Sleek Pacific Rim style in Vancouver
367 Rooms / 47 Suites
The newest of the Fairmont properties in Vancouver, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Fairmont Pacific Rim opened in 2010, just in time to welcome the world to the Winter Olympic Games. One block from the waterfront downtown, this deluxe tower mixes Asian and west coast elements, and offers an extensive art program, plenty of high-tech amenities and several stylish restaurants and lounges that attract travelers and locals.
The hotel’s wide-ranging art collection begins on the exterior, with text wrapping the building on its Cordova and Burrard Street facades. It’s an installation by British artist Liam Gillick, where two-foot-high letters repeatedly declare, “Lying on top of the building, the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street.” Another exterior artwork is a perforated steel screen where images of the verdant North Shore Mountains are projected.
At the hotel’s main entrance, a grove of sparking trees — a Bocci light sculpture with 480 illuminated leaves — lights the way into the lobby. Inside on the lobby level are several vivid street-scene photographs captured by Vancouver artist Fred Herzog.
For the full art experience, pick up the complimentary art podcast tour from the concierge desk at the Vancouver hotel. It’s a 30-minute self-guided exploration of the property’s art collection.
In this 45-story tower, guest rooms occupy floors six to 22, with private residential condominiums on the upper levels. The 367 guest rooms and 47 suites are sleek and modern, with warm American walnut paneling and backlight photos of the rain forests on Vancouver’s North Shore. Linens are white; furnishings and accents are cream and beige.
A media panel is built into the desks, with outlets and charging ports, and electronic panels control the room lighting and window shades. iPads provided in all guest rooms are loaded with a virtual concierge that enables you to order from room service, request your car from the valet or access a press reader with more than 3,500 newspapers and magazines.
Other room amenities include Nespresso coffeemakers and mini-bars stocked with locally made snacks. Yoyos, kaleidoscopes and other retro toys add a whimsical note.
The spa-like baths are outfitted in marble, with Le Labo products. A small flat-screen is built into the mirror, so you can catch up on the news or your favorite show while you get ready for your day.
A series of corner rooms has deep ofuro tubs (Japanese soaker baths) with two walls of windows through which you can watch the seaplanes taking off and landing on the Burrard Inlet or enjoy the greenery on the roof of the adjacent Vancouver Convention Centre.
The Fairmont Gold Rooms
Opt for rooms in the Fairmont Gold category and you’ll have access to a private lounge on the 20th floor with spectacular views of Stanley Park, the water, and the North Shore mountains. A dedicated concierge can assist you as well.
In the morning, a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast is set up for Gold guests, while later in the day you can graze on appetizers, snacks and sweets. Coffee, teas and non-alcoholic drinks are also included; for more spirited refreshment, the lounge has an honor bar.
The Active Amenities
On the sixth-floor terrace, a heated pool and hot tub are open year-round. Lounge in one of five private cabanas (available to rent) by the pool, and from May through October, drinks are served at the poolside cabana bar.
The large 24-hour fitness room is located on the fifth floor, as is the hotel’s Willow Stream Spa, with nine treatment rooms, several lounges and a vast outdoor terrace with two hot tubs, an infrared sauna, and water views. Among the signature treatments is a Van Active package that combines an herbal exfoliation, time in a personal steam room and a detoxifying massage with additional herbs and oils.
When you don’t want to deal with packing your running gear, remember that Fairmont President’s Club members can request a Fairmont Fit package, which provides running shoes, shorts and a T-shirt (in your sizes, of course) waiting in your room at check-in.
The Lobby Lounge
Guests and local business people sip craft cocktails in the airy Lobby Lounge with marble floors and columns, a 20-foot fireplace and an always-busy bar. A centerpiece of the see-and-be-seen lounge is the $225,000 white handcrafted Fazioli piano; live music is performed daily. A tea with classic and sushi-style sandwiches is served every afternoon.
Tucked into a corner of the lobby is the Raw Bar, which is the first 100 percent Ocean Wise sushi bar in Vancouver, serving sustainable seafood from local waters and across the Pacific. A selection of sake accompanies the maki and nigiri.
The Food and Drinks
For caffeine and casual fare, Giovane Café + Eatery + Market, on the lobby level, fuels you with Stumptown coffee, including cold brew on draft. Among the breakfast pastries is the signature sugar bun, a sweet bread stuffed with vanilla pastry cream. Lunchtime brings pizzas, pastas and panini, and a large selection of Italian wines by the glass. For a sweet pick-me-up, stop into the café’s CandyBar for by-the-piece treats.
If you need a meal on the go, Giovane’s Market sells house-cured meats, cheeses, olives and more.
Fairmont Pacific Rim is located in downtown Vancouver, one block from the Vancouver Convention Centre and the Coal Harbour waterfront and across the street from the cruise ship terminal. It’s an easy walk from the hotel to most downtown business destinations or to the restaurants and bars in the Gastown or West End neighborhoods. You can also follow a waterside path into Stanley Park, Vancouver’s massive urban rainforest that you can explore on foot or by bike.
To get around town, the Coal Harbour hotel offers a complimentary car service using comfortable BMW vehicles, including the eco-friendly i3 electric auto.
Are you a more active explorer? The Fairmont provides bicycles, and in summer, its bike butlers are available to provide cycling maps and other tips.