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
Beautiful hotel. We upgraded to the Gold floor and the breakfast was one of the best lounge meals I've ever had. Rooms and bathroom were beautiful. Staff was great--a birthday card with free drinks was waiting at the front desk.
The hotel was very inviting. Staff were helpful polite and courteous. My room was clean and the view was amazing. I recommend the Stanley park view if possible. The Valet was very helpful and my vehicle was waiting when I needed it. Great stay I highly recommend.
This was the first Fairmont we have stayed in and were very impressed. Had a nice king corner room with both city and water views. Room was clean, bed comfortable, room was warm even at the lowest thermostat setting, but discovered the second day that there were small windows you could open so in October that helped. Only problem we had was housekeeping leaving the door ajar which we discovered at the end of the day when we returned to our room. Nothing was missing, but not good. Front desk was very apologetic when we told them which was appreciated. Would recommend if in Vancouver.