Review-Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver Gold Floor Lounge

Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver Gold Lounge Review

This Review of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver Gold Floor Club Lounge is from our 2019 visit. See the above link for our review of our Gold Floor Harbour View Room.

Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Floor Lounge Location and Hours

The Gold Floor Club Lounge is located on the hotel's 20th floor, although there's also an entrance from the 21st floor, where our room was, with stairs down to the lounge.

Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Entrance, 21st Floor
Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Entrance, 21st Floor

The Gold Lounge offers four food presentations throughout the day, at time of writing:

  • Breakfast: 6:30am-10:30am
  • Afternoon Snacks: 1pm-4pm
  • Evening Canapes: 5-7pm
  • After Dinner Sweets: 8-9pm

Wine and other alcoholic drinks are not complimentary, but can be paid for via the Honour Bar, which is available daily from 12noon to 9:30pm.

Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver Review-Fairmont Gold Lounge Hours

Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Seating

There was always plenty of seating in the room that the stairs from the 21st floor led to, probably because this seating was furthest from the food presentations. Right next to the stairs were comfortable chairs for watching TV, while other seating, at tables, was near the windows.

Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Seating

The next room, across from the buffet, tended to be more popular.

Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Seating
Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Seating

We were fortunate enough to have beautiful weather during our two day stay, so the outdoor balcony was a pleasant place to take in the spectacular harbor views.

Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Balcony
Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Balcony

My son enjoyed seeing the float planes take-off and land in the harbor.

Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Harbor View

Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Breakfast

The Gold Lounge breakfast went beyond the usual breakfast offerings to include avocado with cherry tomatoes and goat cheese; creamy mascarpone with fresh figs, and cream filled doughnuts, in addition to fresh cut fruit and berries, yogurt parfaits, cereal, juices and cold cuts.

Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Breakfast Review
Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Breakfast
Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge: Avocado with Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Cream Filled Doughnuts, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Breakfast
Cream Filled Doughnuts, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Breakfast

I was especially happy with the availability and quality of the fresh raspberries and blackberries. Increasingly, I find that Club Lounges (and even First Class airline cabins) don't provide fresh berries, likely part of cost reduction initiatives.

What was especially unique, for a Club Lounge, was the omelet station, with made to order omelets. I enjoyed my spinach, mushroom and cheese omelet, together with fresh squeezed orange juice and a yogurt and granola parfait.

Made to Order Omelet, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Breakfast

Espresso drinks are readily available via the Nespresso machine.

This fresh baked Pain au Chocolat pastry went well with morning coffee.

Pain au Chocolat, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Review
Pain au Chocolat, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge

Afternoon Snacks

Afternoon snacks in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge are akin to afternoon tea, although focused on sweet treats; there weren't any savory items or sandwiches. There's a bowl of fresh fruit, however.

Afternoon Snacks, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge
Afternoon Snacks, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge
Chocolate and Mini Madeleines, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge
Chocolate and Mini Madeleines, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge

The dark chocolate was especially delicious. The scone wasn't bad, but I've had better.

Chocolate and Scone, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Review
Chocolate and Scone, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge

Evening Canapés

Evening canapés were well presented and delicious, especially the cold hors d'oeuvres such as the tuna poke, beet salad, and smoked salmon with cream cheese.

Sushi was very good for a club lounge, although of course we'd been a bit spoiled by the aburi sushi we had at Miku Restaurant.

There were also crudites and a small cheese plate:

Vegetables and Cheese Plate, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Review
Vegetables and Cheese Plate, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge

Hot appetizers included these tasty Leek Truffle Goat Cheese Tartlets:

My son enjoyed these Italian style Chicken Parmesan bites:

Chicken Parmesan, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Review

After Dinner Sweet Treats / Desserts

After dinner desserts during our visit included a delectable raspberry mousse cake, a delicious lemon posset, and mini tiramisu and cookies, which I did not try.

Raspberry Mousse Cake, Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Review
Tiramisu, Lemon Posset at Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver Gold Lounge
Tiramisu and Lemon Posset Desserts, Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver Gold Lounge
Cookies, Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver Gold Lounge
Cookies, Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver Gold Lounge

See our Fairmont Pacific Rim Gold Lounge Video, starting at 4:09 in the video:

The Verdict

While most club lounges in North America are nothing to write home about, even at luxury hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton (at least compared to Asia) I was very pleasantly surprised with the high quality of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver Gold Lounge, from the delicious breakfast options (especially the fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh berries, mascarpone with fresh figs, and the made to order omelet station) to the evening hors d'oeuvres, particularly the tuna poke, smoked salmon cream cheese bites, beet salad and sushi.

The beautiful water views from the window seats and the outdoor balcony were an especially lovely backdrop to the peaceful club lounge atmosphere. My son was one of the few children, although there were also some very well behaved French Canadian kids, who were Vancouver locals on a staycation with their parents.

The only detractors were that there's no savory component to the Afternoon Snacks service, and wine and other alcohol is not included (it must be paid for via the Honour Bar).

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