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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Reveals A Few Of Its Best Kept Secrets

Publish Date : 21-Sep-2010
21, September, 2010

- From secret messages to secret treasures, Fairmont invites guests to take a peek -

TORONTO, September 21, 2010 – With more than a century of hosting the rich and famous, kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers, and stars of the stage and screen, the colleagues at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts are masters of discretion. But the proclivities of celebrities are not all that has been kept hush-hush within the walls of Fairmont. From discreet cottages tucked away in the woods of Quebec to the untold services of a private concierge, Fairmont is revealing some of its best-loved and least-known places, spaces and graces. 

Secret Rendezvous
Tucked away in an upstairs corner of The Fairmont Royal York is an old-school boîte that would make Jimmy Stewart or Ernest Hemingway feel at home. The York Station Bar is a quaint little place, so discreet and charming, that Fairmont dares not even advertise its presence for fear of over-filling the handful of tables during its limited hours of noon until 7pm. And when the whistle blows, hold onto to your drinks, here comes the miniature train making its way around the room on an overhead track. This place was made for playing hooky.

Secret Message 
Guests of Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver gaze out windows at the gorgeous vista, framed by reversed letters in a line of continuous text, making the words not immediately recognizable. The letters are made of stainless steel and wrap around two sides of the hotel’s façade. When viewed by pedestrians, the shiny letters reflect the surrounding buildings and shifting colors of the changing coastal sky. Once deciphered, the letters read: “lying on top of a building the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street.” The installation is the work of internationally-acclaimed artist Liam Gillick and aims to interrupt sentence syntax, slow down reading and encourage contemplation.

Secret Cottage
Who hasn’t imagined doffing our phones, our laptops, our PDAs, and living like Thoreau in a remote cottage in the woods… without of course foregoing a comfy bed, hot showers and delicious food? Fairmont Kenauk is the answer for a civilized retreat. This 13 chalet hideaway is located on a 100-square mile, 65,000 acre protected wilderness domain in Québec. Guests can fish for their dinner among one of 70 lakes and prepare their catch in the kitchen of their chalet, or have the Chef at neighboring Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello prepare it for them… along with a sweet packet of s’mores for roasting by the fire. Now that’s roughing it.

Secret Service
Guests of the exclusive Fairmont Gold floors enjoy an enhanced level of service, private check-in, a living-room style guest lounge with breakfast service, afternoon canapés and many other luxuries, including a dedicated concierge team. Many guests do not realize that Fairmont Gold concierges are a uniquely skilled team of professionals able to accommodate virtually any request. When the Dalai Lama visited Calgary, it was a Tibetan speaking Fairmont Gold concierge that was hired to provide translation for His Holiness throughout his tour.

Secret Key
Live like a local with your Fairmont Key to privacy, privilege, safety and security at Fairmont Heritage Place destinations.  Primarily a private residence club with ownership opportunities, it’s a little-known fact that the Fairmont Heritage Place residences in Zimbali, South Africa, Franz Klammer Lodge at Telluride and Ghirardelli Square at San Francisco are also available to traveling guests. Gorgeously designed in authentically local style, the residences provide all the glamour, luxury and spacious comfort of a private pied à terre at a price comparable to staying at a hotel.  This is one secret you may not wish to share.

Secret Oasis
In the crowded heat of Cairo, a passerby of the new Fairmont Nile City would never suspect that 25 floors up, sits an oasis of shimmering water, poolside cocktails, luxurious massages in private cabanas, floating bars and a spectacular view of the Nile. The Sky Pool is the ultimate spot to lounge under the Egyptian sun and a romantic place to watch the sun set over the Nile and the Pyramids of Giza. At night under the stars, the Sky Pool will heat up with fine dining and pool parties year round. This one may not be a secret for long, Sky Pool opens October 1, 2010.

Secret Treasures
Much ink will be spilled over the glorious renovation of London’s The Savoy, A Fairmont Hotel, opening its doors on October 10, 2010. With all the attention on what’s new, it will be easy to miss what’s old. A tightly-edited display of treasures from the Savoy Archive will be on view in a small room off the corridor to the American Bar.   The Savoy Archive was discovered in the 1970s and contains material dating right back to the hotel’s opening day in 1889.  The first collection will include rare pieces on loan, such as a necklace worn by Maria Callas as Medea at the Royal Opera House while she was in residence at The Savoy, a diamond and guilloche Fabergé frame with the portrait of Imperial dancer and Tsar's mistress Mathilde Kschessinska who arrived at the hotel in 1911 with two million roubles worth of Faberge gems; and a Belle Epoque tiara worn at the Savoy’s 1953 Coronation Ball.

Secret Triskaidekaphilia
For those with an affinity for the number thirteen, several Fairmont Hotels & Resorts can provide accommodations on that rarest of all spaces… the infamous thirteenth floor!  Superstition around thirteen has been variously associated to Norse mythology, the Last Supper, the Knights Templar and the fall of Constantinople. Tall buildings around the world traditionally skip thirteen in their floor count. On the other hand, one man’s fear is another’s favor. Contrarians such as NBA player Wilt Chamberlain and NFL quarterback Dan Marino, who both wore thirteen on their jerseys, might enjoy a stay at The Plaza, a Fairmont Hotel in New York, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Vancouver Airport, and Fairmont Dubai, all of which embrace their inner thirteenth floors.