This blog post was made in collaboration with the Fairmont Olympic Hotel and all my opinions are my own.
Are you looking to plan a weekend staycation in Downtown Seattle? Check out the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.
One of my favorite things about the summertime is playing tourist in my own city. Seattle is beautiful in the summer. I adore our long summer days, sunsets at 9pm, and everyone being out and about in the city. One way I like to play tourist in my own city is planning local staycations. Whether you’re looking for a local mini-moon getaway or a girls weekend in the city, I’d recommend checking out the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Downtown Seattle.
My friend/podcast co-host Maddy and I were hosted by the Fairmont Olympic for a weekend staycation in Downtown Seattle. We spent the weekend enjoying cocktails, hanging out by the pool, and walking around the city. Before I share the highlights of our stay,
Where is the Fairmont Olympic Hotel?
Address: 411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101
The Fairmont Olympic is in the heart of Downtown Seattle. The hotel is built on the original site of the University of Washington. The Fairmont Olympic first opened in 1924 and went through renovations in the 1980s and in 2005. The hotel recently completed its most recent renovation in 2021.
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel has a brand-new lobby, lobby bar, as well as updated event spaces. The Fairmont Olympic is a great choice for any newlyweds looking for a mini-moon getaway in the city or friend groups looking a for a friend’s weekend.
Highlights of our stay at the Fairmont Olympic:
The Olympic Bar
On our first day at the hotel, we had happy hour/cocktails at the Olympic Bar. We met Jesse, the hotel’s beverage manager, and he prepared a few cocktails including the Seatteleite (honey vodka and fresh espresso). We also ate dinner the bar/restaurant the second night at the hotel. I recommend getting the Dungeness crab cake, the hummus plate, petite steak frites, and hand cut fries!
Personally, I love hotels that have great hotel restaurants and bars. It’s so convenient to be able to run back up to your room if you forgot something. Plus, it saves you time in searching for where to eat when you know there’s a great restaurant inside the hotel.
As a kid, I used to love swimming in hotel pools. As an adult, I still enjoy them – but mainly for being able to take cute photos. I’ve seen indoor photos of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel pool before, so I was excited to take a few photos inside the pool.
There are a few lounge areas to hangout in if you’re done swimming or watching your family swim. I loved this corner of the pool!
Breakfast in Bed
Maddy and I always look forward to eating breakfast in bed when we do our girls weekend staycation trips. If you’re looking for breakfast recommendations off the Fairmont Olympic menu, I recommend getting the fresh berries and yogurt and the avocado toast. Additionally, I recommend calling to place your order right at 8am when the kitchen opens if you’re planning to have breakfast in bed.
Proximity to Fun Things to Do in Seattle
If you’re planning a local mini-moon or honeymoon in the city, I’d recommend the Fairmont Olympic because of how close it is to many great attractions in downtown Seattle. The hotel is an 11-minute walk to Pike Place Market, 5 minutes from the Seattle Art Museum, and a 2 min walk from the Seattle Public Library. Couples can find a variety of things to do in the city. If you’re staying at the Fairmont Olympic, I recommend checking out:
- Shopping at Westlake Center and Pacific Place– Nordstrom Rack, Zara, Sephora, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, and Lululemon are within 2 blocks of each other.
- Exploring Pike Place Market – Grab Pike Place Chowder, try Ellenos Greek Yogurt (marionberry and mango are my favorite flavors), or stop by the first Starbucks ever.
- Exploring the Seattle Waterfront – Take a ride at the Great Wheel, explore the Seattle Aquarium, or eat at Ivar’s Fish Bar.
- Check out my previous blog post: 8 Unique Things to Do in Seattle this Summer.
During our weekend stay in the city, we walked to Capitol Hill. It took us about 15 minutes to walk up to Capitol Hill. We walked to Capitol Flora and Di Fiora for the first time.
Thank you so much for the Fairmont Olympic Hotel hosting us for a weekend staycation at Downtown Seattle.
Thank you for reading!