Built by John S. Archibald and John Schofield, the "Hotel Van" (as locals call it) opened in 1939 after taking over 11 years to build.
Since then, the hotel has undergone a number of renovations. The most recent one has brought renewed luxury to this historic gem, and good food, too.
Rich and indulgent classics tempt at Notch8 — Photo courtesy of Notch8 Restaurant & Bar
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has never been a stranger to splendor. In fact, when the hotel first opened in May of 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were on hand for the official opening.
Recently, the hotel completed a $12 million renovation to the restaurant, bar and lobby that has revitalized the beautiful space. The hotel's new hangout, Notch8, brings a new era of luxury to this centrally located property that was one of the legendary railway hotels built by the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railway – to which the restaurant's name pays homage.
Notch8 Restaurant & Bar can be found in the hotel's stunning lobby, and it's open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and evening libations; guests can enjoy the space almost any time of day.
Sip and savor one of Notch8's cocktails — Photo courtesy of Notch8 Restaurant & Bar
The hotel best describes the space as "a perfect mix of new and old-world charm," with elements of luxe brass details, warm woods and a rich color palette.
At the kitchen's helm is Executive Chef Cameron Ballendine, who brings years of experience from around the globe with him. With a focus on using local and seasonal ingredients, Ballendine creates timeless dishes that are sure to please.
Start the morning off with a fresh dungeness crab Benedict or an indulgent brioche French toast. For lunch, tuck into Notch8's signature salad, or opt for something more filling like the morel mushroom tagliatelle.
Afternoon tea tempts with a selection of sandwiches, savory items and sweet treats. And in the evening, guests can enjoy classics like escargot, mussels and fries, oysters Rockefeller, duck leg confit and trout amandine.
If you're joining Notch8 for evening drinks and snacks, there's plenty to choose from once again.
While the food is noteworthy, you won't want to miss the cocktails. Their signature drinks are broken into pre- and post-Prohibition era cocktails, with a healthy selection of mocktails, too.
If you're after beer or wine, they've got all of the bases covered.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has always held a special place in the city's heart, and these recent renovations are even more of a reason to love this beautiful and historic property.