Fairmont Vancouver Launches New "Gold" Offering Following $75 Million Renovation

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, which marked its 80th anniversary in May, has completed the final phase of a five-year $75 million renovation project with the unveiling of its newly redesigned Fairmont Gold, the brand’s exclusive ‘hotel within a hotel’ experience. 

Located on the 9th and 14th floors of the heritage building with a private lounge that features dedicated concierge service, the company says Fairmont Gold is "designed to fulfill the needs of discerning travellers, ensuring their stay is nothing short of unforgettable." 

"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," said Adam Laker, General Manager, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. "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.” 

After delivering the award-winning restoration of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Fourteenth Floor Heritage Suites, CHIL Interior Design was commissioned to reimagine the Fairmont Gold experience showcasing a contemporary design that would blend with the hotel’s heritage. 

Included in the redesign project was the 9th floor private lounge and 50 guest rooms, including three-bedroom suites featuring a living room, kitchen, and dining room which can seat up to 10 guests. 

“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, Principal and Design Lead, CHIL Interior Design. 

“Our goal was to honour the important events that have taken place under the hotel’s magnificent copper roof, reflecting opulence but in a contemporary fashion to give a unique personality. It’s a project that we all fell in love with.” 

The Fairmont Gold experience begins with private check-in, located on the hotel’s ninth floor at the entrance to the private lounge. The dedicated concierge team is on hand to assist with securing reservations at Vancouver’s best restaurants, itinerary planning and even delivering coffee with a morning wake up call, if a guest so desires. 

In addition, Fairmont Gold amenities include a pillow concierge, complimentary shoe shine services, and a complimentary piece of pressing.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Executive Chef Colin Burslem has curated rotating culinary offerings that give guests of Fairmont Gold an opportunity to sample locally sourced and produced fare.  

Served in the Fairmont Gold Lounge, the all-day culinary experience is complimentary and includes deluxe European breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres, and mid-afternoon and late-night snacks, along with refreshments and an honour bar.  

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