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
- 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 location, service and quality of this property across the board is excellent. The indication for me of an excellent hotel, is the consistency of service. And every time I come to the Pacific Rim, it is always 10 out of 10. When the Prime Minister of Canada comes to Vancouver, he stays at this hotel. Enough said.
the fairmont pacific rim has become our first and only choice for our stopovers in Vancouver , we always stay on the gold floor and the staff there are amazing and nothing is too much trouble , already booked for our next two trips
absolutely a GEM in the city. must visit Botanist Bar and Restaurant - there is no other like it in the city. this is NOT your regular drink or bar - they are phenomenal and know their stuff. loved it when the door man said "welcome home" after the 1st night - incredible how they remember everyone and immediately make you smile coming and going. fantastic views and overall vibe of this 5 star hotel. Definitely a return trip planned.
The Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel is the hotel for luxury, class, and top notch service. They have made it their business to take into account all the little details and make your overall travel experience the best possible adventure.
Built upon Vancouver’s vibrant city of fashion, art, and music, each one of those elements are prominently displayed throughout the hotel. The lavish lobby has live music playing from the corner stage, huge paintings by Guido Molinari hang from the high lobby walls, and also on display in the lobby are three glass vitrines showcasing the most stunning vintage couture dresses.
After a swift check-in under the Fall for Gold package, I head up to my room on the 19th floor. My room is one of the Fairmont Gold Owner's Suites, the newest addition to the Fairmont Pacific Rim suite portfolio. The suite is expansive with a separate living room, spacious bedroom, two bathrooms, and a walk-in closet. Every detail from the Icons Parisi inspired sofa to the record player and exclusive vinyl collection, to the custom artwork adorning the walls, to the dreamy king-sized canopy bed, to the expansive marble bathrooms evokes the very heart of this hotel - fashion, art, and music. In addition to the room details, everything is state of the art technology from the iPad where you can order room service (and it tells you the exact time your food will be delivered), to the Google Cromecast where you can stream directly from your phone to the television, to the touch-screen control panels that operates lighting, temperature and drapes, you barely have to lift a finger! From my suite, I have unobstructed, stunning Coal Harbour and North Shore mountain views, the yellow and red leaves of Stanley Park, the birds flying overhead, and even see a few sea planes taking off from the Harbour.
As part of the Fall for Gold package I have access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge located on the 20th floor. The Gold Lounge offers morning breakfast and snacks and hors d’oeuvres all throughout the day including beverages. Everyone here is attentive and knows you by name. You can get a hot latte along with a continental breakfast spread, made to order omelets, and the most delicious cream puffs I’ve ever had. I actually love the lounge access because of the variety of snacks that are available as well as cocktails and unlimited beverages. I highly recommend the Lounge package for everyone but especially families (this makes it easy to quickly feed the kids and not have to go far in search of food) as well as business travelers to get something quick on the go.
I also ate in the lobby at the incredible sushi bar. RawBar, noted for their rave-worthy sushi serves certified ocean wise ingredients and it is evident in the quality of their seafood. My personal favorites include the Tuna Caviar Tartare, lobster roll, and all of their Nigiri. You can also grab drinks at The Lobby Lounge where live music plays everyday and handcrafted cocktails such as The Sun Also Rises, Geisha, and Vancouver Club are served. The Lobby is definitely the place to be!
For a more exquisite dining experience, go no further than upstairs to Botanist. The stunning interior of light pinks, blues, and greenery in the garden alone makes it worth a visit. There are four spaces in the Botantist: a Cocktail Bar and Lab (yes, they hand make all of their drinks here), Garden, Dining Room, and Lounge and they are all equally chic and beautiful. My favorite though has to be the Garden where real plants adorn the ceiling and walls or the Dining Room for the opulent, yet modern decor. The same beauty and care that is in the decor of Botanist is reflective in the presentation of the food. I was speechless each time an entree arrived because of the presentation and care that was evident in preparing this meal. The Botanist Bar is on another level with Bartenders #4, #8, and #12 from the world all creating amazing cocktails here! The cocktails are not only creative, but also very representative of the BC surroundings.
After indulging in incredible restaurants and room service at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, what better way to unwind then a treatment at Willow Stream Spa. The spa is 15,000 square feet with nine treatment areas but feels intimate and cozy amongst the three lounges with fireplaces and books and spa terrace overlooking the city. I am in utter tranquility, taking a journey through a hydrating body exfoliation with essential oils, full body massage using velvety body butter, and finally a scalp massage to clear my mind.
I honestly had the best experience staying at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. I've visited Vancouver before and this location is amazing, right by the Harbour, Robson Street, Gastown, and Stanley Park. I plan on coming again and there is no other place I would stay than the Fairmont Pacific Rim.
The Fairmont Pacific Rim is my new favourite hotel, the service is quite simply, unparalleled. The staff seem to always go the extra mile in every interaction, even for just the little things. For example, housekeeping seemed to figure out our favourite coffee pod (as it was the quickest to deplete), quickly restocked them, but then left a few extra (without us even asking). The door team was very helpful in giving us a ride to Rogers Arena in the hotel BMW (an awesome service). They also have some bikes available to cruise around Stanley Park (about 10 km), which I highly recommend taking advantage of. We went to the Botanist for breakfast both days, it was just fantastic. Angela and Jacky took great care of us, remembering our names both days we were there, in addition to giving great advice on what to do in Vancouver. It's so clear they both enjoy what they do. The food was delicious, highly recommend the Eggs Benedict and the French Toast.
The room was also great, it was very spacious and there is an iPad that allows you to control all the lights and adjust the sheers/drapes in the room. Very modern design and furnishings.
Overall, I can't wait to stay at the Pacific Rim again.