VANCOUVER — The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is set to begin construction on a $12-million renovation of the hotel’s lobby and breezeway, which includes the introduction of new shops, according to The Vancouver Sun.

The renovation, which will span a year, will permanently shut down Griffins restaurant early next month, so it can be replaced it with high-end shops.  “We need a great restaurant and bar in the hotel, but we only need one,” Phil Barnes, regional VP of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts told The Sun. “It’s more economical and a better business decision. Retail is a lot more profitable.”

The entrance to the breezeway will feature large double doors; the check-in desks will also be moved closer to the entrance. And, the Panorama Roof will be renovated to draw in weddings and social events.

The breezeway renovation is expected to be the first of a three-part project that will upgrade hotel function rooms and guestrooms over the next three years. [vancouversun.com]

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