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
We've stayed at the Fairmont Waterfront a few times, including on our wedding night many years ago. Although some parts of the room are becoming a little dated, the location is spectacular, beds are very comfortable and the views are outstanding (on a clear day). We were treated wonderfully by hotel staff from check-in to check-out. We only had one hiccup which was that someone charged drinks at the hotel bar to our room without our knowledge. It was only when I checked my statement the next day that I noticed the errant charge. I contacted the hotel manager who quickly reversed the charge and credited the full amount back to my visa card. My only recommendation in this case would be for staff to check ID of anyone wanting to charge meals or drinks to a room number.
I had a serious accident through no fault of the hotel during my stay. The hotel staff could not have been friendlier, more supportive or more helpful than they were. My stay despite my injury was memorable!
Accommodations were very clean. King size bed was amazing I took a photo of the brand so I can purchase one :) Food was superior, there wasn't a dish I did not enjoy. The Crème brûlée tarts were to die for. Fully stocked mini bar with snacks. Staff were very friendly and went out of their way to please you. Strongly recommend this hotel.
We loved this hotel! Beautiful rooms, with views to match. Hotel restaurant was very good. Great service. We took advantage of the hotel’s complimentary bikes to explore the seawall.
Location is perfect to access the waterfront as well as the downtown area.
Will definitely stay here again!
The room I had was large, modern, and comfortable. The staff I dealt with were friendly. The large umbrella in the closet cane in handy during Vancouver rains.
Internet speeds were fairly slow for anything but email. Attempted to do some training videos but it was too painful.
My room overlooked a heliport, with relatively noisy helicopters coming and going starting very early in the morning. My body was on east coast time and kept waking up early, the noise from the helicopters made it difficult to get back to sleep. Suggest you request a room on the other side of the building if you are a light sleeper.