My parents and I recently had the pleasure of staying at the beautiful 4-star luxury Pan Pacific Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada for one night before departing on a cruise to Alaska.  I had heard and read many great reviews about Pan Pacific while researching places to stay in Vancouver and one of the most attractive points about the hotel is it is directly connected to Canada Place where cruise ships embark from Vancouver.  The hotel also offers many great restaurants, select luxury boutiques, beautiful views of Vancouver Harbour, downtown Vancouver and the Coast Mountain Range.  Pan Pacific is also a short distance to a nearby Translink stop for easy access to Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium and other tourist attractions.

Our original booking was for a Deluxe Room with Harbour View but upon check-in we were told we had been upgraded to a Premier Room with Harbour View on the 18th floor.  As we entered our room it didn’t take long for us to notice the large windows that offered a spectacular view of the Harbour and Canada Place.  The room offered plenty of space for me to navigate my wheelchair while leaving room for mom and dad to walk as well.  This didn’t surprise me even with having a room that wasn’t listed as accessible since I generally don’t request accessible specific accommodations while traveling in the United States.  I did however find the downside that can happen with not having an accessible room as the restroom doorway wasn’t wide enough for my wheelchair.  Generally that’s an easy obstacle for me to overcome because I do have some mobility when not in my wheelchair but this restroom had an additional obstacle as the toilet was located in a connected “broom closet” area that was closed off when the main restroom door was open.  Knowing we were only going to be in the room a short amount of time and for only one night, I felt it wouldn’t be that big of an issue and I would make the best of it.

Once we were settled we went back down to have some lunch in one of the restaurants, Coal Harbour Bar, near the main lobby area.  All of the restaurants located within Pan Pacific are fully accessible and offer plenty of space between tables.  Prior to embarkation the next morning we enjoyed breakfast at Oceans 999, another of the restaurants located within the hotel.

After lunch we ventured out for a while taking in the views around Canada Place which offers the Canadian Trail.  A fully accessible, brick and boardwalk laid walking path with the names of Canada’s Provinces and towns/cities located within.

The next morning we woke up and took the elevators down to the cruise ship terminal to board the Crown Princess for our 7-day Alaskan Cruise.

We fully enjoyed our stay and Pan Pacific Vancouver and I highly recommend it to anyone with the caveat that you check into getting a fully accessible room to ensure complete accessibility and comfort.

Mike OKray (6 Posts)

Born with Spina Bifida, Mike OKray, is from Dallas, TX and feels there isn't anything in life that he can't do. Mike has spent his entire life proving disbelievers wrong. Throughout life Mike has learned to ride horses, fly single-engine airplanes, play organized athletics and now work for one of the largest airlines in the United States, which has only fueled his love for aviation and travel.

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