Porter Airlines recently made a game-changing announcement: its expansion to Toronto Pearson International Airport. To promote the expansion, they released $1 base fare flights (plus taxes and fees ~$48 total one-way) on their inaugural flights from Pearson. We notified our members who were part of our Discord group immediately and then proceeded to book two tickets for ourselves. Being only our second visit to Vancouver, we wanted to explore more of its attractions, accommodations, and food scene. We stayed at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown.
The hotel was located in Coal Harbour, just a stone’s throw from many of Vancouver’s top attractions. From the hotel, we were able to easily walk to Seawall, Canada Place, or Robson Square. It was also just a short drive or transit ride away from popular attractions like Stanley Park, Granville Island, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It was easy to get to from the airport, we took the Canada Line right to Waterfront station and walked for about 5 minutes.
Our room was spacious, comfortable, and luxurious. Each room was equipped with a comfortable bed, a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, and a large desk that overlooked the Vancouver Harbour. The decor was sleek and rustic, with shiny wooden furniture and natural light that flooded providing a bright and inviting atmosphere. The windows are large and offered breathtaking views of the harbor, the mountains, and the city.
The room had excellent temperature control, we kept it cozy during the day when it rained outside and cool at night. The room was supplied with an umbrella and a plush robe as well as a Keurig machine.
The bathroom was spacious with a large vanity and shelves for storage. It was equipped with a standing shower and a separate bathtub.
We were glad to have access to the Executive Lounge on the 25th floor. It’s an area where certain guests can have something to eat, has a drink, and enjoy its breathtaking views of the Harbour.
The Lounge offered a range of amenities, including an Honor Bar, breakfast, and daily snacks and drinks. With comfortable seating and beautiful views, the Lounge was the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing or business meetings. The lounge offered a complimentary continental breakfast each morning, with a range of delicious options to choose from, including eggs, hashbrowns, French toast, and a variety of pastries and fruits.
In the evenings, the lounge served light finger foods, such as samosas and spanakopita, and the Honor Bar was open for guests to enjoy a drink. There isn’t a bartender; instead, you help yourself and fill out a sheet to be charged to your room. The lounge also offered unlimited snacks throughout the day, including chips, full-sized chocolate bars, fresh cookies, and candy. There was also a well-stocked fridge with cans of soft drinks and water bottles.
We loved and heavily used the Lounge’s espresso maker. Whenever we needed a morning pick-me-up or an afternoon boost, we could help ourselves to as much coffee or tea as we wanted. The lounge was the perfect spot for us to get some work done in a quiet environment. The comfortable seating, ample natural light, and fantastic view made it easy for us to work even on rainy days when we were cooped up inside.
The Executive Lounge at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown is truly a standout feature at the hotel and takes it to the next level. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a delicious breakfast, snack on unlimited treats, or simply relax and get some work done, the lounge is the perfect place to do so.
The hotel also has the Pinnacle Health Club that features a large gym, a 52 ft indoor lap pool, a hot tub, and a steam and sauna room. The gym was equipped with a range of state-of-the-art exercise equipment which we put to use every day we were there.
There was a smith machine and heavy dumbbells up to 60lbs as well as a cable machine. Normally, these machines aren’t readily available in most hotels. The steam and sauna room was the perfect place to unwind after a workout or a long day of exploring the city.
One of the highlights of our stay at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown is the breathtaking view of the harborfront. Whether we were relaxing in your room, sipping a drink in the Executive Lounge, or having lunch at the Showcase Restaurant and Bar, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the water, the mountains, and the city. It was truly a unique and unforgettable experience.
One of the best things about staying at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown is its close proximity to Stanley Park. During our stay, we took advantage of renting public city bikes and exploring the whole island. We made our way to Stanley Park, and we’re glad we did. After riding the whole island, we made our first stop was Stanley Park Brewery for happy hour, followed by a walk to English Bay Beach.
The beach was bustling with people enjoying the boardwalk as the sunset. From there, we headed down Davies Street and had a delicious dinner at Tom Sushi. After dinner, we leisurely walked back to the hotel, taking in the sights and sounds of the city. Stanley Park is a must-visit for anyone staying at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown, and we highly recommend it!
Overall, if you’re looking for a great stay in the heart of Vancouver, look no further than the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown. With spacious and comfortable rooms, an exclusive Executive Lounge, and a range of amenities, this hotel offers the perfect combination of comfort, convenience, and beauty.