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The four grand railway hotels of Southwestern Alberta. The first three are within 2 hours of Calgary, and the fourth is 3 hours away.



Fairmont Palliser Hotel - 14 storeys - 55 meters - 407 rooms - completed in 1914 (104 years)


Source: me

https://coupleofmen.com/5587-gay-fri...or-pool-spa-2/

https://www.annamichalska.com/301-2/



Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - 15 storeys - 57 meters - 764 rooms - completed in 1927 (91 years)

This one also happens to be the tallest building in Alberta outside of Calgary and Edmonton.



https://ca.hotels.com/ho169524/fairm...-banff-canada/

https://www.idesignarch.com/banff-sp...the-mountains/

https://it.reserving.com/hotel/ameri...-banff-springs



Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - 11 storeys - ? meters - 550 rooms - completed in 1911 (107 years)


Chateau Lake Louise by Pat O'Malley, on Flickr

https://www.visainfiniteluxuryhotels...au-lake-louise

https://www.opentable.ca/lakeview-fa...au-lake-louise



Prince of Wales Hotel - Waterton Alberta - 7 storeys - 37 meters - completed in 1927 (91 years)


Sunrise At the Prince of Wales Hotel by Jerry Patterson, on Flickr

http://www.leadingspasofcanada.com/s...f-wales-hotel/

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/LocationP...5-Alberta.html
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I love the Royal York. It is an absolute hulk of a building. I stayed there quite a few times over the years and I always loved the place. It is practically the physical embodiment of Old Toronto.
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Since we're adding the Algonquin in Saint Andrews to the list, here's a picture.



I'm not surprised that CPR purchased the hotel. Sir William Van Horne built quite a palatial estate on nearby Minister's Island to serve as his summer home.







Sadly, his property was at serious risk of death by neglect by the 1980's, but local groups (with some provincial and federal help) have been restoring the property recently. It's in a wonderful location overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay, and it's a bit of an adventure getting there. It's only accessible for 5-6 hours at a time, at low tide, by driving over a sand bar to reach the island. If you don't heed the warnings, you'll get stranded on the island until the next tidal cycle.
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The Delta Bessborough, built by the CNR, was completed in 1932 but did not open until 1935 due to the Great Depression. In 2019, it will begin a major renovation and rebranding as the Marriott Autograph Bessborough.

Its placement at the eastern terminus of 21 Street East, a major downtown axis, creates a beautiful terminated vista. It's the centrepiece of the Downtown Saskatoon riverfront and an icon for the city.


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If you look here under Fairmont Hotels in Canada….most listed are either former Canadian Pacific or Canadian National Hotels.

https://www.fairmont.com/destinations/

Canadian Pacific Hotels purchased Canadian National Hotels in 1988. Canadian Pacific acquired a controlling interest in Fairmont Hotels and in 2001 rebranded all hotels as Fairmonts for the better world wide recognition. They have been acquired by other chains since then and Fairmont now falls under the Accor brand.
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If you go here you can see a more comprehensive list. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...railway_hotels.

It show these are the 3 main railway companies to have built hotels across Canada.

1 Canadian National Railway
2 Canadian Pacific Railway
3 Grand Trunk Railway
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I can't post pictures but I wanted to mention two hotels northeast of Quebec City: the Manoir Richelieu in Pointe-au-Pic (Charlevoix) and the Hôtel Tadoussac in the town of the same name.

Both worth a Google Image search.

BTW they're not actually railway hotels as they were built by steamship companies. But still in the spirit of the era.
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The Empress in Victoria is definitely a main landmark there, and is a hub of activity in the City with regards to tourism, moreso than in most other cities I'd say. People specifically will visit it as a tourist stop in Victoria, way more than someone would visit Hotel Vancouver or The Palliser, for instance. Maybe it has to do with its prominence in the cityscape, rather than buried in the urban fabric as the hotels in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto do.
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I can't post pictures but I wanted to mention two hotels northeast of Quebec City: the Manoir Richelieu in Pointe-au-Pic (Charlevoix) and the Hôtel Tadoussac in the town of the same name.

Both worth a Google Image search.

BTW they're not actually railway hotels as they were built by steamship companies. But still in the spirit of the era.

Hope you don't mind if I do it for you. I'm not very busy at work today.


Wow tha Manoir Richelieu is beautiful. I never knew about it.
[IMG]Manoir Richelieu by Réjean Côté, on Flickr[/IMG]

Hôtel Tadoussac
[IMG]DSCF3105b by breton owl, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Thanks TorontoDrew!

I believe the Château Montebello on the north shore of the Ottawa River halfway between Ottawa-Gatineau and Montreal was also technically a railway hotel.

Still can't post pics, but when someone does... its architecture is quite a departure from Canada's other railway hotels.

It has hosted a G7 summit and Bilderberg group meetings.
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Château Montebello.







https://www.fairmont.com/montebello/media/photos/

And the associated train station. Although no longer a train station (I think it was moved from its original location), the building is now used as a tourism office.


https://www.tourismeoutaouais.com/en...train-station/
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I feel like Deerhust's Main Pavillion was inspired by that hotel. BTW it was also a CP Hotel but not on a railway ( I don't think).

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And the associated train station. Although no longer a train station (I think it was moved from its original location), the building is now used as a tourism office.


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If you were to ask me point blank what an American vs. a European hotel room was (plan américain vs. plan européen) my guess would have been that it's about the type of breakfast (or not) that comes with your room.
I would have guessed shared vs. common bathrooms too. "European-style" is quite the euphemism for that...
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Old Posted Oct 1, 2018, 10:12 PM
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Yeah the Italianate 2nd Hotel Vancouver was quite beautiful, and it would be pretty much completely unique in Canada.
It was a transitional style. There were older Italianate buildings going back to the mid-1800's or earlier but I guess this was the narrow window when that style and steel frame construction were contemporaneous.

I find it busy looking and not necessarily beautiful or elegant but it would have been interesting and different looking. Too bad it was torn down.
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The Château Laurier in Ottawa. Completed in 1912 by the Grand Trunk Railway, along with Union Station across the street, it was built on the southern end of Major's Hill Park which has essentially been a city (now Federal) park since Colonel John By founded Bytown in 1826. Thanks to the support of Wilfrid Laurier, a parcel of the park was allowed to be sold to GTR.

The opening was delayed by a few months when the President of the GTR, Charles Melville Hayes, perished in the Titanic in April 1912.

A pedestrian tunnel connecting the hotel and station still exist and a rail tunnel was built between the hotel and Rideau Canal to accommodate the Canadian Pacific Railway right of way and Hull Electric Railway's terminus station. That tunnel served as the Canadian Museum of Photography for a few years before it was converted to committee rooms by the Harper Government. A bicycle rental business occupies a part of the tunnel, including the Hull Electric Railway turn-around tunnel.

The hotel an east wing was added in1929 and a parking garage at north end in 1969, though it was demolished last spring.

To this day, the Château holds a place of honour in the heart of Ottawa at the top of the Canal's Entrance Bay locks, between Parliament Hill and the Byward Market. Through old Union's days as a grand railway station were brought to an end in 1966, it served as a Government Conference Centre until just a few years ago when it was closed for renovation and a new vocation as the Upper House of Parliament during renovations to the Centre Block.

Several expansions have been proposed since the 2016 for the site of the parking garage at the Major's Hill Park side of the hotel. I've posted the various renditions at the end of this post. The last one was approved by City Council on the condition the architect goes back to the drawing board (try to wrap your heads around that one). The City wants more depth variation to the façades, more limestone and a re-drawn roof to better emulate the peaks of the existing.

Here's the Château Laurier as it appeared on opening day on June 1, 1912.


http://www.ottawacitizen.com/June+19...324/story.html

Soon after the 1929 addition oppened.


http://www.montrealgazette.com/Photo...159/story.html


https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_Laurier


https://where.ca/tag/fairmont-chateau-laurier/

During the 2017 Crashed Ice competition.


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Here are some similar views of the 4* versions formally presented to the public.

*Note that the first and second version we pretty much the same, so they both be defined by the first picture.







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What are those new renders? Are they additions to the hotel??
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What are those new renders? Are they additions to the hotel??
Proposed addition. I've lost track of where it stands, but the last photo was the latest revision, I believe. Public reception has not been warm.
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The current owner of the hotel, Larco Investment, is proposing an addition that would include more meeting space and long-term suits. Understandably, the public has been very vocal on the issue. The first proposal was presented in 2016 and faced staunch criticism. Larco has gone back to the drawing board multiple times (as shown) trying to come up with a design that garners enough public support.

The last proposal was approved by City Council this spring on the condition the architect go back to the drawing board (try to wrap your head around that one). The City wants more depth variation to the façades, more limestone and a re-drawn roof to better emulate the peaks of the existing.
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Proposed addition. I've lost track of where it stands, but the last photo was the latest revision, I believe. Public reception has not been warm.
They're fucking hideous.
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