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Hotel lovers who visit Vancouver will notice that an abundance of Fairmont properties, four in total, call the city home. Three of them are located within not more than a couple blocks of each other in the downtown and harbor areas. Given their close proximity, we were curious if they were able to maintain their own unique identities, or if all were essentially one large hotel under the same brand. Below, we take a look inside each to find out what makes them unique.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is the city's flagship Fairmont. Like many of the epic Fairmonts in Canada, Hotel Vancouver looks like a castle, an image retained from its glory days as a railroad hotel. It is located in the center of downtown, a characteristic that distinguishes it from the two other downtown properties (the harbor is a 10-minute walk). The enchanting nature of the property and its architecture attracts both business and leisure travelers, and we think its the best value of the three downtown properties given its tendency to be significantly cheaper than the other two. It recently underwent a $12 million renovation that saw the addition of a new restaurant, Notch8. This weekend's rates start at $344.
Late this fall, where Vancouver’s oh-so-hip and oh-so-coolly-named Gastown meets historical Chinatown, the Skwachŕys Lodge Hotel & Gallery opened its doors to the public (pronounced skwatch-eyes). No trumpets blew and there weren’t any fireworks, but this little 18-room hotel is truly one-of-a-kind.
Owned and operated by the registered charity, Vancouver Native Housing Society, each room is designed by one of six local interior designers in collaboration with one of six Aboriginal artists (Native Americans in U.S.-speak in case you didn't know). Each unique suite features original carvings, paintings, fabric, art, custom furniture and décor.
Love 'em or hate 'em, toiletry dispensers are here to stay. And while we still think that five-star luxury hotels should probably avoid the dispenser situation, we're totally ok with cool, well-designed dispensers filled with high-end products. (See the Four Seasons Hualalai.)
Which is why we totally approve of these new toiletry dispensers being put in place at the Opus Hotel Vancouver filled with tasty Malin + Goetz products like peppermint shampoo, cilantro conditioner and rum body wash. (Fingers crossed there's a tequila mouthwash!)
Opus Hotel asked their Facebook fans (and us) what they thought and most reactions were pretty positive, with one commenter saying he wanted it for his own house. And we kinda agree. Except we're gonna miss stashing those Malin+Goetz freebies in our bag before we check-out.
What do you think--#like or #dislike? Let us know in comments below!
[Photo: Opus Hotel Vancouver]
Talk about annoying. After a long journey, you finally check into a luxury hotel and are handed your room card and minibar key. All is well, and for the $250+ late summer rate you're paying at the Pan Pacific Vancouver, the room comes with a lovely view and an enviable waterfront location. Still, something is amiss.
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Last week we speculated that Marriott’s Autograph Collection had a hankering to take over the hotel world and we reached the conclusion that our speculation was, in fact, fact. As if to prove this point we give you Exhibit A: another Autograph Collection hotel is to be built in Surrey, British Columbia–-which is about 35 minutes from Vancouver.
“Why Surrey?” you may ask. Well, according to Statistics Canada, Surrey is one of Canada’s fastest growing cities with a growth rate of 10,000 new residents every year and 2,334 new businesses were created in 2011. We did not know that.
The 144-room property will be officially known as Civic Hotel at 3 Civic Plaza, Autograph Collection but we’ll shorten that in order to save our weary typing fingers to Civic Hotel, which we think sounds just fine.
More hotel deets after the break!
Hard Rock’s coming to Canada! The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is opening Canada’s first Hard Rock Casino this winter (an opening date announcement is imminent) in Coquitlam, which is about 18 miles east of Vancouver.
Great Canadian Gaming is reno’ing an existing casino, the Boulevard Casino, and turning it into a rock ‘em, sock ‘em entertainment wonderland. In the plans are seven restaurants ranging from cool and casual to fancy-dancy; three bars specializing in custom cocktails, craft beers and Canadian wines; gaming options which have heretofore not been seen in Canada; an intimate live performance space to feature local acts; and a 1,000-seat theater geared to showcase top music—rock, reggae, mainstream, indie, country, EDM, you name it—as well as comedy and other performance acts. We’re hoping to see some of the biggies here that turn up at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas, but only time will tell.
Most important for us, the hotel-loving crowd, is will there be a luxe hotel opening to accompany all of these decadent entertainment choices? We’re told that the company is currently evaluating whether or not this will happen, but we hope that they reach the logical decision to open a Hard Rock Hotel. One needs a nice place to crash after staying up all night playing pai gow or baccarat and grooving to Tiësto.
[Renderings: The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation]
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Last week, we reported on the untimely demise of one of Canada’s stars, Cory Monteith of Glee fame, at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. We were impressed with the hotel’s low-key and respectful response to the crisis for the sake of Cory’s family, friends and fans, many of whom flocked to the hotel to pay their respects and leave flowers and other memorials to the star.
But we thought we’d check-in with the Fairmont Pacific Rim this week to see what the plans were for all of the mementos and memorials being left outside the hotel.
We were told that the hotel is removing the flowers, but will be donating all other items to charity. This means that if you left a teddy bear at the memorial site, Teddy will be going to a better place too.
Meanwhile, it was discovered that one of Cory's last public meetings with his girlfriend and "Glee" co-star Lea Michelle was at The Crescent Beverly Hills during her photoshoot for Marie Clarie magazine. No memorials have been reported at the hotel yet but you never know.
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OK – so every city has its share of restaurants that serve local, sustainable cuisine, but believe us when we tell you that forage restaurant takes this concept to the nth degree.
Forage is located in one of Vancouver’s most eco-conscious hotels, The Listel. This hotel goes out of its way to be a good citizen in, arguably, one of the greenest cities on the planet (did you know that if a corporation wants to build a structure in Vancouver, they need to give something back to the community, like public green space or art?). The hotel has a zero waste policy, solar panels and a heat capture system. And in the late fall of last year, forage opened and continues that tradition of sustainability.
Chef Chris Whittaker attacks this philosophy with a vigor that is quite astounding. He grows his own vegetables, catches his own fish, make his own preserves, composts all of his food waste, hunts for the purpose of feeding his family, and forages to connect himself with nature and remind himself where our food comes from. Pretty impressive, right? The man evens keeps mason bees to pollinate his crops.
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Cory Monteith, star of the popular TV show, "Glee", was found dead in his hotel room on Saturday afternoon at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. He was just 31 years old.
According to Vancouver Police, Monteith was expected to check out on Saturday after a weeklong stay. However, after he failed to do so, housekeeping went into his room on the 21st floor and found him lifeless. Paramedics were called to the hotel but Monteith was declared dead at the scene. Vancouver police said no foul play was suspected yet Monteith did just complete a stint in rehab for substance abuse this past April, leading to speculation across the internet that drugs were to blame.
Shortly after the police held their press conference on Saturday night, Fairmont tweeted their condolences:
Together with our friends in the @VancouverPD we express our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Monteith— Fairmont Pacific Rim (@FairmontPacific) July 14, 2013
Classy and respectful. Unlike the Beverly Hilton after Whitney Houston died.
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Back in February we told you that rumors were swirling in cyberspace that a Trump Hotel & Tower might be coming to Vancouver. Well, stop the swirling because we can confirm that Mr. Trump is coming to Canada’s biggest west coast city.
The Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver is expected to open in summer 2016. Here are some of the tantalizing deets:
• 147 guest rooms, 218 residences
• Vancouver’s first pool bar nightclub (details on what this is all about are scarce right now)
• A champagne lounge
• A signature restaurant
• Canada’s first Mar-a-Lago Spa by Ivanka Trump, a new line of boutique spas
• Trump Attaché – a dedicated department that offers guests personalized attention with no service off limits (we can only imagine!)
Read the full story for some more pics!
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If you consider yourself a true hotel nerd, pack your bags: You’re going to Vancouver! The Vancouver Art Gallery has an installation so perfect it ain’t even funny. It’s called Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life (on until September 15) and it’s broken out into four themes: Travel, Social, Cultural and Design (see our full-blown review of the exhibit on sister site, Jaunted).
Not to get too arty on you, but here’s our take on how these themes play out in real life using the fine Fairmont Pacific Rim as our specimen.
Travel: Yes, travel can be getting from Point A to Point B but the underlying driver for most is adventure and escape.
Everything about the Fairmont Pacific Rim says “escape,” particularly the amazing Willow Stream Spa with its outdoor sun deck, where you can hang out with your pampered peeps around heating lamps and fireplaces, or in the whirlpools with flat-screen TVs above you to catch your favorite show.
Social: Hotels are social hubs full of interpersonal machinations.
We told you about the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s hot-spot Lobby Lounge earlier this week, but then there’s their Oru Restaurant or their hopping giovane café: coffee bar by day (reputed to have the best in the city) and wine bar by night. To say these spots are popular with locals and guests would be the understatement of the day. Social hubs? Absolutely!
Stay with us -- two more themes to go!
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Should You or Shouldn't You? A HotelChatter Review
We decided it was high time to check out one of the newest hotels that make up Vancouver’s skyline, the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Opened in 2010 for the Olympics, this beautiful “ode to glass” building is not only chic, but is a happening destination unto itself.
Check-In: We took advantage of the hotel’s car service and had a great chat with our driver about the hotel and living in Vancouver. When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by dapper doormen whose uniforms can best be described as a cross between Armani and 1940s movie gangster in a very fashionable grey. It was a very good start.
As we were ushered into the long, cool and white marble lobby we noticed immediately the hotel's bespoke Indian Jasmine fragrance. Our driver, who was part of the concierge team, never left our side. Once given our keys we were escorted to our room, passing the serene-but-not-for-long Lobby Lounge that spans the entry space.
Room Reaction: We entered our room on the Fairmont Gold floor and were immediately dazzled by the floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the Vancouver harbor and port. We were introduced to the iPad2 waiting for us and the hi-tech lighting system (which also controls the drapes) with its pre-set mood makers – Day, Evening, Relax – and in the bathroom, there’s a setting for Groom or Spa.