Fairmont Olympic, one of Seattle’s most iconic hotels since 1924, is preparing to introduce its new lobby and lobby bar experience, Olympic Bar. Set to be unveiled April 30, the debut will showcase a transformed main lobby, new bar and updated event spaces.
Olympic Bar, boasting a bold, classic, clean design, will eventually feature a kinetic art installation above the bar. The cocktail menu will feature carefully crafted drinks reflective of the city, with a wine and beer selection mainly drawn from the local region.
The hotel’s $25 million grand restoration started in January 2020, its largest renovation project in 40 years. The lobby has been fully transformed, as have all key event spaces. Debuting later this year, a new culinary flagship will reflect the evolution of Fairmont Olympic’s beloved The Georgian restaurant. In 2016, a $25 million renovation refreshed all guestrooms and corridors.
“From the moment you walk in, you will feel it. New narratives. New emotions. A new era,” explained Sunny Joseph, general manager, Fairmont Olympic. “The Olympic’s stunning transformation is a tribute to the timeless tale of this hotel — a living expression of the past, present and future of Seattle. Opening the lobby at the end of April sets the stage for a social experience that will bring forth deeper connections with our guests, our community and this great city as we forge a new future together.”
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