Fairmont Pacific Rim

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The Friendly Giant, Jerome and Rusty could likely not have imagined such a thing even in their little magic kingdom. But the Fairmont Pacific Rim, a tower rising above the adjacent Vancouver Convention Centre, allowing for views of other iconic downtown architecture, will be all things to many people. The hotel and residences are the latest addition to the waterfront area around Canada Place, and boast unobstructed views of the North Shore mountains, Stanley Park and Coal Harbour. It is a cosmopolitan edifice, certainly, but care and attention have been applied to its contemporary and even casual touches, making it approachable and comforting. The Pacific Rim is an effortless mélange of West Coast and Asian influences, complete with rooftop swimming pool, 15,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa and guestrooms with outdoor fireplaces and private patios.

Introductory, and likely ongoing thereafter, accommodation packages offer value-enhanced stays for easy getaways. Packages include guestrooms with Mascioni linens, Stearns & Foster beds, Nespresso coffee makers, 100-square-foot spa-inspired marble bathrooms with “mirror televisions”, and high-tech bedside controls. There are “apprenticeship” programs, which enable guests to actively participate in, for example, chocolate or pastry making. And executive chef David Wong embodies the seamless blend of influences in the hotel, with a cuisine that is uniquely his own.

Photo: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

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Mar 19, 2010