Vintage Photo Series: ‘Fairmont Moments in Time 1800’s’

Over the next week you are going to be provided with an insight into the exciting history of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, from the original hotel opening to the latest architectural marvel. It all started in…

1885 – The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Bermuda Resort Hotel opens its doors, making it the oldest hotel in the Fairmont collection.

1888 – Canada’s first grand railway hotel, The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel opens, bringing to life the vision of General Manager and soon-to-be President of Canadian Pacific Railway, Sir Cornelius Van Horne.


1889 –  The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel was Britain’s first luxury hotel and upon its opening was a pioneer of a number of “firsts” for hotels, including, “ascending rooms” (electric lifts), 24-hour room service through a “speaking tube” connected to the restaurant, and its own laundry service and postal address. Workers said the electric lifts had their ‘ups and downs’!


1890’s – Silver baron James Graham Fair purchases the land where The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel now resides, hoping to build a family estate. His daughters begin planning on “The Fairmont” as a posthumous monument. “Fairmont” combines the name of the hotel’s founding family with its exclusive location on top of Nob Hill.


1890 – Society hostess Lady de Grey gathers a group of female contemporaries to dine at The Savoy, as a strike for equality. This resulted in it being socially acceptable for women to gather for meals in public without their husbands.


1893 – Fairmont Le Château Frontenac opens in Quebec City, the first of a series of “château” style hotels built for the Canadian Pacific Railway company.

1896 – The first woman to smoke in public, The Duchesse de Clermont-Tonnerre, chooses The Savoy as her venue, motivating others to mimic her acts.


1899 – Claude Monet takes up residence at The Savoy for two months, painting his famous series of views of London and the River Thames. He returns in 1900 and 1901 to continue the work.


Contributor: Guy Hough

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