Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, British Columbia
Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Fairmont Hotel VancouverAffectionately nicknamed by locals as the “Castle in the City” for its iconic copper-green, fairytale castle-like roof, this central downtown classic’s history as a former Canadian Pacific Railway hotel is intertwined with the history of the city (and the railroad) itself. Guests can learn some of that story via displays in the vast lobby, where they sit alongside designer outlets like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The lobby—as well as the Notch8 restaurant and bar, function spaces, Heritage Suites, and 507 guest rooms—have emerged from a $55 million renovation done in advance of the hotel’s 80th anniversary in 2019. (A revamp of the Fairmont Gold "hotel within a hotel" concept and lounge will launch in 2019.) The decor in the spacious rooms is sophisticated and classic, with dark woods, polished brass, plush velvets accenting the crisp white linens and muted palettes; adjoining suites make it a solid choice for family travel, too. Enjoy Canadian dishes, afternoon tea, bar bites and more—plus more railway travel nostalgia—in Notch8 (which is named for a train’s top speed), then work it off in the indoor pool or the well-stocked gym, which features Technogym equipment and a Kinesis wall. The Absolute Spa offers signature services using West Coast ingredients.