The Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver – A Review

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 perfect for families.

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.
Living room in Four Seasons Hotel Room, Vancouver.

The living room in our one bedroom suite. The sofa is a pull out bed that comfortably slept our 2 boys.

Looking the other way. TV, stereo and playstation.

Another view: the TV, stereo and Playstation in the living room.

Stereo in room.

A closer look at the stereo and Sony Playstation. Easy to attach your iPod or iPhone to play your own tunes.

Main bedroom in suite

The main bedroom of the 1 bedroom suite

Main bedroom.

Another view: the main bedroom and big screen TV.

View from the windows.

A great view of downtown Vancouver. If you'd rather see the mountains and ocean then ask for a room on the north side.

Main bathroom.

The suite had 2 bathrooms. This was the main one.

Bathtub in main bathroom.

And another view of the tub.

Bathroom attached to bedroom.

The 2nd bathroom off the bedroom.

Stand up shower in 2nd bathroom.

The 2nd bathroom didn't have a tub but a very nice stand up shower.

Robes in the Four Seasons Hotel.

Isn't the Four Seasons known for their great robes? These were very nice.

Robes for the kids at the Four Seasons hotel.

And even robes for the kids, which they loved. (If your room doesn't have them be sure to ask.)

Alarm clock at the Four Seasons.

A good quality and easy to use alarm clock.

Espresso maker in the room.

With so many cafes so close we never got the chance to use the in-room espresso maker. But it looked nice.

Ironing board.

An ironing board, two full closets, and a chest of drawers are in the room.

Safe in the room.

The in-room safe and shoe trees.

Locks on bedroom doors.

I can't imagine why parents would want to lock their bedroom door. But it's there if you were so inclined.

Laundry bags.

Laundry bags in the dresser. It's simple but I never tire of those little things that make a hotel great.

The Prime Minister's suite at the Four Seasons Vancouver.

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.

Another view of the Prime Minister's suite.

The swimming pool and hot tub were wonderful. The jogging machines just beyond the pool were a nice touch and I saw several parents using them while their kids played in the pool.

Swimming pool and hot tub with exercise equipment in the background.

Inside swimming pool at the Four Seasons Vancouver.

Another view of the pool. It's a really neat inside/outside arrangement that connects under the larger windows you see over the pool.

Outside swimming pool at Vancouver Four Seasons Hotel.

And this is the outside portion of the pool.

The outdoor swimming pool at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.

Another view: the outdoor swimming pool and patio from above.

Gym and exercise equipment by the hotel's pool.

The gym and exercise equipment are great and spread out in a very roomy area just behind the pool.

Drinks at the pool area.

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.

Kids playroom at Four Seasons in Vancouver.

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.

Yew restaurant at the Vancouver Four Seasons.

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 at the Four Seasons Vancouver.

The breakfast menu.

Breakfast at Yew's restaurant at the Four Seasons Vancouver.

The boys went for French Toast. I did the hash and eggs.

Breakfast at the Four Seasons.

My wife had fruit and english muffin.

The lobby at the Four Seasons in downtown Vancouver.

The lobby.

Lower lobby.

And the lower lobby as you enter the hotel by foot or from the valet parking area.

Parking at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Valet parking and taxis are available immediately outside the hotel's front doors.

The Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver.

The hotel from the corner of Howe and Georgia streets.

The Four Seasons Hotel.

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.

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11 Comments

  1. Is this close to Stanley Park or the seawall?

    • Stanley Park is about a 15 minute walk west of the hotel. You can make your way down Robson, window shopping along the way, so it’s an enjoyable stroll. The Seawall can be picked up there or anywhere along False Creek (which is south of the hotel).

  2. This is also one of our favourite hotels in Vancouver (along with the Fairmount, just down the street). There was a stretch of time where it seemed dated but they did a renovation not too long ago, can’t remember when but last couple years, and now it’s back to the Four Seasons standard that I expect. Though have to admit I like the Seattle version better. The seafood and wine selection at Yew is outstanding. One of the best in-hotel restaurants I’ve ever eaten at.

    • Yeah, I’ll definitely check out Yew’s dinner the next time through. I’ve heard great things. Thanks Seth.

  3. So you can get here directly from the airport by sky train? Or is it easier to just take a taxi?

    • You can get here by train but if you have a lot of luggage then a taxi will certainly be easier. Here’s what the hotel’s website says,

      The Canada Line provides rapid transit from the airport to downtown Vancouver in approximately 25 minutes. The Canada Line departs from the Link Building, which is located between the domestic and international terminals. You may purchase your ticket from a machine on the Canada Line platform before boarding the train. Fares are charged by zone; a two-zone fare is required to get to the Hotel. Canadian currency, credit cards and Canadian debit cards are accepted. Please note that there is a limited amount of room for luggage on the train.

      The nearest stop to the Hotel is Vancouver Centre Station. From the station, there are two walking routes:

      – Follow the escalators towards W. Georgia Street. Leave the station, turn left and proceed to the intersection. The Hotel is located directly across the street.

      – During mall operating ours you may remain underground and proceed to the Pacific Centre Mall. The entrance to Pacific Centre will be on your immediate left after heading up the escalators from the platform level. Follow the mall corridor until you reach the second set of escalators. Go up to the next level. The entrance to the Four Seasons Vancouver Hotel lobby will be on your left.

  4. We usually stay in Richmond but this time are going to stay downtown. Thanks for this. Any family friendly restaurants you can recommend?

    • I hate to recommend a chain restaurant but I have to be honest, I love going to the Earl’s on Hornby (avoid the one on Robson). The clam chowder rocks. Good quality burgers and pasta. Great beer. Desserts are pretty good too. Very loud so you can let your guard down a bit about how loudly your kids are talking and such.

  5. Love the Four Seasons Whistler but have never stayed downtown. Usually stay at the Wedgewood –maybe not so kid friendly, more of a romantic feel. The fireworks show that takes place in July or August is the highlight of our trips to Van.

  6. Definitely ask for a north facing room. Wine and coffee are how I judge a hotel’s restaurant and in that regard loved Yew. Can’t remember the food though. Wish there were balconies on the rooms but other than that 4.5 stars for this FS.

  7. Wow, that place is really nice. Great room, views, and location. Looks like a great home base for exploring Vancouver. A little too expensive for me but very nice!

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