A Calgary Vacation at Fairmont Palliser
Alberta, Canada sits on the western side of the country. Though home of the Canadian Rockies and a former Winter Olympic host city, there is far more to the province than winter sports. The engaging cities of Calgary and Edmonton anchor Alberta. Notably, family-friendly Calgary is widely considered the most livable city in North America. As such, expect a rich art and culture scene, multiple UNESCO sites and a bounty of engaging activities. And when planning your Calgary vacation, a centralized location, like that of the Fairmont Palliser, can’t be beat.
Iconic Calgary Vacation Site
Fairmont Palliser opened its doors in 1914 and is the oldest hotel in the city. Originally owned by Canadian Pacific Railroad, this iconic landmark has played witness to much of Calgary’s history. Moreover, before celebrating its centennial in 2014, Fairmont Palliser underwent a grand renovation including guest rooms, casual dining, the Fairmont Gold Lounge and the lobby.
Through its tenure as Calgary’s most luxurious hotel, Fairmont Palliser has been host to politicians, royalty and Hollywood elite including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Mikail Gorbachev, Cary Grant, Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey.
Luxurious Rooms and Suites
The 11-story luxury hotel has 407 guest rooms and suites. For the most spacious stay, the Heritage Suite fits the bill! Spread over 900 square feet, this elegant suite has a small kitchenette, dining room, living room and master with bath. Also, for guests in need of even more bedrooms, the Heritage Suite can easily connect to adjoining rooms making it an exceptional choice for families.
Anglophiles and royal watchers will love The Royal Suite! Located on the eighth floor, this city-view suite served as home to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip during their 1990 visit to Calgary. Spacious, it includes one bedroom, one and a half baths, living room, dining room and butler’s pantry. And for larger parties, The Royal Suite can connect to two Fairmont Gold rooms.
Furthermore, like all Fairmont hotels, Fairmont Gold membership entitles guests to certain privileges: Stay on the exclusive Fairmont Gold floor with private check-in. Indulge in complimentary breakfasts. Relax in the Fairmont Gold lounge with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. And experience your best Calgary vacation with the help of the personal concierge team.
Rest & Relaxation
The aptly named RnR Wellness Spa is just the ticket when the time to decompress arrives. Indeed, with massage, facials, body treatments, couples services, beauty treatments and special add-ons filling their diverse menu, it’s easy to see why RnR ranks as the best spa in downtown Calgary.
The All Canadian Fire & Ice Body Quench is a favorite. This luxurious treatment begins with a full-body massage. The following hand and foot reflexology will aid body wellness. This body quench ends with a refreshing, cooling body mist. To make it a day, choose the 120 minute session and pair it with the Lunch & Spa experience. Most relaxing Calgary vacation ever!
Aside from treatments, RnR also has a eucalyptus steam room, whirlpool, heated pool, tranquility lounge and a Precor fitness center.
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Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar offers guests a decadent, in-house dining experience. Helmed by Executive Chef Eraj Jayawickreme, the French-inspired restaurant features a locally-sourced, family-style menu. Moreover, Hawthorn has an extensive wine collection guaranteed to complement every meal.
One not-to-miss activity on a Calgary vacation should be the Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea. Nothing beats tea accompanied by Alice In Wonderland-themed pastries, finger sandwiches and scones! While afternoon tea is always available at this luxury hotel, the Mad Hatter event is held annually in the spring.
Fairmont Palliser has nine event spaces to make any affair a glorious one! Indeed, the Crystal Ballroom is easily Calgary’s most recognized venue. With space to host up to 400 people, this is the spot for a fairytale wedding. Whether a traditional or modern theme, the 13 crystal chandeliers, gilded ceiling and marble columns create a stunning ambiance.
In planning for the big day, Fairmont Palliser’s dedicated wedding team will leave no detail ignored. Moreover, Executive Chef Eraj Jayawickreme and his culinary team will create a special menu tailored for each wedding. Of course, you can’t forget the post-wedding brunch! Again, the skilled team will not disappoint!
So when planning your next Calgary vacation, whether to ski the Canadian Rockies, attend a festival or just experience the dynamic city itself, Fairmont Palliser is the best choice for any season!