Short Stay: Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, Canada – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 2 December 2014
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Vancouver is notable for many things, including its seaport and the Winter Olympics, as well as being home to four Fairmont hotels.  One of them, the Fairmont Pacific Rim, opened its doors in February 2010 just prior to the 2010 Olympics, and is a towering structure 48 stories tall (the first 22 stories are the hotel and the remainder is comprised of condominiums).

The building itself is attached directly to part of the Vancouver Convention and Exhibit Centre, and the southern and eastern facades of the building are wrapped by an original poem by British artist Liam Gillick that in part reads “lying on top of a building … the clouds looked no nearer.”

Arriving by car at the main entrance, I was greeted by several friendly bellmen that welcomed me, assisted with luggage, and escorted me to the front desk, where check-in formalities were completed in a matter of minutes.


My Signature Harbour Mountain View King Room had an incredible panoramic view of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, and the North Shore Mountains, something that was accentuated by the room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. It was upon seeing the view that I began to understand a bit about the building’s own majestic architecture and where the architects perhaps derived some inspiration.

The room was quite spacious and the décor, many browns, tans, with some cream tones mixed in, was decidedly elegant and rustic, fully in keeping with the Pacific Northwest.

A flat-screen television hung on the wall and did nothing to detract from the magnificent view through the windows.   A clothes valet, something always useful in a hotel room, was positioned next to the chest of drawers. Two cream-colored leather lounge chairs and an ottoman sat next to the window but faced the wrong direction (I rectified that quickly).

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