On balance, we were somewhat disappointed with the property that is the Renaissance Vancouver Harborside. As other reviewers have pointed out, the rooms are pretty small. Our room looked out over the harbor and would have been very nice had the view not been partially obstructed by two very tall buildings, and we were on the 16th floor. The lobby is spacious and fairly nice, though the average visitor will likely spend little time there.
We ate two reasonable buffet breakfasts there. While the food was acceptable, it was nothing particularly out of the ordinary.
The location was also average. The hotel is not particularly "right next to" any major sites, though it is a 10-15 minute walk to Stanley Park and some very scenic waterside walking paths. The purpose of our visit was our maiden trip to Bard On The Beach, and the bus we took to get to the Shakespeare festival was around a 10 minute walk. The ferry to Granville Island -- which was very impressive -- was about a 20 minute walk.
I found the concierge and all employees I spoke with to be personable and friendly.
On balance, the Renaissance Harborside is a hotel I wish I could like more -- we just didn't find it to be comparable to the typical luxury you get for a $300 per night hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Defining Vancouver flare with opulent accommodations, exceptional service and a breathtaking view of Coal Harbour and the city, the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront welcomes travelers to discover the vibrant atmosphere of Downtown Vancouver. Our 442 guestroom provides a well-designed harbourfront escape, with locally inspired, full-service amenities and personalized service for your stay in Vancouver. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Vancouver
- Vancouver Renaissance