The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
What We Love
- A heritage hotel in the middle of Vancouver’s best shopping district
- George, the shoeshine man, is a Vancouver treasure — one of the few left in the city
- The hotel’s Absolute Spa has a masculine ambience, but the ECHO2 Oxygen Facial is ideal for both sexes
What To Know
- The pool area is closed for renovations; guests can use an alternative pool and can contact reception or concierge for more information
- Some rooms have older bathrooms that are plenty clean and functional but a bit tired
- Located right downtown, so not ideal if you’re not the city type
- The indoor pool is smallish
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This grande dame’s design fits in perfectly with Fairmont’s portfolio of historic-luxe properties, starting with its oxidized copper roof, topped with gargoyles. Inside, high ceilings, Montebello marble staircases, huge crystal chandeliers and gold-framed paintings create a French Renaissance feel. The lobby houses a flagship Louis Vuitton boutique, plus shops by Gucci and Omega, adding to the exclusive, stylish vibe. Need more options? You can step out of the lobby and onto Alberni Street to shop Tiffany, Hermès and more.
Bed and Bath
Reproduction antique dark wood furniture, a caramel and yellow palette, heavy damask curtains, plush velvet chairs and more crystal chandeliers keep up with the lobby’s francophilia. Marble bathrooms are basic but big, with most everything in white, but the amenities introduced just last year, Le Labo Rose 31, are rather chichi.
Fairmont Gold guests have access to their own private lounge, with breakfast and afternoon canapés. Located on the 15th floor of the hotel, ROOF Restaurant + Bar opened in March 2014 and it serves up zesty dishes such as Innisfail lamb.
In the Area
The Vancouver Art Gallery is just steps from the Fairmont and has a special rotating exhibitions in its gorgeous white-pillared heritage building. Vancouver is one of the best food cities on the planet, especially for fresh fish; try Coast on nearby Alberni for all things seafood, and the late night bar scene at O Lounge (with DJ) in the evening. Asian influences abound in this town — so a dim sum brunch is a given. Need a post-shopping pick-me-up? French pastries, chocolates and coffee at Thierry are a must.
How to Get There
We landed in Vancouver, off the bus from whistler tired and ready to rest. Walked round the corner to see a beautiful historic building only to discover this was our hotel. Thank you. The pool is lovely, breakfast is good value for the quantities and everyone was so nice
If staying on the gold floor request the 14 th floor as the rooms are newly renovated and larger. Staff were always excellent to deal with. Breakfast was excellent with a wide variety of hot and cold food to select from. Drinks and snacks in the hotel bar were reasonably priced and a good atmosphere to just relax and wind down after walking around all day. Would stay here again upon next trip to Vancouver.
Room 5/5 :we were upgraded to junior suite
View frm room-5
Walkable frm the markets from seapln base
Best ham omelette ever at notch 8 restt
Gold floor service is beautiful
Fairmonts forever for me
We booked this hotel last minute at a high cost through a travel agent. It would be cheaper to book direct with hotel and you can claim Accor points.
We arrived late at night via rail from the airport - Union Station is across the road from the hotel. I wouldn't waste $70+ on a cab. Staff at the airport and rail station were very informative and helpful.
When we checked in we were given an upgrade to a suite - I was instantly transported back in time.
All staff extremely courteous and helpful.
If I had to find a complaint it would be there wasn't any bottled water apart from the mini bar which I thought might have been a nice touch.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again it is worth the price.
We recently had a wonderful 2 week adventure in the PNW and two of those nights were in Vancouver. Since it was our anniversary during our time in Van, we booked a suite to celebrate. Although we had a few issues, the amazing staff went above and beyond to address our concerns. The professionalism we encountered at this hotel was topnotch. The front desk manager reached out to me during our stay. I wish could remember hi s name, I cannot find his business card :( I believe he was British (do not quote me on this), maybe 30ish. My hubby booked me a massage at the spa and the receptionist Davee was just the sweetest young lady ever. Also, Heather my masseuse was amazing.