Fairmont Palliser

Calgary, Alberta

The hotel

Fairmont Palliser first opened its doors to guests in 1914 as one of the Canadian Pacific Railroad Hotels. Today it’s one of Calgary’s landmark buildings, offering a superb range of amenities and luxury accommodation in the heart of downtown. Dining at the Rimrock is essential whilst here, an incredible Tudor-style restaurant with barrelled ceilings and massive stone fireplace. Don’t miss out on the hotel’s award-winning Sunday Brunch, served in the grand lobby and accompanied by live piano music – book early to avoid disappointment. For drinks and entertainment, there’s the Oak Room, a cosmopolitan meeting space, serving tapas and cocktails along with some very cool jazz. If you want to pamper yourself, RnR Wellness Spa offers the latest beauty treatments whilst the Boulevard Club features a eucalyptus steam room, 12-person spa and an indoor heated swimming pool.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Valet parking
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the centre of town and connected to attractions via the Plus 15 Walkway system. Another city landmark, the Calgary Tower, is just next door. Transfer time from Calgary Airport: 25 minutes.

Hotel information

407 rooms on 11 floors in 1 building. All with air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone, WiFi access*, mini-bar*, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, bathrobe and iron and board. Fairmont Rooms with 1 king-size bed, 1 queen-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Junior Suites are ideal for families, with either 1 king-size bed, 1 queen-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

1 Bedroom Suites have a spacious seating area with large windows and a separate bedroom area with bathroom. With either 1 king-size bed and a double sofa bed or 1 queen-size bed and a double sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Fairmont Gold Rooms are found on a private concierge floor with upgraded services and amenities. Rooms are newly renovated and complete with modern business amenities including a CD player/alarm radio, complimentary shoeshine and nightly turndown service, morning delivery of coffee, tea or juice and choice of newspaper. With either 1 king-size bed, 1 queen-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Fairmont Gold benefits include:

  • Private check-in
  • Exclusive lounge access
  • Continental breakfast and afternoon canapés
  • Complimentary DVD's, books and games
  • Computer access in the lounge
  • In-room internet access

Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar (open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and late-night happy hour). Starbucks. Afternoon tea*. The Boulevard Club - fitness centre with indoor swimming pool, large whirlpool, eucalyptus steam room, aerobics and gym. RnR Wellness Spa*. In-room massage treatments*. Self-parking CA$42 plus tax, per day Sun-Thu, CA$30 plus tax, per day Fri-Sat (payable locally, subject to change).

Please be aware that this property may be unsuitable for some guests due to 9 steps at the entrance. Wheelchair adapted rooms with partially accessible amenities or facilities available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Spur of the Moment Getaway

Oct 19, 2020 200virginiai Rocky Mountain House, Canada

We pulled up and were greeted immediately, having the car door opened for us as we stepped out, our luggage whisked away, all we had to do was get ourselves to the front desk. The beautiful lobby did not disappoint with beautiful chandeliers and elegance all around us. The service was impeccable, so much so that we changed our dinner plans and… Read more
We pulled up and were greeted immediately, having the car door opened for us as we stepped out, our luggage whisked away, all we had to do was get ourselves to the front desk. The beautiful lobby did not disappoint with beautiful chandeliers and elegance all around us. The service was impeccable, so much so that we changed our dinner plans and decided to eat at the in house restaurant. Our room was lovely, unfortunately zero view, but that’s ok. Dinner was whole other experience. We expected continued luxury and elegance into the Dining room, but unfortunately the dining room was in complete disconnect from the elegance and history of the rest of the hotel. The decor was tacky, the menu hugely disappointing with very few realistic and real people options. Presentation is so overrated and overpriced. The most expensive fries I’ve ever had. Then to add to the “ambiance” , listening to Gangsters Paradise as you’re trying to have a romantic dinner. What a disappointment to say the least. Zero class and beyond tacky. Someone needs to reclaim the dining room and bring it back to the elegance and class that is Fairmont. Get rid of your overpriced chef and hire one from the Keg. Read less
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Oct 13, 2020 Jaimi H Edmonton, Canada

We are Accor Platinum members so we chose the Palliser Hotel for a 2 night stay in Calgary. Upon check in we were provided an complimentary upgrade to a deluxe room. We inquired about upgrades for purchase and we were offered the Royal Suite for a great price. The Royal Suite is over 900 sq feet on the 8th floor and includes an additional powder… Read more
We are Accor Platinum members so we chose the Palliser Hotel for a 2 night stay in Calgary. Upon check in we were provided an complimentary upgrade to a deluxe room. We inquired about upgrades for purchase and we were offered the Royal Suite for a great price. The Royal Suite is over 900 sq feet on the 8th floor and includes an additional powder room, living room, dining room, and small kitchenette. This suite was stunning. Service at the hotel was excellent. There is currently no housekeeping service automatically provided due to Covid , however we requested that our room receive service and they obliged. We also requested additional blankets and toiletries which were promptly delivered to our suite. Staff was friendly throughout. On site dining consists of the Hawthorn lounge. We enjoyed breakfast there one morning and cocktails in the lounge both evenings and we were satisfied with the service and ambience. The pool facility at this hotel is very nice. Reservations are required due to capacity limits but we had no problem making reservations with the front desk on short notice. The gold floor lounge is currently not open - when we inquired with management as to when the lounge will reopen they stated they are slated to reopen in April. This is due to decreased demand during Covid pandemic. Due to no fault of the hotel, downtown Calgary is not busy at this time. Overall we highly enjoyed our stay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Proximity to Restaurants!

Sep 24, 2020 ubermonk Edmonton, Canada

The experience at the Fairmont Palliser was pleasant. You are close to a large variety of restaurants and eventful streets. It was nice to unwind in the Deluxe King room, however it should be noted that at the 10th floor, it seems that it takes a while for the water to get hot - so you might need to let the shower run for a couple of minutes… Read more
The experience at the Fairmont Palliser was pleasant. You are close to a large variety of restaurants and eventful streets. It was nice to unwind in the Deluxe King room, however it should be noted that at the 10th floor, it seems that it takes a while for the water to get hot - so you might need to let the shower run for a couple of minutes before having a warm shower. The view was decent and it is true that you may be disturbed by the sound of the trains nearby if you have your window cracked open - this however was not a problem for us. It was nice for the staff to give a little bag that had sanitizer, gloves, a sanitizing wipe, and a mask at the front desk. The pool and steam room was clean and functional. The gym had adequate equipment and sanitizing measures, though I would suggest having more spray bottles in the case of having more than 2 people there. I didn't like that the internet was very slow - I believe that it should be a standard to provide excellent wifi for guests. The TV also did not cast (Netflix) properly - it did not work with the multiple devices I had attempted several times having been equipped with knowledge from previous experiences with the software from other hotels. All in all, I think that I would stay at the Fairmont Palliser again, hoping that they would upgrade their internet issue and have their TVs software maintained properly. Read less
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Sep 16, 2020 AlexSico17 Calgary, Canada

We only stayed one night but it was excellent! The pool and hot tub are very appealing to the eye and very clean. The room had a queen bed and an amazing view of the Calgary tower (at the 10th floor). The bathroom was marble, very clean and detailed. Check in was very easy and fast. Only major downside was no free Wi-Fi.
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Sep 16, 2020 RebeccaE1524

We stayed here on the final part of our trip. We stayed at other Fairmonts which were good, but this one, not so much. Hotel is in a great location, but our room had no view (a view of scaffolding, delightful), one of the bedside table lamps didn't work and there were a lot of wires poking out from the sockets by the bed, which didn't look safe or… Read more
We stayed here on the final part of our trip. We stayed at other Fairmonts which were good, but this one, not so much. Hotel is in a great location, but our room had no view (a view of scaffolding, delightful), one of the bedside table lamps didn't work and there were a lot of wires poking out from the sockets by the bed, which didn't look safe or particularly nice. In retrospect, we wished we'd said something at the time as it was a bit of a downer, on what was an otherwise fantastic trip. Love Calgary and hope to come back sometime, but won't be using this Fairmont. Read less