Looking to read an in-depth Fairmont Mont Tremblant review before booking your next Canadian ski holiday?
Located in Mont Tremblant in Quebec, the Fairmont Tremblant is a world class four-star resort tucked into the base of the breathtaking Laurentian mountain range. Found perfectly located at the edge of the charming ski village, the resort is the only property in town that enables guests to ski straight out onto the snow-topped hill. Brilliant, no?
But it’s not only about winter at the Fairmont Tremblant; it’s also an ideal base for year-round activities in nature.
I spent two nights in a cozy-chic room at the resort. My Fairmont Mont Tremblant review highlights info on the hotel’s accommodation options, various restaurants, spa services, and on-site amenities.
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So, what makes the Fairmont Tremblant such a unique destination? It’s all about location, location, location!
Found a quick 40 minute shuttle bus drive from the Mont Tremblant International Airport—or a 1.5 hour drive from Montreal—the Fairmont Mont Tremblant is a super convenient destination for visitors hailing from Quebec, Ontario, and those on short-haul flights from the USA.
I flew Porter Airlines direct from Toronto’s Billy Bishop airport to Mont Tremblant, which is arguably the most adorable airport ever. (It’s essentially a chalet.) By the time you’ve had a sip and a snack, the plane’s gearing up to land, making this such a breezy journey for a quick ski weekend.
Built in 1996, the Fairmont Tremblant resort is a mainstay of the region. The property features a total of 314 guest rooms, including 62 spacious suites, for those looking for a truly luxurious ski or nature getaway.
Rooms have been consistently renewed over the past two decades to ensure they’re up-to-date for guests. In 2017, the hotel’s public spaces were given a complete face-lift, including the reception, lobby, and the Ricochet Café.
As of 2023, the hotel is planning the complete refurbishment of their Gold Floor—a private floor offering a VIP hotel-within-a-hotel experience to guests. Personalized service is the name of the game here.
The goal? To surpass the expectations of today’s travellers. “The hotel provides guests with a vibrant and distinctive arrival experience, with a modern, yet alpine feel,” says Natalie Johnson, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at the Fairmont Tremblant. As a Canadian who grew up skiing in the Alps, this is a winsome take on the Euro chalet experience.
“It’s the only true ski-in, ski-out property in the region,” notes Natalie. “Near the slope access, there is the ski valet service, the ticket office, the rental shop and—of course—the Ricochet Café for a quick espresso before hitting the slopes.”
Once you’ve a few runs tucked under the belt of your snowsuit and are ready to warm up, the hotel’s new outdoor après-ski terrace is situated right off the Nansen Run—a magnificent green 6 km run, named after a Norwegian explorer, that appeals to beginners and pros alike.
“On weekends, a DJ keeps everyone on their feet,” Natalie notes. “Homemade cocktails on tap, mulled wine, and Champagne go along perfectly with the menu that includes pogos and warm cheese croquettas.” If there’s one thing we love, it’s a lively après ski!
After you’ve had your fill of the slopes, unwind by dipping into the Fairmont Tremblant’s outdoor pools and hot tubs. Guests can also relax by the fire pits, roast some marshmallows, and watch skiers and snowboarders do their final runs of the day.
Fairmont Mont Tremblant Resort Activities
The luxury resort in the Laurentians currently boasts two swimming pools and three hot tubs, along with a sauna, steam rooms, and a gym. Yoga classes are offered every Saturday.
Moment Spa, found on the mezzanine, is easily accessible for guests and non-guests alike. There’s also both a games and billiards room for folks who love a little friendly competition.
When it comes to restaurants, the Fairmont Tremblant has four dining options. Three are found around the corner from the lobby—Choux Gras, Le Comptoir, and Axe Bar Lounge—while the Ricochet Café is downstairs on the lower level.
Ski amenities include the ski valet, for those who have their own equipment, along with the ski rental service and ticket office all on site.
The best time of year to visit depends on what you hope to get out of your holiday. A big draw for skiing enthusiasts is 24H, a ski fundraiser that takes place in early December and involves tons of outdoor entertainment and chalet parties. If this is your vibe, be sure to book your room early.
If you’re looking for serious end-of-winter fun, the Caribou Cup takes place the first weekend in April. With only 125 folks able to register, this is a hard-to-get-into event that locals look forward to all ski season long. Those who make the cut don funky costumes before making the attempt to ski over a basin of water. Do most make it over? No. Does everyone have a blast? Yes. After prizes are given out, the party continues after at Le P’tit Caribou.
Maybe you’re less keen on parties, and prefer to go the immersed-in-nature route? Fret not. The Fairmont organizes regular weekend walks for those who wish for a guided tour of the woods. (Chances are, you’ll spot some deer, at the very least.)
But it’s not only about donning your best Fendi winter look.
Spring, summer, and fall all have their charms, and are well-suited to travellers eager to experience the beauty of the Laurentians. Hike up the mountain and take the gondola down, or vice versa. Kayak on the lake. Cycle in the area. The team at the Fairmont Mont Tremblant can assist with any plans you might have.
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Fairmont Tremblant Resort Review Highlights
Before booking your stay, here’s a list of highlights that make the Fairmont Tremblant worthy of your attention.
- The Fairmont Mont Tremblant resort is one of two luxury accommodations in the area. The hotel is perched on the edge of the ski hill, giving it a primo location.
- The resort boasts a spa and outdoor pools overlooking the slopes which come with bar service.
- The resort’s valet and ski rental services along with the ski-in ski-out cafe and après ski are huge wins for skiing enthusiasts, making your journey from room to hill incredibly easy.
- The various on-site restaurants mean you can devote all your time and energy to skiing and snowboarding, should you so desire.
Fairmont Tremblant Hotel Accommodation
It goes without saying that the key question to pose when reading a Fairmont Tremblant resort review is, “What type of room am I hoping to book for my holiday?”
In terms of aesthetics, the Fairmont Tremblant hotel dishes out a modernized Alpine feel. Guests waltz into the lobby and are greeted by a roaring fireplace, stone accents, and eye-catching modern chandelier—design details that help underscore the ski chalet vibes.
All of the 314 guest rooms boast homey decor befitting of a ski resort—think plush beds with carved wooden headboards, accents in rich red or charcoal gray hues, and black-and-white photography depicting snowy mountain-top scenes.
Folks seeking views out to the charming pedestrian village will fancy the condo suites, which come equipped with full kitchens and a closed-off bedroom.
“These units are perfect for long stays or large families,” notes Natalie, “as most of the condo suites are adjacent to a connecting room.”
Other accommodations offer spectacular views out to the mountain or the surrounding woodlands. Choose from various bedroom configurations ranging from guest rooms with two double beds to the luxe 83-sqm Corner Condo Suite, which boasts a king bed with a sofa bed in the living room. Plush down-filled duvets and cozy bathrobes ensure guests are equipped for a good night’s sleep—and comfy after-ski relaxation moment.
Additionally, the hotel offers accessible rooms and assistive devices for guest with disabilities, including rooms with doorways providing 32″ of clear width plus valet parking for vehicles outfitted for wheelchair drivers.
Fairmont Gold Lounge
With a total of 30 rooms and four suites making up the Gold Floor, this is the hotel-within-a-hotel Fairmont Gold experience. So, what are the benefits exactly? Fairmont Gold guests are offered VIP service from a dedicated team who will remember your likes—and dislikes—to ensure your experience is above and beyond.
The private lounge space is currently filled with tables topped with board games, a reading nook, and buffet area offering guests nibbles.
It’s soon to undergo a bit of a facelift to better serve its guests, much like the restaurant spaces experienced in 2017.
“Although rooms have been renewed consistently in the past two decades,” Natalie says, “we are currently planning the complete refurbishment of our Gold Floor.”
Fairmont Tremblant Resort Spa & Wellness
Moment Spa Fairmont Tremblant has been offering guests the perfect excuse to indulge in some post-piste pampering since it opened back in 1998.
Found on the mezzanine, the spa is operated by Amerispa; the Moment Spa is an exclusively Quebecois brand, also tucked into the Fairmont Manoir Richelieu, Fairmont Château Frontenac, and Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth properties.
Renovated from head to toe in 2017, the Moment Spa Fairmont Tremblant offers 15 treatment rooms, including two duo treatment rooms for those who wish to enjoy a treatment in the company of their partner or travel companion. The spa also features a luxe mani and pedi salon complete with natural light—not to mention the soothing relaxation area with two Neurospa therapy chairs.
Guests—and non-guests alike—can book themselves in for a variety of treatments, including massages, facial treatments, body treatments, and the aforementioned manicures and pedicures.
The signature massage is perfect for the weary traveller or avid skier who needs a bit of post-slope R&R. Tensions are relieved and the body re-energized from head to toe through slow draining manoeuvres and forearm techniques. My registered massage therapist, Denis, was excellent, and I emerged feeling utterly relaxed.
Additionally, massage obsessees can enjoy a warm pebble massages, deep tissue massages, sport massages, and more.
Meanwhile, the signature Valmont Facial promises to plump the skin and restore facial vitality, yielding soft, luminous skin. Plus, a foot massage comes part and parcel with the treatment. Body wraps are also on offer, and are the perfect way to restore hydration to parched winter skin.
Lest you forget, spa guests can also easily access the swimming pools and hot tubs—the outdoor ones perched on the edge of the ski slope—Finnish sauna, and steam baths. Talk about relaxation!
Additionally, the on-site fitness centre includes bikes for spinning, treadmills, stair climbers, an elliptical machine, and free weights up to 50 lbs. Unlike the spa, the gym is only available to hotel guests.
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Fairmont Mont Tremblant Resort Restaurants
What’s a trip to Quebec without a bon vivant meal? No Fairmont Mont Tremblant Resort visit is complete ’til you’ve swung by the on-site restaurants.
The hotel found at the edge of the bustling village offers various dining options, from fine dining at Choux Gras to the grab ‘n’ go Ricochet Café. No matter the location, the food philosophy remains the same, with chefs taking care to provide hearty fare that will suit a skier’s appetite.
Local producers found on the menus include Le Petit Rucher du Nord (a honey and meadery), Les Mercenaires Culinaires (local meat), and Gourmet Sauvage (artisanal wild products).
Axe Bar Lounge
Folks start to congregate at the Axe the moment it’s open for business, spilling over from the lobby found just around the corner.
Reno’d in 2017, the inviting space is dressed in warm oranges and yellows, with pops of jewel tones. The Axe overlooks the ski hill through large windows, and a wraparound bar adds to its charm; Natalie notes both locals and visitors frequent the space.
This is the place to experience the Fairmont Tremblant’s craft cocktail culture.
“On top of the exclusive cocktails created by our artisans, we have the Fairmont Perfected cocktail list,” notes Natalie. “Our mixologists are specialists in creating cocktails and creators of unforgettable moments. They will amaze you with their knowledge and how they personalize your requests.”
Standout sips include the Maple Old Fashioned, with Hennessy VS Cognac, Woodford Reserve Bourbon, coffee-orange house bitters and, of course, local maple syrup.
Other faves include Aperol Spritz and the Patron Espresso Martini. House simple syrups and bitters are just some of the noteworthy ingredients that elevate the libations.
Le Comptoir Tremblant is the hotel’s more casual option, offering a family-friendly atmosphere from breakfast through to dinner.
In the morning, guests can mow down on the buffet, which includes faves like scrambled eggs, crêpes, fresh Danishes, fruits, and yogurt. Alternately, à la carte offerings veer from grilled cheese topped with a fried egg and smoked apple cheddar, to a toasted bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon.
Come lunch, a skier’s menu includes smash hits like French onion soup, and the signature cheeseburger (or veg burger) with BBQ’d mushrooms and Quebecois 1608 cheese.
Dinner is served from 5:30 PM onward, with Italian-inspired fare. Think lasagna, an indulgent gnocchi plate with mushrooms and black garlic, or a daily pasta option.
As guests are often arriving straight from the slopes, there are boot racks and slippers kindly provided outside the dining area.
Choux Gras Brasserie Culinaire
Overlooking both the pedestrian village and the snowy slopes, Choux Gras is the Fairmont Tremblant’s fine dining option. Open solely for dinner, the restaurant is gussied up in glossy brasserie décor, with royal blue velvet banquettes adding a sumptuous pop of colour against otherwise more muted hues. Gilded oval mirrors are in conversation with sculptural light fixtures and a modern fireplace which anchors the space.
The atmosphere is convivial, with guests sharing bites and sips in the bustling room. Keen on live entertainment? Thursdays are your night for live music. Whether it’s Diane Krall-style jazz or a rockabilly band, you are sure to be tapping those toes.
As for the (mostly) French-inspired menu, well it’s designed to be shared. Be on the lookout for the staggering seafood tower with lobster, oysters, scallop ceviche, snow crab, and more.
For mains, the whole “Texan” chicken is a carnivore fan favourite; it comes with a casserole of asparagus heads, roasted squash, and beets.
Vegetarians have an admittedly compact selection to choose from (such is Quebec, really), but the stuffed butternut squash is a stellar option, served with grilled halloumi, mushrooms, and pumpkin puree.
For those with a sweet tooth, don’t head to bed without indulging in the crème brûlée sugar pie. A symphony of sweet, this beloved pie comes topped with a puck of maple crème brûlée and finished with a cloud of maple cotton candy. It’s been on the menu since the restaurant’s grand opening and is truly everything you want in a dessert. (Don’t trust your eyes—she looks deceptively petite, but she is mighty!)
Their extensive wine list spans the globe, with over 225 wines available to diners. Your server will be happy showcase their knowledge of wine reaching from Old World to New, and thrilled to suggest pairings to enhance your evening.
Found adjacent to the ski-in, ski-out exit, Ricochet Café is where you head to grab a quick jolt of java and fresh croissant before hitting those slopes.
Designed cafeteria-style, grab ‘n’ go options are visible in the open fridge, with the likes of chia seed pudding, yogurt with fruit, salads, and sandwiches all for the taking. This is in addition to the assortment of baked goods and coffee-based beverages.
Other sipping options include kombucha and local brews to enjoy during the lunch hour.
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Finally, La Terrasse is just the place you want to head for après-ski.
During the winter months, the Ultimate Happy Hour is a huge draw on the outdoor terrace, with the DJ’s party tunes audible from the Nansen Run on the weekend. Skiers whizzing by with fists pumping to the beat? Quite common indeed.
Ski straight to the terrace, grab some mulled wine or a glass of Veuve Clicquot, and curl up in a faux-fur throw by the fire. Alternatively, tuck yourself into one of the refurbished gondolas and see if that glass of bubbly will give you a second wind for a final run.
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