Fairmont Vancouver Airport

3111 Grant McConachie Way, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Tel: 604.207.5200

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is located directly inside Vancouver International Airport, better known as YVR. Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels.

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is located directly inside Vancouver International Airport, better known as YVR. Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels.

HISTORY

Airport hotels don’t get much better than the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, located directly within Vancouver International Airport (YVR) just one level above the United States check-in counters. Inside, everything a Fairmont-ite could want is present: excellent service, well-appointed rooms and a hint of understated luxury. But there are also a few things that make this Fairmont unique, like sound-proofed rooms and views of either the North Shore Mountains (and the transborder and international terminals), or a view of the airport’s south runway.

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel opened in 1999 and is the only airport hotel in the world to make Conde Nast’s prestigious 100 Gold List.

Being a Vancouverite, I’ve made use of the Fairmont Vancouver Airport (YVR) more times than I can count before early-morning flights or when arriving from late-night journeys. With its convenient location and almost direct access to the Canada Line rapid transit to downtown Vancouver, it’s my “go-to” base for nearly everything. Sure, there are other airport hotels nearby, but nothing beats the convenience of being right inside the airport. Why go anywhere else?

ROOMS

Rooms at the Fairmont YVR are spacious, luxe and - most importantly - very well soundproofed. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Rooms at the Fairmont YVR are spacious, luxe and – most importantly – very well soundproofed. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Rooms at the Fairmont YVR are spacious and – perhaps most importantly – remarkably sound proofed. On the standard guest floors, they come in two configurations: regular rooms that feature bathrooms with glass showers, separate soaker tubs, and a private toilet area; and slightly larger Studio Rooms that position the jetted soaker tub in front of two large retractable wooden doors that open onto the main room, allowing you to enjoy your bubble bath – and the planes taking off – all at once.

Room lights are almost all on dimmers, and each light source can be digitally controlled from a center console located on the nightstand next to the bed. A proper desk situated near the floor-to-ceiling windows is made for road warriors, and features easy-to-access power outlets for charging laptops and iPads.

My personal favorite, though, are the rooms that overlook the North Shore Mountains. I’m a huge plane spotter, and I love watching aircraft come and go at the US terminal. The hotel even has a high-powered telescope in many rooms for enhanced views of the runway and the surrounding scenery.

Some Fairmont Guest Rooms feature telescopes for better plane-spotting. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Some Fairmont Guest Rooms feature telescopes for better plane-spotting. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The Fairmont YVR also has an exclusive Fairmont Gold floor that features enhanced accommodations and amenities that include:

  • Complimentary Deluxe Continental breakfast buffet served between 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. daily.
  • An option for a complimentary Continental Breakfast to be delivered to the room, before lounge hours, for those very early departures.
  • Complimentary selection of hot and cold canapés as part of our evening presentation.
  • An honor bar available for service between 12:00 p.m – 9:30 p.m.daily.
  • Complimentary mineral water, soft drinks, coffee, espresso drinks and selection of teas from open until 10:00 p.m.
  • Complimentary wireless internet, computer access, and use of the Fairmont Gold iPad based on availability.
  • Two hours of complimentary use of the Fairmont Gold Boardroom, based on availability.  

AMENITIES

Watch plane traffic at YVR's Transborder (US) terminal come and go from the JetSide Bar. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Watch plane traffic at YVR’s Transborder (US) terminal come and go from the JetSide Bar. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

  • The Jetside Bar is located just past the main Reception and Elevator lobby at the Fairmont YVR, overlooking the airport’s transborder terminal. Overheight floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the north runway and the North Shore Mountains beyond, and plane-spotting can be enjoyed here by day or night. A real bonus is the bar’s locally-inspired menu, which features BC specialties, local wines and craft brews on tap.
  • Globe@YVR is conveniently located adjacent to the Jetside Bar in an open-air concept that features the same magnificent views as its casual counterpart. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served up here, and reservations are strongly recommended – honestly. It’s not the cheapest option in the airport for dining, but it is the best in terms of quality and ingredients, not to mention service, by far.

HIDDEN GEMS

One of the attractive elevator lobbies at the Fairmont YVR. Yes, this is the 13th Floor of the hotel! Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

One of the attractive elevator lobbies at the Fairmont YVR. Yes, this is the 13th Floor of the hotel! Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

  • Fairmont President’s Club Membership is worth registering for. It’s free, and offers immediate benefits for guests like complimentary high-speed internet access, business center usage, and dedicated check-in facilities. It’s one of my absolute favorite preferred guest programs of any hotel, and I am baffled by how many people never think of registering for it.
  • The Health Club at the Fairmont YVR is often-overlooked, despite having some fantastic facilities like a swim-against-the-current pool, Jacuzzis, and a small fleet of workout equipment. Forgot your workout gear? The Fairmont will lend you some for a small fee. Even better, Fairmont Gold and Fairmont President’s Club Members can access the gym 24 hours a day.
  • Airline Self-Check-in Kiosks are located in the lobby at the Fairmont YVR for Air Canada, WestJet and other select airlines. Print your boarding passes and get on your way!

WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE…

Sculptures, waterfalls, reflecting pools and a full-blown aquarium make flying from Vancouver International Airport a true pleasure. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Sculptures, waterfalls, reflecting pools and a full-blown aquarium make flying from Vancouver International Airport a true pleasure. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

  • Vancouver International Airport: the Fairmont YVR is located literally above the Transborder (U.S.) check-in area, meaning you can be checked out of the hotel and at the gates for Delta in under a minute. The International and Domestic areas of YVR are just a short walk further.
  • The CanadaLine Train, which departs just outside the International and Transborder sides of the Main Terminal, offers fast access to downtown Vancouver’s Waterfront Station, located at the foot of Granville and Cordova. Canada Place is a two-minute walk to the West; Gastown is a two minute walk to the East.

AIRPORTS AND CRUISE PORTS

Princess Cruises' Dawn Princess and Disney's Disney Wonder called at Port Metro Vancouver's Canada Place Cruise Terminal this past Monday. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Vancouver’s Canada Place Cruise Terminal is just a quick train ride away. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

  • To Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal: 25 minutes via CanadaLine Train; 30+ minutes via taxi.
  • To Ballantyne Cruise Terminal: approximately 40 minutes by taxi.
  • To the Port of Seattle by QuickShuttle or Rental Car: approximately three hours.

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