VANCOUVER — The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has unveiled the restoration of its Fourteenth Floor Heritage Suites.
Designed by Chil Interior Design, the restoration commemorates the city’s Royal Visit by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, who stayed at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver during its grand opening in 1939. The design celebrates the property’s historical significance, while selectively updating elements to their original grandeur.
“We wanted to capture the romanticism surrounding the luxury of travel and royal visits,” says Adèle Rankin, principal and Design lead at Chil Interior Design. “The design language is rich, ornate, layered and highly detailed — a one-of-a-kind experience that honours the hotel’s history and reputation.”
During the renovation, careful attention was paid to preserve the hotel’s extensive list of heirlooms, which included its guestroom doors, made in 1939 of English harewood with bronze inset doorplates; the elaborate bronze hallway doors; the African Sapele wood-paneled walls of the elevator lobby accented with solid bronze inlay strips; and the English black walnut veneer-paneled walls of the Lt. Governor Suite.
“The Fourteenth Floor is the foundation of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s identity and holds great historical significance both for the hotel and the city of Vancouver,” says Brent Iverson, Sales & Marketing director, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. “Chil Interior Design was able to retain the character of the suites while infusing modern amenities, giving the feeling of travelling between past and present.”
The restoration is part of a four-year, multi-phase renovation project set to conclude this spring. The project includes a new lobby and restaurant (Notch 8), 507 new guestrooms, the hotel’s Heritage Suites and the addition of 8,000 sq. ft. of function space. In spring 2019, the hotel will also celebrate its 80th anniversary with the unveiling of a new luxurious Fairmont Gold product.