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What's the Difference Between the Four Fairmonts in Vancouver?  

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What's the Difference Between the Four Fairmonts in Vancouver?

Hotel lovers who visit Vancouver will notice that an abundance of Fairmont properties, four in total, call the city home. Three of them are located within not more than a couple blocks of each other in the downtown and harbor areas. Given their close proximity, we were curious if they were able to maintain their own unique identities, or if all were essentially one large hotel under the same brand. Below, we take a look inside each to find out what makes them unique.

Interesting comparison of all the 4 Fairmonts in Vancouver. 🙂

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Posted : July 14, 2015 10:08 am
Pizzaman
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This article brings back fond memories of previous stays at the original railroad Fairmont and the waterfront property. I remember my wife walking the hotel dog at Waterfront (or, more appropriately, the dog walked her). I enjoy both for different reasons.

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Posted : July 14, 2015 11:03 am
uggboy
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Pizzaman, post: 2631793, member: 24 wrote: This article brings back fond memories of previous stays at the original railroad Fairmont and the waterfront property. I remember my wife walking the hotel dog at Waterfront (or, more appropriately, the dog walked her). I enjoy both for different reasons.

Wonderful memories indeed, thanks for sharing them with us here on MP! 🙂

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Posted : July 14, 2015 12:46 pm
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I will never go to a Fairmont Hotel and will not go to Banff , Lake Louise etc. Just because they are not even remotely luxury. They just do the job with no passion

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Posted : January 14, 2016 6:06 am
Pizzaman
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adamefimoff2, post: 2705443, member: 180500 wrote: I will never go to a Fairmont Hotel and will not go to Banff , Lake Louise etc. Just because they are not even remotely luxury. They just do the job with no passion

Can't speak for all hotels but we had very enjoyable stays in Banff and Lake Louise at the Fairmonts.

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Posted : January 14, 2016 11:11 am
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I've only ever stayed at the Western Canadian Fairmonts. The old railroad hotels do the basic job of being downtown within their various cities, if generally endowed with tiny little old rooms.

I quite prefer the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, which is situated at the eastern end (completely indoors!) of the transborder terminal. Ten-minute walk from domestic baggage-carousels, if I'm dawdling.

Why do I like it? Impreccable cleanliness, remarkable quiet despite overlooking the busy airport, staff are helpful yet respectful of my privacy, and the in-hotel restaurant serves up a wicked good breakfast buffet.

I stay there 10-12 nights/year, mostly on layovers between inter-Island and cross-continental flights, and get good value for money ($212/night, and no taxi/limo fees). Extra bonus is the benefits that come with maintaininging a Presidents' Club platinum-level card. That works out to about $600/year in useful things such as restaurant credit and room upgrades/free nights/yadayada.

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Posted : November 6, 2016 6:03 pm
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Stay away from Fairmont. The Whistler Hotel is weird

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Posted : November 7, 2016 12:04 am
mevlannen
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How so, "wierd"?

Anyway, Whistler's a rather long haul away from Vancouver. Nothing at all wierd about the Airport hotel: it's a delight all-around.

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Posted : January 6, 2018 11:51 am
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mevlannen, post: 2807278, member: 3056 wrote: How so, "wierd"?

Anyway, Whistler's a rather long haul away from Vancouver. Nothing at all wierd about the Airport hotel: it's a delight all-around.

I was at the airport Fairmont again a few months ago. Very enjoyable property.

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Posted : January 6, 2018 11:52 am
mevlannen
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Good morning, Pizzaman!

My introduction to the YVR airport Fairmont came from being invited to attend an ad-hoc business meeting in their bar, about ten years ago. Realised that I really liked the bar and I started coming back whenever I was connecting through YVR.

About a year later, Air Canada parked me in the hotel overnight, during an IRROPs escapade. In the morning, shared the elevator with several crew, and figured out that if they liked the place, it might have more to recommend it.

The biggest attraction is that it's in-terminal (admittedly a long walk away from domestic gates and baggage-areas). Triple-glazed windows block out just about all noise from the tarmac (except for spool-ups in the transborder gate area). Being close to the airport train station is a bonus, too.

I'm in there about once a month, now, usually on itineraries where I know there's no handy way to get on or off my island without an overnight somewhere. Second-best, if I cannot get into the YVR hotel, would be the new in-terminal Marriott in YYC.

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Posted : January 6, 2018 12:05 pm
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mevlannen, post: 2807280, member: 3056 wrote: Good morning, Pizzaman!

My introduction to the YVR airport Fairmont came from being invited to attend an ad-hoc business meeting in their bar, about ten years ago. Realised that I really liked the bar and I started coming back whenever I was connecting through YVR.

About a year later, Air Canada parked me in the hotel overnight, during an IRROPs escapade. In the morning, shared the elevator with several crew, and figured out that if they liked the place, it might have more to recommend it.

The biggest attraction is that it's in-terminal (admittedly a long walk away from domestic gates and baggage-areas). Triple-glazed windows block out just about all noise from the tarmac (except for spool-ups in the transborder gate area). Being close to the airport train station is a bonus, too.

I'm in there about once a month, now, usually on itineraries where I know there's no handy way to get on or off my island without an overnight somewhere. Second-best, if I cannot get into the YVR hotel, would be the new in-terminal Marriott in YYC.

Good morning!

Complaining it's a long walk from the Fairmont YVR is like saying you got tired counting a big stack of hundred dollar bills someone gave you. 🙂

I haven't tried that new Marriott yet. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Grab some pics and post a short review of it on IF for other members!

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Posted : January 6, 2018 12:53 pm
mevlannen
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Quoth Pizzaman: "Complaining it's a long walk from the Fairmont YVR is like saying you got tired counting a big stack of hundred dollar bills someone gave you."

Admittedly-so, altho' to be fair I must confess that sometimes I do hit the Scotch on my incoming flights, and it feels like an endless schlep across the concourses, even if I do have the aid of a baggage-cart to keep me upright on my journey.

Biggest attraction of the Fairmonts is that they put the money into renovating their bathrooms, including delightful walk-in showers. There are other Vancouver hotels which could do well to follow that example.

I have also become quite enamoured of the Fairmont Empress Hotel, just across the water in Victoria (on Vancouver Island). That's a grand place to go to ground after an long day of meetings with the various governmental agencies whose offices are in that city.

Turning now to the issue of 'miles and points' at Fairmont, I don't see much joy for us in the incoming Accor frequent-customer programme. I shall sorely miss the Fairmont's platinum-level reward certificates.

Nature abhors straight lines, and is not the artifice of a cosmic draftsman.

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Posted : May 20, 2018 3:45 pm