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
- 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
This is a gorgeous hotel in a great location. Everything was perfect for our stay. We would highly recommend a stay. We only stayed one night on our way to Jasper, but we thoroughly enjoyed it. Very elegant, and the staff was exceptional.
This another Fairmont property that was a great place to stay.in Calgary. When you walk in the front door you know you picked the right hotel. The room was outstanding. It was very clean and quiet, the bed was great to sleep on. The shower was big with plenty of hot water. There are great restaurant to chose from. You are within waling distance to many attractions.
My family and daughter's friends spent the night celebrating my daughter's 10th birthday. With a small heads up, the President's club had the room decorated, there were thoughtful touches including cupcakes, balloons and a card signed by the staff. We went swimming, ordered room service and watched movies. All of our interactions with Fairmont staff from checkin to departure were genuine and caring. It made for a great birthday party that will be impossible to top.
I recently visited the Palliser with a large and rather unwieldy harpsichord, and would like to praise the front desk staff, especially Bernadette Rico, and the valets and bellmen who were so helpful moving, storing, loading and unloading the instrument.
We stayed here at the end of our Rocky Mountaineer trip for 2 nights in a Jr. Double suite. Room was large with nice decor. Bathroom was very small and would like to have a bit better lighting. Beds were VERY comfy, nice pillows. Very quiet floor. Two windows with partial street view. Check in was friendly and quick. Luggage arrived within a reasonable amount of time.
The next day we decided to take a city tour and the concierge gave excellent assistance in setting it up. All staff, with whom we came in contact, were gracious and helpful.
Location is close to shopping and restaurants which was a real convenience. Also next door to Calgary Tower.
We totally enjoyed our stay, would return if in Calgary.