More about Fairmont Vancouver Airport
The best stay in Richmond, hands-down
I live in Vancouver and stayed overnight at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport to catch a very early flight the next morning.
If you have to stay in Richmond and can afford the Fairmont, it truly is the only place to stay. The hotel is right inside the airport for ease of travel, and it is a high class, luxury accomodation, from the rooms to the lobby to the service. The views out to the runways are spectacular. You also enjoy full access to the shops and cafes/restaurants/bars at the airport, which in and of itself is also an amazing place - one of the best airports I have been it, and I am not biased merely because I am a Vancouverite.
There's an indoor pool at this hotel, and full spa amenities. I could go on and on, but it really it #1 against anything around that area. You won't be disappointed. It is a very unique and cozy stay, but full of style and class.
The Canadian "CN" hotels
Back in the 1880's until the early 1900's when the CN (Canadian National) and CP (Canadian Pacific) railroads played an intricate part in linking Canada's provinces together, CN and CP would create a giant hotels in each major Canadian city along the train routes to attract potential visitors. These hotels are the "grand dame" hotels... styled after chateaus. You'll find them in each city. Fort Garry in Winnipeg, the Chateau Frontenac in Québec, The Empress in Victoria, etc. Vancouver's historic railroad hotel is the Hotel Vancouver (now owned by Fairmont, hence the name to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, although you'll never find a local calling it "Fairmont"!)
When strolling along Vancouver's Georgia, Howe or Hornby Streets, visit the lobby of the hotel for a piece of Vancouver history. This was one of the first buildings built in Vancouver and still looks majestic until this day. If you're visiting Vancouver around Christmas, you're in for a treat. The green copper roof of the hotel is lit up in Christmas lights (as you can see if you click on the picture). There's more information on these hotels here: http://canada.worldweb.com/FeaturesReviews/AccommodationGuide/8-267.html
Doesn't get much better than this
When in the Vancouver airport area stay here. Convenient to airport terminal (actually part of it). Rooms large with very large bathroom. Light, heat, TV control unit would keep any techy entertained. Great view of the airport runways if you like airplanes. Restaurant very pricey but in line with the location and it is a Fairmont Hotel. Short walk to the food courts in the terminal building if on a budget.
excellent good hotel
This is possibly the best airport hotel anywhere. Excellent soundproofing makes the rooms remarkabley quiet. The rooms and public areas, including the hallways, are spotless and the staff friendly. I take the executive room which is like a jr suite with a fabulous bath that has an air-jetted tub, 2 sinks and a separate shower. There is a make-up table in the dressing area. The beds are great and all the necessary business extras are there, like high speed internet, walk-around phones, etc.. The views over the runways to the water and mountains are very nice to wake up to. The large bar/lounge area is done with two stone fireplaces, comfy sofas and Frank Lloyd Wright style glass accents. Great for chatting or just enjoying the mountain views and the warmth of the fireplace. The hotel staff remembered my name and paid special attention with my breakfasts and drinks as I stayed for a week on business. A favorite with cruise passengers catching early flights. I actually like the hotel better than the Fairmont Waterfront! Very good breakfast buffet and good dinner. If you're doing business out of downtown and would normally stay in the Richmond/Delta area, try this hotel, you won't regret it!
A virtually faultless hotel
This hotel is expensive but totally worth it. I just spent nine days there with my partner who was on business at the airport.
The room felt spacious even with two queen size beds, an armchair with footstool, and an oval desk-cum-table with two chairs. Best of all, instead of a mere window, you get a whole glass wall. Lying in bed watching the planes land against a backdrop of the North Shore mountains at dusk - but barely able to hear them due to the excellent triple glazing - was a memorable moment.
The bathroom was out of this world, with a really big, deep bathtub which has sliding doors alongside it so you can watch TV, keep chatting or simply enjoy the view while you ablute.
We were very well cocooned from the airport environment. The room had effective blackout curtains, it was incredibly quiet and uniquely, the housekeeping staff actually obeyed the Do Not Disturb!
If I had one small gripe it is that internet access is expensive at $16 CND per day, but in every other respect the hotel was outstanding.
A fantastic airport hotel
Recently I was forced by the Airlines to spend the night in Vancouver. I love vancouver but this was after standing, sitting and pacing at two different gates, all day long, trying to board a flight for home. It is Mothers Day eve and the flights are over sold, I got bumped. Into the evening I was informed that the airline MAY be able to get me on the 6am flight, the following day! Totally unprepared to spend the night I was near tears. I am a Mother missing my family on Mothers Day. Above the Alaska Airlines terminal and check in desk there is a hotel. Yep......in the terminal.
Literally upstairs over the check in counter.
There is a well placed escalater taking you up to the second floor check in desk. You almost feel transported to another world. Peace, serenity and rather posh. I really was not happy as I approached the desk baggage trailing behind me. The young lady behind the desk was impethetic to my plight and got me into a rather pricy room immediately. Up three floors by elevator I opened the door to "shangrala". I had to smile in spite of myself. Wow! An entry hall area with a large "honor" basket on the entry table. The first thing that struck me was the wall to wall ceiling to floor windows, at an Airport! I was not feeling "airplane friendly" at that moment! I open the floor to ceiling drapes and "Voile" the RUNWAY! Oh no! Huge room, great bed and pillows, TV, Honor Bar, Movies, desk and chair, clocks two of them, bedside light and temperature controls, impressive. Very clean and nice. Let me check out the bathroom. OH be still my heart. A huge tub and a huge free standing glass shower. Privet toilet area, marble everything, bath sheets not just towels, bubble bath and other toiletries. Hair dryer, radio, independant heat controls for the bath, phone in the bath. NICE. Well ok maybe I can wait to complain about the noise that I have not heard any of YET..
Well to make this long story short a great sleep, 4am wake up with an alarm that worked, and I am back downstairs. Refreshed and ready to try again. I have no idea about "other aminities" food, workout gym or room service. THERE WAS NO NOISE, NONE EVER!!
I give this hotel a big Thank you for being there and doing a great job for the weary traveler. They could not have been in a better place.
What a great hotel. Actually in the airport. The room was very comfortable with a view of the runway. The service was excellent and you were made to feel special. A great hotel that I would definately stay in again.
The hotel is amazing! The room was beautiful, with an interesting layout. The bathroom was extended and had a door on each end! It had both a shower and a separate bathtub. The view of the gate, the terminal, and the planes landing and taking off is amazing!!! The windows that face that direction are full lengtth, so you can take in the entire view. However, there was no noise whatsoever.
The service at the front desk was great.
The food from room service was not great and certainly not worth the money. The restaurants in the Food Court nearby in the airport close at 10pm or earlier. (There were 2-3 places, including a Burger King, that were open until 10pm when I was there on a Sunday night.)
Great Hotel - Shame about tourists
Beautiful hotel - rooms excellent - food and dining excellent - its situation is superb and the attentiveness of staff cannot be compared anywhere.
Only problem was drunks outside room whilst cruise ships are in. The panhandlers got together and had a celebration. Called hotel security and they thought they were in corridor outside room but were in fact on pavement outside. Nevertheless the problem was solved and they were sent on their way.
Victoria is worth two days and is of exceptional value, go there and experience its charm.
Shame about the tourists in their baseball hats with cameras walking through the other parts of hotel and peering in whilst you are dining in sumptuous surroundings.
Go there, experience it, its easy walking and comfortable access makes it suitable for the elderly, children and all groups.
Would go there again and throughly recommend it.