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.
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.
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.
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.
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 win. However, all opinions are my own. A big thank you to the Fairmont Pacific Rim for their fantastic hospitality.