Concierge picks: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Food, Hotels, Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Natasha John on June 22, 2010 at 5:11 am

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is one of Vancouver’s most long running establishments and is one of the most statuesque architectural landmarks in downtown Vancouver. The Fairmont brand is well known for providing guests with exceptional service, luxurious rooms, accommodating staff and memorable stays; the Hotel Vancouver lives up to this reputation.

Photo by Ping Ping (flickr)

A fun tidbit – during the Olympics Joe Biden and his crew were hanging out while some of us enjoyed a night cap in their lounge.

Debbie Harris (Concierge & Member Les Clef’s d’Or) from the Hotel Vancouver is this week’s concierge picks. Enjoy!

How would you describe Vancouver to someone that has not been here before?

A cosmopolitan city surrounded by nature where you can golf, ski, go to the beach and then enjoy a wonderful culinary experience in one of our many fabulous restaurants!….(all in the same day!)

Your guest is in town for the weekend, what are the top three things they should do to really get a good idea of what Vancouver is all about?

  • Cycle around Stanley Park Seawall
  • Take a float plane or helicopter tour over the harbor
  • Visit Granville Island

Apart from Griffins, where else would you suggest your guests go for breakfast?

  • Cafe Medina
  • Paul’s Omlettery

Do you have a favorite store or neighborhood that you would direct guests to go for quality shopping?

Holt Renfrew for luxury brands or South Granville St for charming neighborhood shops.

The night is closing in, but that’s just when your dancing shoes come out – where should those shoes go to dance?

  • The Roxy
  • Celebrities
  • 560 Club

Are there any hidden gems in the city that you would like to share?

Bin 941 is a great little tapas bar!

Is there an annual event/celebration in Vancouver that would be worth making a trip for?

The Celebration of Light! It’s our annual firework competition and usually takes place at the end of July/beginning of August.


As the city’s iconic landmark, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is rich in history and famous for a vibrant and cosmopolitan personality. Often referred to as the “Castle in the heart of the City”, this hotel has a distinguished charm for the quintessential Vancouver experience.


Meet Concierge Debbie Harris’ right hand, or shall we say, right paw, Beau. He’s one of the hotel’s Canine Ambassadors along with his lovable colleague, Mavis. Both Canine Ambassadors are Yellow Labrador Golden Retrievers and are BC Guide Dog trainees who found their first calling in the hospitality industry. Eight-year-old Mavis and five-year-old squeeze, Beau, are on duty next to the concierge desk to meet and greet, shake a paw or take a walk with guests.

When it comes to celebrity status and the most photographed colleagues at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, there’s no doubt that this honour belongs to a pair of tail-wagging personalities with loads of charm.

Debbie and the lovely pup! Photo by Inner Eye Photography,

For more information, head over to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s website. You can also follow them on Twitter @fairmonthotels.

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