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Fairmont Waterfront

9.2 | Excellent | #6 out of 97 hotels in Vancouver
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Highly praised downtown Vancouver luxury hotel on harbour with stunning views & outdoor pool

Pros
  • Free amenities: bicycle rentals, electric car parking, bottled water, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and spacious with comfy beds
  • Location was excellent, close to Stanley Park, convention centre, SkyTrain, restaurants and shops
  • Staff were professional and unfailingly courteous
  • Beautiful views of the harbour, mountains, parkland and city
  • Very good dining on site according to guests
Cons
  • Wi-Fi costs $14.95 or $25.15 per 24 hours
  • Parking costs $49 per night
  • Some thought the rain showers lacked pressure
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Editor's Review
Updated Dec 9, 2016
Overview
This recently renovated hotel is located on the Vancouver harbourfront next to the Cruise Ship Terminal, Canada Place, Vancouver Convention Centre and the Seawall trail system.

The hotel offers 489 smoke-free rooms. All rooms include free bottled water, a 47” flat screen HDTV with cable and pay-per-view movies, a Keurig coffeemaker, a mini-bar, a desk and ergonomic chair, a multimedia connectivity hub, a safe, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, bathrobes, windows that open, and climate control.

Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 queen bed or 1 king bed. Room extras include a sofabed, 1 or 2 separate bedrooms, 2 TVs, a living room, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a wet bar, a pantry kitchen, a humidifier, rain spa shower, a jetted soaker tub, hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows that open, a terrace, a balcony and city or harbour views. Accessible rooms are available.

Parking is $49 per night for both self and valet parking. Long-term parking is available for guests leaving on a cruise. Electric car charging is available and parking is free for electric cars. Wi-Fi is offered for $14.95 or $25.15 per 24-hours and is free to President’s Club members. Pets (a maximum of 2 dogs or cats) are welcome for $25 per night.

ARC Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus weekend brunch. ARC Bar offers light fare with live music nightly. Room service is available 24 hours.

Hotel amenities include an outdoor heated pool, a hot tub, a 24-hour fitness centre, a eucalyptus steam room, a business centre, concierge, gift shops, a salon, news stand, tailor, a shoe repair shop, free bicycle rentals, dry cleaning, safe deposit boxes, elevators, free newspapers and meeting rooms.

Gastown (dining and nightlife) is a 10-minute walk from this hotel. The Vancouver Art Gallery, Pacific Centre Mall, and other shopping venues on Robson Street, are about 15 minutes away on foot. B.C. Place Stadium (home of the CFL's B.C. Lions) and Rogers Arena (home of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and concert venue) are a 20-minute walk or 8-minute drive away. The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is 30 minutes away by car. (All travel times: Google Maps)
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The Good
Guests enjoyed this hotel with many giving it full marks in reviews.

Rooms were tastefully decorated, well cleaned and had very comfy beds. Some guests had nice large bathrooms and stunning views of the harbour, mountains or city from their rooms.

The location was very central. Guests biked along the waterfront trail to Stanley Park and accessed Gastown, the convention centre, the SkyTrain and downtown shopping with ease. 

The staff all offered excellent and courteous service.

Dining on site was well liked. Guests were often very pleased with breakfasts, cocktails at the bar, delicious desserts and other dining.

Adding value were: a heated outdoor pool for swimming in the rain, a great workout facility, very fast Wi-Fi, loner bikes, loner umbrellas and the entertainment at the bar.

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The Bad
There was very little negative feedback, but occasionally guests pinpointed a weakness.

Regarding the hotel: one guest thought the lobby was not impressive, another found it noisy in the mornings (although quiet in the evening), a guest complained that his alcoholic drink seemed weak, another found the beer too expensive which was sold poolside, and one guest said the steam room was not impressive for a 5-star hotel and seemed older.

Regarding the rooms: one older guest found the coffeemaker on a shelf that is too low, another guest found the pillows too thick, no mini-fridge in the room, large square rain shower head resulted in less pressure, bathroom seemed older and generic, complimentary toiletries not impressive, difficulty regulating the in-room temperature, and no milk provided for tea drinkers in the room.

Occasionally guests complained of no free Wi-Fi.

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Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.6 out of 5, based upon 1128 reviews.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #11 out of 90 properties in Vancouver, from 2979 guest reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 9 out of 10, based on 571 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
9.2 / out of 10
"Excellent"
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6 / out of 97
hotels in Vancouver

The average guest rating for Fairmont Waterfront is 9.2 out of 10 based on 2505 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Fairmont Waterfront at #6 out of 97 hotels in Vancouver.

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900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC