Monday, November 24, 2008

Hotel Luxuries That Make You Feel at Home

Calgary's Fairmont Palliser LobbyFor the past week, I have been living the lap of luxury. I have been staying at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, while in Calgary for work. This beautiful, old Canadian Pacific Railway hotel exudes all the details you would expect.

This is not typical accommodation for me while travelling, so I fully enjoyed the experience. The hotel felt as much like home as it could.

For me, the comfort of a hotel always depends on a few key items:
  • Fine soaps and shampoos that you actually want to use.
  • Quiet rooms (I can handle traffic outside but cannot tolerate banging doors in the hallway or conversation in the next room).
  • Full-length mirrors and good bathroom lighting.
  • In-room coffee makers and coffee that actually brews and tastes like real coffee.
  • In-room fridges, that contain real milk and cream for the palatable in-room coffee.
  • Free wireless Internet (which the Fairmont does not have).
  • Conveniently located plug-ins for irons, cell phone charges, laptops, etc.

    The Fairmont's best 'touch of home'? It's a tie!
    Fairmont Terry Bathrobe

The white, terrycloth bathrobe is simple yet comforting, and after slipping it on, I couldn't help but feel like I was curled up on my couch at home with a steaming mug of tea.

The beds! Hands-down, the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in! Fairmont Bed & Linens

And while I will pass on the $75 robe, I was pleasantly surprised that I could bring the luxurious bed set home with me for less than $350. Order online at Travel Comes Home.


  1. Totally agree on the full length mirror. It almost seems the more expensive the hotel, the less likely they will not have free internet or it won't be wireless. I suppose this is because so many people will be expensing the cost, but still a sign they are behind the times.

  2. Hey Laura,
    I've noticed this about free internet also. It's just plain annoying though eh? You're there for business, yet you have to pay to access internet. Grrr!!

  3. Also, I was reading Air Canada's En Route magazine yesterday (on a plane of course) and Fairmont Hotels were voted the #1 hotel chain by Air Canada customers!!