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Opened in 1939, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was one of the grand hotels built across Canada to cater to rail passengers at the height of the railway travel era. Occupying most of a city block, the imposing stone structure is 15 stories tall, adorned with gargoyles and other stone figures and topped with a distinctive green copper roof. In the lobby and public spaces, sparkling chandeliers, ornate moldings, and smooth patterned stone floors topped with Oriental carpets continue the traditionally aristocratic design, as do the Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Omega, and other upscale boutiques on the main and lower levels. The guest rooms are simpler but classic, with mahogany furnishings, crisp white linens, and wingback chairs.