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
- 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
Best experience ever. Most amazing service from hotel staff to restaurant staff. So friendly and helpful for this quick business trip lost traveller. The Deck and Lobby Restaurant have THE most incredible service. Thanks to Mike at the Lobby Restaurant just being so friendly. Smiles everywhere. They truly enjoy working there or fake it very well. I will stay there from now on.
Just got back from staying atbthe pacific gateway. Its a comfortable place with a great airport shuttle. The new restaurant menus arent too thrilling unfortunately. I really like the old menu better. My husband had to return the side salad because it had no flavor. They need to work on that.
The hotel amenities were great. Was able to book a tour to Whistler. The food at the hotel restaurant was above average in taste and quality. We were close to Vancouver and all it has to offer. I would stay here again.
We stayed twice on our recent vacation, both times in conjunction with flights from YVR. The hotel is a solid well constructed building that remains the closest major hotel to YVR airport. The lobby and public rooms have been refreshed, the guest rooms and corridors are looking somewhat tired. Bathrooms are clean and tidy. The hotel is quiet, so ideal for transitioning to and from flights.
Staff are very pleasant and accommodating.
There are a few missteps along the way, I was surprised to see grubby carpeting by the elevators with stains and debris on our early arrival and later in the day. The shuttle bus is rather hit and miss, supposedly every 20 minutes (this should be a plus point) but we waited considerably longer than that.
I would also confess that I don't understand the limited food options at the hotel that all seem to lean toward small plated tapas style except for a few other very limited selections. We gave up on the menus (despite having a voucher) and headed back to the airport for a chain restaurant meal that gave us more choice.
The hotel was fine, basic but clean and very comfortable bed. Shuttle was also good. What wasn't great was coming down for breakfast at 10:30 only to be told the kitchen was closed. When asked if they could provide a couple of croissants and coffee - they kindly agreed, but it was exactly that: 2 mini croissants in a basket and 2 coffees. No plates, no cutlery, no napkins, no butter, no jam - nada. More like a food court in a mall. And all this for only $20. I suppose we should have been grateful they didn't just say - go away.