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):
- Fairmont Pacific Rim – Vancouver's definitive luxury hotel – rated the World’s Best Business Hotel by Condé Nast Traveler readers and the #1 City hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure. This ultramodern downtown hotel offers unobstructed mountain and harbour views, combining the best of the Pacific Rim in its architecture and décor. The hotel features three eclectic dining destinations, resort-style Willow Stream Spa, rooftop pool deck, and lavish guestrooms; while art, music and fashion take centre stage at the city’s most exclusive reservation. Experience a variety of the city’s most luxurious suites including the newest addition, The Fairmont Gold Owner’s Suite Collection: stylish mid-century modern designed suites inspired by what makes a city feel alive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel Vancouver