CalgaryPosted 10 December 2010 by Cheryl Claudine
We spent last weekend in Calgary. Whenever we go to Calgary, we stay at the Fairmont Palliser.
It’s a beautiful historical building.
During off-season (winter), provided it’s not a long weekend, the rates are reasonable, especially when they have a sale.
I love the elegant, traditional decor of Fairmont properties in general. The Palliser’s lobby is always tastefully done, and it currently features a gorgeous tree.
My one beef with the Palliser is the outdated rooms, which are sorely in need of a facelift.
To illustrate, here’s a photo of the bed (during our previous stay at the Palliser).
Not bad? Wait till you take a step back:
I don’t think I need to point out the obvious.
I do like the desk chair, though.
Not digging the casters on the chairs. Looked a little too much like an Irish pub to me (don’t get me wrong, love Irish pubs, but not appropriate at the Fairmont).
The room we checked into this weekend was smaller – one window instead of three, and no wingchair and ottoman – so the upside was that there were fewer gaudy florals.
I did appreciate the original blueprints of the hotel framed as artwork on the walls, though.
Thankfully, the hotel is currently undergoing renovations and upgrades, and they promise new “timeless” decor. Fingers crossed.
On a somewhat unrelated note, here are two must-do’s in Calgary (besides the Stampede, of course):
Go to Peters’ Drive-In for a burger and fries. And if not because I said so, because Wolverine said so.
Yes, that cup of fries IS the size of the steering wheel. Not bad for three bucks.
Go to Crate & Barrel at Southcentre Mall. OK, this might’ve just been a big deal to me because there currently isn’t a Crate & Barrel in either Edmonton or Vancouver.
I had a very bad experience at Crate & Barrel the first time I went there, simply because I was ignored by ALL the staff the entire hour I was there. However, during my second time there I was acknowledged by two of the staff, so it was OK. And I guess I can’t be too mad because they have such gorgeous stuff that’s totally my style.
And one day I will buy a sofa there.