Vancouver boasts four Fairmont Hotels. The newest addition, opened in January 2010, just in time for the Winter Olympics, is the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Located just across the street from the new Vancouver Convention Centre, the Pacific Rim is the most elegant of the Vancouver Fairmonts, with 400 rooms, 175 residences and five star amenities including the Willow Stream Spa, a 4,000 sq ft fitness centre, three restaurants, a roof top pool, state of the art technology
The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel at 900 Canada Place is located across the street from the water and from the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal. It is only a block from Gastown and only a five minute walk from the seaplane terminals where you can catch a spectacular 40 minute seaplane flight to Whistler, a 35 minute flight to Victoria or a 20 minute flight to Nanaimo.
The 489 room Fairmont Waterfront Hotel offers stunning views of the city, the harbour and the North Shore Mountains. Herons Restaurant, located at the top of the Fairmont Waterfront, has a fireplace and panoramic views of the surrounding water, mountains and city.
Because the hotel caters as much to business travelers as tourists, it has an unusually well equipped business centre, a health club and spa.
There is also a flower and herb garden on the third floor, like a secret garden in the middle of the hustle and bustle of downtown, and a rooftop deck and swimming pool, again with panoramic views of Vancouver and the surrounding mountains.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver at 900 West Georgia on the corner of Burrard and Georgia Streets is right at the center of the downtown core.
The downtown Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, one of Canada’s famed “railroad hotels”, is the hotel of choice for Queen Elizabeth which you won’t find surprising when you come to stay.
The hotel was completed in 1939 in time for the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The hotel cost 12 million to build and took 11 years, including a 5 year hiatus during the great depression. The hotel was restored to its original splendor in the mid 1990s at a cost of $70 million.
The hotel is located across the street from Pacific Centre Mall, Vancouver’s most elegant mall, across the street from the Vancouver Art Gallery, the largest art gallery in Western Canada and four blocks from Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal. One block away is Robson Street where you’ll find the best outdoor shopping in Vancouver.
Robson Street is a great evening destination because the shops are open and the street is alive with both locals and tourists. Robson Street is also one of the few places where you’ll find two Starbucks, one diagonally across the street from the other one.
The guest rooms and public rooms are elegant and tasteful. The restaurants serve genuinely good food and the health club includes private change rooms.
The Absolute Spa offers pampering facials, mud wraps, massages, manicures and pedicures. Dogs staying with their families are treated to welcome mats, food dishes, treats and toys.
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel is not located near the airport; it is located IN the airport. You walk out of the lobby, down the stairs or hop on the elevator and you are at the departure counters. It’s the ultimate luxury if you have to fly into or out of the Vancouver International Airport, especially late at night or early in the morning.
The hotel has a fitness centre, swimming pool, restaurant and lounge. It also has meeting facilities. You can work out at the fitness centre and watch people checking in for their flights just below.
The hotel is a favourite with local travelers who treat themselves to a night at the Fairmont Waterfront the night before or after they travel, especially in winter. That way they don’t have to worry about getting to or from the airport on wet or icy roads early in the morning or late at night.