The Fairmont Waterfront
What We Love
- The SkyTrain connects this hotel directly to the airport
- Nearby Helijet pads offer a discount for hotel guests to fly by helicopter to Victoria, on Vancouver Island
- Join the general manager for a morning run on the famed seawall
What To Know
- The hotel completed a renovation in April 2013
- Just one restaurant on-site
- The outdoor pool, though heated, isn’t ideal in the rainy winter months
- No spa
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A recent renovation by B+H CHIL Design went with an understated West Coast–luxe look to complement the hotel’s waterfront location and mountain views. They strengthened the existing soothing neutral palette with fresh cream, caramel and sea glass–blue hues, and hallways now have new carpets and taupe wallpaper with a contemporary pattern.
Bed and Bath
Renovated guestrooms feature furnishings custom-designed with sleek dark wood dressers, upholstered headboards and built-in sitting areas near windows. Graphic wallpapers and colorful throws and cushions provide just enough pop, and luxurious 300-thread-count bed linens up the ante as well. Bathrooms have dark wood, pink marble, modern fixtures, rain showers and — best of all — a TV in the mirror. Le Labo Rose 31 is the new amenity line provided near sink and shower.
ARC Restaurant + Bar opened in March 2014 and serves tasty dishes such as pemberton tenderloin of beef oscar with tarragon béarnaise and grilled asparagus by Executive Chef Dana Hauser. The rooftop garden grows many of the herbs, tomatoes, figs and lettuce served in the restaurant, as well. Be sure and try a honey-infused beer at the bar.
In the Area
It only makes sense you’d stroll through Gastown, since you’re right on the edge of it. To hit Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood, walk to Water Street from the hotel and head east. Nurse a Chimney Sweep cocktail at Pourhouse, then check out a live band while you sip one of 24 craft beers paired with a pulled pork sandwich at Mark Brand’s new Portside Pub. Or if shopping’s your thing, buy a pair of Naked and Famous jeans at hipster jeanery Dutil Deni. Asian influences abound in this town — so a dim sum brunch is a given. Walk north on Burrard Street to Imperial Restaurant for har gow and siu mai, with mountain and ocean views. Need a post-shopping pick-me-up? French pastries, chocolates and coffee at Thierry are a must.
How to Get There
Serioisly, we were amazed with how amazing the staff were! The Valet, the front desk staff and everyone we encountered were incredibly friendly and super helpful. Sometimes when you go to hotels of this caliber you feel slightly out of place because you are not "rich" but I never felt like that once during my stay.
What can we say. Its a Fairmont property where excellence in average and average is not good enough for Fairmont properties. Great hotel, great rooms, great service and a wonderful restaurant. They offer upgrades via Accor memberships. Easy to apply.
Fabulous hotel - stayed here for a conference and it was great. Lovely spacious room, with great views. Ate at two of the hotel restaurants and the food and drinks were great. There are some other good restaurants within walking distance. Hotel gym was pretty good. Would definitely stay here again on a future trip to Vancouver.
This is my third time here and I just love it each and every time. Super nice staff, the bar is great and boy, those views! Get a room with the view on the water, it's really worth it. I will definitely come back next year.
What a wonderful place. We upgraded to the 9th floor Gold floor. Our room was 907 and I would stay again in a heartbeat! The staff are amazing, all of them! The 9th floor has its own lounge with food and drinks. We were brought delicious chocolate covered strawberries. The lounge downstairs was very nice. Wonderful young lady playing the guitar and singing last night. Did i mention the view, spectacular. This is a corner room with two different views. Oh and the bathroom mirror has a TV in it. I will definitely come back, thank you to all the staff.😊