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 was my second time at the Palliser. At check in I was upgraded to gold level on the 8th floor which was such a wonderful surprise. The room was beautiful and large and the lights were on welcoming me in as I opened the door. The bathroom was roomy and perfect for a relaxing soak in the tub. The room service was prompt and delicious. I’m very grateful for this wonderful experience and I can’t wait to stay here again. Thank you Fairmont Palliser!! You made my day.
We were told that our room was upgraded, but sadly speaking it didn't seem like it. Pool has too much chlorine and it is not good. Hidden charges in parking. The lobby is quite dark compared to the photos we saw online in which the lobby is beautiful and bright. The room is small especially the bathroom.
We are staying at the Fairmount Gold and the service has been exceptional. We really appreciate how they have accommodated your gluten-free and dairy-free food requirements. They have created some beautiful food for us in the Fairmount Gold Lounge. For example, an exquisite prawn dish one evening. Thank you.
This is my 'go-to' hotel when in Calgary. Always a pleasure. Rooms are great, best pillows ever! Love the welcome cocktail - nice touch. Hot tub was perfect temp - pool was a bit , OK quite a bit too cold.
I will miss the Fairmont President's club perks.
Excellent hotel. Enjoyed a stay in a hotel after a long time. Great staff with lovely attitude. Valet parking is worth it. Requested a humidifier, got it right away. Requested a microwave, no problem here it come. Very comfortable stay.