I hadn't stayed at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in a few years, always favouring other hotels in the city, but I recently returned for a one-night stay, before catching a flight home the next morning, simply because the Whistler shuttle conveniently picks-up and drops-off at this location. Upon arrival, I was a bit surprised to find two large dogs wandering around in the lobby, seemingly accompanied by no one. I later learned that these dogs actually belong to the hotel and have big stuffed dog beds and water bowls set up over by the bell desk. The dogs apparently just wander around all day and lay down on the cool tile floor for a rest, whenever and wherever they please. Not being a huge animal lover, I can't say that this appealed to me personally. A stuffed version of one of them was even available for purchase in my room, so it seems they are part of a marketing campaign. Otherwise, everything about this hotel is opulent. It is a heritage property that has been well-maintained over the years. Its public spaces are all ornate and quite beautiful, with lots of over-the-top decorative trim and dripping crystal chandeliers. The expansive lobby offers an open lounge area, full of club chairs and good drinks, as well as several exclusive boutiques selling their high-end wares (e.g., Louis Vuitton, Omega, and Gucci, amongst others). There are a whole bank of small elevators ready to whisk guests up to their rooms almost without delay. That said, the hotel is quite large and many of the rooms are located a good distance away from the central elevators. On this stay, I had a good-sized room that was situated in the farthest possible corner of the hotel. It offered a queen-sized bed, two armchairs in front of the windows, a TV, a desk area, and a folding table holding a coffee maker and a tray full of mini-bar snacks (and the aforementioned stuffed dog) for sale. The bathroom was a bit small and tight, with just a pedestal sink that didn't offer a lot of space for toiletries, but there was a huge walk-in closet right next to it, with hanging rods and shelving, as well as a long bench along one side. The décor was done in rich pastels and was really quite lovely, especially with lots of light shining in through the large windows. The check-in process was quick, even though I hadn't noticed that there is a counter specifically for President's Club members tucked just around the corner from the main desk. I didn't use the pool on this visit, since I was literally just there overnight, but I do remember it being quite nice, as it is built inside of a glass atrium. The central location of this hotel is great for walking around the downtown core, as it is right in the middle of lots of shopping and restaurants, and literally next door to the city's art gallery, which is surrounded by a nice green space. President's Club members get free Wi-Fi, which is a nice perk, as otherwise it can be quite pricey. Many of the rooms in this hotel are small by today's standards, as they have all been fitted with private bathrooms which weren't really the norm when the hotel was originally built. Sound-proofing in these older hotels is often lacking as well, so it was nice to be tucked away at the very end of the hallway where I really heard very little noise. The government rate was comparable to other hotels in the area but some of those other hotels offer more amenities that add to the comfort of a stay (e.g., kitchenettes, more spacious rooms, spa-like bathrooms). That said, I had a pleasant enough experience and I would definitely go back on another short trip, just to soak in the history that this hotel exudes and to enjoy its sheer beauty.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is centrally located, close to Robson street shopping and many cultural offerings. The lobby features designer shops, including the flagship Louis Vuitton boutique, Gucci, Omega, and St. John. The hotel has a state-of-the-art health club, indoor pool and Absolute Spa. Vancouver's landmark hotel, the castle in the heart of the city is rich in history, vibrant and cosmopolitan. Please note that the pool is closed for maintenance until June 30, 2017. Guests will be provided nearby alternative options including indoor and outdoor heated pools. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will continue its guest room renovation project until July, 2017. Floors under renovation will be closed with no guest access and construction is limited to 09:30am to 5:30pm, minimizing any impact to guests staying with us. We look forward to unveiling these exciting updates in July 2017. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Vancouver
- Vancouver Fairmont