The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Address: 411 University St.
Two words: World class. Without being over-the-top flashy or stuffy, the Fairmont Olympic (listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America) exudes unpretentious grandeur and is subsequently one of the most sought-after properties in Seattle. From its 1924 brick-and-stone edifice that harks back on Italian Renaissance architecture, to its ornate lobby, afternoon tea service, posh décor, and matchless service, these digs say class all the way. The lobby is a sight to behold with soaring arched ceilings, gilt-and-crystal chandeliers, bedizened moldings, and polished oak walls and pillars. The splendor continues to the award-winning Georgian restaurant where a dazzling menu showcases French-inspired Northwest cuisine (try the truffle-wrapped Monkfish, the crisp oyster-and-prawn beignet, or the foie gras roulade) in a spectacular setting of oak paneling, tall arched windows, and hanging chandeliers. 450 sizeable units are done up in soft hues of yellow, blues, and greens with period furnishings. Child-friendly amenities include special kids menus at all the restaurants, child-sized bathrobes, child-proofing aids, strollers, Sony Playstations, toys, and no-tear shampoo.
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