The Fairmont Olympic is where all the A-listers stay in Seattle. Its lobby is drenched in imported Italian decor, floral arrangements, and best of all,

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Best Hotel Lobby for Eavesdropping

The Fairmont Olympic

The Fairmont Olympic is where all the A-listers stay in Seattle. Its lobby is drenched in imported Italian decor, floral arrangements, and best of all, fascinating conversation. An evening spent eavesdropping here is equivalent to an anthropological crash course in the lives of rich people. Fiji-bound newlyweds gush over their love, silver foxes make back-to-back phone calls to their wives and mistresses, and businessmen debate whether to dine at Morton's or Canlis. Absorbing their words makes for a highly entertaining experience, allowing you to live vicariously through people for whom money (and in some cases, morals) are never an issue. —Erika Hobart 411 University St., 621-1700, fairmont.com/seattle

 
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