We shared a one bedroom suite with our 2 boys and really enjoyed our stay. Here’s a review of the hotel and a few thoughts on the what makes the Four Seasons so great.
What I Liked
- Great service and friendly staff
- Large rooms with an uncluttered layout
- The swimming pool (which is half indoors, half outdoors) and hot tub
- Location: smack in the heart of downtown with great restaurants, cafes, shopping, SkyTrain and the Vancouver Art Gallery all right outside your door.
What I’d Change
- The computers in the lobby were less than great and not terribly easy or enjoyable to use. In fairness, the staff initially directed me to the business center to access free internet and had not suggested that I use these computers. But regardless, if you’re going to offer internet access and computers, they should work.
The living room in our one bedroom suite. The sofa is a pull out bed that comfortably slept our 2 boys.
Another view: the TV, stereo and Playstation in the living room.
A closer look at the stereo and Sony Playstation. Easy to attach your iPod or iPhone to play your own tunes.
The main bedroom of the 1 bedroom suite
Another view: the main bedroom and big screen TV.
A great view of downtown Vancouver. If you'd rather see the mountains and ocean then ask for a room on the north side.
The suite had 2 bathrooms. This was the main one.
And another view of the tub.
The 2nd bathroom off the bedroom.
The 2nd bathroom didn't have a tub but a very nice stand up shower.
Isn't the Four Seasons known for their great robes? These were very nice.
And even robes for the kids, which they loved. (If your room doesn't have them be sure to ask.)
A good quality and easy to use alarm clock.
With so many cafes so close we never got the chance to use the in-room espresso maker. But it looked nice.
An ironing board, two full closets, and a chest of drawers are in the room.
The in-room safe and shoe trees.
I can't imagine why parents would want to lock their bedroom door. But it's there if you were so inclined.
Laundry bags in the dresser. It's simple but I never tire of those little things that make a hotel great.
The hotel features a variety of different room sizes and layouts. This is the Prime Minister's suite.
Another view of the Prime Minister's suite.
Swimming pool and hot tub with exercise equipment in the background.
Another view of the pool. It's a really neat inside/outside arrangement that connects under the larger windows you see over the pool.
And this is the outside portion of the pool.
Another view: the outdoor swimming pool and patio from above.
The gym and exercise equipment are great and spread out in a very roomy area just behind the pool.
This was really simple but I just loved it. Ice-cold fruit-flavored water in the pool area (and complimentary fruit and newspapers). A very nice touch. In the morning there was coffee and you can eat breakfast at the tables bordering the pool.
The boys loved the kids' playroom. There were books, TV, Wii, and a collection of games and activities. We had an afternoon planned at the Vancouver Science Museum but the kids were having so much fun here we played for a few hours then went for a walk around the city instead.
One of Vancouver's most acclaimed restaurants Yew, is where you eat at the hotel. We only had breakfast here but it was very good.
The breakfast menu.
The boys went for French Toast. I did the hash and eggs.
My wife had fruit and english muffin.
And the lower lobby as you enter the hotel by foot or from the valet parking area.
Valet parking and taxis are available immediately outside the hotel's front doors.
The hotel from the corner of Howe and Georgia streets.
Another view: The Four Seasons from the entrance of Pacific Centre on Georgia Street. You can also access Pacific Centre through the hotel's lobby. The mall has a SkyTrain stop so you're able to board the train without walking outside on rainy days.
Additional photos by: Andrew Hyde