Fairmont Vancouver Airport
Some hotels are quite near an airport. Many offer convenient shuttle buses, while others are easily accessible via public transport or short taxi journeys. Then there’s the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, which is not just near the airport; it’s literally at the airport. Located right above the US departures section, the Fairmont’s lobby is no more than two minutes from the baggage carousels.
The Fairmont Vancouver airport is not, however, merely conveniently located. It is a fully soundproofed luxury hotel, complete with an award winning, state of the art health club and spa, a first class restaurant and unbeatable meeting and business facilities.
The Fairmont was opened in October, 1999, and offers 392 spacious rooms, all of which offer beautiful runway, mountain or ocean views through floor to ceiling windows, but without the noise often associated with airport hotels. In addition, the Fairmont is possibly the most hi-tech hotel anywhere, and that’s not an idle boast. It is the first hotel in the world to offer satellite check-in kiosks, and the first hotel in Canada to install a touch screen control system called InnComm in each of its rooms. Guests can control everything from lighting to room temperature, to the television, and even electronic “Do Not Disturb” signs at the touch of a panel. Combine all this with the fact that the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel was recently named the “Best Airport Hotel in North America” at the World Airport Awards, and you have a combination that’s hard to beat, whether travelling for business or pleasure.
About the area
Vancouver is a thriving and beautiful city with attractions ranging from major league sports to a pristine environment with mountain and ocean on either side. The Fairmont staff is delighted to guide guests in the right direction, whatever their interest. They can advise on everything from the best places to shop and eat, to how to book a whale watching tour. Just some of the activities that Fairmont staff can organize for their guests include river rafting, skiing, snowmobiling, golf, bicycle tours, air tours, dog sledding, deep sea fishing, canoeing or kayaking, nature tours, and food and wine tasting tours.
In addition, Vancouver and nearby Richmond are home to some perpetually popular tourist attractions. The Britannia Shipyard and the London Heritage Farms offer living, true-life glimpses into days gone by. The speed skating oval used for the 2010 Olympic Games is now a major sports attraction, open to the public and only a few minutes from the Fairmont Hotel. Whatever takes your fancy, the staff of the Fairmont will be able to tell you what’s on offer locally, and the best ways to get there.
Rooms at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport are, without exception, spacious by any standards. They start at no less than 411 square feet, and all come with an exceptional array of amenities as standard.
These amenities include:
- Personal climate control system
- Electronic in-room safe
- Complimentary tea and coffee making facilities
- Cable TV
- Wireless high-speed internet access (small charge applies except for President’s Club members)
- Bathrobes and slippers
- Separate shower, bath, and toilet
- Bathroom amenities featuring Millar and Harris products
- Large work desk with computer data port
- Two phones (one portable) with voice mail service
Guests on long layovers at Vancouver Airport will appreciate Fairmont’s day use guest rooms, which allow weary travellers to freshen up and relax in peace and comfort while waiting for their connecting flight.
Room choices include the Fairmont Room, with one king or two queen size beds, as well as runway, mountain or partial ocean views.
Deluxe Rooms are located on the 11th, 12th, and 13th floors and offer very nice extra features which include Sterns and Foster pillow top beds, 32-inch flat screen TV, and a Bose stereo system. The Fairmont has even supplied free standing Nikon spotting scopes in these rooms, for even better views of the airport runway, the North Shore, and the mountains beyond.
Signature Rooms are for those requiring a bit more space. At 513 square feet, these rooms are appointed with a large king size bed and extra large bathrooms with double sink vanity and luxurious air soaker bathtubs.
Like any great hotel, the Fairmont also offers a range of suites, including the 745 square foot Sea Island Suite with separate living room, bedroom and bathroom, and the amazing 1,250 square foot Jade Suite, the ultimate in luxury. The Jade Suite is located on the top floor, comes with private concierge service, large living room, kitchenette, and an amazing bathroom with a vanity that is made entirely of hand carved jade.
Another way in which the Fairmont goes the extra mile for its guests is their consideration for those suffering from sensitive allergies. The Fairmont has a number of hypo-allergenic guest rooms that have been designed and maintained to ensure a comfortable stay for those with environmental sensibilities. For example, all linens are washed to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and changed every day. This temperature ensures no chlorine bleach is required. Special air filters are also installed in these rooms, to leave the air sparkling clean and allergen free.
Dining at the Fairmont
Even those not staying at the hotel flock to the award-winning Globe at YVR Restaurant; so much so that anyone thinking of eating there should not fail to make a reservation. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week, Globe specializes in Pacific Northwest cuisine and is one of the only hotels to take part in the Ocean Wise program. The breakfast buffet is incredibly popular, but they also offer an extensive ala carte menu, as well as exceptional—and in many cases locally sourced—wines with lunch and dinner. Lunch features such favourites as the Prime Rib Burger and Signature Salads, while the dinner menu highlights the vast array of fresh, local produce and seafood.
The Fairmont also boasts the Jetside Bar, which gives guests the opportunity to enjoy tasty cocktails or savoury snacks, while relaxing in overstuffed sofas near the huge open fireplace, while watching major sporting events on one of the five giant screen TV’s located around the lounge. The Jetside Bar is open from 11 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.