Vancouver Cultural Days: History tour of Vancouver's Castle in the City
The tour started at 01:00 PM on Saturday, September 28th, and David, the Concierge, took us to the 14th floor to introduce us to the glamour offered to Royal Highnesses and Celebrities like Cindy Crawford, Nicole Kidman or Robin Williams.
The tour continued to the 15th floor to the legendary dance and dining room, where in the past Dal Richards and his orchestra used to perform. The hotel management is apparently intending to renovate this room and make is accessible to the public again.
On the 16th floor, works is underway to put together an exhibition for the upcoming 75th anniversary of the hotel, which was officially opened by Kind George VI and Queen Elizabeth on May 25th, 1939. And - did you know that it was built at a cost of $12 million and took almost ten years to complete? Another $12 million was spent on renovations in 1996: the ceilings were lifted, the carpets replaced and the 900 West Bar and Lounge added.
Back down to the first floor, David showed us the ballrooms and meeting rooms of the hotel. Quite impressive, I
must say. So, if you're thinking about arraning a party for like 3,000 guests, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is the place to go.
Back down in the lobby, I really spent a thought or two on maybe having some tea and scones at the restaurant. But - no, not this time. Maybe later. I had to be back in the streets and the torrential rain. That's the Vancouver I know.