I get to do the first review on this great hotel. Yesterday, Jan 15, 2010, was the opening of the North Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel. The front desk manager, Brennen, took me on a tour. The 106 room hotel shares the site of a former shipyard with 79 condominiums. The condos and a total of seven buildings share the hotel amenities. The amenities include a fabulous 25 metre indoor pool (82’) set up with swim lanes. Depths range from 3-1/2 to 5 feet (1 to 2 metres). Sauna, steam, locker rooms and a complete exercise and weight room overlook one of the best views in town. Each exercise machine has its own personal TV and I-Pod station. Downstairs is the lobby and restaurant-bar. I found the restaurant-bar a bit cold in décor, at least after dark. Cosiness was traded for an outdoor feeling through expansive glass. On the second level is the conference centre. There is a welcome area and the choice of two areas that can be sectioned into smaller areas. The largest could easily seat over 300 for a sit-down dinner. The smaller area has a deck suitable for a BBQ set up.
The view rooms are the highlight. The 325 square foot (30m2) rooms are $225 high season and $155 low season. Roadside rooms are $25 less. The waterfront rooms have an incredible view of Vancouver’s skyline from the large deck, the duvet covered bed or the glass enclosed bathtub. Each air conditioned room has a good sized desk, coffee pot, microwave, fridge, 37” LCD TV, wireless phone, bathrobes, in-room safe, iron and board and, of course, a hair dryer. Wireless internet is free.
This waterfront non-smoking hotel is located amid the great restaurants of Lower Lonsdale, and is an easy connection to the airport by Canada Line and Seabus only 100 metres away. If there is a negative, it is the working shipyard and a rail line close by. The trade off of sleeping waterfront with the sea air blowing through the open deck door could be some industrial sound. It would be a good trade off for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier is a full service boutique Hotel located seaside and minutes from downtown Vancouver. Our 106 elegantly appointed guestrooms blend contemporary decor, boutique extras and a hint of alluring local history. Enjoy breathtaking views, warm full service hospitality and resort like amenities which includes our 25 meter 5 lane pool. ... more less
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