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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.

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Luxury Hotel Chateau Lake Louise: Part 2

That evening we conversed about wealth, spirituality and the pursuit of happiness at Lakeview Lounge, where tapas and cocktails were served. The flatbread, chicken spring rolls and, two cocktails were all delicious. The lights were dimmed down to create an ambiance, a magical feeling. More cocktails were ordered each one with a different palette and story to tell.

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Luxury Hotel Chateau Lake Louise: Part 1

Before entering the chateau it was impossible to miss the roundabout that was embellished with black chauffeured vehicles, luxury luggage and, guest wrapped in, oh so trendy, Canadian Goose coats. To my left was Lake Louise and Mt. Fairview, both of which were completely frozen over by the Canadian cold. An ice replica of the hotel topped the frozen lake like it had been there just as long as the hotel had. Reds, golds, royal blue and, creams decorated the lobby, the theme was carried out through the rest of the hotel. A grand staircase past the lobby guided me up to the gym, spa and, a portion of the rooms. My room was situated on the 4th floor looking out to the glacier. The decor in the room did not fall short and continued the familiar color scheme from the downstairs lobby. The queen sized bed had crisp white linens that were tucked in as if it was done with a ruler, pillows were perfectly plush, and my favorite Fairmont magazine was ready to be opened. Nothing was out of place. The hotel it’self offered rooms, suites, and 2-floor apartment style deluxe suites.

Detroit's Hip Hotel: Trumbull and Porter

The last time I took a day trip to Detroit I ended up staying at the Trumbull and Porter Hotel nestled in the district of Corktown, in Detroit. This stay was not planned by any means, I simply wanted to grab a bite to eat at the Red Dunn Kitchen, the resident restaurant inside the hotel. After eating a grilled chicken wrap with rosemary fries I took a few minutes to take in the design of the restaurant. The booths were covered in a brown leather-ish material that was tufted in a modern style. The bar was covered in a royal blue tile and a bartender worked behind it mixing up perfect alcoholic potions. I decided to see what else the hotel had to offer after my pleasant lunch experience.