Historical Traveller Reviews of Pacific Palisades Hotel
Good choice in Vancouver
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at Pacific Palisades Vancouver for 3 nights at the end of May. Highlights include:
- Great location with a good-sized suite
- Wonderful view from our 17th floor balcony
- Superb staff was friendly and helpful – car valet gave some tourist sights that we really enjoyed
- French Crepe place directly across the street – try the crepes and the ham & melted Brie sandwich
- Cosmopolitan, wine list and mussels at Zin
- Large pool and 2 exercise areas
- Complimentary nightly wine tasting and overnight shoeshines
- Noise – not for the light sleeper. On our last night we clearly could hear a very important and loud conversation lead by a few very drunk women at 1 am. How a few drunken people can ruin it for you and it is not the hotels fault.
- No internet access or business center
- Pasta dish at Zin had absolutely no taste
- Sauna was under construction
All in all, a very favorable experience.
Noisy Street + Paper Thin Windows = Sleepless Night
from A TripAdvisor Member
It is not easy finding a hip hotel that is suitable for a family with kids. The room set up at the Pacific Palisades would seem to be amenable to this: large suites with a separate bedroom and living room. Unfortunately, shouts and singing from Robson Street kept all 3 of us up all night. We had requested a quiet room at a high level away from the elevator - we got a noisy room on a low floor right next to the elevator (ALL rooms are near the elevator in this hotel due to an odd layout - if this bothers you, stay elsewhere). The staff was super nice and tried to be accomodating, but in the end, they were no match for flimsy windows and a rowdy street.
You Pay For What You Get!
Well another positive review is what you will get form me thats for sure!! Great hotel, great vibe, great room and great staff! Want more? Fab location - how's that? I paid $130 CAD for a single room through hellobc but made sure I checked tripadvisor before booking of course - great feedback!! I went ahead and booked for a 3 day April stay and was not disappointed. My room was facing Robson Street which kind of got busy at night but I really didn't want to pay an extra $25 for a mountain view. I actually saw the mountain view location and it was so high that other condo's were actually blocking the view so I passed and stayed with my Robson Street room. At least I could see how busy it was outside everyday before I went shopping. I actually got in at 11 a.m. in Vancouver a few hours before check in- so they stored my bags until the 3 p.m. check in time came. Which was cool since I had a chance to go to the Vancouver Art Gallery and Aquarium. Would have liked to freshen up but I didn't want to pay an extra $25 to get into a room right away that bad. The hotel concierge was so helpful in giving me quick routes to things and things to see and do in the city. I already had my plans in my head but getting the extra tips never hurt a girl travelling on her own. The lil snack bar was awesome too! Tea bags, good Starbuck coffee - for free! Fab! Plus there were plates and kitchen utensils so if you wanted to pick up some take out for dinner you were pretty sortted. I always checked out the amazing Vietnamese restaurant down the road called Miss Saigon - yummy spring rolls and noodles. Anything I couldn't eat I left in the fridge as left overs for lunch the next day - perfect! What else washroom was HUGE and airy. As I was on a Zen weekend the aromatehrapy creams, lotions from Bloom esstenials really helped in destressing me after a day of walking thouigh Stanley Park, shopping, etc.. Also check out skoah for an awesome spa experience during the time in Vancouver - very groovy. Hope this review helps! Can you tell I would sooooo stay at Pacific Palisades again?
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed 7 nights in March to celebrate our honeymoon. We had a deluxe room that was perfect. The bed was so comfortable and the housekeeping top-notch. Room service was exceptional with fast service and hot food.
The concierge was more than exceptional and helped us plan a wonderful week. She gave us great coupons such as 2-for-1 dinners and free taxi rides to restaurants. The kitchenette and minibar was great. We plan to return. Also, the pool and hot tub were relaxing. I highly recommend this hotel and would love to stay at another one by the same company.
The location was perfect and the views out of the wall-to-wall windows (that fully opened) was a highlight.
Great Hotel. Yummy room service. Well appointed minibar complete with novelty items for the kids. Fun decor. Pool area was exceptional: huge pool with lap lanes, wonderful hot tub, well appointed exercise area, air hockey game in pool atrium. My husband had an excellent massage onsite. There was always a little snack in the lobby...cookies, Starbucks coffee. Amazing location...you're on Robson in seconds. Do not miss the amazing Crepe restaurant across the street from the main entrance. BEST crepes we have ever had and amazingly reasonable prices.
The kids preferred it to home...
from A TripAdvisor Member
We booked at a special Expedia rate, yet weren't treated as 2nd-class citizens, as has happened elsewhere. Instead, we were upgraded to a one-bedroom suite on arrival. The parking valet alone was a fount of down-to-earth information on where to go and what to avoid - enough to make all the difference to the visit. The decor is bright and cheerful, the pool a great pastime after hours, and the suite itself such a home-away-from-home that our children (ages 4 & 5) preferred to stay than return home. Niggles: they should be more open about cheaper alternatives to the hotel's own parking ($22/day) and consider including breakfast in the price. But otherwise hard to fault.
Here is my run down of the Pacific Palisades Hotel: LOCATION: Location was great. Right off of Robson Street...the shopping meca in Vancouver. The truth about the location...The hotel says they are right on Robson Street...no. Honestly the hotel valet and entrance is on Jervis Street, approx. half-block from Robson Street. Still a great location! PARKING/VALET: The valet drive-up area is horrible! There is not enough room for more than 5 cars in the drive-up area! The valet service was usualy quick but again the lack of room for vehicles to move around caused delays. The hotel charges the same price to self park or use the valet. With the limited room in the valet area you would think the hotel would make valet parking a little more expensive and free up some space. The valet people were always very helpful and friendly. HOTEL PUBLIC AREAS: I didn't go into the pool but did see it...looked great. The lobby is small but enough room to move around. Music in lobby was great. ELEVATORS: They were sometime very slow and didn't always work correctly. ROOMS: This hotel has 2 towers. The front tower sits next to Robson Street and the rear tower sits off of Robson Street. When you check-in you have an option of paying $25 CAD per night more to get a room facing Robson Street in the front tower. I paid and was happy with the room. I always enjoy getting a high floor and a good view. The $25 CAD was worth it. The view of Robson Street was nice and fun to people watch. Also you could see the view of the waterfront from these rooms. I reserved a one bedroom suite. I was very happy with the room. The room had a large living room with an open dining room area and a desk workspace. The living room had a full size couch, a chair, a coffee table and a TV. It also had a wet bar with a small fridge and a sink. The living room had a full wall of windows with a sliding glass door in the center. The balcony was large, enough room for 5 or 6 people. It had a couple chairs and a small table. The bedroom was small, just big enough for the bed and a TV. It did have a small walk-in closet with robes in it. The bathroom was spacious and had a shower/full bath combo. The colors were a little too much. This hotel would be a lot nicer with more relaxed colors. The other thing this room was missing was a safe. The great things about this hotel are: Short walking distance to Robson Street. Short walking distance from hotel lobby to elevators (front tower). Short walking distance from elevator to room, each floor had only 6 rooms per floor. SUMMARY: Great location! Nice hotel with friendly and helpful valet and front desk staff. I would stay here again.
Sept 17-22, 2003
We liked the well appointed suite, roomy, wonderful bed, view of the ocean thru the skyscrapers, good location to everything, and tasty restaurant in hotel - Zin. Even their drag show on Sunday was fun.
loved their morning Groats, a new take on oatmeal. Indoor pool nice, sauna not working. Friendly and knowledgeable concierage. nitely free wine in their art gallery area. Robson Street is perfect for restaurants too. I wish they would turn down the rock music in lobby, and all in all, nice hotel!
Excellent hotel and service, close to Stanley Park
Excellent hotel..We booked a one bedroom suite with a balconey...faced the ocean on the 14th floor.King sized bed...very comfortable..the suite was large and very nice...paid 250 CAD...since, we arrived in Sept. 2004 before our cruise.Our great surprise was the health club that was included with our room..a beautiful pool and hot tube with a glass roof..The service was outstanding and easy walking distance to Stanley Park..Really enjoyed our stay there and glad we decided on the Suite..
We stayed 4 nights in September 2003. The room was lovely and light.
There were two double beds which were the most comfortable hotel beds I've slept in. The pillows and duvet were lovely too. The room was very clean and the small kitchenette was very useful. Located on Robson St, it's location is great as you can walk to almost all the places you need to.
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Eat whatever. . .
THeres this place off granville where u can get some poutine (gravey fries) like in LA cept with cheese. . They're good but it feels like you're eating a heart attack. Along robson theres a bunch of japanese restaurants and on denman st i ate at this ramen joint that had tonkotsu ramen. Theres a lot of all u can eat made to order sushi deals on robson and japanese style izakaya drinking joints if you're up for a casual night out or if you can make it to richmond theres a lot of asian food down there. ONE thing you MUST try is teh cupcake shop by starbucks on denman and if u want to check out mondo gelato theres one on robson and denman.
Vij's -- the wait is real!!
I read so many reviews that warned about the wait at Vij's, and let me tell you -- I waited for nearly 2 hours on a Sunday night starting at 7:30 p.m.! Do not underestimate how long you'll be hanging out in their bar or on their patio waiting! I saw so many patrons get frustrated, but honestly, every review is very clear -- no reservations, and LONG waits. :) That said, the appetizers are gratis and delicious, and their wine and beer selection are top-notch, so plan ahead and enjoy quality time with your group!