Best Fairmont? Pacific Rim Vs Waterfront Vs Vancouver Vs Airport


There are four hotels in Vancouver, The Pacific Rim and Waterfront hotels are within 100m of each other by the waterfront, The Fairmont Vancouver hotel is located in the center of the city, 5-10 minutes walk away, The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is situated on the terminal building at the airport and a drive from the center of Vancouver.

The Best Fairmont In Vancouver:

We consider the best Fairmonts’ in Vancouver to be:

  • The Fairmont Pacific Rim
  • The Fairmont Waterfront
  • The Fairmont Vancouver
  • The Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Contact our luxury travel concierge and get a quote at any hotel (in Vancouver or otherwise), as we offer extra free benefits like free breakfast, complimentary room upgrade, VIP gifts, and more at no extra cost.

1 Location

The Fairmont Pacific Rim is the best Fairmont in Vancouver and is also one of the best luxury hotels in Vancouver. It is probably joint top with the Rosewood Vancouver. It is located at 1038 Canada Place Way Vancouver V6C 0B9, within 100m of the Fairmont Waterfront listed below. The Fairmont Vancouver is located in the center of town and lacks the views, and the airport Fairmont is up at the airport, so for location, the Pacific Rim and the Waterfront win.

2. Design & Style

The Pacific Rim has a more modern, ‘cleaner’ design than the other Fairmont hotels in Vancouver. It shares virtually the same location as the Fairmont Waterfront, and both hotels are definitely comparative, hence our choice of putting the Fairmont Waterfront in position 2. The city center Fairmont has also been recently refurbished but is the least inspiring design. So the Pacific Rim is best for style.

3. Bar

The main lobby bar of the Pacific Rim is the place to see and be seen in Vancouver and is great for people watching. For dining and shopping from the Pacific Rim, there are plenty of good options within a 20-minute walk. The hotel provides complimentary drop-off services in one of their BMW house car (7 series) on a first-come, first-served basis, and you rarely have to wait for more than a couple of minutes for a ride.

3. Pool

The Pacific Rim hotel also has the best stunning pool (pictured above), complete with a bar and surrounded by loungers and cabanas, which is also a great place to hang out. The Waterfront also has a pool, but it is not as stylish.


While the Fairmont Pacific Rim and Fairmont Waterfront are both very solid properties, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver traditionally was the worst of the three Fairmonts in central Vancouver. Still, a recent refurbishment, which includes the club lounge, along with new management, seems to be bringing this back as a contender for a great Fairmont choice in Vancouver. However, the best remains the Pacific Rim which is a little bit better in most respects. This “betterness” is typically reflected in its higher room rates.

A Harbour View Room in the Pacific Rim is your next room choice from these hotels, although the Waterfront has a similar view. Pac Rim has more frills with a TV in the bathroom mirror, virtual surround soundbar, iPad room controls, super fluffy bathrobes, more dining options, better gym.

Bed quality, linen comfort, and other rest-related qualities are pretty consistent with the rest of the Fairmont brand for all properties.

5. Breakfast

Breakfast is very comparable to the Fairmont Waterfront and the Fairmont Vancouver if you don’t have club lounge access.

6. Welcome Amenity

The welcome gift/ Platinum Amenity here is also comparative across these four properties. Usually something sweet and chocolate.

7. Relaxation

When comparing the Pacific Rim to the Fairmont Waterfront, the Waterfront has a more relaxed atmosphere.

8. Price

The Waterfront offers comparable views for a cheaper price. Bed quality, linen comfort, and other rest-related qualities are pretty consistent with the rest of the Fairmont brand for both properties.

If you get a renovated room at the Waterfront, there’s not a big difference in terms of the rooms between the Pacific Rim and the Waterfront. The main difference is that the Pacific Rim is a more fancy hotel. A “place to be and be seen”.

9. Club Lounge

Both the Gold lounges at the Pacific Rim and Vancouver Waterfront are great during the summer months since both have an awesome outside patio. The Fairmont Vancouver and Airport have similar food but no outside space. Find out the best club lounge in Vancouver.

10. Staff

Staff at all four hotels have a “make it happen” attitude at all four Fairmont hotels in Vancouver and are way better than many other hotel options in the city, such as the Sheraton Wall Centre. Concierges at all properties are excellent. Concierges at the Pacific Rim may be slightly better connected, while the concierges at the Waterfront may have more time to focus on each guest (since guests are slightly less demanding).

Alternatives to these Fairmont hotels include the Hyatt Regency, which is not a patch on the Fairmont Hotels but is also a more reasonable rate, and the Four Seasons vs. Fairmont. Unusually the Fairmont is the better choice in Vancouver.

Our luxury travel concierge offers the following free benefits at the Fairmont Pacific Rim:

  • Upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
  • Buffet breakfast daily, for up to two in-room guests
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full. Credit may be used in ARC Restaurant, ARC Lounge or In-Room Dining)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access for the duration of stay
  • Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)

Our luxury travel concierge offers the following free benefits at the Fairmont Waterfront:

  • Upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in-room guests
  • A choice between $100 USD equivalent Spa Services OR Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (no cash value if not redeemed in full, not applicable to spa products)
  • Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor. Posts may be sponsored by the proprietor or brand being appraised. All opinions remain our own & are in no way influenced.