One of the best times to visit the Fairmont Olympic is during the holidays, when the historic hotel offers a series of festive events. It starts on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, when the hotel auctions off an array of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each with a special theme, to benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Then there’s the lighting of the impressive 25-foot-tall tree in the lobby, which takes five people a half-day to decorate.
The Olympic’s Holiday Tea is a local tradition (and a welcome excuse to dress up in a mostly casual town), and the Holiday Tea with Santa—featuring activities, music, and a gift for every child—is ideal for families. The colorfully decorated Teddy Bear Suite is a favorite with kids and free to visit, although voluntary donations benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital. On selected dates, you might also catch local school and youth choirs performing Christmas songs in the lobby.
Special holiday banquets include a Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas Eve Dinner, and Christmas Day Festive Feast; reservations are required. Ring in the new year with the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, including an hors d’oeuvres reception, live entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight.
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Settle In at Your Seattle Suite
At the Fairmont Olympic, every room is a suite. Originally built with nearly 800 rooms, the hotel later remodeled, combining rooms into spacious, airy suites for families, couples, and business travelers. The suites feature large bathrooms with separate dressing areas, French doors that divide the sitting room from the bedroom, and sofa sleepers. In a nod to the local climate, umbrellas are thoughtfully provided in each closet.
On-site dining options include Shuckers, a casual oyster bar; The Georgian, offering French-inspired Northwest cuisine; and the Terrace piano bar in the main lobby. The health club features a swimming pool, whirlpool, cardio machines, locker rooms, and saunas. Penelope & the Beauty Bar is the hotel’s spa and wellness center, offering treatments ranging from massage to sugaring to luxe mink or silk eyelash extensions. Get some work done at the business center, or arrange a meeting in one of their event spaces. Wi-fi is available for a fee, or is complimentary with a free President’s Club membership. Family-friendly options include cribs and high chairs upon request, babysitting services, and kids’ restaurant menus.