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Memorable for the right reasons
Very spacious room, with excellent views of the city. Amenities provided in the bathroom were from Le Labo, very heavenly. Despite the showerhead being a little noisy everything else in the room was modern and well maintained. I was able to get a good night's rest on each occasion because little to no noise could be heard from the other rooms. The pool was another plus and I recommend a late-night dip with friends.
Beautifully preserved gem celebrating golden past
The hotel has the sense of opulence you'd expect. The Fairmont's grandeur remains undimmed by the passing of time. Walk through the front doors of the Georgia Street entrance and prepare to be dazzled by an enduring piece of Vancouver history. It's hard to be disappointed walking into the Fairmont Vamcouver. The aesthetic of the rooms at the Fairmont isn't exactly wild and crazy—they're big on neutrals—but they are elegant. The Fairmont's concierge makes great recommendations, particularly if you request dining options that locals frequent. Within a two-minute walk of Robson, Alberni, Burrard, and Granville streets, four of the city’s main shopping and strolling areas, the hotel keeps much of what you’ll want to explore within an easy taxi ride away. You’re also within two blocks of the two main downtown Skytrain stations.
I expected better
The hotel location is good and convenient, everything else not so much. Our room was far down the hallway and it’s cold. Very outdated facilities. Don’t get me wrong, I like old buildings, but the outdated ones. The room soundproofing was very bad. The service was really bad too, except for the concierge. Breakfast was good and plentiful. I’d love come back one day! Hopefully I’d be amazed the next time
Fairmont Vancouver Hotel: A Good Array Of Offerings.
The Vancouver Hotel is at one of the anchor points in the downtown core, located at the corner of West Georgia & Burrard, streets which have long been two of the city core’s most important routes, both for across-city access & for the businesses located along them. It has a long history, built early on in the past century by Canada’s Railway Company, which built a number across the country in the Chateau-style, exhibited by the VH. In the some 100 years of existence, VH has gone through a number of renovations, most recently of its foyer, lounge & bar area, readying itself for the new mood of the 2020s. I have had a long & variety history with the hotel since immigrating to Canada; the first of which to set up a bank account at the Bank of Montreal, which then had a branch within the VH building. The VH has a number of high-end retail shops on the ground floor, with windows facing Georgia or Burrard, for passerbys to window shop, if that is still a thing in the 21st century. In those early days, my husband & I would pop into the bar when we could, where many of the bartenders have served for decades, often learning interesting facts about the city. Then I discovered one could use the pool on the top deck for a small charge, &, as an avid swimmer, was up there in a shot in the months when the Kits Pool was closed especially, usually with my close, artist friend, who lived close to the VH & liked to dip. It was a nice, mostly quiet, place for us to swim, lounge & bounce ideas. Another discovery was that the VH had ballroom dancing at the weekends, with Vancouver legend, Dal Richards, & band providing music to practice one’s steps, or to show them off, depending on one’s level of expertise. I had talked my husband into taking some ballroom lessons together, happily provided literally step from our home at U.B.C.’s family housing complex in which we were living while I was doing a PhD. I thought we may be ready to try out our dancing skills, which we did, on a Valentines’ Day, spending the night at the hotel & ending with a full English breakfast. VH serves breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner, in its 3 different eateries, ranging in food offered & mood. I also had the opportunity to glimpse the internal workings of the VH when a client of mine was running events at the VH, so as to obtain results for a dissertation he was doing..Hotel operations ran like clockwork, with staff always helpful & friendly. More recently I have popped in for a nibble & drink as the bus I catch to visit my family in Ucluelet lets me off at that corner. There is a good taxi rank behind the hotel & bus stops close by on both streets. A good spot surely to visit once it reopens, as it, like many hotels, has closed for now in the face of the pandemic. Posted by S Fuller
Fairmont is my kryptonite.....
Why, oh why, do I do this to myself? You’d think I’d learn. Travelling all over as I do. You’d think. You really would. But, alas, the Fairmont chain is my kryptonite. Needed somewhere to stay. Quickly. Downtown Vancouver. Stayed here. And won’t do it again. Let me be brief. Cause if you’ve read this far you really don’t want me going on at length. Charm and old building? 9/10. Amenities and value for money? 2/10 I don’t mean overall value. I mean relative value. Lots of places are more expensive. But for $650 for two nights you’d think they’d include a fan in the small, old bathroom (as opposed to an old steel passive vent that likely stopped working in 1967). And the bottom of the shower/tub looks like something that’s waiting in line for a retrofit in a social housing project in Baltimore. Free wifi is so slow that you have to consider the possibility that it’s done on purpose so you want to upgrade to the one you have to pay for. And who actually charges for wifi anymore? So, in conclusion, for the money you can get much better in this city. If you like old bricks and charm, stay here. But if you would like to avoid almost literally travelling back in time to 1890, don’t.
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