The current Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is actually the third hotel. The history begins in 1888 with a hotel opened by the C.P.R. as a place for passengers to stay after leaving the train at the Granville st station. At the time it wasn’t a favorite. During construction a local paper The Ledge had this to say: “a compound of a decayed grist-mill with bits of the bastile and the tower of London added”, and that the design was a “monument of external ugliness”.
The hotel was also considered out of the way as the centre of Vancouver at the time was Gastown.
The second hotel at the corner of Georgia and Granville was in a unique style and considered to be one of the finest hotels in the British Empire. It received many famous guests including Winston Churchill, Sarah Bernhardt, Babe Ruth, Ethel Barrymore, and Anna Pavlova. It was also much loved by the people of Vancouver, who made its rooftop dining room and dance floor, the Panorama Roof, a favourite place for a night out.
During WW2 the second hotel was used as a barracks. Following the war it was boarded up and under guard. Returning veterans then declared it a residence until 1948. The hotel was demolished in 1949.
The current Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was opened in 1939.
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