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
We have stayed in quite a few Fairmont properties (NYC, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Quebec City, Toronto) and many more Club Accor properties (Paris, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Toronto) but this may be my very favourite one of all.
From the moment we checked in early, at 10.30am having ducked out of Toronto standby on a 7.15am flight to escape the impending ice storm, to our departure, in the snow, three days later, we had a perfect stay. We were checked in by Daniel who offered us a suite (with all my remaining suite upgrades- how sad we are with the demise of the Fairmont Platinum program, more on that later) but we elected to keep our magnificent 15th floor harbour view room because quite frankly, a view on a holiday is much better than a kitchen and dining room table. If travelling with kids in tow we may have opted for the suite with jetted tub but were very satisfied with the room with a view. Our room was ready for us when we arrived which was a huge treat and made our 4am wake up to go on standby for an early departure very well worth it.
The best feature of this hotel (and there are many) was the lobby. It is very reminiscent of the Sangri-la in Toronto and apparently has the same owner. The beautiful area is replete with Gianni Versace outfits in bird cages and glass booths which are on display at various points in the room. The fireplace is huge and although not very functional from a warmth point of view especially when the doors were open to the -5C weather, provides a lovely centralized place to sit and enjoy the nearly constant live music. From piano to classical guitar and a very sweet singer of Ed and George music on our last morning, we spent many happy hours just enjoying the music and the passing parade of interesting people. The only downside is the cocktails are on the pricey side but at least served with cashews and olives by very nice staff (a little shout out to Charlotte!).
Jacqueline at the concierge desk was full of useful information on restaurants in the city close by to the hotel and we took her advice on two of them, Miku and our favourite of the weekend, Nightingale, which is right opposite the hotel and well worth a visit.
We used up our complimentary certificates (on sushi and morning coffee in the very nice coffee bar) which expire at the end of February and will not be replaced under the new Club Accor takeover. We will miss the wonderful care Fairmont as a brand took of its platinum members, from suite and room upgrades to gift vouchers and champagne on check-in. It has ensured that we chose Fairmont as a brand if we had the option. Club Accor offers a room upgrade and a welcome drink on check in but certainly not at the Fairmont level.
Back to the sushi- we had been to Miku which is renowned for its inventive sushi but we found the rolls we had at the Fairmont to be the best we had all weekend and the Motoyaki roll one of the best I've ever eaten.
All in all this is a fabulous hotel, one of the most enjoyable weekends we've had in a while and we hope it is "see you again" rather than a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks to all the staff who helped make it such fun.
It’s a fancy hotel I like the vibes and ambience. Good location. Food is ok but expensive. No free wifi. I like the service everybody seems so polite and courteous. Be prepared to pay extra for almost anything in this hotel including water and internet. Make sure to explore other restaurants around the area especially asian cuisine.
After trying a couple of other hotels in Vancouver we returned to the Pacifis Rim. We stayed in harbour view Fairmont Gold we were upgraded to the owners suite at check in which was great, if you can afford this room category it is very nice. The Fairmont gold level was excellent great breakfast and snacks in the evening. Easy to grab a drink and soak in the amazing view from the gold level lounge. The concierge was able to get reservations at two restaurants that were full on open table. Service was very good this visit. Some how the bellman knew who I was when I arrived in my car from the airport. I’m thinking the Accor app must notify the hotel when you arrive, sort of like the Starbucks app does. Otherwise can’t imagine how they knew.
What a hotel! I stayed at a few other properties in Vancouver and nothing compares to this one. I am coming up to Vancouver every two weeks now for work, and just booked three rooms towards the end of the month. The rooms are insanely beautiful, every detail is impeccable, and I can't get over how gorgeous the bathrooms are. Thank you for an amazing stay!
My title pretty much says it all. My husband and I decided to go check out Vancouver since we had never been and after reading the great reviews we decided on the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Wow, we were not disappointed in the least bit. The service is incredible, the hotel is spotless and so pleasing to the eye! We had a room with the Ofuro Japanese soaking tub (AMAZING) with floor to ceiling windows the best view of the harbor. We stayed 3 nights and had the most wonderful time. The rooms were just fantastic and our room was cleaned in a timely manner ever day. We tried to leave what we thought would be a nice tip for the housekeeping crew and little to our surprise we came back to a very nice note from them everyday. The BMW car service was a wonderful added bonus to our stay. We used it two times and they were always ready and willing to take us where we wanted to go. The location is very walkable to all the fun things Vancouver has to offer. The only times we got a ride was to go to the Parq Casino and to catch the Aquabus Ferry over to Granville Island. We were always address by name while dinning at the hotel and the bar staff remembered us one day to the next. I would recommend this beautiful hotel to anyone that appreciates the best service you could ever ask for, best location and top notch rooms. Oh and yes there’s an umbrella in your room should it be raining like it was when we were there. Have fun you won’t regret it!