By Maureen Littlejohn
In Vancouver, known as the ‘supermodel of North American cities’, one sleek catwalk belle really knows how to roll out the welcome mat. Four Seasons Vancouver has a smooth and seamless approach to guests’ needs – they are anticipated and delivered before you even open your mouth.
Located on W Georgia St, the hotel is in the heart of downtown and is just a hop, skip and a jump from the iconic waterside Canada Place with its signature white sails. Despite the area’s hustle and bustle, once you get into your room, all is sublimely quiet. The décor is understated modern chic, calming, clean and perfect for business or leisure travellers. I had the good fortune to stay in a room overlooking the garden space, replete with Japanese maples trees, oak trees and fragrant spruces and pines. Located on the fourth floor, the garden was connected to the gym by a gently warmed indoor-outdoor pool.
After a workout and swim one morning, I sat out in the garden reading the newspaper, sipping a complimentary coffee (real milk and cream provided) and nibbling on a crisp Granny Smith apple as the sun shone down on me and birds flitted and chirped in the trees. Divine.
The very best in Vancouver
There’s a reason this hotel has earned the Forbes Five Star rating and made the Condé Nast Traveller’s Top Hotels in Vancouver List. The amenities are outstanding. The RedCedar Boutique Massage Suite offers-up fantastic de-knotting options, including one I tried – the Thermal Stix massage uses Shiatsu and Swedish hand techniques and heated wood batons that target tension areas. I was a limp piece of spaghetti afterwards.
Personal trainers are available in the gym, families are taken care of with complimentary equipment including strollers, and they even offer child-size bathrobes and baby and children’s toiletries. Doggies are well cared for, too. Canine amenities include dog beds and bowls, house-made treats, a dog menu and maps to nearby dog parks. If you need a little appearance pick-me-up, in the lobby I found the Blo Blow Dry Bar, ultra convenient for a quick wash, blow-dry and style before a night out.
A highlight for me was the ultra-comfortable bed. Guests can customize their sleep needs with plush, signature or firm bed-toppers (order ahead or request on site). Hypoallergenic pillows are available, as well.
Great food and drink options
The food and beverage was top-notch. At YEW seafood + bar I took a cocktail master class with staff mixologist Rus Yessenov and learned how to make a Haida Gwaii with locally produced sake, gin, smoked salt, cucumber, chili, lime, and Moondog Bitters. It was refreshing, and packed a punch.
Appetite now whetted, I ordered an outstanding dinner of fresh Pacific Northwest seafood including oysters, yellowfin tuna tartar, and sablefish. The oysters were sweet and succulent, the tuna tartar fresh and tasty, and the sablefish was light with a lovely satiny texture. Sitting in the centre of the room, surrounded by towering walls of pale wood that were hung with indigenous artwork, I felt I had somehow arrived at a secret and magical Pacific coast feast.
If you are looking for calm in the centre of a busy city’s turbulent storm, Four Seasons Vancouver is the place to be. Here you can breathe deep, relax and enjoy an oasis of subtle west coast elegance and civility.
To learn more about Four Seasons Vancouver, visit their website at https://www.fourseasons.com/vancouver/
Maureen Littlejohn has been writing about entertainment, lifestyle and travel for longer than she’d care to disclose. Currently, she is executive director of Culture Magazin (no e!).