The glamorous Shangri-La is Vancouver’s tallest tower at 700ft-high.
You’re also in the heart of Vancouver’s high-end shopping district with Tiffany and Prada just a stroll away. Because it’s Vancouver, being in the city doesn’t mean you’re far from nature with the Harbour Green Park and seawall just ten minutes’ walk.
The City Centre Canada Line station which connects to YVR airport is an easy seven-minute stroll.
It was built with guidance from a Feng Shui master and blessed from the roof to foundations by monks. The Asian influence at the Shangri-La is in every little detail, from the Mandarin collars of the concierge staff to the lack of a fourth and 13th floor (the number four is believed to be unlucky in Chinese and 13 in North American culture). Crystal chandeliers gleam above the vast marble floor lobby and rosewood panelling shines on the walls.
It’s designed to impress and it certainly does.
The concierge team are known as one of the best in town, effortlessly scoring chef’s table reservations and impossible-to-get show tickets.
CHI has a spa-within-a-spa concept with each treatment room lavishly appointed with its own hot tub, steam room, relaxation area and changing room. Treatments are influenced by traditional Asian therapies and include a footbath and tea service. There’s a well-equipped 24-hour gym with yoga and pilates facilities, and a small outdoor pool and hot tub.
Even the smallest of the 119 rooms and suites is pleasingly spacious and has a Nespresso machine, and many come with their own balconies high over West Georgia street. The large marble bathrooms feature mirrors with flat-screen TVs built-in and deep soaker tubs.
‘Market by Jean-Georges’ is one of Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s concept restaurants, so here is the chance to sample his signature style of East-West fusion cuisine.
The seasonal menu focuses on the area’s seafood; don’t miss the signature rice cracker-crusted tuna and the wonderfully buttery sablefish. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and fun weekend brunch, which heads out onto the sun-trap patio in the summer.
The Ginger Juice Bar offers fresh-pressed juice drinks and healthy snacks next to the pool area and gym. Breakfast is surprisingly affordable by hotel standards: the Classic Continental features a hot drink, juice, wonderfully buttery croissants, muffins and fresh fruit for just $19 (£12).
Breakfast excluded. Wi-Fi free.
Excellent. All entry points in and out of the building are accessible, as are all of the outlets (health club, spa, restaurant).
Many rooms are configured specifically for those with disabilities.
Younger children are well catered for with kid-friendly menus on offer, along with colouring books and games. Bottle warmers, cots and other items are available for families with babies and toddlers.