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Suite Saturdays Canada Day

Welcome to Suite Saturdays: Canada Day Edition! In honor of the country's 150th birthday today, we've gathered a list of some of Canada's best suites. From the East Coast to the West Coast, Canada offers breathtaking natural beauty, cosmopolitan cities, cultural festivities, along with contemporary hotels and historic grand railroad properties, many of which are part of the Fairmont Hotels collection. 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Westin Nova Scotian

The Crown Suite at The Westin Nova Scotian

Set on the 11th floor, The Crown Suite (shown above) at the Westin Nova Scotian features sweeping views of Georges Island and the Halifax Harbor. Providing panoramic sunset views, the elegant space has a dining area with space for up to 20 people, separate bar and lounge area, menus created by Executive Chef Mark Marchment, and live music upon request. Located along the city’s harborfront, the hotel has an indoor pool, Sykea Salon and Spa, fitness studio, and Yuk Yuk’s Halifax Comedy Club. 

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St. Andrews, New Brunswick

The Algonquin Resort

The Algonquin Resort with One Bedroom Suites and the Algonquin Golf Course

The six One Bedroom Suites (shown above) at The Algonquin Resort offer separate living rooms and bedrooms, with queen or king pillow top beds, plus sofa beds in the living rooms. Recently remodeled, the suites have 32-inch flat-screen TVs, custom artwork, and three-piece bathrooms with stand alone showers. Situated in St. Andrews by-the-sea, New Brunswick, the Algonquin Resort opened in 1889 in Canada's first seaside resort town. Featuring maritime hospitality, the iconic building is a year-round destination with indoor and outdoor pools, private beach, spa, seasonal whale watching, and the award-winning Algonquin Golf Course. 

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Quebec City, Quebec

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Exterior and Frontenac Suite

Set within the walls of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac offers a recently renovated atmosphere infused with European elegance. The Frontenac Suites (shown above) have 670 square feet of space, including parlors that seat up to 10 people, and separate master bedrooms. Providing views of the old fortified city and the St. Lawrence River, the iconic hotel offers guided tours of the property, the landmark Champlain Restaurant,1608 Wine & Cheese Bar, Bistro Le Sam, Place Dufferin, Spa du Château, grand event spaces, and an indoor pool. 

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Ottawa, Ontario

Fairmont Château Laurier

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Across the canal from Parliament Hill, the Presidential Suites (shown above) at the Fairmont Château Laurier offer a residential style setting overlooking the city with a living room featuring a faux fireplace, large flat-screen TV, work desk, and spacious seating area. Plus, a dining room with seating for eight, and a separate bedroom with a dressing room, armoire, and bureau. Recently revitalized and located in the country's capital city, the historic grand railroad hotel offers award-winning regional cuisine, indoor swimming pool, and grand event venues. The property has welcomed numerous dignitaries, presidents, and celebrities since opening in 1912.

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Winnepeg, Manitoba

Fairmont Winnipeg

Fairmont Winnipeg Royal Alexandra Suite

Featuring contemporary furnishings and original Manitoban art, the Royal Alexandra Suite (shown above) at the Fairmont Winnipeg evokes a residential feel. Set on the 20th floor, the spacious suite has a living room with a baby grand piano, gas fireplace, 42-inch flat-screen TV, and expansive views of the city. The large dining room has seating for six, along with a butler's pantry and half bath. The master bedroom overlooks Portage and Main with a king size bed, and a full bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower and separate soaking tub. Steps from the city's major attractions including the Forks National Historic Site and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the hotel has upscale dining at the VG Restaurant, fitness club, and an indoor saltwater pool. 

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Lake Louise, Alberta

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Glacier Suite at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Set within Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is an grand luxury hotel built in 1890. The two-level Glacier Suite (shown above) has a dining and living area with a sofa bed on the main floor,  and a spiral staircase leading to a secluded bedroom with king size bed and ensuite bathroom. There's also a large covered balcony featuring views of the Victoria Glacier, Lake Louise, and mountains. Originally built as for outdoor enthusiasts, the property offers year-round alpine activities including world-class winter skiing, canoeing in the summer, and guided mountain tours. There's also a kid's camp, luxury spa, and elegant dining options, as well as horse drawn sleigh rides during the winter. 

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Vancouver, British Columbia

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Royal Suite

Referred to as the "Castle in the City" the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver offers a historic location in the heart of the city. Since opening in 1939, many members of the British monarchy have visited the Hotel Vancouver, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at the grand opening of the hotel. The Royal Suite (shown above) provides an opulent and spacious setting with four bedrooms, large dining room that can seat up to 10 guests, and an elegant living room with a grand hearth. Plus, from May to September 3, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is offering the Canada 150 Afternoon Tea

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Centrally located between historic New Delhi and the Gurgaon corporate hub, The Roseate New Delhi offers an urban retreat amidst eight acres of lush greenery and tranquil water bodies. Featuring award-winning architecture that accents the surrounding beauty, the property offers a serene setting removed from city traffic, yet a close drive to businesses and attractions. Discover three reasons to stay at The Roseate New Delhi below the photo.

Premium Pool View Room at The Roseate New Delhi

Three Reasons to Stay at The Roseate New Delhi:

1. Dining

The Roseate New Delhi

The hotel offers three dining options: Kiyan, Chi Ni, and IAH Bar. For international cuisine with a European emphasis, the hotel's signature restaurant Kiyan offers an upscale setting surrounded by blue water bodies amongst Isfahan columns with farm-to-table cuisine. Chi Ni serves "Chinese Cuisine from Heart" and the Iah Bar offers a relaxed indoor and outdoor experience with expertly-crafted food and beverage pairings.

2. The Aheli Spa 

The Roseate New Delhi

Offering a serene setting amidst bodies of water, the world-class facility has four indoor treatment suites with private verandahs and outdoor treatment areas. Guests can choose from an array of services and treatments, and there's also a beauty salon. 

3. Club Privé

For an additional level of exclusivity, the hotel's Club Privé is available by invitation only. Members have access to the Club Privé bar and lounge, as well as secretarial services, customized facilities, and personalized offerings. 

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Situated in the heart of town, Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa offers a relaxing retreat with a rooftop observation deck featuring a fire pit and sitting area for stargazing and Red Rock views. The Spa at Sedona Rouge offers guests a peaceful environment and sensory refuge where the healing power of touch mingles with the pure scents of rare flower oils and elements of the earth to help visitors feel centered. Guests can choose from a variety of customized treatments performed by the spa's certified massage therapists specializing in Reflexology, Cranial Sacral, Myofascial Bodywork, Cupping Massage, and traditional Ayurvedic services. There's also body ritual treatments such as detoxifying herbal wraps and aromatherapy baths with locally-sourced botanicals. Plus, facials, steam therapy, and acupressure massage. Continue reading below the Spa at Sedona Rouge photo.

The Spa at Sedona Rouge

The rejuvenating and spa-focused environment flows into the property's guest rooms and suites, especially the Spa Guest Rooms and Suites which are located within the spa facility. Inspired by the Mediterranean, accommodations feature a rich color palette, along with patios and balconies for relaxing while taking in the area's scenery. In addition, many of the suites feature large soaking tubs for pre- and post-spa pampering. Read more below the photo.

Suite Bathroom at Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa

REDS Restaurant offers a contemporary on-site dining option with gourmet comfort foods, there's a heated outdoor swimming pool with an outdoor fireplace and sitting area, and morning yoga sessions. The Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa is less than 10 miles from Slide Rock State Park and Boynton Canyon Trail. Surrounded by shops and restaurants, the hotel offers a luxurious setting with easy access to local attractions and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Aliance receive a $25 Spa Credit. 

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Providing a chic setting overlooking one of the world's most famous beaches, COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the historic district. Set along the beach, the property offers an urban retreat with modern guest rooms and suites infused with art deco styling, playful tones of pink and green, geometric silhouettes, marble, and chrome accents, plus the latest in-room technology and large windows offering natural sunlight. 

Balcony Guest Room at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

For dining, Traymore serves a modern menu with classic Floridian seafood dishes and American favorites created by Chef de Cuisine Juan Loaisiga. During breakfast the restaurant offers homemade juices, pastries, and healthy choices. At night, the restaurant transforms into a vibrant setting that spills from the lobby onto the terrace. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

The adjacent Traymore Gin Bar has a bright and contemporary space with more than 30 artisanal gins and signature cocktails. There's also poolside dining and cocktails, and the COMO Shambhala Cuisine concept provides guests with healthy menu options prepared using fresh Floridian ingredients from the land and sea. 

Featuring a relaxing and rejuvenating setting in the heart of Miami Beach, the property's COMO Shambhala Concept features a holistic wellness experience with an energizing dining and juice menu, spa treatments, and wellness area. Continue reading below the Hydrotherapy pool photo.

Rooftop Hydrotherapy Pool at the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

Set on the eighth floor of the hotel, the wellness facilities offer an urban retreat-like setting with an outdoor rooftop Hydrotherapy pool, relaxation terrace, four treatment rooms, state-of-the-art fitness center on the roof, co-ed steam room, and experience showers. 

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Overlooking Texas Hill Country, the 17,000-square-foot Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness Center at La Cantera Resort in San Antonio is a secluded sanctuary set at one of the area's highest points. Surrounded by nature, the spa features panoramic views of the Texas sky, along with Hill Country and Texas-infused services and treatments. Continue reading below the photo of Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness.

Loma de Vida Spa and Wellness at La Cantera Resort

Designed with intentional spaces that inspire wellness, peace, relaxation, and empowerment, the spa has 15 treatment rooms, along with saline pools, private garden terraces, and serene alcoves. Read more below the photo.

Loma de Vida Spa Cabana at La Cantera Resort

Providing an array of exclusive treatments and classic services, guests can select from signature rituals, including the Absolute Texas which includes a special treatment within a Spa Skyloft (shown below) with local beeswax, honey, and lavender, along with a soak in an outdoor cowboy tub. 

Loma de Vida Spa Skyloft at La Cantera Resort

In addition to treatments and services such as facials and manicures, Loma de Vida also offers wellness classes such as movement classes, suspension training, spinning, and yoga. Plus, the Quenche Juicery with thoughtfully designed juices, boosting breakfast preparations, and ideally-proportioned lunches. Continue reading below the photo of the men's solarium.

Loma de Vida Men's Solarium

The Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness Center is located within La Cantera Resort. Perfectly situated overlooking Texas Hill Country, the full-service luxury resort offers two championship golf courses, five pools, children's programs, and nine on-site dining options. Located about 30 minutes from downtown San Antonio, the resort is less than 2 miles from Six Flags Fiesta Texas. 

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Topaz Poolside Grill at La Cantera Resort

 


Perched on a hilltop within a 15th century villa with a facade attributed to Michelangelo, Belmond Villa San Michele provides an exclusive setting within a former Renaissance monastery. Set amidst Italian gardens with lemon trees and fragrant roses, the hotel offers fine Tuscan cuisine at La Loggia Restaurant, a Cookery School, and an open-air swimming pool overlooking the Arno Valley and Florence. There are walking paths through the surrounding woods, a fitness center with panoramic views, personal training services, and a massage gazebo. There's also a shuttle bus which transports hotel guests to the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of Florence's historic city center. Continue reading below the photo.

Belmond Villa San Michele

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive lunch for two at the Pool Restaurant, fresh flowers and fruit in the room upon arrival, and VIP status. Plus, a room upgrade based on availability at time of check-in.

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Overlooking the Nybroviken in a historic Art Nouveau building, the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm offers a chic, family-owned retreat in the heart of the city. Upon arrival, guests enter the hotel via glass doors that open to reveal a vintage elevator and grand staircase. To the left is the reception desk, which is also the entrance to the restaurant, bar, and sitting area. Continue reading below the entry photos.

Entering the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

I recently had the opportunity to stay in a Deluxe Sea View Room on the fourth floor of the hotel. A short stroll from Djurgarden's museums, the property was an ideal base for exploring the city and offered exceptional views of the Nybroviken to enjoy while relaxing within the room's plush velvet chairs. Read more below the photo.

Deluxe Sea View Room 402 at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Originally built as a private residence in 1911, the Hotel Diplomat features a stylish mix of Scandinavian design, vintage, and plush modern amenities such as large flat-screen TVs, and marble bathrooms with high end bath products. While the interiors of the building are stunning, including a vintage elevator and grand staircase with intricate wood carvings and stained glass windows that evoked the feel of a castle. Read more below the photos.

Interiors of the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Upon entering my room, I was stunned by the lovely view of the harbor! The sun was shining in beautifully, and two velvet chairs were set with a marble table, providing an inviting spot to relax after a long day of traveling. The entire room felt like a private apartment within the city with wood floors, large windows, and an entry that stepped down into the space, giving it a residential feel. Continue reading below the photo.

View of Room 402 at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

The spacious desk offered plenty of space for getting some work done and reviewing maps to plan sightseeing excursions, while the adjacent minibar provided a delightful selection of Swedish snacks. Read more below the photo.

Desk Area at the Hotel Diplomat

Within the marble bathroom there were Diplomat embossed bath mats, and all the bath amenities travelers need including Argan shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. 

Bathroom at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

The room also offered a spacious closet area in the entry with additional amenities including a lint brush, shoe shining, and sewing supplies, as well as a blow dryer and adapter for use during one's visit. There's also a charming Hotel Diplomat canvas tote within the closet that is available for purchase--ideal for carrying souvenirs or a picnic lunch. 

Closet amenities at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Breakfast at the Hotel Diplomat was a wonderful way to start the day. There was a beautiful breakfast buffet within the restaurant offering fresh breads, yogurts, smoothies, sliced meats, sausages, bacon, and make-your-own-waffle station. Along with coffee, tea, and fresh juices. Continue reading below the photo.

Breakfast at the Hotel Diplomat

Since the 1960s, the Hotel Diplomat has been a destination for Afternoon Tea. Set within the restaurant, the tea features the hotel’s exclusive tea blend as well as classic scones, homemade marmalades, and finger sandwiches. In addition to the classic Afternoon Tea, guests can also order “The Afternoon Tea-Tox” with rawbars, nuts, berries, and a “super fruit” salad, and there's an Afternoon Tea Wedding options for wedding guests created by the hotel’s dedicated pastry chef. 

The Hotel Diplomat Restaurant is a Scandinavian Brasserie providing an elegant setting with large windows overlooking the Nybroviken, with an outdoor patio for dining on summer days. There's brunch on weekends, and on Sundays the restaurant serves a traditional Swedish Sunday Roast dinner. Within the restaurant area there's also a chic bar with velvet couches and candles, ideal for enjoying a crafted cocktail with classic Swedish ingredients to toast the end of the day. Read more below the photo of the bar area.

Hotel Diplomat Stockholm Bar

For those seeking a workout, the property's recently revitalized fitness center offers cardio machines and strength training equipment. There's also a sauna that guests can reserve for one hour at a time. Plus, the hotel is steps away from the Strandvagen offering a boardwalk-style setting ideal for strolling to the Djurgården, the city's museum island with the popular Vasa Museum and the recently opened Vikingaliv museum. 

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The Hotel Diplomat Stockholm exterior at dusk


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Featuring a family-friendly atmosphere steps away from the historic sites of downtown, the Belmond Charleston Place is ideal for family vacations. For a limited time, the hotel is offering the Rooftop Relaxation Package, which includes luxurious accommodations, complimentary breakfast for children 12 and under in The Palmetto Cafe when accompanied by a paid adult meal, and a 25% discount at the Clock Tower Terrace, which is located next to the hotel's rooftop pool. Continue reading below the photo. 

The Rooftop Clocktower Bar at the Belmond Charleston Place

From the Belmond Charleston Place, families can explore the city on foot or bicycle, or enjoy strolling the streets in a horse-drawn carriage. The South Carolina Aquarium and Waterfront Park are nearby, and historic attractions such as Middleton Plantation with a petting zoo are a short drive away. Continue reading below the photo.

Charleston Carriage Ride at Belmond Charleston Place

The recently remodeled Belmond Charleston Place provides a luxurious setting in the historic district close to the Charleston City Market. Overlooking King Street and downtown, the heated rooftop saltwater pool has a retractable roof as well as the Clock Tower Terrace for outdoor dining. There's also the Shops at Belmond Charleston Place with upscale boutiques, the award-winning Charleston Grill, Palmetto Cafe for casual dining, and a health club. 

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Perched on the 14th and 15th floors overlooking the harbor, the spacious Admiral Suites at the Four Seasons Baltimore feature floor-to-ceiling windows with waterfront views. Furnished in chic earth tones, the suites have American black-walnut woodwork, hardwood floors, contemporary artwork, mingled with accents of blue and gold. There are stone-clad built-in fireplaces within each suite, and the living rooms have large LCD TVs with Bose home theater systems.  Plus, there are expansive outdoor patios with seating areas, and in-suite powder rooms for guests. Read more below the photo.

The Admiral Suite Living Room at the Four Seasons Baltimore

Ideal for entertaining, the Admiral Suites have separate dining rooms with custom-designed dining tables with seating for eight people. There are fully-equipped pantries with stainless Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, as well as wet bars.  Continue reading below the photo.

Admiral Suite Dining Room at the Four Seasons Baltimore

Within each Admiral Suite, there is a secluded bedroom with plush amenities and an en suite marble bath with heated tile floors. There's also glass-walled showers, large soaking tubs, and dual sinks. For additional space, the suites can be connected to an additional guest room.

Admiral Suite Master Bath at Four Seasons Baltimore

The Four Seasons Baltimore provides a resort-like retreat in the heart of Harbor East. Surrounded by a strollable waterfront neighborhood with shopping, upscale dining, and entertainment, the hotel offers a variety of amenities including an outdoor splash terrace with a lap pool and restaurant, full-service spa, 24-hour business services, and a house car. 

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Set along Rue Saint Sulpice in Montreal's historic quarter, Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal offers an all-suite setting tucked behind Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal. Adjacent to the Sulpician Gardens and a quiet religious community, the hotel was built around historic stone walls that can be seen in some of the hallways, event spaces (photo below), and select suites. Recently, Five Star Alliance had the opportunity to stay at the property. Continue reading about the experience below.

Event Space at Le Saint-Sulpice

From the moment guests step inside from the cobblestoned streets of Old Montreal, the hotel encourages visitors to "Indulge Your Imagination" through cinema, art, and literature. This theme is infused throughout the hotel within artwork and music. The "Body and Soul" exhibit turns the boutique hotel into an art gallery with an immersive experience where using a mobile phone or tablet, guests can listen to music by Quebec Composer François Dompierre and violinist Angèle Dubeau while discovering portraits created by Quebec designer Jean-Claude Poitras, spread throughout five floors. Read more below the photo of one of the art installations.

Art installation at Le Saint-Sulpice

Within the suites, guests are invited to watch "La Valise" a short film produced by the hotel, and to read "Suite Stories, The Book" featuring a collection of short stories created by 14 authors who wrote the stories while staying at the hotel. The book is also available for purchase. 

The spacious accommodations have kitchenettes with Nespresso machines, minifridges, microwaves, and sinks. There's also a full range of dishes, making it an ideal setting for travelers seeking to prepare simple in-room meals, or travelers planning longer stays. Continue reading below the photo.

Suite Kitchenette at Le Saint-Sulpice

There are sitting areas with couches and coffee tables, large work desks, and French style windows that fully open to allow fresh breezes into the suites.

Suite Living Room at Le Saint-Sulpice

Bathrooms (which are set to be renovated throughout 2017) offer dual sinks, walk-in showers, soaking tubs, and L'Occitane bath products. 

Suite Bathroom at Le Saint-Sulpice

Editor's Note: For a truly unique setting, the Presidential Suite offers an exceptional space with a large living room, fireplace, and a spacious terrace with views of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal. Read more after the photo.

Presidential Suite Terrace at Le Saint-Sulpice

Le Saint-Sulpice Montreal has the Sinclair Restaurant with chef-prepared contemporary cuisine, as well as an outdoor terrace ideal for enjoying dinner or a weekend brunch during the warmer months. There's a lobby lounge for cocktails, and in-room dining is also available. Surrounded by cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, and historic sites, the property is an ideal setting for exploring Old Montreal. 

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