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It’s no secret. When it comes to hospitality, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is known to have a reputation for excellence—offering a unique mix of properties from the historically iconic, to modern city-centre escapes, to breathtaking resorts; both luxurious and elegant. Whether a property is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba or Mexico, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts offer guests an experience for the senses that is both distinct to each hotel yet consistently extraordinary. When planning your next vacation, consider these properties for your getaway.

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Fairmont’s The Queen Elizabeth in Montréal is a foodie’s dream come true. Not only is the hotel situated directly over Central Station with links to both Via Rail and Amtrak Services, it is in close proximity to some of the best shopping and dining experiences Montreal has to offer. But why go anywhere else to eat when the ultimate in gastronomic pleasures can be found right in the hotel itself?
A visit to Montréal would be incomplete without dining at the landmark Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth’s Montréal restaurants. Locals and travellers alike enjoy the lively ambience of Le Montréalais Bistrot-Bar.
As part of the hotels dedication to exquisite fare, this hotel was the first downtown Montréal hotel to create a lush rooftop garden is host to the finest fruits, vegetables and herbs harvested for daily use in the hotel’s kitchens. If those efforts in urban rooftop gardening aren’t impressive enough, the garden is also home to six beehives which produce approximately 300 pounds of honey harvested 3 times a year. The honey, which includes traces of infused elderberry, lilac and blackberry, is both used by kitchen staff and sold in the hotel.
It is widely known that the hotel offers fantastic cuisine proven by the title of “Best Catered Event Produced By A Hotel” which the Queen Elizabeth has won for the second year in a row. Not only is the hotel award winning but so is its Executive Chef, Sébastien Giannini, who trained in France and was a finalist in the Bocuse d’Or, the most prestigious gastronomic competition in the world.

The beauty of the Fairmont Winnipeg lies heavily in its positioning within the wide open skies and striking cityscapes. Located at the corner of Portage and Main, in the vibrant heart of downtown Winnipeg the hotel is a perfect addition to the cosmopolitan city with a natural warmth indicative of the Prairies.
While staying here, the best of Winnipeg is right at your feet. Take a walk through the Exchange District and marvel at turn-of-the-last-century architecture, a must see for anyone looking for one-of-a-kind items by local designers, antiques and vintage furniture. World class symphony, ballet, theatre and The Forks Market are just steps away.
The salt water pool and health facility found on the hotel’s top floor offer breathtaking views of the city including some of the most famous historical tourist destinations like the Forks and the latest architectural masterpiece the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.
Fine dining and an extensive selection of VQA and international wines are available at the Velvet Glove restaurant which has received numerous accolades over the years including being named among En Route Magazine’s top 100 restaurants to visit in Canada.
Current packages include the Urban Escapes Package which includes two “Very Sexy” martinis in The Lounge at The Fairmont, one night accommodation with breakfast for two either in suite or in The Velvet Glove Restaurant. The Kiss & Wake Up package allows couples take a deep breath and relax in luxury. With sparkling wine and chocolate strawberries to greet you in your room, couples can enjoy an overnight luxury experience followed by a delicious breakfast in The Velvet Glove or if breakfast in bed is your fancy, why not order in?

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This summer, staying at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park has something for everyone. Discover all the Windy City has to offer, whether enjoying arts and culture riding the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier, sunbathing at Oak Street Beach, shopping along Magnificent Mile or sailing on gorgeous Lake Michigan. The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park will put you in the heart of it all offering luxurious guestrooms with panoramic park, lake and city views.
Having recently undergone a striking makeover, it is no wonder the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park has been found on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List and Travel & Leisure Magazine’s Top 500 Hotels List notably for its service as well as amenities.
A pinnacle of modern design, the new lobby is enough to make both an art aficionado out of anyone. Contemporary decor weaves together elegance and luxury throughout. The centerpiece of The Lobby Bar is the 30ft hand-carved white oak bar backed with a 10ft wine cellar that runs length of the bar and then surrounded by a 20ft bronze artwall. But what did you expect in a city known for its art collections and architectural masterpieces?
This summer holds a number of specials for those making a trip Chi-Town. With The Runner’s Reward Package the hotel offers healthy dining options at Aria Restaurant and includes accommodations and 50 minute Journey Pedicure in mySpa to pamper tired feet.
The Urban Goddess Package and To Give or to Get Shopping Package are ideal options for an escape with your girlfriends or a bachelorette weekend considering the close proximity to shopping and the hottest nightlife locales.
If you are celebrating an anniversary, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park provides a romantic retreat with Suite Memories. Simply bring proof you are celebrating your anniversary during the month of your stay and receive an upgrade to the best available room in the hotel.

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If your idea of a vacation this summer is driving with the top down along the Pacific Coast Highway, soaking up the sun or taking a long walk along the beach, then the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is more than ideal.
There is something almost magical about the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. Whether it is the sea breeze blowing softly on your cheeks, the impeccably manicured grounds with towering palm trees or the casual elegance of the rooms, this seaside hotel delights your senses providing a truly memorable experience. The guest rooms, while varied in their decor, offer a distinctly Californian vibe by often bringing the outdoors in. Utilizing teak or driftwood inspired furniture and beach tones reminiscent of sea glass guest can’t help but feel relaxed.
FIG Restaurant, located in the hotel and headed by Chef Ray Garcia, is a seasonal bistro driven by serving up quality with locally sourced, organic ingredients and offers a unique atmosphere that one can describe as both relaxed and neighbourly.
Situated in close proximity to the attractions Santa Monica has to offer, there are a number of ways to spend your days. Stroll along Ocean Avenue or go shopping at many of the great boutiques and shops found along the 3rd Street Promenade. Enjoy a visit the Santa Monica Pier, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants or take a trip to the Farmer’s Market and pick up a picnic of artisanal chesses, breads and organic veggies to take to the beach. If you have the kids with you, Disneyland and Universal Studios are only an hour’s drive away.
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows has welcomed guests seeking relaxation, privacy and pampering for over a hundred years and truly is a celebrated landmark.

A trip to paradise wouldn’t be complete without a relaxing day at the spa. Willow Stream spa has everything you could want and more. Underneath a Palapa (a thatched roof) you can take respite and enjoy hydrotherapy rooms; couples massages; Jacuzzi, steam and sauna rooms; lounge areas, a boutique and salon.
If nuptials are in your future and you are contemplating a destination wedding, could you ask for a more perfect backdrop than the sun setting on a modern day Aztec temple, palm trees swaying in the breeze and a beach ceremony, just steps from the Pacific Ocean?

Whether you are venturing north or heading south, taking a beach vacation or an urban escape, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts offer you options to meet your every need while maintaining a standard of luxury and excellence that is both envied within the hospitality industry and revered by its guests.

Words by: Jentzen Michael Shea

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