I stay 3-4 nights every year at the Fairmont because my daughter goes to the university nearby. I joined the President's Club, which I highly recommend. I reserved the lowest priced room and was upgraded to a suite because of the President's Club membership. Stephanie greeted us at the Front Desk, pre-checked us in and we were in our room immediately when we arrived very, very late after midnight. In the past, we've eaten in the restaurant, enjoyed the bar and the pool. They are all good, but this was a quick one night trip this time.
This could have easily been a 5-star review, but it's not because of their horrible, horrible, parking situation. They are valet-only parking. They charge $20-something a day. They used to park hybrids for free, but now they charge 1/2 price. But that is not my complaint.
If you need to leave the hotel at a certain time, BEWARE. Many a time, we've gotten caught behind a wedding or meeting event getting out and the hotel never seems to staff properly for it. Case in point today, we needed to leave for a 10:45am Mother's Day restaurant reservation close to the hotel. We called down to the valet at 10:10am. When we got down to the valet station and were waiting for about 5 minutes, we noticed all the people were getting their cars before us. We went to the valet desk and said we called down for our car about 10 minutes ago. The valet asked for our valet ticket and then put our keys in with the rest of the people waiting. A lot of good calling down in advance did us! OK, let me ask you, when do people check out of hotels...between 10am and noon, right? The Fairmont seems to have totally missed this point. They only had like 3-4 people working, max. We got to the restaurant at 11:00am. I had to call the restaurant and ask them to hold the reservation - Mother's Day in Newport Beach, no easy task.
I like the Fairmont. The rooms are great, clean and nice. The staff is nice. It's a great value. The location works for visiting my daughter. But I always drive away from the place with a bad taste because of the parking.
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