One Night: Fairmont Palliser
While on my trip to Banff I managed to visit Calgary for a couple of days. I got to stay at two hotels during my time there, The Delta and The Palliser.
The Brewster bus took me from YYC directly to The Palliser. Upon stepping on to the pavement in front of the hotel a bellhop asked to take my luggage, I respectfully declined the offer and wheeled my spinner past the cheerful doorman who held the golden doors to the hotel. I was surprised to see the lobby filled with people that seemed to be in a rush to get to their parties and events, I should have known better since it was the holidays of course. Luckily for me and the other guests, there was a healthy amount of receptionists ready to check us in quickly and, that I did. Before rushing to my room I took a few minutes to marvel at the Christmas decorations the in the ever so grand seating area, past the reception. There was a stunning 8-foot or so Christmas tree anchoring the room and, garland, lights and champagne colored bows accessorized it.
The room was a perfect mix of contemporary and elegant with warm brown tones and perfectly upholstered furniture. The room did not have any holiday decorations yet it was still warm and cozy, the same feeling you get with a wood burning fireplace on Christmas Eve. I had decided I wanted to grab a drink at the bar downstairs so I started getting dolled up for the occasion. The bathroom was a decent size with floor to ceiling marble tiles and enough counter space to evenly layout all my makeup and toiletries. The bathroom also had surprisingly good lighting from the ceiling light fixture, which made applying my makeup and getting ready a tad bit easier.
The Oak Room, where you could grab a drink and tapas, was packed for happy hour. It seemed to be the hotspot for locals to grab a drink after work and chat with a coworker. I managed to get a small table in the middle of the room and ordered my regular sunset splash off the Fairmont cocktail menu. I downed the drink fast as I was eager to explore downtown Calgary, also where the hotel was conveniently situated. The area had restaurants, clubs, and shopping all in walking distance from the hotel including Square Market, home to luxury brands alike.
I arrived back from a night of shopping and socializing and ordered from the in-room dining menu. My food arrived in the standard 40 minutes or so and I had no complaints. I turned on my rented movie and called it a night.
Unfortunately, I only got to stay there for a night and had to rush out in the morning to continue my travels. I wish I had the time to explore more of the restaurants in the hotel, I did, however, grab some Starbucks in the morning in the lower level of the hotel, unique cafes are nice but sometimes you just want your cold brew iced coffee so I was glad I didn’t have to travel far.
The Palliser does get my stamp of approval and, I would recommend it to anyone. The Oak Room is currently closed for renovations.