Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary, Canada

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Updated: March 2, 2020

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Review of Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary, Canada.

Fairmont Palliser – Historic and luxurious hotel in a central downtown location.

Fairmont Palliser is a magnificent historic hotel and has been a Calgary landmark for over a century. The main lobby is stunning and feels more like a palace with its grand foyer, marble pillars, massively high ceilings, and lavish design. Rooms have been refreshed and are spacious and comfortable while maintaining their traditional décor. The pool and hot tub are exquisite and are popular with all ages and the hotel’s modern, full-service spa is among the best in the city. The location is excellent as well – close to the city’s financial and business districts, and just steps from some of the top attractions, restaurants, and shops.

Fairmont Palliser – Location

  • Address: 133 9th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2M3.
  • Area: Superb central location in downtown Calgary, directly beside the Calgary Tower. Steps to Stephen Avenue Walk and surrounded by a variety of restaurants, pubs, and shops. Two blocks to the CTrain (light rail) station. Interconnected to the +15 skywalk (enclosed elevated walkway) to many areas of downtown including the Glenbow Museum and the CORE Shopping Centre.
  • How To Get There: Nearest CTrain station is WB 1 Street SW (downtown, 7th Avenue, 0.2 mile, 3-minute walk). Note: The downtown CTrain corridor along 7th Avenue is free (no fare required 24/7).
  • Handy To: Calgary Tower, Stephen Avenue Walk, Prince’s Island Park, CORE Shopping Centre.

Fairmont Palliser – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests of all ages are welcome and cribs are available on request. Special children’s menu in the restaurant but no other amenities for children.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are allowed and pet bowls, beds, and treats are provided. CA$25 per room. Pets cannot be left unattended in rooms. Petropolitan is a luxury pet daycare/boarding located next door.
  • View: City views from upper floors. Best views from Fairmont Gold rooms.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
  • Laundry: Laundry and dry-cleaning services.
  • Wi-Fi: Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Parking: Valet parking for CA$45 per day.
  • Extras: Complimentary umbrellas. Complimentary coffee in the lobby (early morning only). Closet safes and coffee machines (Keurig or Nespresso) in all rooms. Request a room with a bathtub while booking.
  • When To Book: Booking 3-4 months in advance is recommended.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 403-262-1234
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: fairmont.com

Fairmont Palliser – Amenities

  • Pool: Magnificent indoor pool, hot tub, and steam room.
  • Spa: Full-service RNR Wellness Spa offers a wide selection of treatments and massages. Located on the hotel’s Boulevard level, it is among the top spas in the city.
  • Fitness Center: Open 24/7.
  • For Disabled Guests: Multiple accessible rooms with roll-in showers available.

Fairmont Palliser – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar – Offers a modern vintage experience in a comfortable setting with a rotating menu of hearty meals. Daily 6:30 am to midnight (limited menu after 10 pm). Children’s menu available. Children under 5 eat for free and those under 12 get 50% off.
  • Bar/Lounge: Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar – Impressive historical architecture. Also offers designated bar seating. Popular for its cocktails, happy hour, and wine selection. Same hours and menu as the restaurant.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. On-site Starbucks on the Boulevard level. Deville Coffee across the street is a local favorite.
  • Room Service: Room service 24/7.

Fairmont Palliser – Rooms

  • Room Types: Fairmont Room ● Deluxe Room ● Signature Room ● Junior Suite ● One Bedroom Suite ● Palliser Suite ● Heritage Suite ● Fairmont Gold Room ● Fairmont Gold Large ● The Royal Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: The Royal Suite is the best room – it was booked for Queen Elizabeth II in June 1990. Guests can also upgrade to Fairmont Gold which includes the Penthouse-floor private check-in and exclusive lounge area that offers complimentary breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres, and an honesty bar. The lounge has a formal, sophisticated vibe and incredible city skyline views. Note: South-facing rooms overlook the train tracks and can get noisy.
  • For Families: Adjoining rooms are available. Some suites can also be connected to other rooms. Kids under 5 eat free and those up to 12 can order off the menu at 50% off.

Fairmont Palliser – What’s Nearby

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Xploring Calgary Bus Tour – Very interesting and informative bus tour (passenger van, 12 guests) of Canada Olympic Park, Lougheed House, Stampede Park, Fort Calgary, and downtown Calgary. Starting point: Calgary Tower (100m, 2-minute walk).
  • Calgary Downtown Intro Walking Tour – Excellent walking tour of Calgary’s downtown and its history, public art, sculptures, +15 skywalk system, and Chinatown. Starting point: Calgary Municipal Plaza (0.4 mile, 7-minute walk).
  • Stampede Art and Wild West Walking Tour – This excellent walking tour highlights Calgary Stampede’s history, the wall murals and sculptures on the Stampede grounds, chuckwagon races, and the rodeo. Starting point: Stampede Gate inside Stampede Grounds (0.8 mile, 17-minute walk).

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Two Penny – Modern Chinese and North American food. Ginger Beef is delicious. Lots of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Ten Foot Henry – Next to Two Penny. Vegetable-anchored menu focused on family-style dining (also has a tiny adjoining toast bar, Little Henry, if you are short on time). Scrumptious avocado toast. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Vintage Chophouse & Tavern – Upscale, dark wood bar with adjoining dining room. Live local bands play (pop/rock and R&B) every Friday and Saturday evenings 10pm-1am. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Native Tongues Taqueria – Rustic cantina known for its excellent Mexican food, family-style tacos, cocktails, and mezcal and tequila tastings. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Red’s Diner – Casual, homey diner with friendly service, open for breakfast and lunch. Famous for their Eggs Benedict. 13-minute walk (0.7 mile).
  • Bonterra Trattoria – Casual Italian fare in a Tuscan-style décor. Beet salad is outstanding and so is the beautiful outdoor patio. 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).
  • Posto Pizzeria & Bar – Next to Bonterra Trattoria. Cozy and casual in a rustic atmosphere with a wine bar. Open-flamed pizza oven and some inspired pizzas. Small outdoor patio. 17-minute walk (0.8 mile).
  • Una Pizza & Wine – Trendy and lively spot serving delicious and creative thin-crust pizzas. Often busy during peak dinner hours; while waiting for a table, check out the romantic and cozy Frenchie Wine Bar located at the back of the restaurant. There is a dog-friendly outdoor patio as well. 19-minute walk (1 mile).
  • The Coup – Ethical vegetarian restaurant focusing on organic, local, and made-from-scratch foods and drinks. Small outdoor patio. 26-minute walk (1.2 miles).

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Deville Coffee – Just off Stephen Avenue Walk. If you need a break from the crowds, check out this little oasis, especially the coffeeshop’s second level. Amazing coffee, maybe the best in the city. Locals adore this little place. 2-minute walk (100m).
  • Village Ice Cream – Delicious homemade ice cream. A local favorite, so expect long lines during peak summertime hours. Tucked away at the end of 10th Avenue SE. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant – Authentic Irish pub in a historic building on Stephen Avenue Walk. This place hops non-stop, especially on weekend evenings. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Tea House – Cool cocktail bar and restaurant, downstairs from the Two Penny Restaurant. A fun atmosphere that features themed nights, ping pong, and stand-up comedy night. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Last Best Brewing & Distilling – This contemporary brew pub offers its own brand of in-house beer and delicious pub-fare. Happy hour every day 2-6pm. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Stephen Avenue Walk – Pedestrian mall that’s an energetic mix of retail, historical, and cultural destinations – all located on 8 Avenue SW, between 4 Street SW and 1 Street SE. Just steps from the hotel. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • CORE Shopping Centre – 140+ stores spanning several city blocks, including the flagship stores of Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, Simons, and The Bay. Home to the Devonian Gardens. Weekends: Free parking for the first 3 hours (starting at mall opening) and a CA$2 flat rate applies thereafter. Weekdays: Free parking after 3 pm. Valet parking is complimentary, however parking fare (for stall) will still apply. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • The Cookbook Co. Cooks – Kitchen gadgets your thing? Check out this little shop. Includes wine store and bakery downstairs. Cooking classes available. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
  • Steeling Home – A treasure trove of unique gifts, souvenirs, and knick-knacks on 17th Avenue. 27-minute walk (1.3 miles).

Nearby Attractions

  • Calgary Tower – Observation tower offering fantastic 360-degree views of the city. For the brave, there is an area with a glass floor looking straight down. Also a restaurant/lounge which offers a full rotating view of the city as it revolves once every 45 minutes during lunchtime and every hour during dinner service. Tip: Your elevation fare is complimentary when you order an entrée from the restaurant. 2-minute walk (100m).
  • Devonian Gardens – The top level of CORE shopping center is home to Devonian Gardens, a large and popular indoor botanical garden with a children’s play area. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Studio Bell, National Music Centre – Museum of instruments and memorabilia with interactive exhibits for all ages. Test how good your singing really is in the sound booth, play various instruments, and tour the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Tons of cool artifacts. Some fun exhibits for the kids in the Bodyphonic gallery, especially where the room is the instrument and you see sound move as you use your hands and feet to control the tone. The kids love this one. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Prince’s Island Park – Beautiful and popular island park with picnic spots and several gardens, and also where several festivals are held, including Canada Day celebrations and Calgary Folk Festival. The only way to get to the island is via one of the many pedestrian bridges. The bike and pedestrian Peace Bridge nearby is an architectural marvel. 19-minute walk (1 mile).

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Sunterra Market Keynote – Grocery store with gourmet cafeteria-style self-serve, including a coffee bar, large salad bar, and a variety of ready-made meals. 3rd-floor restaurant, MARKETBar, is a full-service bar/restaurant offering a rooftop patio with city views. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Safeway – Large supermarket with deli, bakery, and on-site Starbucks. 17-minute walk (0.8 mile).

Fairmont Palliser – The Hotel

The hotel building is very imposing.

The majestic hotel building is a distinctive landmark in Calgary’s downtown.

The high-ceilinged lobby is grand.

The Palliser’s lobby and bar have a vibe of grandeur and affluence.

The front desk is located in the lobby.

Service at the front desk and throughout the hotel is impeccable.

Deluxe King Rooms are modern and comfortable.

Deluxe King Rooms are modernized and comfortable while maintaining their traditional décor.

Bathrooms are large and modern.

Bathrooms are modern and spacious. Some have bathtubs.

The Fairmont Gold Lounge is exclusive and sophisticated.

Guests can upgrade to Fairmont Gold which includes the Penthouse-floor private check-in and the exclusive Fairmont Gold Lounge with its luxurious vibe and incredible city skyline views.

Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar serves family-style dishes.

Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar features a modern decor and serves family-style menus.

The bar has a good selection of wines.

The bar offers an extensive wine list and happy hours.

The pool is very impressive.

The large pool is exquisite and very impressive with a hot tub next to it.

The gym is well-equipped.

The fitness room is located on the hotel’s Boulevard level (basement). The pool and spa are also located on this level.

The hotel is located in a busy neighborhood.

This is the view from the hotel corner looking north up 1st Street SW.

The hotel is surrounded by downtown buildings.

And this is the view from the hotel corner looking west down 9th Avenue SW.

There are a lot of public art installations in the city.

Public art installations such as this can be found across downtown.

Studio Bell is the home of the National Music Centre.

Studio Bell, National Music Centre showcases musical instruments and has several fun interactive exhibits.

It has several interactive musical exhibits for children.

Some rooms act as musical instruments and kids, especially, have lots of fun using their hands and legs to play music.

Two Penny has an Asian and North American menu.

Two Penny serves inspired Asian and North American dishes and has a good selection of wines and local craft beers.

Ten Foot Henry has a family-style menu.

Next door, Ten Foot Henry serves family-style dishes with a focus on vegetables.

The Coup is a great vegetarian restaurant.

The Coup is a great vegetarian place that uses only local, organic ingredients.

Native Tongues is an exciting Mexican restaurant.

Native Tongues is an award-winning taqueria in Victoria Park serving wholesome Mexican fare with tequila and mezcal.

Vintage Chophouse & Tavern is an excellent steakhouse.

Vintage Chophouse & Tavern is one of the best steakhouses in Calgary and has received multiple awards.

Una Pizza & Wine is known for its thin crust pizzas.

Una Pizza & Wine serves great thin-crust pizzas. Romantic Frenchie Wine Bar is at the back of the restaurant.

Bonterra offers excellent Italian fare.

The fantastic Bonterra Italian Trattoria offers indoor casual dining, outdoor Tuscan terrace, and a private Wine Room.

Posto serves great pizzas.

Next door, Posto offers inspired pizzas and cocktail/wine tastings.

Red's Diner is a classic all-day diner.

Come for all-day breakfast, signature salads, classic burgers, and especially Eggs Benedict at Red’s Diner.

Village Ice Cream is famous for its homemade ice cream.

Popular homemade ice cream place Village Ice Cream can be found at the end of 10th Avenue SE.

Deville Coffee serves really good coffee.

Deville Coffee call themselves coffee crafters and baked goods dreamers. This branch is steps from Stephen Avenue Walk.

Last Best Brewing & Distilling serves its own craft beer.

Last Best Brewing & Distilling serves excellent in-house craft beer and pub-fare.

Trolley 5 is another great craft brewery.

The 2-level Trolley 5 brewery serves its own craft beer and has an outdoor patio as well.

Stephen Avenue is a large pedestrian mall on 8th Avenue SW.

8 Avenue SW, stretching between 4 Street SW and 1 Street SE is a major pedestrian mall known as Stephen Avenue Walk.

Devonian Gardens are located in the CORE Shopping Centre.

CORE Shopping Centre is huge and features Devonian Gardens as well as free parking.

Steeling Home sells unique gifts and souvenirs.

For souvenirs, memorabilia, gifts, and surprises, look no further than Steeling Home.

The Cookbook Co. Cooks sells ingredients, gadgets, and cookbooks.

For exotic ingredients, unique cooking utensils, and cookbooks, come to The Cookbook Co. Cooks. Wine store and bakery on-site.

Safeway supermarket has a deli, bakery, and Starbucks.

Safeway supermarket is popular because it also has an on-site deli, bakery, and Starbucks.

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