We spent a long Easter weekend at the Pinnacle Hotel At the Pier. The Hotel is still quite new (I believe that it opened in January) and it is very clean with high-end furnishings and the sort of luxuries you expect from a very good hotel. The rooms are average size but they boast wonderful full-length windows that, if you are facing south, have great views of the Vancouver skyline. We were on the 7th floor and the night views of the city were quite spectacular. The downside is that during the day you also get to see the construction site just south of the hotel on the water - a bit of a downer.
The hotel has a very nice pool with mutliple lanes for those who want to do laps, and an open area that my son and I used to splash about. There is also a good hot tub, a steam room (that really worked) and a sauna (that sort of worked). They have a very good exercise room with modern equipment (ipod hook-ups and individual televisions). There is a life guard in the pool area. The only strange thing about this good facility is that there are no chairs - even the life guard seems to spend most of his time sitting on a towel on the floor.
We tried the restaurant for breakfast one morning and found it quite good and quite expensive. The menu looked good, but we were looking for something a little cheaper.
The answer to that, of course, is next door at Lonsdale Quay (a three minute walk) where you can find a great foodcourt and a couple of medium-priced restaurants, as well as a very good bakery (which became our source for breakfasts), coffee shop, and wine store. Everything we needed was close by.
We rented a car on this trip, and the Hotel had underground parking (at $10 a day). You take an elevator from the car park to the lobby, and then switch to the elevators that go up to the rooms.
Overall - a very good place to stay if want to be in North Vancouver.
- 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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