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
- 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
The hotel is in a great location, close to the Harbour, cruise ship departure etc. Does feel a little like the financial sector of Vancouver which is not a problem. The rooms were quite large with a much larger bathroom than Fairmont Empress. The bed was comfortable and housekeeping staff were efficient however the constant “knock knock knock housekeeping” up and down the hallways when you are trying to have sleep in in a little frustrating, The rooms are quite soundproof between the rooms, however the noise from the hallways and the banging of the doors is not something I would expect for a 5 staff hotel. The main frustration for this hotel is the mini bar arrangement. The items for sale are exhorbatent (even by 5 star hotel standards) - $8 for a small bag of mm’s or nuts and $9 for a warm bottle of still water. However the MOST annoying thing is that you cannot take anything out of the fridge and use it to chill your own items as the minute you lift an item your account is charged. You can ask housekeeping for a bottle of water (this is not advertised anywhere) however it’s only 300ml and it’s not cold. Concierge really need some training and need to do some of the local activities as when you call to ask for advice they really don’t know the answers ie how high up Grouse Mountain is, whether the temp is significantly different up there, time it shuts etc. There is also no information of anything local anywhere in the room. Normally you would find a compendium with information but this is not available anywhere. No information regarding local restaurants etc. Overall, OK stay but wont rush back. If you demand a high price you need to deliver.
Cruise ships are across the street , Stanley park. Too. We really seen how hard and alert the service is here . You could e first and they are very attentive . The hotel is right downtown so shopping to attractions are near at hand. The meals are fresh and prepared great. The decor and rooms are clean and cozy . You do sleep well in the cozy comfy beds as well.
I love Fairmont and this property never disappoints. Go from Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver straight to Fairmont's Empress Hotel in Victoria and back again for the best BC vacation you could ever ask for.
Loved being at the Fairmont Waterside. It’s in the middle of everything that you can do! Walking to a cruise ship across the street, catching a float plane :10 away, Gastown :10 away and all the tour buses park across the street each morning. Convenient to everything!
Outdoor valet and bellman very attentive. Alfredo was great providing a hotel car to a nearby location. As one would expect from a Fairmount, we were not disappointed. The room and bathroom is well appointed with robes. Slippers provided on request. Comfortable bedding. On premise Arc restaurant has very good food and service.