I am a Fairmont Presidents Club Member and even at the basic level, it offers compelling benefits for your loyalty (free high speed internet, complimentary workout clothing and shoes, free access to the hotel bikes, special rates). That being said, there are soon to be four Fairmont hotels in Vancouver and three downtown. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will still be my location of choice.
While the basic Fairmont room is not large, it is well furnished with a terrific bed and soft feather pillows, a sturdy desk and chair, dresser and lounging chair with ottoman. I always have a terrific night's sleep. Each room has robes, an umbrella, ironing board with a decent iron.
I also prefer the more traditional style furniture. Many of the boutique hotels in the city have furniture designed for the eyes and not the body. Rather than trying to figure out how to become comfortable on upholstered cubes, guests actually lounge and read in the chesterfields in the lobby.
The Fairmont room bathroom is not spectacular, but everything works and I like the retro feel of the basin fixtures and white tiles. I am a quick shower type, so soakers may be disappointed. Towels are large, fluffy and absorbent.
There is a small, but well equipped gym, with little touches like cucumber infused water to hydrate with and quality machines. A change room with sauna and all the amenities including free lockers with locks serves the gym and the pool area with a whirpool and lap pool. As a Presidents Club Member, a full set of Adidas workout wear including shoes is waiting for me in my room on check in.
The really deciding factors for me, however, are service and location. Staff is universally friendly and helpful. I once arrived needing to wrap two gifts (due to airline regulations) and within fifteen minutes of asking, was provided with scissors and scotch tape. I have never had to experience the typical hour long wait for service as with many "five stars". I once had to ask my room to be re-keyed and not only was this done, security was waiting for me at my room to ensure I had no further problems.
Location, though, cannot be beat. The hotel overlooks the VAG, a block from the Pan Pacific Centre, at the East ends of Robson and Alberni Streets (shops and restaurants), a short walk to the waterfront and the new Convention Centre, and easily in walking distance to Gastown, Yaletown, Granville Street and English Bay. Better yet, take a hotel bike (free to Presidents Club Members) and ride to the West End and Stanley Park.
Better yet, with the Great Rates program (Presidents Club), I often stay for Motel 6 prices, at which the value cannot be beat.
Even with it's newer and more modern sister properties, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver remains my first choice.
- 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