Sometimes I want to get off the grid when I travel. Other times I want to be at Ground Zero. On a recent trip to Vancouver, I chose to stay in the heart of downtown, staying at the Four Seasons Vancouver in the Pan Pacific Mall, with spectacular views of the city below and the harbor and mountains beyond.
The rooms themselves are comfy beyond expectations. After long days at the convention center I’d come back, have some tea delivered via room service, and slip into a meditative state — a frame of mind greatly enhanced by the room’s tea green and amber palette and luxe bed linens.
I wasn’t surprised that the hotel’s concierges and other staff members were so completely up to snuff, but I was delighted by their gracious-human-expert manners. I’m quite certain others will feel as comfortable as I did.
Then there is Club Four, the fitness center, where I fell in love at first sight. Was it the indoor/outdoor pool? All the latest workout equipment? Excellent staff? Or the natural light flooding the 3,450-square-foot space? I’d go with all of the above, especially when so many hotel gyms turn out to be converted guest rooms (usually located in the basement).
Finally, don’t miss the hotel’s “treetop-level” restaurant, Yew Seafood. It’s a delicious oasis within an oasis, the perfect place for a romantic dinner or a power breakfast. Sit at the long communal table with friends, or choose the glass-enclosed Wine Room, which opens up to the sky above—and no, you won’t get wet!
My last piece of advice: Don’t miss Yew’s power cookie. That’s all I’m saying.