When I arrived at the hotel with my companion, we were rather confused as to how to drive up. We ended up driving around the hotel into the back side where my companion stopped to walk in to ask what to do next. They told us to drive into the underground parking garage where we chose to self park, and then to take the elevator up. The hotel building itself really stands out from the rest of the scenery with its predominant glass structure and modern design. The main road seemed to be in slight disrepair (or perhaps just currently under repair) and the businesses en route here had me curious as to what sort of hotel awaited us. Not to say N Vancouver is shoddy, but it didn't give me the impression that anything great would appear. I was pleasantly surprised. The design of the building has very clean lines and the glass gives you an airy, open feel perfect for taking in the sights of the water and the city beyond. The downside to the modern decor for me was that it felt cold and sparse, not warm and welcoming. It didn't help that the hotel felt rather empty of people adding to the cold, sparse impression. I'm a bit torn on this since cluttering the space with decor would probably clash with the modern design and/or take away from the airy feel of the glass and minimalist style decor.
The room was comfortable and clean, and the bathroom window was a curious surprise for us. Friends tell me that there is a Japanese-owned hotel in Indonesia also with similar bathrooms with "a view" and where the curtain control is on the outside, not the inside. I don't quite understand this, but if I had been traveling with a spouse/partner, I suppose it would have been very nice to have the view of the outside while relaxing in the bath. But again, why is the curtain on the outside? If anything, have it between two plates of glass while the controls are on the inside. The toiletries were pleasant, and I was glad the scent was not overpowering or offensive. I did feel that there was a lack of counter space, or shelves or hooks or something for me to place towels, personal items, etc... I was at a loss as to what to do with it all.
I really enjoyed the view as well as the balcony. There was even a little "nook" by the full length windows where I just deposited myself for the views. Though the Quay was so close, we didn't have the chance to explore it . We did get to enjoy some activities on the mountain which were a very short car trip away.
I was unimpressed with the selection of tea, but no matter as the coffee maker boiled up hot water laced with coffee. There was no separate hot water kettle which was unfortunate especially since not only did the coffee maker leave coffee flavor behind in the water, the water was actually a shade of brown. Clearly, it was never cleaned, though I did not see any residue (however, it is a black machine).
We only stayed one day/night, but it was pleasant. The location was perfect as a jumping off point for places farther north while still close to downtown Vancouver. It was a nice change of pace and view from downtown.
For the money, I think the Pinnacle is a great value. It's clean and comfortable with outstanding views in a prime location for transport, sights and food. I would stay here again if I return to this area.
- 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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