The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a Château style hotel built in 1936 in the heart of downtown Vancouver. With its close proximity to the Georgia Pacific mall, many restaurants and lively events, this is another great hotel option in the middle of the city.
There are a total of three Fairmont branded hotels in Vancouver, the Hotel Vancouver is the oldest and more centrally located to downtown. The Fairmont Pacific Rim (the newest) is right near the convention center, Stanley Park and a great location for those who will be taking a cruise ship from the port. This hotel also features iPads in every room that control blinds, TV, room service, etc… Lastly there is the Fairmont Vancouver Airport which is as the name would lead you to believe in the airport itself. The airport is about 30 minutes away from the downtown core of Vancouver.
You will find this hotel very similar to your standard “Château” style Fairmont hotels such as the Château Laurier in Ottawa, Royal York in Toronto, Lake Louise in Alberta, Whistler in British Columbia and many more. In my books this is very distinct in Canada and tends to be referred to as typical Canadian architecture. So much so the Canadian Pavilion in World Showcase at Walt Disney World is modelled after the Château Laurier which just so happens to be one of my favourite hotels.
The rooms are quite large even if you don’t have a suite style room. They have recently gone through a renovation so you can expect new wall coverings, flooring and fixtures which is a very important thing for a nearly 100 year old hotel. In my stay I much enjoyed the room however, there was a bit of a “new carpet” smell which I’m sure will fade fast. The views are not too impressive being within the city center and only having about 15 floors, so don’t expect to see the mountains, if you want a hotel with nice views a little farther (but still within walking distance) from the city center, I would suggest the Fairmont Pacific Rim.
There can be a bit of noise as rooms closer to street level will be on a somewhat busy street and can expect to hear car horns, passing emergency vehicles etc…
The main restaurant / bar and in-room dinning facility is called Nosh8. Its fairly small albeit modern inside. The drinks were amazing and well mixed so high marks there however, the food wasn’t very appetizing to me personally, your mileage may vary. I did get and enjoy the cheese plate, although don’t expect a broad range of cheese as it has your typical soft Brie cheese, harder Canadian style cheddar and lastly your typical blue cheese. Overall, the food is okay the in-room dinning does end at 11pm so those flying in late may have to hunt around for food.
There is typical hotel style gym with your standard accompaniment of cardio equipment which is overall nice to have in a hotel. Beyond that there is also conference facilities, typical to most of these older hotels they are very ornate with large ceilings.
Overall / Conclusion
I do enjoy the Château style hotels, this one is very similar to the others in Ottawa and Toronto however, strictly on the overall hotel its not my favourite. They have basically redone the main floor to add shopping vs maintaining the original charm and granger of the hotel. That said its a fair rate in a great location with nice updated rooms so overall I think its a fairly good hotel with some old world charm.