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Great location and accommodations, but concerns with Wi-Fi fee and privacy

Pros
  • Most guests were pleased with the location of the hotel, as it is attached to Vancouver International Airport
  • Several reviewers paid compliments to their rooms, describing them as clean and quiet, with comfortable beds
  • The staff were characterized as friendly, efficient and professional by many
Cons
  • Some guests were disappointed that Wi-Fi was not included in the price of their rooms
  • A few guests had complaints that the bathrooms in their rooms had a window looking out into the rest of the room
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 10, 2012
Overview
Located directly above the US departures terminal at Vancouver International Airport (YVR), the Fairmont Vancouver Airport is popular with travellers who require a convenient layover stay without leaving the airport.

This hotel has 392 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites, all of which offer cable TV, a mini-bar, a coffee/tea maker, a bathrobe for each guest, a desk, a hair dryer, and an iron/ironing board. Rooms come with two queen beds or one king bed, while deluxe and signature rooms offer more space. Wi-Fi is available for these rooms for a fee of $13.95 + tax per night. Pets are permitted for $25/night.

The Sea Island suite has a separate bedroom and living room and includes the standard amenities plus free Wi-Fi, while the Jade Suite also offers a private concierge and a kitchenette.

Hotel amenities include
 airline check-in for major carriers in the lobby, 8,800 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour business centre, a spa, and a health club. Parking is available for $10/night.

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport offers on-site dining at Globe@YVR (open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner) and Jetside Bar, which serves appetizers and snacks (open daily from 11:00 am to midnight).

The hotel is approximately a 23-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. The YVR Airport SkyTrain Station (located at the west end of the airport) links the airport to downtown Vancouver in roughly 20 minutes, and downtown Richmond in approximately 10 minutes. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi is $13.95 + tax per night, self-parking is $10 per night, pets are $25 per pet, per night. (Call date: Oct. 5th, 2012)
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The Good
The majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive with much praise going to the hotel's location, rooms, and staff.

Most guests were pleased with the location of this hotel. They described it as being attached to the airport and ideal for a layover stop or an early morning flight. Departure terminals were mentioned as being within walking distance, and one guest remarked they "couldn't be closer to the airport".

Several reviewers complimented their accommodations, mentioning "exquisitely comfy" beds with high quality bedding and linens, and clean and quiet rooms. The views of the runway and surrounding mountains were also enjoyed by many guests.

The staff were characterized as very friendly, efficient and professional by many lodgers, and the check-in at the front desk was described as fast. Other compliments for the hotel included the food at the on-site restaurant, the spa, and the well-equipped health club.
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The Bad
While most of the reviews consulted for this analysis were quite positive, there were a few common complaints among them, which included the Wi-Fi fee, and the bathroom window.

Some guests felt that given the cost of their rooms at the Fairmont, Wi-Fi should have been included in the price, instead of being $13.95 + tax per 24 hours.

A few reviewers made mention of the bathroom window in their rooms. They described the window as looking out into the rest of the room and said that you could clearly see the shower from outside the bathroom. These reviewers felt this layout was not for everyone as it did not provide enough privacy.
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TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #1 out of 26 Richmond hotels from 509 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.7 out of 5 with a 95% recommendation rate from 145 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 4.8 out of 5 from 74 reviews.

Verified with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi is $13.95 + tax per night, self-parking is $10 per night, pets are $25 per pet, per night. (Call date: Oct. 5th, 2012).

Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
8.9
Very Good

Rated 8.9/10 based on 1910 reviews

Ranked #3 out of 26 hotels in Richmond

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Map Marker Fairmont Vancouver Airport
3111 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC