Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel

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1011 West Cordova, Vancouver, BC

Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel

Fairmont Pacific Rim building in downtown Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Westbank & Peterson Group
Architect James KM Cheng Architects
Management Company Dodwell Realty Ltd
Number of Units 175
Number of Floors 48
Year Built 2010
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1011 West Cordova, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 50 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Strata



Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel is a luxury hotel and condominium building in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is one of the tallest in the city and was completed just in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics. One of Vancouver's many nicknames is the "City of glass", which reflects the dominance of steel-and-glass architecture in the downtown core. The Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel is one of the many buildings that lends credence to this name.

The first proposal for a hotel and residence at 1011 West Cordova, were submitted in 2003 with the building plans designed by VIA Architecture. Their plans were revised several times, partly due to height restrictions imposed by the City of Vancouver. In 2005, Fairmont Hotels scrapped the previous designs and submitted a new proposal, which was accepted. Construction on the building began in 2006 and finished in 2010.

Since then, the hotel has been recognized as one of the best in the world by Conde Nast and the residences are some of the most coveted in Vancouver.[1]


The Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel is located right on the waterfront in the Coal Harbour neighbourhood of downtown Vancouver. The building is next to the Shaw Tower and attached to the West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

270 degree views of Vancouver

The Coal Harbour neighbourhood is bounded to the southeast by Burrard Street, to the southwest by West Georgia and Pender Streets, and to the northwest by Stanley Park. The neighbourhood is named after the section of Burrard Inlet also known as Coal Harbour. The harbour received its name because coal was discovered there in 1862. The Coal Harbour neighbourhood is dominated by the high-rise office and apartment buildings. The Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel is only minutes away from Vancouver's most popular restaurants, shops, galleries, and cafes. This includes Oru Cuisine and Giovane Cafe, which are located in the building.

Public transportation is also located close to the building. There are over fifty bus and rail options within a few minutes walk from the Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel. The area also has excellent bike lanes.[2]


The Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel skyscraper was built by architect James Cheng. Construction started in 2006 and finished at the beginning of 2010. The building is 139.68 metres (458 feet) high and built of concrete with a caisson foundation. There are forty-eight floors above ground as well as seven parking levels below ground.

The tower has a glass curtain wall facade and the southern and eastern exteriors are wrapped with an art installation of a Liam Gillick poem. Balconies are part of the exterior design and balcony space actually accounts for just over 3460 square metres (37,252 square feet) of the total floor space in the building. The Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel is attached to the West Building of the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre and there is direct access through the hotel to the Convention Centre.[3]

Layout and Features

The Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates are located above the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, which takes up the first twenty-two floors of the building. Residents have access to all the hotel amenities as well as the long list of top-end features in each unit. The apartments are available in three different colour schemes and boast kitchens by Boffi of Italy with appliances by Dornbracht, Miele and Sub-Zero. There is also only natural stone, wood, and tile used in bathrooms and kitchens.

The units also have 24 hour electronic concierge systems, with a telecommunications package that offers entertainment, communication and security by Millson Multi-Media Inc. There are multiple connections for phone and fax lines, digital television services, Shaw phone, Telus TV, VOIP services and in-home LAN. The 100 mbps computer network is built in and extreme speed internet service is included.

Floor Plans

Condominiums in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel are on floors twenty-two to forty-eight. One, two, and three bedroom apartments are available, ranging from 67.5 square metres (727 square feet) to 598 square metres (6434 square feet).


Building amenities include:

  • Complementary valet service
  • Complementary limo service (downtown only)
  • Fitness centre
  • Resort roof deck with
    • Heated pool
    • Hot tubs
    • Pool bar
    • Fire pits
    • Cabanas
  • 24-hour residential concierge and Fairmont Hotel concierge
  • Access to hotel services and luxuries
  • 30-seat private cinema
  • Oru Cuisine, Giovane Cafe, and Lobby Lounge with live music
  • Willow Stream spa services
  • In-suite dining
  • Conference, board rooms and business centre
  • Hotel passage to the Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Bicycle storage


Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

This building allows residents to have one pet

Rentals are allowed at this property

No age restriction is placed on residents

Fire pits are available on the communal roof deck


The Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel was built in 2010. It is connected to the West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre, which is known for its green initiatives.

The West Building has a living roof, seawater heating and cooling, and an on-site water treatment and fish habitat built into the foundation.

Residents seeking to further reduce their carbon footprint can take advantage of the excellent location of the building.

Public transportation and bike lanes are readily available and there is bike storage in the tower.

The building is also close to many restaurants, shops, and cafes making walking a viable alternative to driving.


Fairmont Pacific Rim
  • The Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel is the largest high rise building in the city in floor area.
  • The greatest opposition to the building application for the Fairmont Pacific Rim Estates & Hotel came from tenants of the nearby Terminal City Club Tower and Shaw Tower.[4]
  • A line from a poem by British artist Liam Gil-lick is wrapped around the building: "lying on top of a building the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street..."[5]
  • In October, 2012, a standoff between an armed gunman and Vancouver police ended peacefully after 10 hours of negotiations.[6]
  • In 2012, Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel was voted one of the best places in the world to stay by readers of Condé Nast Traveler.[7]
  • In June 2013, the penthouse suite was rumored to be sold for $25 Million to a Middle Eastern buyer, after being on the market for over 680 days. [8]
  • In July 2013, actor Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. An autopsy discovered he had overdosed on heroin bringing a tragic end to his life at age 31.


  1. BC Condos
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis: Fairmont Pacific Rim
  4. Emporis: Fairmont Pacific Rim
  5. Vancouver Province: Wandering is wonderful
  6. Vancouver Sun: Armed Stand Off
  7. Foot Circles: Fairmont Hotels
  8. Vancouver penthouse condo sells for $25M

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