A taste of luxury at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver

View from the Fairmont Pacific Rim towards Canada Place

During my recent trip to British Columbia, I stayed with Fairmont Hotels in both Whistler and Vancouver. Having a jam-packed schedule and only a couple of days to explore, I was happy to find that the Fairmont Pacific Rim was located right where I wanted it to be – by the water, in walking distance of great attractions and with gorgeous views of the mountains.

View from the Fairmont Pacific Rim towards Harbour Centre

With my room on the 17th floor I actually got the best of both worlds. I could see the cruise ships coming into Canada Place and have a gorgeous view of the water, but also admire the cityscape from the same spot, as my room overlooked both the waterside and the flashy highrises of downtown Vancouver.

Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver

Apart from the generous size of my king bedroom I especially appreciated how the Fairmont Pacific Rim got one thing exactly right – designing the interior of the hotel to mirror the essence of Vancouver. For me, Vancouver represents a gateway to the stunning beauty that is the lakes, mountains and greenery of British Columbia, but also a very modern, clean and stylish city.

Bathroom at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver

I found those elements represented in my room in various ways. From the wooden elements and the backlit photo panel above the bed, reminding me of the forests I had just biked through in Whistler, to the sleek stone surfaces and shiny fixtures in my bathroom, it was a very “Vancouver” experience. My bathroom mirror also had an in-built TV. Considering how little time I had during my short stay, I have to say I really appreciated this feature. You can get ready in the bathroom and catch up on the news! Another plus were the toiletries, which were all from Le Labo.

Breakfast at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver

Lastly, the service was outstanding. I had breakfast on the terrace of the spa on one of the lower floors, which still had an amazing view over Canada Place. The personnel was very friendly and professional and made sure I was having a great time. Another bonus was being able to borrow a bike and heading out to Stanley Park. The concierge service was perhaps the most efficient and certainly most entertaining I have experienced, always making sure that not only needs were met but that I was having fun. The Fairmont Pacific Rim has a fleet of bicycles guests can use at no cost to ride around the bike-friendly city, and with wonderful Coal Harbour and Stanley Park next door, you’d be a fool not to take advantage!

Disclosure: I stayed at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver as part of my #WhyYVR competition winHowever, all opinions are my own.  A big thank you to the Fairmont Pacific Rim for their fantastic hospitality.

Christina Hegele

About the author: Christina Hegele runs Sandal Road, a blog on her favourite destinations. It just so happened that 95% turned out to be about New Zealand. Follow Christina and her blog on Twitter, like her blog on Facebook, and subscribe to her Youtube channel. Alternatively, subscribe to her email newsletter at the top right of this blog.

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  4 comments for “A taste of luxury at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver

  1. 29 July, 2012 at 23:20

    I’ve always been curious about what a stay would be like in the Fairmont Pacific Rim next to Canada Place. In the past when I’ve returned to Vancouver, I’ve generally stayed with friends, although recently, I took a short-term stay in the West End. In any case, I’m glad the room and hotel met and exceeded your expectations, and that my hometown was sufficiently photogenic under sun and blue skies … as always. 😉

    • Christina
      30 July, 2012 at 08:22

      Haha, you crack me up Henry! Sufficiently photogenic. Vancouver’s an excellent subject for my camera, always. Glad you stayed in the West End, I love that part of town. So you’d naturally be close to Stanley Park, which is always a bonus. But you know that, being a true Vancouverite!

  2. 7 November, 2012 at 03:13

    I love Vancouver. I think it is a highly underrated city. Want to go back and visit Victoria and Whistler too.

    • Christina
      10 November, 2012 at 14:04

      Highly recommend Whistler in any season really. Great for canoeing and mountain biking in the summer. Haven’t been to Victoria, or Vancouver Island, at all, but would love to go!

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