CSL’s Favourite Hotels | The Fairmont Palliser

By Shivana Maharaj
February 9, 2010


Courtesy Fairmont Hotels

“Have you ever wanted to trade places with Eloise, the mischievous little pampered girl who lived at a famed New York hotel?  The good news is that this dream can be realized.  The historic Fairmont Palliser in downtown Calgary is one of the city’s most recognizable edifices. Our late night check-in seemed to show off the sparkle of the oversized crystal chandeliers above our heads.  The decadence of the eight foot tall Christmas tree dripping with gold and red glittered ornaments in the centre of the lobby accented the space effortlessly. In fact everywhere you looked, a touch of Winter holiday opulence was apparent. The bellmen decked out in top hats, coattails and white gloves ushering guests into the hotel is an ode to a  bygone era and a touch of good old fashioned hospitality.  When we awoke on Sunday morning to a freshly fallen blanket of snow—our unobstructed view of the Pacific Railway and  beyond was a sweeping way to begin our day. The famous Fairmont brunch was awaiting us below- a display of roast meat, salads, bread and cheese, made to order omelets, Belgian waffles and an array of cakes, mousses and sweets. Crowds of eager adults, turned into children marveling at the spread were lined up. While there was plenty to choose from, we were disappointed that our favourite clam chowder, nanaimo bars and multigrain rolls were absent. As the live piano music suddenly commenced, guests filed into both the famed Rimrock and Oak rooms, the inviting warmth of the fireplace and oak wood surrounding the tables filled the room with a lively atmosphere. This is an experience everyone should try once.”


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