Early 20th-century charm in Calgary
Standing in the shadow of an iconic tower in the heart of downtown, Fairmont Palliser has been Calgary’s most well-known luxury property since opening its doors in 1914. The hotel came early on the frontier, built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in an effort to tap into a new influx of travelers en route to Banff’s iconic Banff Springs Hotel. In contrast to the fairytale castle style usually associated with railway hotels built in the early 20th century, the Palliser aimed to invoke a modern Chicago look rather than that of the French countryside. The Edwardian Commercial-style building features an urban geometric look on the outside and changes pace with a decidedly ornate Renaissance Revival lobby, a Louis XIV-style ballroom, and a Tudor-style restaurant space within its walls.
Today, Fairmont Palliser’s location near Calgary’s business, financial, and commercial heart ensures that the hotel remains a popular choice with travelers. The city’s finest nightlife, restaurants, and shopping is accessible by foot and never more than a short taxi ride away. The Fairmont Palliser’s 407 guest rooms include a number of suites and specialty rooms. The Royal Suite housed Queen Elizabeth II in 1990, and includes two bathrooms and a 12-seat dining room. Meanwhile, the Signature Suite is the hotel’s most luxurious, including a bedroom, eight-person dining room, kitchenette, and the ability to connect with two adjoining rooms if required. Newest at the Palliser is the penthouse-level Fairmont Gold floor, where extra-luxe services such as shoe shines, barista-style coffee, and evening turndowns are the norm. Here, the walls can’t help but ooze historic elegance, and with a focus on providing top-level service and modern amenities, it’s easy to see why Fairmont Palliser is one of Calgary’s landmarks.