Hotel Review: Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, BC

19 Jul

In a city that boasts its fair share of Fairmonts (in fact
there are several within mere blocks of each other, including historic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – formerly ‘Hotel Vancouver’), Fairmont Pacific Rim is a relatively recent addition (just under 18 months old) to the line of luxury hotels and perhaps, arguably, one of the best hotels in the city. It is
conveniently located downtown, just off Coal Harbor and other attractions like Canada Place – housing the Convention Center, the Olympic Cauldron, Vancouver’s seawall stretch and not to be missed Stanley Park.

One thing you immediately notice upon arrival is the warm
welcome by the bellhop receivers at the front entrance–smartly dressed in all
black attire complete with fedoras and a welcoming smile—asking to help with
luggage while directing you to the front desk attendants. Off to your right as
you enter is a lobby lounge and bar towards the back and, to your right sits
the reception area and Concierge. On this particular stay check-in was pretty
quick and efficient and we were able to get up to our rooms in no time.

The hotel design aesthetic is the brainchild of Hong Kong born Canadian, James K.M Cheng (also responsible for the Shangri-La Vancouver and Tonronto) and is decidedly ultra-modern but functionally so. Rooms are well appointed and very spacious with either city or bay views and come equipped with all the standards, plus plush bedding, do-it-yourself coffee service by
way of pretty smart looking Nespresso makers, expansive bathrooms with rain
showers, TV in mirror, and luxurious bath products by Miller Harris.

Oru, the onsite restaurant is a Pan-Asian bistro helmed by Executive chef David Wong who cleverly incorporates east and west flavors in his specialties. I’m a sucker for a nice breakfast spread and Oru’s is pretty much as good as they come. You have
the choice to order a la carte or experience the buffet (which includes most things on the menu anyway). My recommendation: go for the buffet. It runs ‘roughly’ about the same amount, ~30 CAD (not terribly inexpensive, admittedly), as ordering a la carte, but with a better value in my opinion.  For a grab-and-go option or a more casual alternative, check out bustling daytime café and nighttime wine bar, Giovane café which is also onsite.

For a little R&R, the Fairmont Pacific Rim features a roof deck cabana lounge with a heated pool where you can take a plunge and order drinks pool-side till after dark, or for a more serene relaxing experience, try
one of the services at Willow Stream spa.

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and highly recommend this property. And, who knows, you may just run into a celebrity or two.

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