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Vancouver airport hotel on site at YVR with a mechanized lap pool, restaurant and lounge 

  • Guests typically enjoyed clean, quiet and comfortable rooms
  • Many thought the meals on site were very good and reasonably priced
  • Many found the location ideal for accessing flights
  • Many found the staff friendly and accommodating
  • Wi-Fi is $14.95 including tax per 24 hours
  • Self-parking is $20 and valet parking is $28.50 per night
  • Many were disappointed in extra Wi-Fi charges
  • Many felt the hotel was overpriced
  • Lack of bathroom privacy a complaint of some guests
  • Rooms in need of a refresh according to some
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 16, 2016
Located within Vancouver International Airport (YVR), this hotel is the ultimate convenience for air travellers needing a short layover between flights. The upscale hotel also serves as a meeting place for families travelling together, as well as business clients coming into Vancouver for the day. The SkyTrain station on site gives easy access to downtown Vancouver and the surrounding area.

The hotel has 392 smoke-free rooms and suites. All rooms include Wi-Fi ($14.95/24 hrs), cable TV with pay-per-view movies and video games, a coffeemaker, a tea kettle, a mini-bar, a working desk, dataport, a safe, an iron/ironing board, bathrobes, a hair dryer, sound-proofed windows and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, a separate bedroom, a second bathroom, a mini-kitchen (mini-fridge, microwave, wet bar) and a 1-person jetted soaker tub. Accessible rooms are available. (Guests can request a mini-fridge for their room free of charge.)

Self-parking is available for $20 per night in the economy lot or parkade levels 2 and 3. Valet parking is $28.50 per night and long term parking is $15 per night. Pets are welcomed for $25 per night.

On-site dining is offered at Globe @ YVR, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and Jetside Bar, which serves lunch, afternoon snacks and late night desserts is open daily from 11 am to midnight or 1 am. Room service is available 24 hours.

Hotel amenities include a departure kiosk, a 24-hour business centre, a day spa, and a health club offering a mechanized lap pool, a hot tub, a children's wading pool, a men's sauna, a women's sauna and a fitness room. There are also fish freezing services, dry cleaning, concierge, babysitting and gift shops and meeting rooms.

The hotel is a 27-minute drive without traffic from downtown Vancouver. The YVR Airport SkyTrain Station is an 8-minute walk away and links the hotel to downtown Vancouver or downtown Richmond in 35 minutes. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on February 14, 2016: all rooms smoke free, Wi-Fi $14.95 including tax, pet fees
The Good
Many guests enjoyed their stays at this hotel. They found it conveniently located, luxurious and well run with accommodating staff. Some thought it was the perfect place for a day business meeting or for meeting up with family.

Guest typically loved 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. Domestic, USA and international terminals could be accessed within a 4-minute walk from the hotel, without the need for outerwear. The SkyTrain access on site, also made the hotel conveniently located for reaching downtown Vancouver.

Guests enjoyed runway views from the rooms and could see planes taking off and landing. Higher floors revealed the ocean and surrounding mountains. Guests were often impressed with how quiet the hotel was, and many enjoyed peaceful rests in comfortable beds and clean, spacious rooms.

Many guests found staff to be accommodating and friendly. 

Many guests seemed to enjoy good quality and reasonably-priced meals at the hotel's restaurant and bar. One guest mentioned enjoying live music and a roaring fire at the lounge.
The Bad
Although the hotel usually received full marks from reviewers, there was some negative feedback found online.

Some guests felt the hotel was overpriced with high room rates. Also when guests complained of a less than 5-star experience in their rooms, it seems that staff were often unresponsive or gave a token compensation--and not the first class service expected of a 5-star hotel. 

Many were disappointed to be hit with extra charges like Wi-Fi, bottled water and snack items stocked in the mini-bar. Guests felt inconvenienced to be charged for these snacks if they were moved or handled unintentionally. Many resorted to using the airport Wi-Fi, just outside the lobby for free.

Sometimes guests complained of rooms that were somewhat dated and in need of maintenance. Some specific issues mentioned recently were: a horrible bed, a broken phone in the room, peeling wallpaper, a cracked sink, stained carpets, shattered bathroom tiles, scratched and chipped furniture, a threadbare chair, room smelled stale, a jetted tub did not work, chipped walls, lamps flickered, stained curtains, torn carpet, room cold and thermostat difficult, room needs better lighting, banging sounds from the heater, and mattresses sunken in the middle.

Occasionally, guests found cleanliness inconsistencies including dusty surfaces, a dirty bathroom floor and tub, and rooms that were not thoroughly vacuumed. One guest with allergies complained of a strong smell of perfumed air issuing from the hotel's air vents (although the manager responding to the review said they have stopped this practice).

Some guests were upset about the design of the in-room bathrooms, as they claimed that it prevented the proper privacy for using the facilities. Both couples and friend groups that were travelling together complained of louvered doors that did not insulate bathroom activities from the rest of the guest room. Also a shuttered window between the bedroom area and the bathroom did not fully block light at nighttime and cover those showering.

Some were not all that impressed with the indoor pool. Complaints found were: very small, too shallow, too cold, the deck too slippery, the room was stuffy, and an uninspiring view of those checking into the airport.

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TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #1 out of 23 Richmond hotels from 2065 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.6 out of 5, from 1022 reviews.

guest reviews rated the hotel 9.3 out of 10 from 768 reviews.

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.
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Rated 9.1/10 based on 2293 reviews

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