The Fairmont Palliser

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

133 9th Avenue Southwest, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2M3, Canada

2 Reviews

The Fairmont Palliser
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Satisfaction Very Good
Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 22% more than similarly rated 4.5 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families75
  • Couples74
  • Solo69
  • Business71
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    Grand Old Lady


    Fairmont Palliser was in a great downtown Calgary location. It was fairly easy in and out and located next to the Calgary Tower and within walking distance to Stephan Ave. The hotel itself is dated, but not yet outdated, the lobby and level 1 common rooms are amazing, filled with detailed elegance. The room was OK, it was easy enough to work in, though the bathrooms were fairly outdated, as most hotels this age are. This hotel reminded me of Renessaince Los Angeles to a "T".

    Unique Quality: Great service at the bar and restaurants, great location, and I was able to get a great deal

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    Rooms are quite comfortable in a normal hotel fashion. There is a grand restaurant - the Rimrock Room - on the ground floor and the hotel sports a magnificent old-style lobby in which you can just hang out. Old photos recount the history of the hotel and Calgary throughout the lobbies ofthe hotel. Beneath the lobby, there is a fine pool-gym-steam room area in which you can spend time, as well. Rates vary - you can pay a lot or less. I found rates of just over $80 on one internet engine while others were quoting $129 for the same room. The hotel has been a main part of Calgarian life since its inception in 1914 - and was the part-time home for Canadian Prime Minister RB Bennett who used to have his dinner table by the fireplace. Like many other grand Canadian hotels, the Palliser belongs to the Fairmont chain - the Canadian branch being developed from the Farimont's parent company, Canada Pacific.

    Unique Quality: Most large Canadian cities sport that one famous hotel, which serves as one of the city's symbols - Quebec has the Frontenac, Toronto, the Royal York, Vancouver, the Hotel Vancouver and Victoria, the Empress. Here, in Calgary, that icon status belonged to the Palliser. Built by rail interests - it is right alongside the CP lines - to serve pasengers and business interests, the Palliser is no longer the only game in town, but it can still serve as a grand alternative. A great location - right next to the Calgary Tower and Stephens Street - allows one to walk anywhere in downtown within a reasonable amount of time. You can even wal over to the Stampede Grounds or the Saddledome - if you could get a ticket. Theaters and the Glenbow Museum are just beyond the Tower.

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Hmmm... all these mixed reviews!

by A TripAdvisor Member

We spent a night at the Fairmont Palliser on our way back from a week in Banff. Booked online way in advance and got a Junior Suite for about CDN$170 (approx. US$150). Thanks to the advice of other reviewers, at check-in we asked for a quiet room and one that had a view. We got a very nice corner room... just huge, with a tiny but luxurious bathroom. The bathroom wasn't updated but it was still very, very nice. The king bed was incredibly comfortable with down pillows and a down comforter. The TV was unusually small for a hotel room. The Junior Suite wasn't a real suite in that it didn't have multiple rooms; it had a couch and an armchair with a coffee table on one end, and a small desk on the other, with a lot of wasted space in between. The "view" was of a construction crane overlooking the tracks. I had problems sleeping because of the amount of light coming in from the large gap in the doorway (between the door and door frame). I guess that's the down side of older constructions. The service was excellent. The Miller Harris bathroom amenities were a real luxury. I really enjoyed the old world feel of the room and the bathroom. However, even in spite of the lower-than-usual room rate that we got, I don't think it was good value for the money. The Fairmont Palliser needs to upgrade their amenities (such as the TV) and to do something about the layout of the room (maybe provide a larger, nicer desk or more radically, enlarge the bathroom). Get a consultant in! If they can get their rooms to be on par with their service, then they'd have something to speak of.

Reasonable Stay at the Palliser

by A TripAdvisor Member

Stayed at the Palliser for a week, during a business trip.

Rather impressive looking building, and a very central location, with generally friendly staff. Fantastically maintained original features with good first impressions.

Room was situated to the side of the building, with the disappointing view of a derelict building (perhaps under renovation?). The double glazed windows did not shut properly, and the room looked generally tired, with damaged upholstery - not what I'd expect from a Fairmont.

Room service was excellent, although the maids service forgot to replace items, and repeatedly had to request replacements.

Oak lounge was superb, with great (but rich) food, and extremely friendly staff - couldn't fault it here. Other staff could be a little less friendly at times, but generally helpful.

Not sure if I'd consider staying here again, if it weren't so handy for work, but great access to the town and restaurants/bars.

Never Again

by TripAdvisor Member Craig_Woodward

We stayed at the Fairmont for 2 nights, the 2 worst night’s sleep of my life.
The first night we had the noise from the extraction units below our windows, the stair case from beside our room and bathroom plumbing noise's that would rival a plane taking off. We complained and were moved to another room where we were still able to hear the extractors and now had the noise of the ancient air conditioning and heating unit to live with. I was told by the receptionist 'that they had no unoccupied quiet rooms available'. I should have checked out and gone to one of the more modern hotels surrounding this crumbling relic of railroad history, but as we were leaving for the airport at 4 am we just put up with the noise.
The hotel may have a fantastic lobby and lounge but as I was not sleeping in either of these, they were of little compensation for the dull rooms and hideously noisy and 'tired' bathrooms.
Do yourself a favour and book into the Delta get a good nights sleep and save yourself a fortune.

Ideal hotel

by TripAdvisor Member metts

Stayed in room 446 for 3 nights. Over looking a building site but that was O K .No noise. We had asked for a quiet room and that was what we got. Two double beds ,walk in wardrobe, nice bathroom, iron and board. Chair and footstool, desk and chair. TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and a newspaper left outside the door every morning. Every where clean. Centre of Calgary, two blocks from the C train. We stayed there on parade day of the stampede-excellent. Friendly staff.


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Address: 133 9th Avenue Southwest, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2M3, Canada