I’m in Vancouver again. And as usual, I am staying at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. I love it here. Here are some reasons why:
1) The rooms have great feng shui. They are clean, roomy and open, with neutral colours and nice-to-touch fabrics. I have never been in a room with a bad view, either. Most spectacular, of course, are the ocean views. But even the city views are beautiful, especially if you’re overlooking the terrace garden.
2) Service service service. I’ve never been ticked off by an employee’s attitude here. Never. Trust me, I’d remember if I had. The people here always seem to be happy they work here.
3) The technology isn’t smarter than I am. I love the Fairmont Airport and the new Pacific Rim as well, but the high tech in these more recent properties can freak me out. Like how there is a motion detector in the Fairmont Airport rooms that glows red whenever you move in the room. Including when you roll over in bed. (Why??) And like how the art in the Pacific Rim rooms is backlit electronically, so they go “off” when the lights do. And how even the curtains are electronic, so you can’t have just the sheers closed. (Why??)
4) They call me by name. When they don’t know my name, they call me “Miss”, not “Ma’am”. I love that.
5) The chimes on the sound machines. Napping to this is nirvana.
6) The doggy at the door – though not here this time. I miss her! 🙁
7) The crab bisque in Heron’s lobby lounge. The presentation is always outstanding. They bring a beautiful white bowl to the table with a huge mound of crab in the middle. Then they take a silver gravy boat and pour steaming hot bisque around the crab. Such a nice touch, and perfectly executed every time I have ordered this. Not to mention it’s mouthwateringly delicious – I crave it between visits. Last paired beautifully with a glass of Conundrum white. Heaven.
8 The underground system to everywhere now with the new Canada Line being up and running. Makes my umbrella nearly redundant.
9) It was the site of igniting my initial Olympic patriotism. Sure, I had already signed on for the BC Olympic license plate, but that was mostly to be able to identify my vehicle more quickly (CR-Vs are so common everywhere I go!) But on a stay in the fall of 2009, my room looked out on the barge in the Harbour with the Olympic circles in the harbour all lit up in different colours. I fell asleep with the curtains open that night, drinking in the idea of the world soon experiencing our Paradise here. Great precursor to the Olypmic mania that soon gripped the city thereafter.
10) The tubs, with their wide marble rims all the way around. Not quite the soakers at the Pacific Rim, but lovely, deep and more than welcoming enough for me.
This place feels like home away from home for me. I am here for a two night stay this time. Lucky!!!