Fairmont Pacific Rim
Opened just in time for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and conveniently located next to the convention center, Canada Place, and Coal Harbour, the ultra-modern Fairmont Pacific Rim is a magnet for luxury-loving gadget fans. The high-tech rooms allow guests to book a spa treatment or order the valet car, as well as control room temperature, lighting, and drapes, at the touch of an iPad screen. Even the bathroom mirror transforms into a TV. The bright lobby gleams with marble and American walnut; infused with the hotel's signature Indian jasmine scent, "Waterfall," it smells absolutely delicious. The arty exterior of the hotel is also a feast for the senses. Acclaimed UK artist Liam Gillick has a million-dollar text installation that wraps floors 5–22 with the phrase “Lying on top of a building the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street” in his signature Helvetica Bold font. Cordova Street offers the best view of architect James Cheng’s Abstract Forest, a series of perforated stainless-steel screens that conjures up an abstract North Vancouver rain forest.
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
Loved the hotel. Great location and beautiful views. Surprising cool contemporary design. Great energy in the bar/lobby. And rooms are very nice.
By Greg Sullivan, AFAR Founder
1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada