From the moment I walked into the entryway of the Pan Pacific Vancouver, I felt relaxed and embraced by the sweet, fresh air that carried with it a gentle scent of flowers.
Drawn by the scent into the world of luxury that awaited, I headed into this tall hotel, traveling up a gold elevator to the lovely ladies at the reception desk who were all so welcoming. I was whisked through check in with a smile and quickly had key in hand. The hotel lobby is open, bright and exuded a quiet elegance. It’s lounge filled with club chairs and an enormous window with a beautiful view of the water. You could sit for hours daydreaming while watching the cruise ships go by and take in some of the splendor of Vancouver.
About Pan Pacific Hotels
As is states on their website about this 30 year old hotel group that the “Pan Pacific® is a leading brand in Asia and the Pacific Rim, situated in key cities of distinguished destinations offering upper upscale accommodations and services. The portfolio consists of 18 hotels, resorts and serviced suites and the brand has earned esteemed accolades such as World’s Leading Business and Airport Hotel in Asia by World Travel Awards, Condé Nast Gold List and AAA Four Diamond Award.”
Pan Pacific Vancouver: Luxury With a Mountain and Ocean View
Pan Pacific Vancouver sits right on a pier where cruise ships dock. The breathtaking panoramic view of mountains and ocean beacons you to the enormous floor to ceiling windows in the open concept Cascades lounge. The hotel’s overall décor I found to be comfortably luxurious. One little detail I noticed and appreciated was the smooth, level roll of my luggage over the threshold going into the elevator. It is a small detail but one that I certainly took notice of.
Rooms at the Pan Pacific Vancouver: Taste and Luxury
From the moment I opened the door, into this inviting, warm and luxurious space, I felt at home. In fact this luxury hotel also conveyed a sense of warmth, like being in a home. The bed was beautiful and oh so comfortable. Draped in Frette linen, so soft to the touch, as you drift to sleep in their heavenly bed that seems to cradle you. The bathroom was lovely complete with Aveda spa and bath products to enhance your stay and make you feel and smell so good. A comfortable chaise longue facing the window with a view of the ocean, a terrific place to curl up with a book or gaze out the window. The ample stocked bar and morning coffee that was much better than ordinary hotel room coffee, another pleasant surprise.
Opera Buffet A Treat for the Senses
Dinner in Cafe Pacifica was luxuriously casual with a great buffet. Entertained by a surprising choice of live music – opera! This Opera Buffet complete with two wonderful singers filled the air with beautiful music that elevated the meal to a whole new experience. The array of food was impressive, beautifully presented and it was all delicious. There were even a table of friendly chefs on hand cooking up some pasta dishes to suit each guest as they pleased. The Executive Chef, a lovely man, came out to greet and presented an amazing ricotta ravioli with a sauce reduction and asparagus spear that was amazing! He shared with me that Bryan Adams during one of his stays became a fan of his ravioli – so much so that he asked if he would be willing to teach him how to make it. So the Chef invited Bryan into the Pan Pacific kitchen where they made some together.
Brunch at the Pan Pacific Vancouver
Another meal that delighted was the Brunch at Cafe Pacifica. There was a great selection from the buffet and main menu. Coffee arrived in a large silver carafe that remained on the table. So wonderful to get an instant refill with no waiting, another luxurious touch. A thoroughly enjoyable crab and shredded potato base topped with a perfectly poached egg draped with a delicate sauce, was heaven on a plate. After brunch I wandered the shops and enjoyed the taking in the beautiful variety of art for sale in clothing, jewelry and other creative delights that were available for guests to peruse and purchase if so desired.
A stay in Vancouver would surely be transformed into a luxuriously delicious experience with a stay at the Pan Pacific Vancouver. For more information visit http://www.panpacificvancouver.com/
by Angela Tunner