Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6, Canada

Affectionately nicknamed by locals as the “Castle in the City” for its copper-green, fairytale-like roof, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was once a Canadian Pacific Railway hotel—a fact that’s 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—recently emerged from a $55 million renovation done in advance of the hotel’s 80th anniversary. 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, and plush velvets accenting the crisp, white linens and muted palettes. Some suites even connect, making the Fairmont a solid choice for family travel. Enjoy Canadian dishes, afternoon tea, and bar bites—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.

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British Traditions at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

In Vancouver and Vancouver Island, British traditions are still going strong. High Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a treat while visiting the west coast city. Built in 1937, and not to be confused with its old rival the Second Hotel Vancouver—which was torn down in 1939 and catered to Babe Ruth, Sarah Bernhardt, Winston Churchill, and Anna Pavlova to name a few—the Fairmont provides a decadent afternoon fitted with quality tea, west coast sandwiches with salmon and curried chicken, and delicious, locally made preserves. The dining room, with gold gilding and decor that harks back to Versailles, you may very well think you’re in the Ritz in London.

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