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
As another review said, this place is beautiful. I won't bore you with the amenities that you already have read over and over again. What I will say is that if you dress casually you may not get the same treatment as others who are dressed more professionally. When my husband and I were at the pool we found a vacant table to sit. We saw other tables being waited on and assumed that we would be waited on as well. Ten minutes later three business men in three piece suits in 90 degree heat came and sat at a table next to us. They were immediately waited on. I had to get up, go to the bar, ask for water and our drink orders. I was not able to wait at the bar for the drinks but rather was told to go sit down and they would bring it to us. It truly made me feel as though I just didn't belong. Sad really. The next morning we want to the Fairmont Vancouver and had breakfast. Though that hotel is older and has a very very elegant feel we were very welcomed. If I had to choose again I would go with the Fairmont Vancouver not the Pacific Rim.
There's no denying this is a 5 star hotel, in a great location, with beautifully appointed rooms that checks all the boxes for business types with fat expense accounts or older weathly clients who want to enjoy the spoils of luxury.
Such spoils include iPad controlled drapes, embedded TV screen in the bathroom mirror, large screen TV, and my favourite...Fairmont slippers. For amenities, the pool has a fantastic view of the north shore mountains, but there was no change room by the pool. The bustling bar in the main lobby is a happening place with live music, and an achingly upscale hipster crowd. A rotating showcase of bmw electric bicycles out front is available for hotel guests, but unfortunately not complimentary. Non-electric bikes are however free.
What struck me most though was the lack of a welcoming feel, all style, catering to their demographic clientele who were all older or in business suits. I guess me wearing my casual clothes was too much for one staff member to process, having returned from a bike tour of the city I was asked going up the elevator where I was going, and when I replied with my floor number she asked "are you sure?" I guess I'm not old enough and not well dressed enough as I was followed to my room by this staff member. I normally stay at more family friendly hotels but was visiting on business, and came to the realization that this hotel was all style over substance. It came across like the wannabes in the hotel lobby bar, cold and pretentious but wrapped in a shiny veneer.
We were so happy to be back at the Pacific Rim again. Truly everything was perfect from the second we arrived until we left. Everyone we encountered all week was so kind, helpful, and genuine. Its so nice seeing the same friendly faces every time we stay here - it's clear the staff love working here and take great pride in the hotel. We'd highly recommend upgrading to the gold floors to enjoy the beautiful views from the lounge and spending a few hours in the outdoor area of the spa. Thank you to everyone for another amazing stay.
Stayed a week in June. Very nice. High tech room. Staff was very helpful and Hotel had a BMW service to drop you most anywhere downtown at no cost. Nice central location and easy access to many restaurants.
The hotel is terrific, but also fantastic is the Lobby Lounge. You meet some interesting characters. Last night, some jerk ordered a “velocity”. Evita made it immediately, just a few questions asked. Lovely staff.