Fairmont Vancouver Airport
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Remember how relaxed I was in the last post? Well there is a certain voice your child uses and you just know to get up and run! While we are waiting for our WestJet plane to let everyone off, Hunter yells "Mom" and starts running for the nearest garbage can. Up comes his great meal we just had at Houstons! But since we are now getting used to this …
Well it's finally departure day. We're at YVR, having a coffee and waiting for our plane to board. Jim is having his coffee, reading and thinking about the deep things he has just read.... Looks like we'll have some time in between flights to go into Frankfurt and explore the old town a bit. Should be fun- hopefully we'll be able to sleep on the flight over so we're not too tired to enjoy our jaunt into town. Signing off for ...
... cut out by the river with a suspension bridge slung across the widest part, felt good to get out of the city and into the forest for the first time since being here. You can see for yourself how nice the area is from the pictures in this entry; it was made better by having great weather on both visits but ruined slightly on the second visit because it was a weekend and a lot busier.
Visited the cinema 3 times to see 2 films (all will become clear in a moment) the first was ...
Very foggy when we woke, confirming our decision to come over last night from Nanaimo. We have lots of time because of this, so we went to the I-Hop next door for breakfast, then back to the room to write this journal so far to this point and now we will take the shuttle to YVR for our 2pm flight to Mexico DF.... so now, here we are on our flight - AC996 - enroute and we have wifi onboard!! how cool is that!! So we took a cpl photos and posting them...
... of blocks away. That's one thing you don't see much in London...
In September, War Horse came to Vancouver and I finally got to see the fantastic show! The puppets were incredible and I'm so glad I got to see it. It was so well staged and the acting ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsFairmont Vancouver Airport Richmond
Amazing place to stay! Right at the airport, so neat to watch the planes come and go from our room. Great comfy beds and the biggest tub I've ever been in.
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Very surprised at having to pay for creamer to go with complimentary coffee. Free wifi in the room would have made the quiet and comfortable room better value. A relaxing and convenient place to overnight.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fairmont Vancouver Airport Richmond
Upon arrival at the Fairmont Airport I was greeted by the Bellman who arranged for my luggage to be delivered to my room. I then checked in and subsequently returned my rental car to Hertz. This was done in mere seconds and I walked back to the hotel. When I returned, my luggage was in the room and the garment bag was hanging in the closet. At check-in I had asked for a room with a view of the runways and the mountains and was accommodated in a King Fairmont room on the 11th floor (14 is the top, Gold floor of the hotel). The views are awesome, especially for a plane buff! I didn't watch hardly any TV; when I was in the room the action on the runways provided plenty of entertainment.
Not more than 2 minutes after I arrived there was a call for me. Housekeeping had been advised of a switch from my original room on the 9th floor and were inquiring if they could bring me the regular coffee as per my profile as it had been set up in my original room on the 9th floor. Simply amazing. A couple minutes later a staff member brings me coffee....5 packages!! I say that I really don't need 5 packages but she just says not to worry and to take the extras home! I indicate that I am absolutely impressed with the attention to the small things to which she replies that if you stay regularly with them, they usually remember special requests like extra towels etc.. She also commented how good a place it was to work in!! You don't often hear such praise from hotel staff. Well done!!
The room was large with a huge picture window. There is a nice table and chairs and a comfy chair to sit in and relax. The bathroom is incredible. Marble with a bathtub and a separate large shower stall. The toilet is in a separate small room. The set up of the main bathroom area allows you to leave the door open and watch the TV that is in the bedroom. Naturally, bathrobes are provided. There is also a kettle which is nice for making tea.
I decided to try the hotel restaurant, Globe YVR for dinner. It is quite a well appointed restaurant but regrettably the kudos are more reserved from this point forward. It is expensive for the experience. I had a sea bass entrée, served with rice. The salad was priced separately and I also had a dessert. No wine and no other beverages. The bill with a 15% tip and tax was $59.00. While this would be ok for a fine dining experience, the service was not top notch and the restaurant is on the loud side. The food was quite good but short of superb. Compared to the experience at the Edith Cavell Dining Room at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge it was below expectations. If you are passing through at lunch on a weekday you might try the East-West buffet - seems a decent deal for $18.00. The tables by the windows feature binoculars for plane spotting.
After dinner I watched a bit of the hockey game and then headed to the pool. The hot tub is nice but the pool is a bit different. It is a jet type pool where you swim against the powerful jets. I guess this is to allow for a swimming pool but in a restricted space. There are lounge chairs around the pool area. The whole health club overlooks the USA check-in positions. The fitness area had 4 treadmills, an old elliptical (They are getting or have already received 2 new lifefitness machines), bikes, a rowing machine or two as well as several different weights machines. Tried out the treadmill the next morning and it was decent.
This is no average airport hotel - it is superb. It is mere steps from the USA check-in desks and there is even an Air Canada check-in kiosk right in the hotel lobby. Well done Fairmont.
This is the only way to go if you have an early check-in! The staff are fabulous, the spa is amazing, the food is fantastic and the rooms are outstanding! You would never know you are staying at an AIRPORT!
Great hotel- even if it's in an airport
I stayed at the hotel on my way into and out of Vancouver. The hotel is unbelievably convenient as it is located in the airport- you can just walk to your gate- you don't have to take a shuttle like you do in most other airport hotels.
The hotel itself is very clean and modern- and the rooms are very luxurious.
I would stay there even if I did not need to be located at the airport
Best when flying out of YVR
I stayed here because I had a 6am flight out. The moment I stepped out of my cab, I was greeted by a bellhop who walked me to checkin and then on to my room. I'm used to hotels letting you fend for yourself, so this made me feel like a VIP. The room was large and luxurious, with a beautiful bathroom. The shower was marble and had a spa style shower head. There was a tub too for those preferring bathing. Toiletries are provided. The bed had a guest-spoiling comforter with duvet. And the best part is alot of the rooms have a view of the airport, yet noise is low. Try the lounge for flavoured martinis and snacks while sitting in front of the grand fireplace or watching planes taxiing into the airport. They even provided binoculars! All of the staff were friendly and efficient. Love this one!
A weary 2AM arrival was quickly counter-balanced by opening the door to the greatest hotel room I've ever seen. In all, we stayed 3 days here and had zero complaints. The staff was magnificent and there were amenities at every turn. This place alone warrants another trip to Vancouver.
When I travel between Japan and Canady, the best part of my trip is staying at the Fairmont.
Worth every cent
What can you say about this hotel - take a look and you will know what I mean.The hotel is a welcome sight after flying all the way from Sydney, Australia and with delays, the bed was heaven. Watching television from your bath tub is again, heaven. The room itself was very nice with views overlooking the runway, watching a Cathay Pacific 747 take off just near you is cool.The food (I had room service for dinner and breakfast) was of a very high standard and was served with a happy and smiling waiter.Collection of bags was swift and again, done with a smiling face. Overall the hotel is a real treat and is worth the cost of staying at the airport as opposed to downtown. The Fairmont is a real gem and delivers on what it promotes. The only thing I found which one could be critical was that the rooms are not completely sound proofed as the advertising suggests, but that is a small price to pay for such luxury.
Great rooms..great time
I had stayed at this hotel on a few occassions. I use the hotel when I have late arrivals back home from travelling. The staff is quick and efficient and always friendly. The rooms are to die for!!! the bedding is beautiful..(down quilts), large beds, and the bathroom..let me tell you. There is a large marble shower that seems to in gulf you in peaceful thoughts. The tub is something else too! You can watch t.v. from the tub as it has beautiful venitian blinds that can close. If you really want a treat you can turn on the jets in the tub.
It is a great place to wind down froma long plane ride.
This is a PHENOMENAL hotel. It fits the current design trend of clean chic. It's literally in the middle of the airport, and if you ask for a runway-side room, you can enjoy watching the planes roll right past your window on takeoff and landing--a plane watchers dream! But it was also exceptionally well insulated--the planes aren't a bother for noise.
The staff at this hotel were exceptional, all really going out of their way to make me feel important. The food (and runways views) from the restaurant are excellent.
And best of all, you roll out of bed, take the elevator to the lobby, and walk a short distance to your gate. Truly a WOW! hotel. Stay there if you can!
Not just another airport hotel
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel is like no other airport hotel I've ever seen. It's located right on the departure levels at the airport on the higher floor. The decor of the hotel is very impressive as it reflects the western heritage by the usage of wood in contrast with the use of rocks. The hotel has a spa and also a gym that overlooks the departure levels. The rooms are high tech as you can control the climate, lights and blinds with the use of your phone. One thing that I really liked was the bathrooms. The tubs are surrounded by venetian blinds that you can close or open to allow you to watch tv from it. It is so cool!!!! I also enjoyed their superb sunday brunch before my flight. No airplane food for me!!!!!