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A Stylish Makeover for the Castle

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, known as the ‘Castle in the City’, with its chateau-style green-clad copper roof and gargoyles is an architectural landmark in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. A registered heritage property operating since 1939, the hotel symbolizes grandeur and timeless elegance with service and hospitality that has earned it a Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Rating for four consecutive years. Now, this iconic castle ushers in a new era of glamour bringing modern luxury to a Canadian classic.


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Classic Design

In spring 2019, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver completed a five-year, $75M multi-phase renovation project inspired by the hotel’s rich history, showcasing 557 new guest rooms; including the Fourteenth Floor Heritage Suites, and the new Fairmont Gold guest rooms and lounge. Careful attention has been taken to incorporate the hotel's storied past with modern amenities to create a memorable guest room for today's discerning traveler.

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Fourteenth Floor Heritage Suites

Fourteenth Floor Heritage Suites

To update Fairmont Hotel Vancouver's Fourteenth Floor Heritage Suites, the CHIL Interior Design team drew inspiration from a former era defined by luxurious travel, visiting monarchs, elaborate garments, brocade fabrics, and royal tapestries. The design commemorates the city’s monumental Royal Visit by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, who stayed during the hotel’s grand opening in 1939.

Careful attention was paid to preserve the hotel’s extensive list of heirlooms which included its guest room doors, made in 1939 of English harewood with bronze inset doorplates; the elaborate bronze hallway doors; the African Sapele wood paneled walls of the elevator lobby accented with solid bronze inlay strips; and the English black walnut veneer-paneled walls of the Lt. Governor Suite originating from a single walnut tree and so skillfully matched that the same markings may be traced symmetrically around the entire room.

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Notch8 Restaurant + Bar

A New Era of Glamour

With a luxurious and contemporary design inspired by the romance of travel in the 1930’s, Notch8 Restaurant & Bar brings a new era of glamour to the lobby of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Named after a train’s top speed, achieved only by the most skilled conductors, the restaurant pays homage to the hotel’s storied history and legacy as a luxury hotel along the Canadian Pacific railway.

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King and Queen at Hotel Vancouver

A Storied Past

Our current Hotel Vancouver is the third of its name. The first was a four story, brick structure that had only 60 rooms and looked and functioned much like a farmhouse, opening in 1887. It was located on the corner of W. Georgia St. and Granville St. The second Hotel Vancouver broke ground in 1912 on the same site as the first, and opened in 1916, becoming the meeting place for Vancouver society. It was a beautiful 15 storey hotel, but was poorly constructed and soon began to deteriorate. Our present and third Hotel Vancouver broke ground on Dec. 4, 1928, and took 11 years to complete because of the Great Depression. The hotel was officially opened in May 1939 by a visit from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth during their Royal Tour of Canada. Considered a feat of engineering upon completion, Hotel Vancouver’s timeless luxury and iconic design continues to inspire awe in visitors and locals alike.

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