Fodor's Expert Review Fairmont Pacific Rim
1038 Canada Pl., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 0B9, Canada See on Map
With epic views of the Downtown waterfront, impeccable design, and top-of-the-line amenities, the Fairmont Pacific Rim is a truly exceptional hotel experience. Everything about this hotel screams luxury, from the high-rise layout to the high-end furnishings to the on-site spa, widely regarded as one of the best in the city.
Fairmont Pacific Rim has both traditional hotel rooms and larger, condiminium-style suites. High-tech details, like the in-room touch-screen control panel, are extremely convenient, while the views of the harbour and mountains will truly take your breath away.
Bathrooms are large and luxurious, with soaker tubs, standalone showers, and flat-screen TVs, and come stocked with 100%-cotton oversized Mascioni bath towels and terry Mascioni bathrobes.
The lobby at the Fairmont Pacific Rim is the social hub of the hotel and features nightly live music (the centerpiece of the lobby is a Fazioli piano, which has a 150’ sculpture made by local origami master, Joseph Wu, hanging from the ceiling above).
A rooftop pool with a deck and stunning views of the city is open daily.
If you want some privacy at the pool, you can rent a cabana for a $299 daily rate.
The Willow Stream Spa features 9 treatment rooms and a 2,500 square foot outdoor patio, where you can relax between treatments. Choose from a variety of signature massage and beauty treatments—including four treatments geared towards couples.
YOU SHOULD KNOW It should go without saying, but spa treatments aren't included in your room rate—and they're definitely on the pricey side.
A 2,100 square foot, 24-hour fitness facility is located on the 5th floor of the hotel. The gym has ellipticals, treadmills, and bikes.
Mix up your workout routine with a choice of Gaiam Yoga, P90X, Insanity, Les Mills and Zumba classes.
There are multiple restaurants on-site at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, including Botanist, which offers an inventive collection of dishes inspired by the principles of botany, or giovane café + eatery + market, a casual Italian cafe with a fantastic weekend brunch.
The Lobby Lounge and RawBar is known for mixing up fantastic classic cocktails, including their signature spin on the Old Fashioned, which mixes rum and bourbon. The only bottle that exists in Canada of Balvenie, a 50-year-old single malt Scotch whiskey, is offered for one ounce pour at $2,600. Other options include their signature spin on the Old Fashioned, which has both rum and bourbon.
Feeling like a (serious) splurge? The Lobby Lounge and RawBar is home to Canada's only bottle of Balvenie, a 50-year-old single malt Scotch whiskey that's widely regarded as one of the best in the world. But to say it's pricey is an understatement—a single ounce pour will run you $2600.
The hotel is within walking distance of the downtown financial district and Coal Harbour, or you can walk to Waterfront Station (8-minute walk) to catch the SkyTrain. If you want to explore the city on two wheels, you can rent a BMW bicycle (complete with helmet, basket, bike lock, and map) for $35 per day. If you bring a car, self-parking is $55 per night.
Grab dinner at Cardero's (13-minute walk), which offers standout seafood dishes on their outdoor patio, which has excellent views of the water. Stick around for the entertainment; the restaurant plays hosts to live musicians every night starting at 8:30pm. For breakfast, head to Chambar Belgian Restaurant (7-minute drive), which makes one of the best Belgian waffles in town and has an impressive selection of toppings sure to satisfy any diner (the Bacon Caramel is a definite standout).
For some excellent drink specials, head to Tableau Bar Bistro (8-minute walk) during happy hour, where you can enjoy for $6 bubbly and wine, $5 highballs, and $5 beers. For a classy night out on the town, try Prohibition (11-minute walk), a small and sophisticated speakeasy with live music and a great menu of vintage-inspired craft cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With a buzzing social scene, excellent dining options, top-notch amenities, and some of the best views in the city, the Fairmont Pacific Rim is a must-visit on your next visit to the city.
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