Every time I have stayed at a Fairmont, I have been extremely pleased. And this time was no exception. First, the staff at the hotel was fantastic. The check-in was quick and easy, the concierge provided fantastic recommendations (even though we asked dozens of questions), the housekeeping staff was great about retrieving something from our first room (we upgraded after the first night), and the restaurant staff was great too. I knew I would like this hotel when I saw the hotel dog, Maggie. She has a cushion in the lobby and people can actually reserve time to walk her around the neighborhood.
The hotel was very classy in a traditional, dignified way . . . this is one of the oldest buildings in downtown Vancouver. I particularly liked the gargoyles on the outside of the hotel (and outside our window on the 14th floor). Our rooms were spacious and very comfortable . . . particularly the bed (the sheets and pillows were very nice). For bath fans, each bath room has a very nice, deep tub.
The location is another plus. Georgia Street is one of the main streets running through downtown, so it is easy to go anywhere from the hotel. Right across the street is a great mall . . . which we took advantage of. Even better, we could walk or bike to almost anything we wanted to see in downtown Vancouver. Stanley Park was about 1/4 mile away, Granville Island was about 3/4 mile away, and some cool neighborhoods like Yaletown were within blocks.
A few other highlights of the hotel:
- The spa and pool area is very nice and the workout facilities are adequate for a quick workout.
- The hotel restaurants are very nice. 900 West is a fancy steakhouse restaurant while Griffin's is a more casual place to eat. We ate at Griffin's both mornings and really enjoyed our meals.
- Every room had high-speed internet access. It was easy to connect and reasonably priced. After a week in Alaska, it was nice to be able to catch up on emails.
All said, this was a fantastic place to say and I highly recommend the Fairmont.