Pacific Gateway Hotel
What We Love
- Free shuttles to Vancouver International Airport and on-site flight check-in kiosks make jetting to your next destination hassle-free
- The 12 miles of riverside trails surrounding the property
- The Pier 73 restaurant's fresh farm-to-table dishes and floor-to-ceiling windows, which frame the Cascades
- The club- and suite-level rooms come with a $10 meal credit
What To Know
- Shoppers’ paradise can be found steps away at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlets
- Bike rentals are available for a small fee
- The seasonal outdoor pool is open until late September, for one last dip before winter
- The 158-slip private marina is under renovation and will be open in summer 2016
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the recently rebranded Pacific Gateway has a nature-driven approach and an atmosphere that reflects its rustic mountain setting. Don’t expect tacky hotel art — paintings and photographs by top BC artists bring the lobby’s tranquil tones to life. In the guestrooms an earthy palette of forest green, beige and chocolate brown blends seamlessly with the alpine scenery outside the floor-to-ceiling windows. Spa-like bathrooms boast Gilchrist & Soames amenities, soft robes and deep soaking tubs (draw yourself a bubble bath with a glass of wine from the room service menu). In the morning have breakfast at Hemisphere North or get that critical morning cup of joe at Fuel, which uses beans from Brazil. The farm-to-table restaurant Pier 73 gets its ingredients from local organic producers and serves mouthwatering dishes like line-caught ling cod with black barley risotto and octopus chorizo. Round off the night with a quick workout in the 24-hour, state-of-the-art gym or do a few laps in the heated outdoor pool.
In the Area
Fashionistas should make a beeline for McArthurGlen’s European-style outlet village for top brands like Armani, Samsonite and Desigual. (It’s a 10-minute walk from the hotel; just follow the marked trail.) There’s also the Richmond Olympic Oval, the official speed skating venue of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where you can take a tour or hit the ice. When you head into the city, check out Vancouver staple Eugene Choo in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood for upscale designer clothing, and 33 Acres Brewing for a pint. Gastown, another must-see ’hood, is full of all things beautiful: buildings, shops, people and a stunning view of the ocean and mountains from Crab Park. Avocado-toast aficionados need (need) to head to Nelson the Seagull, and beer lovers shouldn’t miss the Alibi Room, a local favorite with 50 taps and rotating casks — they’re not messing around.
How to Get There
I had a 12 hour stopover in Vancouver. As it was raining and cold I decided to stay at Pacific Gateway Hotel and catch up with sleep and freshen up for my second red eye night flight. It was a very easy process from booking on their own website (btw, cheaper than the broker websites), getting from airport to hotel, checkin. Room clean and very quiet.
This was my first time staying at the Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport and will definitely stay here again. Stayed prior to flight out to Italy and then on the evening of the return flight. Beds and pillows are incredibly comfortable, the rooms quiet and inviting.
Love the hotel, not the location
Staff were great: welcoming, inviting, responsive
Room was very comfortable
Do not like smoking out in the rain. Could hotels not have more comfortable arrangement? Benches, lighting, canopies?