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Vancouver Airport Hotel ranked best in North America

Richmond's Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel was ranked the best in North America.
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, located at YVR, was ranked the best in North America.

The Vancouver airport may have dropped to second place in Skytrax’s ranking of North American Airports, but in the “airport hotels” category, the Fairmont Vancouver Airport took top spot.

Last Friday, the Richmond News reported that Vancouver International Airport (YVR) lost its prominent status as the best airport in North America -- a title it held for more than a decade. 

However, the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, located at YVR in Richmond, was ranked the best in North America. 

According to the latest World Airport Awards presented by Skytrax, a consultancy firm that runs airline and airport reviews, Fairmont Vancouver Airport has officially been named the top hotel in North America and the fifth best airport hotel on the globe. 

The World Airport Awards are based on more than 13 million questionnaires completed across 100 nationalities of airline travellers at 550 airports over a six-month period. 

The awards rate a range of topics, such as overall hotel experience, accessibility from the airport to the hotel, friendliness of hotel staff, cleanliness and fitness and spa facilities. 

“The award is a true honour and we dedicate it to our entire team who continue to deliver extraordinary experiences for our guests and colleagues every day,” said Randall Williams, general manager of Fairmont Vancouver Airport. 

Guests can see the U.S. Departures Level of the Vancouver International Airport from the hotel. Although the hotel is located in the airport, the triple-paned glass provides soundproofing for travellers while they view the runway and the North Shore mountains. 

The hotel’s latest innovations include its Fit on the Fly Suite, a self-guided Nordic hydrotherapy experience complete with hot shower and ice bath.