Staying at the Fairmont hotels has always been on my bucket list. There’s something magical about them. After staying at three different Canadian Fairmont hotels, I can confirm there IS magic in the air!
Fairmont Pacific Rim
The Fairmont Pacific Rim was my first experience with this luxury hotel chain. And what an experience it turned out to be! You don’t know what luxury is until you spent a night at this hotel. First off, it looks amazing! It’s incredibly modern, which I like, and the location is superb: right next to Vancouver Harbour. So the view in my room was breathtaking to say the least. From my bedroom I could admire the skyscrapers and from the bathroom another part of the city: the Seattle-Space-Needle-look-a-like building and part of the harbour. I actually took a bubble bath at 6 AM so I could see the city from a different and unusual point of view. Ridiculously luxurious, I know! I actually turned it off after 5 minutes because I was afraid the bubble bath system would wake up the people in the room underneath mine!
Apart from the views and the comfort and luxuries of the room, there was another very important element that made my stay more than worthwhile: the staff. The names will be kept private, but you know who you are! One employee helped me out so much with gathering information about US Customs, making reservations for other Fairmont hotels and getting me on a harbour plane tour, among other things. I’m really grateful for that! As well as the warm welcoming I got in the hotel room. Someone knocked on the door and surprised me with wine and chocolate from the concierge, who I spoke to on the phone a week before arrival. She included a note with information about the question I had asked. Then there was a lovely employee from housekeeping who left an envelope with peppermint teabags and a handwritten note in front of my hotel room door, after I came back from breakfast. I had told her the evening before that I enjoyed that particular kind of tea so much, when she came to my room for the room service I ordered. Wonderfully sweet people who I shall not forget and hope to see again when I revisit the city someday soon.
Fairmont Empress in Victoria, Vancouver Island
I only spent one night here so it is difficult to give a good review of the hotel, but I enjoyed my stay there very much. To get there from Vancouver, it’s quite a journey by bus and ferry. But I tend to like the trip just as much as the destination. Especially the ferry was good fun! They have the most delicious curry soup I have ever tasted. I even found the courage to do an improvised mini interview with a SWAT-team, more on that in another article. The crossing to Vancouver Island, which is huge by the way, is extremely beautiful. The ferry comes quite close to the coast of a wide variety of little islands.
The destination: The Fairmont Empress in Victoria was like the cherry on top. It looks a bit like a Disney castle, especially in the evening when the lights are on and it’s not completely dark yet. The room was comfortable and the breakfast delicious. I felt like a princess sitting in The Empress Room, with my warm oatmeal crumble. It’s as if you’re having breakfast in another century. I can recommend getting up early and going outside for a morning stroll. The lights of the government building on the left are still lit up then and it looks, here we go again, almost magical!
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Another very picturesque place to visit is the little town of Whistler. I felt like I was the only person in the whole village with no love for outdoor sports… I was there on the 24th of October, when the snow had not arrived yet. Therefore it was like a ghost town, eerily quiet, but pretty nonetheless. When the first snowflakes fall down on the mountains surrounding Whistler, you probably won’t be able to see the mountains at all, because it will be swarming with wintersport enthusiasts!
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is gorgeous. It’s a very cozy hotel, with seasonal decorations and very friendly staff. I got up early and was practically the only guest in The Wildflower Restaurant, which had two advantages: the waiter had more time to talk to me about all kinds of subjects. I always enjoy talking to the employees, they often make the best conversation partners. And of course, I didn’t have to wait too long before my lovely breakfast arrived! At this Fairmont hotel I also spent one night, because I only wanted to get a glimpse and feeling of the village. I can finally cross it off my bucket list! I enjoyed my stay at all three hotels almost more than words can explain. It’s not just a place to sleep, it’s an experience. In the future I definitely hope to discover more about the Fairmont hotels in person. The Fairmont in Hamburg, Germany is next on my list!