A Brief History of The Fairmont Hotels

1907. That was the year that the very first Fairmont was opened. With a beautiful and notable history, Fairmont Hotels continue to make their mark in history with continued elegance, service and class.

Fairmont Hotel San Francisco 1907

The Fairmont San Francisco in Nob Hill became the place to be- for everything glamorous, political and presidential. In 1945, the UN Charter was drafted in the Garden Room at The Fairmont San Francisco and signed by 50 countries. Tony Bennett first crooned the classic “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” for the first time in the Venetian Room, the famous nightclub in Fairmont’s namesake hotel.

Celebrated Fairmont addresses include The Fairmont Banff Springs, The Savoy in London, Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, New York’s The Plaza, Nairobi’s Fairmont The Norfolk, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel, among many others.

For more than a century, the Fairmont hotels have seen artists, celebrities, politicians and royalty. Generations of the British Royal family have made Fairmont’s properties their “home away from home.”

Notable Fairmont Moments:
The Plaza
The Plaza

*Truman Capote hosted what was called the”Party of the Century” at The Plaza in 1966. The Black and White Ball  welcomed guests like Katharine Graham and Frank Sinatra.

*Claude Monet painted scenes of London from his room at The Savoy.

Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa

*Photographer Yousef Karsh shot some of the most notable faces of the 20th century in his studio at Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.

*Playwright Noël Coward wrote Private Lives from his resident at Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel.

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

*British Prime Minister Winston Churchill chose Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City for his 1943 wartime meetings with Franklin D. Roosevelt and William Lyon Mackenzie to devise their plans for the Allied Forces’ campaigns overseas.

*John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their Bed-In for Peace at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal in 1969, when the former Beatle penned the lyrics and recorded “Give Peace a Chance”, the song that became the anthem of the anti-war movement.

This article was originally published on Pursuitist. Republished by permission.