Travel Talk: Spotlight on Fairmont

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Fairmont Gold experience at Fairmont Empress in Victoria, British Colombia. (Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels.)

Two Fairmont properties in Canada offer your guests stunning views, upscale accommodations, unique cultural experiences, and for cruisers, ease of mind with an optimal location to cruise terminals.

Fairmont Waterfront
Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront is the spot for eco-minded travelers, as well as cruisers as it’s connected to the adjacent cruise ship terminal, plus the property’s van transports guest’s luggage directly to the ship for worry-free logistics. The 489-guestroom property offers floor-to-ceiling windows with harbor and coastal mountain views, cuisine sourced from local farms and purveyors, plus a fitness center with a sauna and steam room.

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The garden at Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver.

This waterfront property is focused on being an environmental leader working toward Zero Waste status, offering two electric car charging stations, a rooftop herb and vegetable garden, plus 250,000 bees in its garden. Guests can go on complimentary daily tours of the garden and apiary with the hotel’s Bee Butler and Bee Team. The garden also serves as a bird sanctuary, and travelers can often find the chef at the garden, snipping produce and edible flowers for use in his plant-to-plate pollinator menu.

For offsite exploration, guests can sign up for a cultural and culinary adventure with Talaysay Tours, learning about Aboriginal culture via eco-tourism experiences such as the Talking Trees tour.

The Family package offers guests discounts on room and dining including connecting rooms with 40 percent off the second room, a daily in-room movie option, and board games upon arrival. Children 5 and under eat free and ages 6-12 are half price.

Consider the Cruise Control package for cruisers, offering overnight accommodations, guaranteed 9 a.m. early check-in, deluxe buffet breakfast, and luggage transfers to Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal.

Fairmont Empress
The Fairmont Empress, located in Victoria, British Columbia, overlooks the city’s Inner Harbor, making it an ideal hotel for cruisers to visit when ships are in port. Cruise passengers can take advantage of the property’s historic tradition, the world-famous Tea at the Empress, which dates back to its opening in 1908 and is served in the Lobby Lounge. It features tea sandwiches, traditional English raisin scones served with house-clotted cream and strawberry lavender jam, plus bite-sized pastries. For those who want to spend the night, the Tea at the Empress and Butchart Gardens package includes accommodations, one Tea at the Empress experience pp, admission and transportation (via CVS Tours) to the locals gardens.

The 464-guestroom and -suite property is home to the Willow Stream Spa with signature West Coast experiences; Q at the Empress Restaurant offering Pacific Northwest cuisine and the Q Bar featuring a regionally focused cocktail menu, plus the reimagined Fairmont Gold Lounge with views of the harbor. Pet lovers will appreciate Winston, the hotel’s new canine ambassador, who is available for walks and snuggles.

Upscale Stay
Both properties offer the Fairmont Gold experience, with guest concierge service and private check-in. At the Empress, guests have access to two lounges serving breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening canapes, and at the Waterfront property, guests have access to an honor bar, and complimentary breakfast in a private lounge.

— Michelle Marie Arean contributed to this article. 

Contact Information
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts: fairmont.com

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