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
My friend and I brought our kids to give ourselves a little break, room service, nice dark rooms etc after saving forever.
We would of rather slept in a dumpster. The room was 80F no air conditioning (false advertising on their part) you cannot control the temperature of the room. So what was supposed to be a relaxing evening turned into hell literally.
2 kids up 4 hours past their bedtime drenched in sweat, while we listen to music bumping from the roof. (Chandeliers in the hallway were rattling) everyone with no sleep in the morning. Upon leaving everyone in the elevator was complaining.
Thank you so much for the awesome stay..
Should of read the reviews before booking, this Fairmont is hell.
The pool was so salty, you get splashed in the face expect to almost puke from the taste.
No point in complaining what are they going to do?
Just like the manager says in all the review responses ' I'll make sure this gets passed to the right people' blah blah blah.
Why don't you offer your guests a partial refund or credit with the Fairmont hotels.
Think hotel is beautiful, but I would not recommend staying here. Especially with children.
I'll await your copy and pasted response Fairmont manager that you give everyone.
The overall visit was great. When I arrived I got in really late and the staff was very nice and welcoming. The bed was comfortable, my room was clean and the food was good. The staff was helpful whenever I had any questions and were also great about providing recommendations for restaurants and places to go while I was in town. The location was great for shopping in my down time. I would stay there again in a heart beat. The rates were very reasonable.
We came here after an 11 night stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and so expected the same level of service but unfortunately the staff were no where near as friendly. The concierge and check in staff were friendly enough, but the hostesses and bar staff were not at all welcoming. Granted they are different scenarios, bustling city hotel versus relaxed countryside, however both were 4 star but they differed so much in service. Having said that the hotel is beautiful and in a great location.
We only stayed one night but my wife and I very much enjoyed it. Staff were very professional and friendly. The room was very nice and quiet. We had dinner at the hotel restaurant and were both very pleased with our meal.
Always a good choice for downtown Vancouver! Great location for downtown shopping and restaurants! Nice indoor pool area, beautiful rooms with large bathrooms and always the most comfortable beds!! I love this hotel and will return again and again!!