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Fairmont Vancouver Waterfront, Vancouver

Editor's Pick
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, North America: The heated pool at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver is heated, and open year-round
900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6C 3L5
Tel: 800 275 7544 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 691 1991's insider take:

With a prime location right on Vancouver's harbor, this 23-story hotel has some of the city's most spectacular views. The best place to enjoy the panorama is, without a doubt, the heated pool surrounded by an herb garden on the third-floor terrace, which seems to hang suspended between vistas of the North Shore Mountains and Stanley Park. Dinner at the on-site Herons Restaurant, with its two-story panes of glass overlooking city foot traffic, isn't too shabby, either. Most of the 489 classically plush rooms and suites face the harbor, but the Signature suites and rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and especially incredible views—including from the spacious marble bathrooms. For the ultimate in pampering, splurge on a Fairmont Gold Club room featuring a private concierge, complimentary breakfast, and late-afternoon appetizers; you'll quickly grow accustomed to feeling like a member of the royal court. Note that the hotel gets packed during high season because of its proximity to the Alaska cruise ship terminal.—Kasey Wilson

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 88.8
  • Design: 87.6
  • Food: 81.9
  • Location: 94.7
  • Rooms: 91.3
  • Service: 88.2
The location across from the Vancouver Convention Centre "could not be better." The 23-story terraced glass tower has contemporary design and a "spotless lobby." Rooms in sea or red-jewel hues overlook either the skyline and the hotel's herb garden or the North Shore mountains. Herons serves regional seafood (seared salmon, honey mussels).

(489 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Pool

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