by Courtney Elko
Checking in to a Fairmont hotel, there’s never any doubt of the impeccable service and amenities that await every guest, and the Fairmont Waterfront stays completely on brand. This centrally located luxury hotel is within walking distance of many downtown Vancouver attractions. The harbor, cruise ship terminal and convention center are all directly across the street (convenient for those looking for an overnight stay before embarking on a cruise); numerous museums and restaurants surround the hotel; and the Vancouver airport is just 30 minutes away. Free shuttle buses to the Capilano Suspension Bridge are also directly across the street from the Fairmont Waterfront, making it convenient to not only see the city offerings, but also the nature-side of Vancouver.
Kids will love the outdoor terrace pool, complimentary bicycles, the honeybees and the Bee Butler, while parents will love being taken care of themselves with turndown service, personalized amenities and onsite dining. The guestrooms and suites are plenty spacious for families and can be well-equipped with kids’ amenities like kids’ robes and diaper genies, too. Pets are also well cared for here, with amenities of their own and dog walking services.
Fun Fact: Queen Elizabeth II stayed here during her Royal Jubilee visit in 2002, so the Fairmont Waterfront, indeed, offers royal treatment! But it never compromises on comfort and accessibility either. Families looking for a luxury hotel that’s conveniently located to everything Vancouver has to offer will love a stay at the Fairmont Waterfront.
Our Editor Loves
- Outdoor terrace pool and apiary
- Waterfront harbor views
- Outstanding service and attention to detail
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
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The guestrooms and suites are modern, relaxed and feature excellent waterfront, harbor or garden views. All rooms feature multimedia connectivity at the desk and television and Wi-Fi access. Hotel club members receive complimentary Wi-Fi access and it is free to join. Cribs, rollaway beds and connecting rooms are available upon request.
The spacious guestrooms feature one king or queen bed or two double beds, a flat screen television, Wi-Fi access, a stocked mini-fridge, floor-to-ceiling windows that open for fresh air, a coffee maker and exclusive bath amenities. The bathrooms feature either a stand-up shower or shower/tub combination.
Families may want to request a Terrace Room, which offers a private outdoor terrace that leads to direct access to the outdoor pool.
There are one and two bedroom suites available to families. These large suites offer a separate living room area with a sleeper sofa and a king bed (or two double beds) in the one bedroom and two double beds in the second bedroom. There are three bathrooms in the two-bedroom suites and two bathrooms in the one-bedroom suites with both stand up showers and shower/tub combinations. The suites feature a flat screen television in each room, Wi-Fi access, a stocked mini-fridge, floor-to-ceiling windows that open for fresh air, a coffee maker and personalized bath amenities.
Beautiful hotel. We upgraded to the Gold floor and the breakfast was one of the best lounge meals I've ever had. Rooms and bathroom were beautiful. Staff was great--a birthday card with free drinks was waiting at the front desk.
The hotel was very inviting. Staff were helpful polite and courteous. My room was clean and the view was amazing. I recommend the Stanley park view if possible. The Valet was very helpful and my vehicle was waiting when I needed it. Great stay I highly recommend.
The outdoor, terrace pool (located by the Health Club) is heated and open year round so families can always take a dip while enjoying the fabulous harbor and Vancouver skyline views. Lounge chairs and umbrellas surround the pool deck and pool towels are provided. Pool toys are also available for the kids. Changing rooms and restrooms are located in the Health Club. The pool is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The hotel offers complimentary bicycles, including a children’s bike or children’s bicycle trailer, so families can pedal around town exploring Vancouver.
Herb Gardens and Beehives
The terrace herb gardens, situated near the pool, provide much of the herbs, vegetables, fruits and honey used in the hotel’s cuisine. The gardens, planted in 1996, are also home to an apiary (collection of beehives). The more than 250,000 honeybees have produce more than 200 pounds of honey at this hotel in just one year. Families will love to join the hotel’s Bee Butler for one of his daily beehive tours that take place from May through September. The tours explain how busy these bees are throughout Vancouver and how long it takes to produce their delightfully delicious honey. Make sure to taste the hotel’s own honey in any one of the variety of dishes at the onsite restaurant, or take a jar home.
Children 5 years old and younger eat free off of the children’s menu at the onsite restaurant. Plus, kids 6 to 11 years old eat for half price off of the regular menu. High chairs are available as well as portable DVD players with a selection of movies that can be brought to your table, if your kiddo is seeking some entertainment.
Located just off the lobby, this relaxed yet sophisticated restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dishes are fresh and local (much of the ingredients come from the hotel’s own herb gardens) and often changing with the seasons. Seafood, chicken, beef, risotto, salads, sandwiches and pasta are just a few of the menu items offered. The restaurant is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. In-room dining is also available from the ARC.
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All About the Extras
Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel. Hotel club members receive complimentary access and it is free to join.
Self and valet parking are available for an additional, daily fee. Electric car and hybrid parking is also available.
Pets are welcome and well taken care off at this hotel for an additional fee. Dog parks and walking routes are provided along with dog amenities like beds, bowls and treats. The hotel can make arrangements for an in-room dog sitter or walker and there is a doggy daycare located nearby.
- Kids Amenities
Children’s robes, diaper genies, potties, kids’ shampoo and soap, cribs, stepping stools and more available to families upon request.
- Health Club
The state-of-the-art fitness center, located near the pool, is open 24 hours and offers cardio and weight machines. Personal training and massage services are available upon request. There is also a steam room and whirlpool in the Health Club.
- Run Routes
The RunGo App offers custom running routes, vetted by the hotel’s concierge team, for guests seeking some exercise while still getting to explore Vancouver.
The hotel can arrange babysitting services.
The Best Time to Visit
This hotel does see family and business travelers year round, but the spring and summer months are most popular.
Vancouver International Airport is located about 30 minutes away from the hotel. The Cruise Ship Terminal is also located directly across the street and there is a connected, covered walkway to reach it from the hotel. The Canada Line Skytrain is also located about a five minute walk away from the hotel. The Skytrain can take families directly to the airport.
Families can easily walk to much of what Vancouver has to offer when staying at this hotel. Taxis are readily available in front of the hotel and a free shuttle bus to take visitors to the Capilano Suspension Bridge is also located directly across the street from the Fairmont Waterfront.
The ARC Bar is a great spot for drinks and tapas. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Live music also takes place here daily.