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
Had a short one night stay here on a business trip. Chose it for the convenient downtown location, close to meetings and next door to an Avis shop so I could pick up a rental car the next day. Wasn’t expecting much more but found the reception staff extra friendly... they upgraded me without charge. Found the bar/restaurant quite lively and fun..hopping with people and well set up. Plus my room was new, fresh and well appointed. The bathroom was small but adequate. The view was nice. All in all, I would stay here again. Good choice for a downtown, business oriented hotel.
A quiet, classy, hip hotel in the heart of the city. Great responsive staff, always well organized and a warm welcome. Rooms are updated and very comfortable. Glod Floor service is exceptional but frankly so are all the staff.
I booked this as our yearly Valentines Day lunch and it was Amazing! The view was lovely with all the snow. The food was so yummy and presented in such a beautiful way. It was a lovely way to celebrate!
Pro’s: I was very grateful that I could check-in early.
Cons: The room was not as clean as it should be, surfaces still had marks that should be wiped off, I had to get house keeping to clean the feces marks from the toilet!!! air conditioner was so noisy I had to turn it off, I was kept awake until 1:30am with non-stop noisy guests in the hallway, Chicken and a beer room service for one was $60, there is an extra fee for internet.
For an old standard this one is still one of the top hotels. The staff are inviting and efficient, The rooms are well modernized The bed is very comfortable, the bathroom is a bit small, but well renovated with a shower only. The only complaint is trying to get a taxi on a Saturday night, not under the hotel's control but for this class of hotel you would think there would be taxis staged at busy times.