As part of a recent trip on board the luxury train tour, the Canadian Rocky Mountaineer, my husband and I had the opportunity to upgrade our hotel package to include stays at several of the best Fairmont Hotels in Canada.
As part of our incredible train journey, we were able to visit and stay at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
When looking to book hotel accommodations in Canada, these luxury Fairmont Hotels often appear in the results. But are they worth booking? What makes them special? Are they worth the price?
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Having stayed at the majority of these hotels, I can state with certainty that if you’re visiting the area, you should stay at at least one of these incredible hotels.
Continue reading to find out more about each of these luxury hotels in Canada.
What Makes Fairmont Hotels So Unique?
Each Fairmont is a distinct, landmark hotel with its own unique qualities and history. No two hotels are the same. You could stay in each one and have a completely different hotel experience. Most of the Fairmont hotels started as railway hotels that were built with the expansion of the railway in Canada.
My Top 3 Picks: Best Fairmont Hotels in Canada
The best Fairmont Hotels in Canada are located in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. Celebrities, politicians, and even royalty have stayed at these incredible hotels throughout Canada.
1. Fairmont Château Lake Louise, Alberta
Fairmont Château Lake Louise is, in my opinion, the best Fairmont in Canada. It has the most spectacular views of the emerald-coloured Lake Louise and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains.
This is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever stayed at in all of my travels.
What I Love About Château Lake Louise
- Spectacular Views
- Lots of amenities and outdoor activities, including hiking trails, rock climbing, canoe rental, and skating
- Excellent restaurants and dining options, including a patio with stunning views of the lake
Château Lake Louise has over 500 luxury rooms and is located in Alberta’s Banff National Park. Upgrading to a room with a view of Lake Louise is absolutely worth the extra money.
The hotel is located within the very tiny town of Lake Louise, and the area can become very busy with tourists. If you are not a guest of the hotel, visiting Lake Louise requires careful planning as parking is very limited.
I would highly recommend splurging and spending a night or two at Château Lake Louise if you are visiting the area so you can enjoy hiking, canoeing, or skating on the lake and enjoy some refreshments or a fine dining experience in one of the hotel restaurants while soaking in one of the most iconic views in Canada.
2. Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta
Although I believe Lake Louise is the best Fairmont hotel, the Fairmont Banff Springs is my favourite Fairmont Hotel. Located in Banff National Park, Fairmont Banff Springs has over 730 rooms and suites and is located just a 10-minute walk from the bustling ski town of Banff, Alberta.
What I Love About Fairmont Banff Springs
- Walking distance to the town of Banff
- Ease of access to all the attractions Banff has to offer
- Lots of options for restaurants, bars, and cafes both at the hotel and in the town
- Indoor and outdoor heated pools with stunning views
The town of Banff has an abundance of shops, restaurants, and bars. Unlike Lake Louise, where the only food options are essentially at the hotel, you can not only enjoy the incredible restaurants and bars at the hotel itself, but you can also walk into town and choose from a host of other local restaurants, bars, and cafes at a variety of price points.
There are many attractions to see in Banff, and that’s why we highly recommend visiting Banff.
At the hotel, there are also two saltwater pools (one indoor and one outdoor) that are heated and open year-round.
Fairmont Banff Springs is located just 60 kilometres away from Lake Louise, giving you the option to stay at both of these historical hotels in one trip when visiting Alberta, Canada.
3. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge has over 440 guest rooms on a 700-acre property located in Jasper National Park, Alberta. Guests stay in heritage log cabins that are connected by walking paths. The main lodge includes an outstanding restaurant with stunning views of the lake, a lively bar in the evening, an award-winning spa, and a hotel pool overlooking the lake and surrounding mountains.
What I Love About Jasper Park Lodge
- Stunning heated outdoor pool with a view of the lake
- Great ambiance in the bar and lounge located in the Great Lodge
- Rooms are cabin-style, scattered throughout the property and around the lake and offers a very unique accommodation experience
- Spectacular wildlife on the property
Jasper Park Lodge is about a 15-minute drive from the small town of Jasper. The lodge is in a secluded area surrounded by nature. Long walks, swimming, playing golf, and skiing in the winter are just some of the experiences you will have here at Jasper Park Lodge.
4. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, British Columbia
While the Hotel Vancouver is more than 80 years old and has had several incarnations, it continues to be one of the most prestigious hotels in Canada. The hotel you see today was completed in 1939 and was constructed in the style of a 16th century French Chateau.
What I Love About Fairmont Vancouver
- Convenient downtown location in the centre of Vancouver
- Excellent restaurant
- Large rooms that have been recently renovated
The hotel is in the centre of downtown Vancouver and is walking distance to the harbour, Canada Place, the seawall water walk, Stanley Park, and so much more.
With comfortable rooms, a fantastic restaurant, and an ideal location in downtown Vancouver, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is an excellent place to stay while visiting the city.
5. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, British Columbia
The Chateau Fairmont Whistler is a luxurious mountain resort located in Whistler, British Columbia. Fairmont Chateau Whistler is one of the newer hotels. It was built in 1989 in the style of the French manor house tradition of the historical Canadian Pacific Railway hotels.
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is located at the base of the Blackcomb Mountain and just a five-minute walk from Whistler Village. This modern luxury hotel has over 550 rooms and is a particular favourite for those who enjoy winter sports such as skiing.
Fairmont Whistler offers a wide range of dining options. Other amenities include a fitness centre, a spa, an outdoor heated pool, and hot tubs. Guests can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, golfing, and mountain biking.
6. Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Ontario
The Fairmont Royal York is in the heart of downtown Toronto, and with over 1,300 rooms and suites, this large, luxury hotel is the best hotel in Toronto. When the Royal York was completed in 1929, it was the tallest structure in the entire British Empire.
What I Love About the Fairmont Royal York
- Located right across the street from Union Station, with access to the TTC, GoTrains, ViaRail and UpExpress
- Close to all the downtown Toronto attractions and theatre district
- Lots of excellent bars and restaurants in the area
The Fairmont Royal York is right across the street from Union Station and within walking distance of the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre (for Blue Jays baseball fans), Scotia Bank Arena (for Maple Leaf hockey fans), the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Eaton’s Centre (for shopping fans), the theatre district, and more!
One of the most iconic spots within the hotel is The Library Bar. This eclectic bar brings tourists and Torontonians (people who live in Toronto) alike together to enjoy a drink or a meal in this hidden gem.
Easy Access to Toronto International Airport and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
It’s also really easy to get to and from both Toronto International Airport and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport from this location. Right across the street from the Fairmont Royal York you can hop on the UpExpress.
This is a 20 minute direct train ride to the Toronto International Airport. The UpExpress costs a bargain $12.35 one way. There is also a family ticket (2 adults + 3 guests under the age of 19!) for $25.70. I highly recommend the UpExpress, it’s affordable, fast and best of all, no Toronto traffic.
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport offers a complimentary shuttle between the Fairmont Royal York and the city Airport. Both the UpExpress and the shuttle make getting to and from either airport to the Royal York a breeze!
7. Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario
It was built between 1909 and 1912, and its architecture is reminiscent of a French chateau, with a steep copper roof, turrets, and limestone walls. The hotel has 429 guest rooms and suites, many of which offer stunning views of the city and the nearby Rideau Canal. The hotel has several restaurants and bars, a fitness centre, indoor pool, and a spa.
8. Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is a stunning hotel (which could pass as a castle) located in the heart of Old Quebec overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Le Château Frontenac is listed as a National Historic Site of Canada and is one of old Quebec’s City’s most popular historical attractions in old Quebec City, It was opened in 1893.
Even if you don’t stay at the Château Frontenac, you can still visit the lobby, and you can even book a guided tour. The hotel has over 600 rooms and is walking distance to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Citadelle. If you ever find yourself in Quebec City, a visit to this historic hotel is a must.
Best Fairmont Hotels in Canada Final Thoughts
If you get the opportunity to travel throughout Canada, you can’t help but notice the magnificent castle-like Fairmont hotels that exist at the centre of many Canadian cities. With 20 properties across Canada, the Fairmont Hotels are the best hotels in Canada.
When we recently travelled on the Canadian Rocky Mountaineer Train journey, one of the promotions was the opportunity to upgrade our hotel stays to the Fairmont Hotels at a considerable discount as part of the Aeroplan partnership with Rocky Mountaineer. We took advantage of this deal to stay at some of the most historic hotels in all of Canada.
Every stay exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend staying in at least one (or maybe even all) Fairmont Hotels if you have the opportunity as you spend some time travelling throughout Canada.
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