Fairmont Pacific Rim
What We Love
- Oru, the hotel’s locally focused restaurant, featuring sustainably harvested seafood
- iPod wine lists include label images and food pairing recommendations
- Rejuvenating spa with outdoor meditation pods and deep Japanese-style soaking tubs for couples
- Pets are permitted at an additional cost of $30 per stay
What To Know
- Kids are welcome, but the lobby vibe is distinctly grown-up
- Located a few blocks from the heart of downtown, so bring walking shoes
- The hotel pipes a lovely Indian jasmine scent into the lobby; beware if you’re sensitive
- WiFi is an additional cost of $14.95 per day
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Artful and modern. From the 17 stories of Liam Gillick-designed text wrapped around the building’s exterior to the 180-foot Joseph Wu origami light fixture in the restaurant, art is large here. Photography from the 1950s adorns the bustling Giovane café. That zebra-striped marble fireplace in the gleaming white lobby is 15 feet long, which means there’s always a leather armchair free nearby.
Bed and Bath
The plush pillows and perfect mattresses might not be novel; it’s what you can do from the bed with your coffee-toned room’s iPad 2 that adds luxury (and an aura of wizardry). Order dungeness crab eggs benedict, arrange spa treatments, or request valet services at the touch of a screen. Marble bathrooms featuring hologram-like in-mirror television screens also make the accommodations feel supernaturally techie. The hotel’s height and location make for great Vancouver views, but even if you don’t have a vista of the harbor or Stanley Park, each room is outfitted with an oversize backlit photo of the North Shore Mountains.
Oru, an airy, locally focused restaurant on the second floor, serves well-polished British Columbia fare (line-caught wild salmon, bison carpaccio) with occasional nods to Asian cuisine. Downstairs, the Italian-inspired Giovane café and wine bar is coffee klatch by day and casual grappa-soaked hangout by night — the right spot for a macchiato and a signature sugar bun when Oru’s braised short rib hash seems too time-consuming, or for bites when you just have a hankering for a salumi platter and a glass of Chianti. For upscale downtown car service, join the hotel’s frequent stay program and you’ll get free access to a fleet of new BMWs — not a bad way to travel. Visit the spa for treatments based on Canadian products such as maple lotion, Saskatchewan clay, and local seaweed — and don’t miss the firepits on the outdoor spa deck.
How to Get There
The service at the Pacific Rim was over the top! The rooms were wonderful and clean. Amenities were fabulous. We stayed 2 nights and wished we could have enjoyed the hotel longer. The porters were amazing...everyone was. Definitely upscale, but still family friendly. Staff made us feel at home. We had a beautiful city view, which had a reflection of the harbour, so we got two views for the price of one.
Upon our arrival via taxi, we were greeted with the utmost care and professionalism by the valet staff, where they guided us to the reception to again be greeted and welcomed. The check in process was very quick as they had everything ready for us. They were expecting us. When we got our room, to our surprise, a typed note welcoming us and ice and water with some very fancy chocolates. We quickly refreshed and went to the lounge on the Gold floor, Tony greeted us, the concierge. He was able to recommend 3 steak restaurants and made all the bookings of the place we decided to go to. He also arranged for a car service, which was nice. At checkout, they secured our luggage until we departed and let us use the car service again. This was the best stay at a Fairmont we ever experienced.
We had a harbour view room overlooking the hot tub and pool area - what a great aspect to wake up to each day. Yes, you do pay top dollar to stay here, but for a few days it is worth it. Staff are professional and friendly, especially the welcoming team of doormen who are there to greet you. They also have a fantastic complimentary in-house taxi service available to drop guests off and pick up anywhere in downtown. Guest also have access to complimentary 2hr bike hire, or can pay to hire an eco-bike.
Food and drink prices are indeed a little over-the-top, but in Vancouver there are lots of alternative places to eat. We were flying to Vancouver Island after our stay, and it was so easy to just walk across the road to the Harbour air terminal. Would definitely recommend and stay again.
Ok, it's no secret that you're staying at a 5 star hotel. Be expected to pay some 5 star prices. Rooms? Spectacular, but Not cheap. Food? Great, but Not cheap. Massages and Spa? Amazing, but Not Cheap.
What might blow your mind though...
The lobby is possibly one of the best places to come, relax, sit with a date places out there. Unless you're with a larger party, just come in - walk up to the bar. Grab a Peroni (or whatever wets your fancy) and just listen to the live band. They're usually superb; you can sit and chat, get up and dance, go up to guest relations and ask for a $4000 a night suite because you're drunk and having a good time - who cares, it's your money.
Either way, I hope you have fun and enjoy your stay.
I can’t say enough about this fantastic hotel. They truly go the extra mile in terms of service and personal attention. I am a gold Fairmont member, and they always upgrade my room and provide me with gym clothes to use in their modern and well-appointed gym. The bathroom is large with marble throughout and has glorious water pressure and La Labo toiletries. The pool and hot tub are fantastic year round. On our last visit, we mentioned it was our anniversary and they delivered a surprise bottle of champagne with chocolate and a book of “romance coupons” - so creative and fun. I could go on but suffice it to say, I love staying here! Kudos to the top notch staff for making us feel at home every time.