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Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

900 W. Georgia St. , Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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    Category: Stay
    Address: 900 W. Georgia St.
    British Columbia
    V6C 2W6
    Time: Monday: Open 24 hours,Tuesday: Open 24 hours,Wednesday: Open 24 hours,Thursday: Open 24 hours,Friday: Open 24 hours,Saturday: Open 24 hours,Sunday: Open 24 hours
    Price Level: $$$
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    1. Brett Heising Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
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      The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a historic property. As such, it has some quirks but on balance, it is a fantastic accessible option should you want to explore Vancouver, British Columbia. We stayed in room 257 which is classified as a junior suite. As I understand it, there are accessible options for every room type, we went with a suite because all of the standard accessible rooms were booked.

      The roll-in shower in room 257 was outstanding. The bench was secure and functional and the water actually stayed in the shower. The sink in the room will be challenging for some people to roll under, especially if you’re in a power chair and the bathroom itself or washroom as they say in Canada, is a bit small given how big the suite is.

      The bed is roughly 24″ inches from the floor which makes transferring quite easy. The bed can also accommodate a Hoyer lift. The downside, however, is that the mattress is not plush at all and my wife and I found it extremely uncomfortable and not indicative of a luxury hotel or said hotels luxury prices.

      Also of note, room 257 is directly above meeting space that is often used to host wedding receptions. The sound from the meeting space below traveled up to our room virtually unencumbered. Meaning, we felt like we were part of the festivities as there is seemingly no soundproofing whatsoever between floors. As a result, if sleep is important to you, make sure no weddings are booked during your stay.

      Additionally, if swimming is important to you, I’d find another property as there are a few steps up to the pool and because and no pool lift. Going for a swim would have been fun but it wasn’t mission critical to our vacation but if it’s important to you, know going in, accessing the pool may be quite challenging for you.

      The hotel lobby itself and the family restroom located in the lobby are both quite accessible. As is, the hotel’s restaurant. Note: look for that in a separate review.

      In terms of the accessible entrance(s), if you’re arriving via taxi, sadly, Uber doesn’t offer services in Vancouver, you’ll arrive at the hotel via Hornby St. Additionally because the property encompasses many city blocks, guests using chairs can enter via the Louis Vuitton located on the Burrard St. side of the property. Note: Not every entrance is accessible.

      What separates the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from its competition is the staff. They do a fantastic job. If a challenge arises during your visit, they will do their best to rectify the situation.

      In terms of location, this property is unrivaled. You’re minutes from a plethora of accessible dining/bar options, the museum and tons of shopping.

      Note: Wheeling around downtown Vancouver is relatively easy given how flat it is. The exception, for me anyway, was the cities curb cuts. While functional, many of them were very steep with a short amount of run.

      This hotel has some quirks given its age and historic status, but I would definitely stay here again.

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