The Fairmont Hotels of British Columbia offer diversity based on location but even if you explore the downtown Vancouver city area you’ll find three Fairmont Hotels from which to choose and each has its own unique appeal and stunning atmosphere. I was enthralled by this diversity and with resort and hotel photography being a core focus of my photographic endeavor, I have attempted to showcase these superb venues from the available public areas. If you’re ever privileged enough to stay at a Fairmont hotel, especially in British Columbia, you will be beyond satisfied! Enjoy this showcase of the Fairmont Hotels of British Columbia.
“Fairmont is a leader in the global hospitality industry, with a distinctive collection and a worldwide reputation for excellence. Our diverse portfolio includes historic icons, elegant resorts and modern city center properties. From the beaches of Hawaii and Bermuda to the heart of New York City, all of our hotels offer a superior guest experience that is uniquely ”Fairmont” … quoted from the fairmont.com website as I feel this aptly sums up this luxury hotel group.
The Fairmont Pacific Rim – Downtown Vancouver
Fairmont Pacific Rim is a newcomer to an area rich in history and intrigue. Located in the heart of the historic port and financial district, the luxury hotel fronts one of Vancouver’s most celebrated streetscapes with unobstructed views of the North Shore Mountains, Stanley Park and Coal Harbour. The Southern and Eastern exteriors are wrapped with an art installation of a Liam Gillick poem.
This is the fourth Fairmont Hotel in the Vancouver Metropolitan Area. The hotel occupies the first 22 floors of the building, with the remaining floors being condominiums.
The condominiums were sold at a price of $2,100 per square foot, one of the highest in Canada at the time.
The Fairmont Waterfront – Vancouver
The Fairmont Waterfront hotel showcases the best of Vancouver. Connected to a diverse selection of restaurants and retail, and conveniently situated beside the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal, this luxury Vancouver hotel has a central location ideal for any stay. The Canadian flag flies proudly outside a venue that provides a truly Canadian experience.
The Fairmont Vancouver – in the heart of Downtown Vancouver
Constructed at 111 metres (17 stories) high, its architects were John S. Archibald and John Schofield. It became part of the Canadian Pacific Hotels chain after that company purchased CN Hotels in 1988. CP Hotels was later renamed to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver provides visitors with a unique contrast of a lavish and impressive British Empire style building in amongst a great range of modern glass-facade multi-story structures. You’re greeted by elegance and charm the moment you walk through the reception doors.
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport
Fairmont Vancouver Airport is the perfect way to relax before boarding a flight or just for some rest and rejuvenation. With the entrance floating above the Vancouver Airport US departures hall, you’re greeted with a less is more feeling in the reception area before moving through to the restaurant and bar that overlooks the runways and aeroplane births.
It is worth noting that the Fairmont Vancouver Airport was awarded “Best Airport Hotel – North America” at the World Airport Awards 2011.
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler … in Winter
When it comes to spectacular and breathtaking mountain resorts, the best can be found at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Nestled at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain, the Fairmont is defined by impeccable service, outstanding cuisine and luxurious accommodation. Enjoy ski to your door convenience, listen to live entertainment in the classic après ski lounge and relax in the soothing waters of the slopeside whirlpools.
The Fairmont Empress Hotel – Victoria, Vancouver Island
The Fairmont Empress adorns the marina of the Inner Harbour of Victoria on the southern penninsula of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This hotel has a rich history enjoyed by kings and queens, royalty and famous personalites of the modern era as they all play a part in the cherished memories that are created for the guests by the classic charm that is quintessentially Victoria. On a cold Christmas season evening, this venue sparkled in over the Victoria waterfront in all its glory giving us complete and wonderful memories of Victoria.
The hotel has 477 rooms, with most either overlooking the Inner Harbour or the hotel’s rear courtyard gardens. It has four restaurants, including The Bengal Lounge, which is decorated in Victorian-era, Colonial Indian style (when Queen Victoria was the Empress of India) or Kipling’s, which is named after its once frequent guest and visitor, author Rudyard Kipling. In 2005, Kipling’s closed its doors to the public in order for the hotel to gain more space for private functions.
The hotel has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to its national significance.