Fairmont Waterfront – Vancouver, B.C.

REVIEW:

If you have plans for a business trip or vacation in Vancouver and you’re looking for luxury, personalized service, and astounding views, you might want to consider the Fairmont Waterfront as your destination – a world class hotel in a world class city, overlooking the harbour, ocean, and the mountains beyond.

Conveniently located near the Waterfront Sky Train Station, the Vancouver Convention Centre and the Cruise Ship Terminal, this hotel is also close to a multitude of restaurants and great shopping. Almost anything you would need is within reach, including numerous points of interest perfect for sightseeing excursions and getting to know the city.

As for accommodations, rooms are spacious, clean and modern, with views of the city skyline and garden terrace, or memorable water views of the harbourfront.  Either way, you can’t miss.  There is a variety of room configurations available, from standard rooms to specialty suites (including family suites), all of which are designed with contemporary furniture and a monochromatic theme that elicits a feeling of calm as well as a sense of space.  Flat screen TVs and Honour Bars are installed in each room and room rates include complimentary breakfast.  Unfortunately, however, free Wi-fi is only available to guests that are members of Fairmont’s Presidential Club.

Flat screen TVs and Honor Bars are installed in each room and room rates include complimentary breakfast.  Unfortunately, however, free Wi-fi is only available to guests that are members of Fairmont’s Presidential Club.

Dining can be found on site at ARC Restaurant which features artisanal cuisine and chefs here make use of herbs grown on site in the rooftop garden. ARC bar is available for cocktails and nightly entertainment. Room service is available round the clock.

On-site amenities include a heated outdoor pool that overlooks the harbour, a spa for massages, a small but convenient 24-hour business centre, as well as a handy and well-equipped fitness centre.

Fairmont Waterfront provides welcome gifts for kids, as well as free bicycle rentals, perfect for riding the bike path in nearby Stanley Park.  Indeed, both of these niceties qualify as unique for a hotel.

Rates start at approx. $300 per night for a standard double or queen room, and rise as high as $2300 per night for the top-of-the-line suite.  In the mid-range, family suites and King suites that feature separate living areas are priced at approx $650 per night.

PROS:  Location. Views. Stylish and spacious rooms. 

CONS:  Rates are high.  Wi-Fi for club members only seems unfair considering the room rates.  Onsite restaurants are good but prices are high. 

Indeed this hotel offers class and convenience amidst breathtaking views.  However, rates are definitely on the high side for travellers on a budget, especially when considering that this property is essentially a conventional hotel, not a resort.

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