Made a reservation two months in advance. Checked in the early afternoon and there were no rooms. Offered either a smoking room or another room with a fold-out sofa bed ("but with a good view"). I asked whether the smoking room stank and the receptionist said yes. I took the sofa room which looks like some sort of small day room with a big dining room table and sofa, no chair other than at the table and no desk, no cable for internet. It did have a TV, bathroom, closet, microwave and minibar. The bed was terrible; my feet were up and my head down and the mattress lumpy. They replaced the mattress to a regular thick one when I complained the next day, but still the box springs were shot and my head was sloping down. THe guy then put pillows under the mattress. My buddy, who checked in behind me, got the smoking room and said it did not smell, although he could smell smoke in the corridor.
The elevators would not work properly. I would punch my floor and it would not light up, with or without a card key. Thought it was my imagination or that my fingers were too greasy. However, once I got on with a a guy on another floor and neither of us could get the elevator to work. Hoped out and got in another elevator that worked. This happened about every other time.
The gym was just OK. There was a locker room, and showers, about four ellipticals and four treadmills. There were TVs on each machine but the reception was terrible. I don't think that they were hooked up to cable or satellite. There were very limited resistance machines. Did not check out the pool next to the gym.
Two big dogs in the lobby next to the concierge desk. I guess that they are mascots of the hotel.
Good location downtown, short walk to the big convention center, plenty or shops and restaurants near by.
Nice convenient train from the airport two blocks from hotel ($8 going, $4 return to airport).
All in all, not a memorable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is centrally located, close to Robson street shopping and many cultural offerings. The lobby features designer shops, including the flagship Louis Vuitton boutique, Gucci, Omega, and St. John. The hotel has a state-of-the-art health club, indoor pool and Absolute Spa. Vancouver's landmark hotel, the castle in the heart of the city is rich in history, vibrant and cosmopolitan. Please note that the pool is closed for maintenance. Guests will be provided with nearby alternative options including indoor and outdoor heated pools. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will continue its guest room renovation project. Floors under renovation will be closed with no guest access and construction is limited to 09:30am to 5:30pm, minimizing any impact to guests staying with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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