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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Great location, central to downtown. Old World Comfort. Close to the theatre, lots of restaurants and shopping. This was a Splurge as it was a bit on the pricey side. We had an electric vehicle, but were erroneously charged a parking fee x2 nights. This was corrected and not a huge deal, but this was a slight miss as we were checking out, which took some time. I'd still recommend this hotel and I would stay here again..
My husband and I are very familiar to Fairmont Hotels and prefer Gold floor stays. Hotel Vancouver was on our bucket list so I surprised hubby with a Fathers Day weekend. The hotel’s iconic presence is a tribute to a bygone era but even as we entered the hotel, the experience was a let down. There was no grand lobby like we are used to (possibly spoiled from stays at Banff, Lake Louise, and even Calgary has a charming lobby).
We stayed in the recently refurbished Gold floor and it was just ok. The lounge didn’t have the same charm and ambiance as other Fairmont’s we had visited and the staff weren’t as warm and welcoming as what we are familiar with. The breakfast attendant had a stern face and although efficient, she certainly didn’t seem like she wanted to be there. The food was good enough but because it was the smallest gold floor we have yet to experience, didn’t have much for available options. Our room however was very lovely , nicely laid out and had harbour glimpses.
We tried the pool which also was just ok. It was shallow, warm and there wasn’t a hot tub. The pool was separate from the change rooms and gym.
Would we stay again or recommend? Probably not... will try one of the other Vancouver Fairmont options.
Nice hotel. Was upgraded to a suite. The bathroom a little small bit room very large. View not that bad but over city. The pool is heated and very good. Order a fridge on arrival instead requesting late. Bought a few goods but mini bar is electronically monitored.
A great hotel for a city stay. Ideally located for business and sightseeing. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff was always friendly and helpful. The bar has an extensive wine list. It has free wi-fi.
This beautiful property is one of 3 Fairmont Hotels in Downtown Vancouver with another located at the International Terminal.
Gorgeous building, fantastic staff, wonderful menu and two very friendly canine employees who spend their days in the lobby with Concierge and greeting everyone.