The Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver Hotel is a four-star hotel located across the street from Canada Place in downtown Vancouver. Its main restaurant is ARC.
HOTEL CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 VIRUS
The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on Vancouver’s hospitality industry. As of early April, 2020, most hotels remain open, but not all. The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel is one of a number that has suspended operations completely. The ARC Restaurant is also closed. Unlike many restaurants, it’s not even providing takeout services.
As of May 13th, 2020, both the hotel and restaurant remain closed. Hopefully they will be able to reopen soon. Details about reopening, however, are still to be determined.
For a list of other places of interest that have been impacted by the pandemic, click Vancouver COVID-19 Closures and Cancellations.
Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel is a modern, upscale hotel in downtown Vancouver with 489 rooms, a pool and fitness centre. The hotel is also home to the ARC Restaurant which prides itself in its “hyper-local plant-to-plate philosophy.”
The hotel has a sister location which is also in downtown Vancouver. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is found on West Georgia Street which is about a 10-minute walk or 5-minute drive south of the Fairmont Waterfront. The Fairmont Empress in Victoria is also part of the same chain.
The Fairmont Waterfront is located at 900 Canada Place Way in downtown Vancouver across the street from Canada Place and the Pan Pacific Hotel. It’s also just a block or so from Waterfront Station which is a major transportation hub with connections to the rest of the Lower Mainland.
The hotel’s central location is just a short drive to many of Vancouver’s most popular places of interest including Stanley Park and Robson Street, and a short walk from Granville Street, the Vancouver Convention Centre and Gastown. As well, both Canada Place and the cruise ship terminal are located directly across the street from the hotel, and the seaplane terminal for Harbour Air is less than a 10-minute walk away.
The hotel’s location is also convenient as it is close to several of Vancouver’s main public transportation hubs. Both the SeaBus and the SkyTrain are found at Waterfront Station, which is just a block from the hotel. From there, guests can connect to the Vancouver Airport, the North Shore and the rest of Metro Vancouver.
Amenities for guests at the Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver include a 50-foot heated outdoor rooftop pool, an indoor hot tub and steam rooms. All of the above are usually open daily from 5 am to 10 pm (although exact details are subject to change).
Additionally, guests also have access to a fully-equipped gym with cardio equipment and free weights which is open 24/7.
Dining at the Fairmont
The main restaurant at the Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver is called ARC. It is both a restaurant and a bar, with a separate dining room and lounge area. The restaurant focuses on local and sustainable food as well as simple dishes. The dishes served at ARC even use herbs, fresh produce and honey from the third-floor rooftop garden!
In addition to ARC, the Fairmont offers 24-hour in-room dining to hotel guests. On special occasions, like Easter and Mother’s Day, the ARC Restaurant also offers one of Vancouver’s best brunch buffets.
Fairmont Green Hotel Initiatives
At the Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver, the third floor rooftop contains a garden and apiary. The area is over 2,000 square feet and provides the ARC Restaurant with fresh herbs, veggies and fruit. Over 20 varieties of produce are grown including hay that’s harvested and used to smoke chicken in-house. Interestingly, the rooftop garden was even designated as a Certified Wildlife Habitat in 2016 by the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
The rooftop garden and apiary at the Fairmont Waterfront has over a quarter of a million honeybees within six hives. These hives provide honey for the kitchens and also help pollinate the hotel’s herb garden. There is even an observation hive for hotel guests to safely get close enough to observe the bees.
The Fairmont Waterfront is focused on local and sustainable food in their restaurant, ARC. They are also an original member of the Ocean Wise Seafood program which helps verify that seafood is sustainable and ocean-friendly.
In addition to their other green initiatives, the Fairmont Waterfront is also on track to becoming Zero Waste, it participates in a food recovery program, and it engages with a number of community partnerships.
For more information about the hotel see the official Fairmont Waterfront Hotel website.
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To learn more about the area check out any of the following:
- Canada Place
- Vancouver Convention Centre
- Coal Harbour
- FlyOver Canada
- Granville Street
- City of Vancouver
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