The Fairmont Vancouver Airport offers 386 well appointed and fully soundproofed accommodations spread over 14 floors that is a short walk away from airport gates as it is the only hotel located within Vancouver International Airport. It is also among my most favorite hotels, airport or otherwise, for its exceptional service that perfectly compliments its understated luxury rooms and quality amenities.

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I was reminded of that high level of service upon check-in when the staff member welcomed me back and noted the date of my last visit which had been several years earlier.

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I was assigned room 818, a 400-sq. ft. Fairmont Room with one king bed, an easy chair by the window and a desk with enough plus-ins for a number of devices. The desk proved quite useful in working from a laptop with the complimentary in-room Wi-Fi.

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The room boasts a large bathroom enclosed with two sliding doors, one at the room door with another near the bed and a big vanity with no drawers but enough counter space for toiletries. A wall hook for hanging a toiletries bag would be handy but probably somewhat out of place in a luxury hotel bathroom.

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A deep soaker tub which had to measure seven feet long filled quickly with good water pressure and ample hot water for a soak after a long day of travelling.

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There is also a large shower stall with big rainfall shower head should you not have enough time to linger with a long bath. The Le Labo bath amenities completed the bathroom features.

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There is an in-room safe but it’s mounted on a side wall of the closet and is a wide but shallow shape which may not fit all sizes of laptops.

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Views from the room are over the hotel’s terminal entrance, Canada Line Sky Train metro rail line to the downtown and south runway.

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Rooms on the north side of the Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel offer North Shore Mountain and airport terminal views.

Higher floors house Deluxe and Signature rooms while Fairmont  Gold occupies the 14th and top floor and comes with a host of extra perks such as private lounge with continental breakfast and snacks during the day, free North American calling and a dedicated concierge.

With a soaring wall of window the Jetside Bar offers a scenic space to relax with a cocktail and features live entertainment nightly so it’s common to walk back into the hotel lobby in the evening and hear some the crowd singing along to the performers.

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The Globe @YVR offers a more formal dining option with its signature Pacific Northwest cuisine.

All hotel guests have access to an on-site fitness facility within the Health Club which and also includes a sauna, whirlpool, children’s wading pool and lap pool for swimmers to swim against an adjustable current.

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The Absolute Spa offers over 130 treatments including facials, massage, manicures and pedicures.

There are virtual tours of the hotel rooms and public spaces here and a hotel fact sheet here.

Sadly my stays at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport are all too short and infrequent but when I am able to enjoy its warm hospitality and stare out at the scenic views from its rooms I appreciate every moment. This isn’t just a great airport hotel, this is a great hotel. Period.