Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

My flight back to Winnipeg from Hawaii wasn’t until many hours after landing in Vancouver, British Columbia, so I was thrilled at an offer from the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel to put me up for a quick sleep and fabulous chocolate-focused lunch in their ultra-chic Globe Restaurant. I’ve written previously about the various airport hotels that have made long-haul travels and layovers more palatable for me, and was really impressed with the Fairmont Vancouver Airport and grateful for this invitation as Fairmont Hotels are known throughout the world for their standard of excellence.

Fairmont Vancouver Airport

The real bonus here, was that in addition to being able to gain some much-needed shut-eye after a dreadful red-eye flight, and having a gorgeous room with a view of the mountains and aircraft (that didn’t disturb me because of the fantastic soundproofing of the hotel), I was able to have lunch with one of my very dear friends who lives in Vancouver who was able to take the easy ride on the Canada One rapid transit from downtown Vancouver. I’m thrilled that Toronto has finally come up with a similarly direct form of comfortable and cost-effective public transportation from downtown to Pearson International Airport and can’t wait to ride it!

Globe Restaurant

But back to the pleasures of my stay at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport. After a much-needed nap and shower, I made my down to the award-winning Globe Restaurant, and was greeted by the smiling host who led me to a table where we could watch the aircraft come and go.  Within minutes, my friend Pat arrived and we enjoyed a lunch as delicious as our 41-year-long friendship. We began with a Whipped and Beaten Martini, that featured creme de cacao and was topped with chocolate shavings.

Whipped & Beaten Martini

Our lunch of linguini carbonara was superb, and completed by a tray of chocolate pastries created by the pastry chef Lorna and the creative team at the Globe. Pat and I enjoyed meeting Pastry Chef Lorna and Sous Chef Mike who came out to explain each of the desserts that had been created for us.

Globe Resto

desserts at Globe RestoOf this tray of delectable chocolate offerings, I most enjoyed the White Chocolate with Foie Gras, Honey and Candied nuts, pictured on the left. I wish we could have had more time to linger and really enjoy those desserts, but I had a plane to catch!

If you find yourself having a layover with some time to spend at the Vancouver International Airport, I’d highly recommend a meal at the Globe, and if you have the time and opportunity to stay at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, I have no doubt your stay will be as pleasant as mine. It was a wonderful way to end an equally wonderful trip.

Please share any stories you may have about a fantastic airport hotel, special things you have done on a brief layover, or any personal reflections of the Globe Restaurant or the multi-award winning Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. Cheers! 


Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

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49 Responses

  1. Leigh says:

    What a civilized way to make the travel experience more enjoyable. That shower and the sheer ability to be horizontal, even for a short while is so rejuvenating. I used to live in Vancouver so I’ve never stayed in that Fairmont Hotel.
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  2. Donna Janke says:

    What a wonderful way to break up a long trip. Those chocolate pastries look fantastic. My daughter lives in Vancouver along the Canada One line. It is so great to be able to take that train right from the airport to downtown. I agree more cities should have that kind of comfortable, reasonable cost public transport.
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  3. I’m so thrilled for you to have had this amazing experience for your airport layover. I’m still trying to forget our layover in Denver, Colorado. All the airport hotels were full and we had to sleep(?) in the airport. I wouldn’t wish that night on my worst enemy’s monkey.
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  4. Susan Cooper

    Well I’m a lover of all things chocolate and those desserts look amazing, but I’m not sure about white chocolate with foie gras. The hotel looks lovely.
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  5. Oh wow! Not only were you able to get some rest in a fantastic hotel and meet up with your friend, but the chocolate!! What creativity…and it’s chocolate!!! I really enjoyed reading about your layover and your lunch!

  6. Michelle says:

    This looks like a really nice hotel. I wanted to stay there when I sailed out of Vancouver recently, but it was booked. I ended up at the Pan Pacific with much lighter pockets. I would have been just as satisfied at the Fairmont. I would especially like to try those desserts!
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  7. We’re big fans of stopping over to break up a lengthy trip. It just makes sense if you live or are traveling to Hawaii. I have to say, our most recent stopover by LAX doesn’t seem like it was even on the same planet as this marvelous experience! Too fun!
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  8. Sue Reddel says:

    You just can’t go wrong with a Fairmont. It looks like you really enjoyed yourselves. The martini and desserts look decadent. Yet another reason to get to Vancouver.
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    • Doreen

      Hi Sue: Yes, I really love Vancouver — and BC in general. And you’re so right. I’ve never had a bad experience at a Fairmont property, and I’ve stayed at quite a few. Did you happen to catch my post on the Fairmont Orchid? Here’s the link if not: fairmont-orchid-kind-place/. It’s a real gem.
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  9. Jackie Smith

    We have also spent a night at this hotel because of airline connections – or lack thereof. After a long flight from Europe, it was pure heaven . . .we will remember the stay for a long time! Your chocolate feast looks heavenly.
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  10. Your posts are always a pleasure, Doreen. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    In regards to the Toronto airport transit issue, I can shed some light on the matter, probably in more detail than most are interested in hearing. As part of the Pan Am Games (2015) initiative, a Union Station-Pearson Airport Express is currently under construction. And if you have been to Union Station lately, you would most certainly see the devastation and disruption this link is creating. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pearson_Express

    It’s an important step, but a minor fix in the city’s grave traffic and public transport issues and as a daily rider, you have no idea how challenging it is for residents, let alone visitors who are there for a few days. So, if you want to see changes to the country’s largest city’s public transit system, vote for a federal government that supports this kind of critical infrastructure. Despite the size of the local population, the cost of adding additional subway routes to the existing system is impossible for us to bear alone. It requires support on local, provincial and FEDERAL levels. :)

    • Doreen

      Thx so much for your comment, Luba. I appreciate the insights.

      Thx, also, for reminding me of the turmoil going on at Union Station. I now remember when I was in TO last year and we couldn’t get close to the bldg with a car (my friend was dropping me off at the train station) and I’d forgotten about the new line being built to connect the airport with the train station. Here’s hoping that will be a new and welcome addition to the city’s transportation options. Cheers!
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  11. A chocolate-centric lunch. That’s what I call living!
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  12. Patti says:

    Ya gotta love a fabulous hotel – and pasta carbonara is my absolute favorite.
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  13. That was some smart planning on your part! It would be so much more restful… and at a Fairmont. They are always lovely hotels. Top it off with chocolate? Seriously? Did you pinch yourself?
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  14. Catarina says:

    For an airport hotel that’s fantastic. But then again, it’s a Fairmont, so that’s to be expected. You made an excellent choice!
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  15. I’ve been at two Fairmont properties in Vancouver but not this one! Thanks for taking me with you~
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  16. Suzanne Fluhr

    Doreen, you certainly found the right travel writer niche! The next time you need a “wingman”…..

    It is amazing how nice it is to be able to collapse at an airport hotel with soundproofing. We once slept through a dinner engagement at the San Francisco Airport Hotel (I think it was a Hilton) after a long haul flight from Taipei. We thought we’d just take a wee nap—wrong!
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  17. Adrienne says:

    Hey Doreen,

    Oh wow, all that time in Hawaii and I bet you had a glorious time.

    That hotel is fabulous and I was more interested in those chocolates too. My goodness, I just love chocolate. I think I got that from my Mom, she’s a huge chocolate lover too. I would be as big as a house if I ate it all the time though so I have to limit myself but man that looked scrumptious. Thanks for sharing this with us.


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  18. Indeed, the Fairmont Vancouver Airport doesn’t resemble the airport hotels of days gone by. It makes so much sense to have fine accommodations right there at the airport. Oh, and the chocolate — looks scrumptious.
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  19. Cheryl

    Talk about making the best of a less than desirable situation. Chocolate drinks and treats! Delicious and fun! So nice that you were able to enjoy your layover in such lovely way and with a friend.
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  20. We’ve been wondering what it would be like to stay at this airport hotel (since it’s right in our home city airport). It’s great you were able to get a good night’s sleep before returning home (and tackling the endless emails, bills, laundry, etc. that face you after a long trip). And we also love the Canada Line that runs from downtown Vancouver to the airport – cheaper and faster than a taxi!
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  21. Chris

    I’ve never stayed at an airport hotel (closest for us would be sleeping on an airport bench, LOL), however those desserts look superb!!
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  22. Man says:

    We were up in Canada last winter (in fact we were in Vancouver in December) and agree with the cold. That’s why picking a hotel is so important, because you are probably going to be in it for a while! Looks like you picked well and the food looks great.

    Also I want to take a couple of samples from your webpage background. Traditional Caramel will do!

  23. What a lovely hotel. I won’t mind staying there.
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  24. Fascinating pics! amazing. I’d like to hear more about this destination.
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  25. Brian says:

    Looks like an incredible level of accommodations for an airport hotel, especially considering the desserts. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Amazing food! I love chocolate so i would devour it up.

    • Thanks to everyone for your interest in the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. It is definitely a hotel where you can enjoy a comfortable and quiet stay while enjoying some of the best food you’d expect to find at an airport hotel. I would definitely stay there again.
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