, elevated event spaces, and the addition of the Founders Club speakeasy. In addition to these amenities, the makeover also focused on the restoration of iconic early 19th century features such as its seven original 300-pound chandeliers, American oak woodwork, terrazzo and marble flooring, detailed pillars, and iron railings.
Fine Wine and Dining
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel’s dining room, now called The George, has served as a gathering space for some of the nation’s most famed individuals throughout the decades—a modern time capsule. And as a part of the hotel renovation, the dining space, too, was transformed. The revamp orchestrated by Spanish design studio Lázaro Rosa-Violán (LRV) honors these moments in time through the classical framework, opulent fixtures, and nod to midcentury design in the furniture.
Featuring Pacific Northwest delicacies, the modern brasserie uses local, seasonal ingredients for its breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu items. Some menu highlights include geoduck, Bouillabaisse (a fish stew), and linguine al nero (black pasta sourced from cuttlefish ink). For the early risers, a salmon lox everything bagel and avocado toast are available as well.
In addition to their expansive dining space, the restaurant also offers a private dining saloon for a small group of up to 12 people.
However, if you’re looking for a quieter space, head to the bookcase in the hotel lobby to enter the exclusive Founders Club. Seating just 30 people, the Founders Club is an intimate speakeasy that emulates the 1920s culture of a secluded social club. “An exquisite spirit collection hand-selected by Fairmont Olympic’s award-winning Beverage Curator, Jesse Cyr, is used to create innovative cocktails unique to the Founders Club,” Corbin says. “The cocktail program features fine spirits—aged, vintage, and limited edition—all showcased in a classically inspired fashion with a focus on meticulous craftsmanship and the purity of refined flavor.”
To compliment the elegant flavors of the era, the décor inside features deep tones, rich textures, and a feeling of coziness upon entry—the perfect stop for a night endcap.
- Upon opening in 1924, a one-night stay in a room with a bath was only $3.50.
- The Seattle Times held a contest to name the historic building. With 3, 906 entries, 11 said The Olympic—the name that they settled on.
- The hotel offers daily champagne sabering classes with a toast to finish.