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
25 years ago I lived in the apartment building adjacent to the Palliser and always thought of it as a grand and elegant place, and had only walked thru it a couple times until our recent stay.
Our company Christmas party was being held a block away, and since we now live an hour outside the city, was excited to finally have the opportunity to stay here.
Staff where all very friendly and accommodating, valet parking & front desk.
I know the hotel is 100 years old and the rooms are on the small side but had been renovated in the last 10 years with grand fixtures and comfortable beds. Sadly our room overlooked the railway tracks, and the back of the building I used to live in (cement wall) so no view at all. Yes, you could hear and feel the trains passing by at all hours. Hallways were wide and offered so much character.
Elevators very slow - waited several minutes each time we had to ride it, and it was always the same one - they had 4, but only 1 working??
I recall in the past they had an amazing Christmas tree and display with live piano music and festive atmosphere in the lobby in the past and wanted to soak that in with a drink before our Christmas party - NOT this year. Everything is closed for renovation and the other half of the lobby was fenced off due to a private event, so we had to walk thru the front door straight to the elevator and couldn't experience any of the grandeur of the hotel lobby if there is any left.
In our search for a pre party drink, we where directed to the basement, and had to walk thru the spa and only found a coffee place that appeared to be closing down at 6 pm on a Friday night, so went elsewhere.
We are Fairmont Presidents Club members and have stayed at several other Fairmont hotels but really feel as though the Palliser did not live up to the standards of what the other hotels offer and definitely what I was expecting.
I can now say I have finally stayed at the Palliser, but can also say I am disappointed and probably wouldn't choose to stay here again.
The team at the Fairmont Palliser was quite welcoming, they were prompt to attend to any such needs during the stay. The amenities were excellent notably so the steam room, which is always a nice addition to a gym. Thank you!
Decided to treat myself and stay at the Fairmont while I was in Calgary for the weekend. The location is very central, near the mall and restaurants. The upgraded me to a large suite on the top floor. The suite was so large, it took me a while to find the restroom! I also never used the living room and kitchen because I slept in the bedroom all night to finally catch up on sleep. Oh, and I could see Calgary Tower from the window! I guess I got upgraded to this beautiful suite because it was off season so I am so thankful. The staff members at the private check-in on the Penthouse Floor were very courteous and warm. The club lounge was not bad, but wow $15 per glass of wine seemed a bit expensive. That's the only negative but overall I had a wonderful stay and highly recommend the hotel.
Stayed for a week for a conference. Staff was wonderful from the moment we pulled up. All were very friendly and helpful. Had one minor issue with the shower in our room but the front desk staff were very quick to get maintenance to attempt a repair and when that didn't work they found another room and moved us there with very little disruption. Very clean and modern facilities and a nice view of the tower if you are on that side.
The grandeur of this hotel is unmistakable. It may be too traditional for some but that is what we were looking for when decided on the Palliser. We stay frequently at other Fairmont locations over the years and this place continued with the same level of service we have come to expect from a Fairmont.
Our room was upgraded which we appreciated however the view from our window looked onto rooms from the other side of the hotel so we kept the drapes closed.
The washroom was on the small size leaving little room on the counter.