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We finally had a chance to get a peek inside The Fairmont Palliserís (in Calgary) complete redo of its Gold Floor rooms and lounge and itís left us feeling all aglow.
This luxury brand, often found in historic buildings Ė The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, for instance Ė most often has decor reflective of these heritage properties: classically elegant. But the Palliserís new Gold Floor look leans more towards contemporary sophistication Ė still elegant but with cool, soothing tones and soft cosy textures.
Itís a comfortable nod to the past with an inviting look to the future. Thereís brand new furniture, new lighting Ė new everything really. And with Fairmont making its recent move to Le Labo toiletries, itís a canít miss combo for a hotel aficionado.
The Palliserís Gold Floor Lounge has also been remodelled from top to bottom to complement the new rooms. For those who havenít yet had the pleasure of staying on a Fairmont Hotelís Gold Floor, youíre missing out.
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We've been kind of crazy for the iPad this summer that we've nearly forgotten about e-readers but Fairmont Hotels has jogged our memory of life before the iPad by announcing a new partnership with Kobo eReaders.
The Kobo looks and reads more like a Kindle than an iPad except with slightly better design than the Kindle. The e-readers can store up to a 1,000 books but Fairmont Gold guests will be getting access to new and bestselling titles from Random House as well as a small credit for future buys.
The eReaders are loaded with a variety of fiction and non-fiction eBooks by authors including Bret Easton Ellis, Sophie Kinsella and Alexander McCall Smith. Upon returning the Kobo eReader, guests will receive a special offer for $2 off select Random House titles redeemable at www.kobobooks.com/randomhouse.
This week, we've taken a trip to the Winter Wonderland that is Whistler in British Columbia, Canada. Aside from enjoying the snow, the mountains and the adorable Canadian accents, we've also been checking out the hotel scene. Every day we'll sum up a hotel in the Whistler Village for your edification. Remember this place will be jammed packed next year with guests as the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Any questions? Let us know.
We've already drooled over the hotel's killer view and that wasn't even in the winter. When there's snow on the ground, it looks far more magical. Another magical view of the hotel can be seen from the mountains. So when your legs are about to tire out from skiing all day (in our case, one hour), just look at the Fairmont for some motivation to propel you downhill. Magical indeed.
The Fairmont under construction over the summer.
The hotel was originally set to open over the summer as a Regent Hotel, until the company backed out at the last minute of their management contract. Fortunately, Fairmont stepped in to save the hotel which also includes residences. And as a luxe twist, the hotel features Fairmont Gold experience which is ultra-luxury rooms and services on dedicated floors (for luxury prices) as well as a special Gold-only lounge.
The signature restaurant from chef Guy Martin is not yet open but according to the hotel website, the main dining room will be serving food and non-alcoholic beverages complimentary to hotel guests during the preview period. We found rates tonight starting for $299 for a non-smoking king room which is a bit steep but then again, food's included.
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HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel wraps up his jaunt around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.
Like the Moraine Lake Lodge ten minutes away, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has one of Canada's most spectacular settings all to itself. In this case it's Lake Louise, a stunning blue glacier lake surrounded by dramatic peaks topped by ice that's been there since the Wooly Mammoth days.
But while Moraine Lake Lodge is an intimate experience, this hotel is built to serve the throngs of visitors it knows it will receive all summer. When we were there six of the seven sit-down restaurants were all booked up during prime dinner hours.
The hotel has opened its own Fairmont Gold lodgings--ultra-swank accommodations that act as a separate luxury hotel within a hotel. The Gold rooms consist of 69 newly-renovated guest rooms, three parlor suites and a 2,100-square-foot private lounge on secluded grounds.
But the piece de resistance of this special set is the Casa Dorada--a 3,700-square foot super-suite located on a private enclave of the resort grounds.
More on this super-suite (with photos!) after the jump.
With exclusive boutique hotels becoming all the rage, some hotels are getting smart and creating a boutique hotel within their large hotel--putting aside a couple of floors to make a semi-separate hotel with separate check-in and services, but with the advantage of guests being able to access all the restaurants, gyms and pools of the larger hotel if they want.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort was one such example, and now the latest to follow this trend is the Fairmont Gold in Dallas. They've turned the top three floors of the Fairmont Hotel into a boutique hotel space for "gold guests". There are 47 rooms in the Fairmont Gold, include six deluxe rooms and six suites, and the area includes two lounges with drinks and snacks in the evening and a continental breakfast in the morning.
The Fairmont Gold must have hit the mark, because it's already getting some celebrity visitors--they say that John McCain stayed in the presidential suite of the Gold recently. With rates ranging from $250 to $1,000, it's not at all out of the question that you could be a gold guest too.
A Fairmont Gold guestroom rendering
As if the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort wasn't fa-bu-lous enough. Coming in March 2008, Fairmont will launch a new, even higher-end option for Scottsdale Princess guests, Fairmont Gold:
Guests of the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will have a glittering new option for the ultimate in unique and personalized service with the announcement of the resort's exclusive "hotel within a hotel," Fairmont Gold. The Fairmont Gold offering focuses on delivering the highest level of personalized service and pampering to the most discerning travelers.
The $6.7 million Fairmont Gold concept will feature a 2,100 square foot private lounge where Gold guests can utilize a private check-in and check-out area, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, afternoon gourmet coffees and teas, evening hors d'oeuvres, and a fully stocked honor bar.
The 68 renovated 600-square-foot guest rooms will showcase "residential-style décor" such as stone flooring, stained woodwork, recessed lighting, a LCD high definition LCD television in both the sitting area and bedroom, and secure, high-speed wireless Internet access. Rooms will also feature views to the Stadium Course of the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale.