We spent a 4 days at the Pacific Rim during August. It was our first time in Vancouver and the staff and amenities at the hotel was a large part of our enjoyment.
Here's some of the highlights and a couple recommendations.
Pool: The pool is heated to a very pleasant temperature. Our two daughters really love playing in pools but usually get cold fairly quick. The pool at the Pacific Rim is the perfect temperature for them to enjoy it and the surroundings are very pleasant for us to relax as well. Service was excellent and the decor and chairs very comfortable.
Spa: My wife had a manicure and I went for a massage. Both were excellent and the lounge area that overlooks the harbor makes for a very romantic setting. There are chairs the shape of an egg (funny sounding huh...) resting at a slight angle and open on the front. Two people can comfortably sit inside with with a high amount of privacy like you are in your own little oasis. I recommend spending the money to use the spa or just get a massage and its free. It was a very relaxing get away in the middle of our trip. Its a nice place to get away from the pool areas if you want hot tubs that are more private and less people.
Biking: The concierge was exceptionally friendly and helpful. They even have bicycles you can use so the 4 of use took a 2 hour ride around the park. The one aspect I would recommend is reserving them as soon as you arrive. That way you are sure you can have them at the time you are interested in. They recommended a drive up to Whistler and it was spectacular. Many short hikes and waterfalls along the way and in the summer there are numerous activities for the kids to enjoy in the ski area (rock climbing, etc).
The rooms are well appointed, clean, and in very good condition. The hotel has some rooms with unique shapes so if you booked a suite you may want to call ahead. Some of them have the sofa in the same room as the bed and if you have kids that can be inconvenient. When I raised this to the hotel they were very helpful in offering to change rooms and really pleasant.
The breakfast was excellent. More than I usually like to spend but it was well worth it to us. The staff was amazing too. Stopped by just the right amount of times, made hot chocolate for our girls and its the first place in a long time my wife enjoyed Eggs Benedict - they were very well made and fresh.
Overall really spectacular and it really made our stay in Vancouver enjoyable.
- 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