Fairmont Vancouver unveils fresh new look after $75m renovation

by | 22 Oct 2019 | Chains

The recently unveiled Fairmont Vancouver after its renovation. (Photo: Fairmont)

Historic Vancouver hotel welcomes guests after the completion of the final phase of its five-year restoration project.

Fairmont Vancouver is once again the gem of downtown, after a five-year refurbishment to the tune of $75m has reached completion.

We take a look inside this stunningly restored architectural gem.

Fairmont Vancouver ends 80th year on a high

Fairmont Vancouver, an iconic property in the heart of downtown Vancouver, celebrated its 80th birthday back in May, so it is fitting that as the year draws towards its close, the hotel welcomes a new lease of life in the form of a fresh new look five years in the making.

The icing on the cake of Fairmont Vancouver’s second coming is that of the gilded “hotel within a hotel”, the Fairmont Gold, an exclusive enclave located on the ninth and fourteenth floors of the hotel.

Adam Laker, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver GM, spoke of the hotel’s new glory, saying, “We are elated to be able to provide our guests with elevated personalized service in a space that honours the grandeur and original architecture of the hotel while featuring modern touches and amenities. We feel a sense of duty to ensure that the history of the hotel is not just preserved but highlighted throughout, and with this new Fairmont Gold I believe we have accomplished that.”

CHIL Interior Design reimagines the Fairmont Vancouver

Interior design firm CHIL was tasked with overhauling the hotel’s interiors and took their cues from elaborate heritage design merged with elegant contemporary trends.

“We were inspired by the hotel’s Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939 and wanted the design concept to celebrate the historical significance and prominence while selectively updating elements to their original grandeur,” says Adele Rankin, design lead at CHIL.

The hotel’s period features were retained and celebrated, such as the original plaster crown mouldings, woodwork, decorative built-in fireplaces and shelving.

Craftsmen were on hand to repair any damaged architectural elements, while the designers chose to work in a sumptuous palette of navy, gold and grey combined with luxurious materials such as marble and thick woollen carpets.

The Fairmont Gold Experience

The private boutique “hotel within a hotel” is something that can only be experienced at the Fairmont Gold.

This exclusive club welcomes guests on the ninth floor for their private check-in, after which they can unwind in the Fairmont Gold Lounge, before consulting the private concierge on the best places to wine, dine and discover in Vancouver.

Executive Chef Colin Burslem has curated a bespoke menu especially for the guests of the ninth and fourteenth floors, showcasing the best of Vancouver’s diverse culinary stylings.



Fairmont Hotels & Resorts enjoys a worldwide reputation for accommodation excellence, with a global portfolio that includes historic icons, elegant resorts and modern city centre properties.


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