So if you read our last post about staying downtown for the night, you’ll know that it was anything but luxury from Best Western’s “luxury” hotel in Vancouver. So this time, we decided to go with the guys we know do luxury right. Fairmont.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is an iconic building in Vancouver and rich with history. Opened in 1939, it’s been around a while and there are parts of it where you can tell. Luckily, we got a room that was on a floor that had been updated. Other floors are still being renovated until all the rooms are up to date. There is no timeline for when the hotel will be fully updated but construction is limited to 9:30am – 5:30pm. We didn’t hear anything while we were there.
The process was seamless. We showed up to the desk and were asked for our name and credit card. The front desk agent mentioned we were booked into a Fairmont Room and mentioned it was a great choice. Before he gave us our keys he mentioned that he saw we were celebrating a birthday and he wished Sam a happy birthday. As he gave us our keys he told us he had given us a complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Room as a special birthday present from Fairmont to us. Georgian Court, you listening? This was already off to a much better start.
The room was huge. Fairmont’s website states that these room are 450 – 500 square feet in size. That’s the size of some downtown apartments. Although, we have no idea how some people could live in something that small. The room had a much different layout than we were used to. As you walked down a long hall there was a closet at the end, if you turned right it opened up to the room. There was a chair and ottoman in one corner with a lamp next to the big window in our room. Then in the opposite corner was a dresser with the TV on top. Beside that was a desk and office chair. Across from the window was the big kind bed. Then in the far corner of the room was the door to the bathroom. Picture it like this, the bathroom is on the other side of the wall that the headboard of the bed touches. Our only complaint would be the size of the bathroom as it was on the small side and tight with two people in there. This was the first hotel we’d ever been in that had such a layout. After staying in the room, we kind of liked it like that. The room felt bigger because there wasn’t a bathroom taking up usable space. The bed itself was amazingly comfy and we both slept like babies.
And, when we got to our room we had a couple nice gifts waiting for us. There were some white chocolate covered strawberries which were delicious and a personalized welcome card. I am part of the Fairmont Presidents’ Club, which is being discontinued in 2018, and they do these little extra things for their members. Inside was a free shoe shining ticket and some hotel info including WiFi password and check in/out times.
The hotel was an awesome experience from the customer service to the room to the hotel’s rich history. There is tons of shopping on the ground level of the hotel, way out of our price range but it’s there for those who can afford it. The restaurant is supposed to be very good as well although we didn’t eat there. The pool is heated year round and is covered. There is a kiddie pool at one end which when we first got there we thought was the hot tub, it isn’t. The pool is heated to a comfortable temperature but definitely does not replace the desire for a hot tub on a cool winter’s night.
Overall, we had a great time here and Sam has requested we make this a birthday tradition she liked it so much. This place is a must stay and if you use our little trick, you can save up to $75!
Never stop adventuring!