We stayed at the Fairmont in Calgary at the end of our drive across the Rockies from Vancouver.
Very impressive lobby and hall at this city centre hotel. On arrival we were disappointed not to be located next door, or even on the same floor, to our travelling companions but our request for a move could not be accomodated!
The room was large but very dark so needed a light or lights on all day long. This was partly due to the dark wood furniture and partly due to there being 2 fairly small windows overlooking another wing of the hotel. I was surprised there was only one drawer in our room for clothes and no safe! Comfortable beds, chair and settee.
We dropped our car at the airport to save on parking charges at the hotel (which are quite excessive), and I think that getting a taxi to and from the airport was the cheapest option with least hassle.
We were surprised to find Calgary was a city with skyscapers (I know we should have done more research) and on reflection we should have stayed 2 days at Banff with a drive to the airport on the last day.
Had continental breakfast in the hotel on one day and this was OK but a bit pricey at $22 CAD. Better value is available nearby. The hotel restaurant was quiet at night and at breakfast which suggests people find it too expensive and prefer a more lively environment. There is a street full of bars and restaurants 1 block and 5 minutes away.
Very comfortable large lobby with lots of comfy chairs and settees to sit and/or play cards
Overall the old lady is fading away, albeit gracefully, and needs some investment to compete in the modern hotel world. I would probably stay there again but would look also at competitors in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1914, The Fairmont Palliser has been the city's premier address, the cornerstone of Calgary's hospitality industry and a landmark building that is rich in history and architecture. Set in the heart of the city, The Fairmont Palliser is a historical landmark offering distinctive accommodation in elegant surroundings. Recent renovations include five floors of guest rooms and the expansion of Fairmont Gold. A brand new Fairmont Gold Lounge, Concierge and Check-in area can be found on the Penthouse Level. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Fairmont Palliser Hotel Calgary
- Fairmont Hotel Calgary
- Fairmont Hotel Palliser
- Fairmont Calgary
- Calgary Fairmont