I guess a hotel experience should be more than the sum of its parts, where you walk away feeling that there was no possible way things could have been better. When we checked out of the Fairmont, I had a total "told ya so" moment with my girlfriend who was a little leery about paying $300 for a room. But it was just so perfect for so many reasons. The location was great, being right by the touist pick-up spots, the floatplanes, the harbor, Gastown, and the best gellato in Vacouver (and they oddly have a lot of gellato). The hotel itself was the most modern and sleek I'd ever seen, feeling exotic and hot like the row of ferraris and lambos parked outside each night. The hotel lobby turned into a legit nighclub lounge that gave it a cool vibe, great live music, like even when you were returning home, you had just arrived somewhere. The concierge desk was extremely enthusiastic about trying to help... they weren't going through the motions, they really seemed to WANT to be of service. It was a nice touch that even the maidstaff addressed you by your name. I've stayed at the Ritz where the obsequiousness seemed to ooze out, but here the personal touches seemed more legitimate. The bed... amazing. Felt like a perfect vacation just using the ipad from the bed to open the blinds and let the harbor view through. My only caution is if you're looking for something more quiet and genteel, then the nightclub atmosphere in the lobby may be a negative for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With unobstructed views of the harbour and mountains, Fairmont Pacific Rim is a newcomer to an area rich in history and intrigue. Located in the heart of the historic port and financial district, the hotel fronts one of Vancouver’s most celebrated streetscapes with unobstructed views of the North Shore Mountains, Stanley Park and Coal Harbour. Sophisticated and cosmopolitan but casual and contemporary, this downtown Vancouver hotel combines the best of Asia and the west coast in its plan, décor, and culinary offerings. Designed with five star standards and amenities, the 377-room luxury Vancouver hotel features lavish appointments, naturally inspired materials, comfortable furnishings and state-of-the-art technology. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel Vancouver