The Fairmont Palliser
What We Love
- Sophisticated details and fixtures, including Tennessee gray marble floors and chandeliers in the lobby, that provide a sense of the hotel’s history
- Afternoon tea in the lobby is a classic, with shaved roast beef finger sandwiches, vanilla scones with Devonshire cream, and French macarons
- The on-site health club, which features a mosaic-tile indoor pool, a steam room, and a 12-person whirlpool, is free for all guests
What To Know
- The hotel’s historic Oak Room Lobby Lounge and Rimrock restaurant are currently closed for renovation, but limited lobby dining and room service are available
- The hotel underwent a $12 million renovation project in 2014; it maintains its historical integrity without sacrificing charm
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In 1914 tourists en route to the hot springs in Banff stopped in Calgary to stay at this glamorous property in the center of town. Today the landmark Fairmont Palliser retains much of its original sophistication, particularly in the lobby — a Renaissance Revival rotunda decked out with Tennessee gray marble floors, chandeliers and Botticino and Sylvian marble columns. The guestrooms are similarly sophisticated, with dark wood furnishings, thick brocade curtains and tufted leather headboards, plus all the niceties you’d expect from an Old World grande dame (bathrobes, down duvets). Don’t miss classic afternoon high tea in the lobby, where you’ll feast on shaved roast beef finger sandwiches, vanilla scones with Devonshire cream and French macarons (liqueurs, cocktails and bubbly cost a bit extra).
In the Area
The Fairmont Palliser puts you within walking distance of some of the city’s top shopping, including the Stephen Avenue Walk, a National Historic District and pedestrian shopping center where you’ll find the Bay, Canada’s first department store. A trip up the Calgary Tower provides a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains; the vista might easily inspire a daytrip to Banff National Park — the country’s first national park, just about two hours from Calgary and home to elk, mineral springs and deep blue mountain lakes. Or ask the concierge to arrange a daytrip to the Columbia Icefields, the largest icefields south of Alaska, where you can choose between an hourlong snowcoach tour or a guided glacier ice walk on Athabasca Glacier.
How to Get There
We all enjoyed the thanks giving dinner with our friends and family good service with glass of wine wow
This is a great hotel downtown, easy walking distance to many pubs and fine dining
great staff as well
I stayed 2 nights for business. The rooms were spacious and well appointed. The restaurant downstairs was good. The gym is small considering the demand - perhaps I was attending during peak times at 7am each morning. I would definitely stay again.
From the arrival through to the departure. All staff were so warm and personable. Felt like coming home. Dawn front desk, Jeanette and Chris on fairmont gold, Neal and Nelson doorman. Thank you all!
Food was delicious and it is a must to stay on fairmont gold.