With its classic château-style architecture and peaked roof, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is impossible to miss. This elegantly restored property has an old-world charm that's hard to find elsewhere in the city, and the prime location in the heart of downtown (with easy access to public transportation) makes it extremely convenient for business and leisure travelers alike.
The rooms vary in size—and in the level of luxury—but all capture the old-world charm that acts as the hotel's signature. While there's definitely an old-fashioned feel in the rooms, there's plenty of modern amenities (like flat-screen TVs) to keep you comfortable.
Want to get some fresh air? You're in luck—the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is one of the few properties in the city with windows that actually open.
Most rooms come equipped with a standard tub/shower combo, although the walk-in showers in the bathrooms of the larger guest rooms are extremely spacious.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Counter and shelving space is very limited in the standard rooms, so keep that in mind while packing your toiletries.
The lobby of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a shopper's dream, with a number of high-end boutiques including Louis Vuitton, Otto Friedl Watchmaker, Omega, Dior, and Gucci.
The second floor of the hotel is home to an indoor heated pool that's framed by large windows and skylights, which flood the space with natural light.
Absolute Spa offers hair care and treatment services for women and men including cuts, styling, hydration masks, hot towel shaves and beard trims. Guests can also get a massage, kick back in the co-ed relaxation lounge, or enjoy complimentary spa cuisine following their treatment.
The health center at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is top-of-the-line. This 24/7 facility has everything you need to get in a solid workout, including Italian-made Technogym Machines (which each have a personal TV monitor), free weights, and the Kinesis Wall, which offers a selection of more than 250 exercises for inspiration.
Notch8 Restaurant & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has both buffet and a la carte options.
Does your stay fall during the spring or summer months? If so, make sure to stop by Notch8 for afternoon tea service.
Notch8 Restaurant & Bar offers an impressive list of wine and traditional craft cocktails (their Old Fashioned, made with hickory infused Woodford Reserve, is a standout).
One downfall of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver? Parking is pricey—valet is $62 per night. You can significantly cut down those costs if you drive a hybrid car (50% off parking charges) or an electric (parking is free). If you don't bring a car, you can easily navigate downtown on foot or catch the SkyTrain at Burrard Station (2-minute walk).
Head to Black + Blue (3-minute walk) for some of the best steaks in downtown. Make sure to request a seat on The Roof, Vancouver's largest rooftop dining destination that offers some of the most incredible views in the city. If you're in the mood for something lighter, try Blue Water Cafe (5-minute drive), a top-notch seafood spot housed in a unique industrial space with exposed brick and beams.
If you like a classic cocktail, try Clough Club (20-minute walk), an upscale lounge that takes their cocktail game seriously. Expect carefully made handcrafted cocktails (not to mention one of the best Daiquries in the city). If you prefer beer, head to Six Acres (20-minute walk), which offers more than 40 bottled beers—and with a beer list that's constantly changing, you'll always find a new brew to sample.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is one of the most classic and recognizable buildings in all of Vancouver—and once you're inside, the luxury accommodations and top-notch amenities don't disappoint.