The Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver

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When is best

Apr - Oct

High Season

We recommend

5 nights

stay

London

9 hrs 45 mins

Vancouver

Holidays in Vancouver

Surrounded by the North Shore Mountains and the Strait of Georgia, an arm of the Pacific Ocean to the west, there is no shortage of natural beauty here. The best of arts, entertainment and sport can be found in Downtown Vancouver with its ever-evolving harbour front. The best of the city's nightlife can be experienced on the neon-lit Granville Street with bars, restaurants and clubs this place comes alive when the sun goes down.

The National Historic Site of Gastown is the oldest part of the city that began as a single tavern owned by 'Gassy' Jack Deighton and is now one of the most stylish neighbourhoods with many boutiques, galleries and independent eateries but make sure you visit the steam clock and the Gassy Jack statue in Maple Tree Square.

For retail therapy, the West End is the place to be, but English Bay Beach is one of the most popular places come sunset. Keep walking to Stanley Park for miles of trails through the park, past First Nations artworks and many family attractions. You can also take a boat ride to Granville Island with the Public Market here being a real pull for foodies for exceptional local dishes to sample as well as theatres, art galleries and souvenir shops.

For the great outdoors, Grouse Mountain is the place to visit which is accessible via the Skyride gondola or the 1.8-mile hike Grouse Grind trail, but the views from the top are absolutely worth it. Those who can stomach the heights should also head for Capilano Suspension Bridge Park for stunning sights. Back on the ground, this city is relatively flat making it perfect for strolling around or hiring a bike to discover the parks and beaches.

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The Fairmont Waterfront

Located on the waterfront, there is also an unbeatable view of the North Shore Mountains. The lobby has a bright marble floor that leads to the Arc restaurant with live music every evening. The zero-waste policy here is also worth learning about with a complimentary hour-long Bee Tour at the third-floor apiary and garden.

The staff here do everything they can to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Enjoy a beautiful view over the city from the rooftop pool on the third floor as well as a morning running club twice a week, a spacious fully-kitted gym with free apples and fruit-infused water, a whirlpool and steam rooms.

Every room is spacious with floor-to-ceiling views of the nearby cruise-terminal and mountains, the hotel's leafy garden and the cityscape. Decorated in warm toffee and caramel tones, luxurious linen and beds and toiletries scented with the Fairmont's own Le Labo. Opt for one of the Terrace rooms for direct pool access and furniture to rest on whilst overlooking the garden.

Arc restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the bustling Canada Place below. A seasonal menu is served from breakfast until dinner. Breakfast has all the staples you could want but also serves up treats including house-smoked salmon and waffles, peameal bacon, sustainable seafood make all meals simply delicious. BC craft beer, wine and cocktails are ready to take you into dinner, where the house-churned ice cream, particularly the burnt honey flavour, is unmissable.

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