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Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport 3.5

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

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Pros

  • Vancouver Airport only a 10-minute drive from the hotel
  • Rooms are modern and come with flat-screen TVs
  • Farm-to-table restaurant with panoramic marina views
  • Breakfast restaurant serving buffet and a la carte items
  • Seasonal outdoor pool with lounge chairs and umbrellas
  • Fitness center with wall-mounted TV, exercise machines, and free weights 
  • Free and frequent airport shuttle
  • Coffee bar plus a mini-mart with souvenirs
  • Pet friendly (for a fee)
  • Extensive events and business spaces
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Fee for parking
  • Not much of interest nearby
  • Decor can be a bit plain throughout

Bottom Line

The Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport is a 374-room mid-range property within a 10-minute drive of the city's airport. Room decor is plain, but modern, with beige walls and carpeting, and only some come with mini-fridges and bathrobes.The hotel has a coffee bar, a breakfast room, and a farm-to-table restaurant with marina views, and there’s also a small, seasonal outdoor pool as well as a spacious fitness center. A free airport shuttle is provided, but there’s a fee for parking. Guests willing to spend more may want to check out the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, an upscale option located directly in the airport. 

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Scene

Older airport hotel with pretty landscaping and marina-view restaurant

With colorful flowers, leafy trees, and manicured lawns, Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport is attractive enough from the outside, even if the building itself is older and looks a bit like a hospital. Inside, the lobby is bright and spacious, with a seating area next to huge windows. The on-site Pier 73 restaurant is suspended over the water with marina views and has a rustic vibe, with a handsome wooden bar and decorative iron railings. Waterfront patio seating is available. There’s a small pool that’s open during the warmer months with lounge chairs and a seating area with wicker couches and chairs. While the hotel has a bar, restaurant, and coffee shop, this is an airport hotel and most travelers are simply passing through on an overnight trip. Guests are a mix of business and leisure travelers needing easy airport access, and the hotel has plenty of event space for weddings and private functions. 

Location

On Fraser River, a 10-minute drive from the airport

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The hotel is located on the Fraser River, within a 10-minute drive of the Vancouver International Airport, which is easily accessible via the free airport shuttle. Guests can take the SkyTrain across the street from the airport to reach Downtown Vancouver or take a cab directly from the hotel; both journeys take about half an hour. There aren’t many food choices right by the property, but there are a few shopping centers and restaurants across the bridge, a five-minute drive away. Steveston Heritage Fishing Village is around a 20-minute drive, and Whistler Ski Resort will take about two hours to reach by car.

Rooms

Modern and plain with flat-screen TVs -- some with mini-fridges and bathrobes

The rooms at Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport are pleasantly modern, though the look definitely verges on plain. Expect to see an abundance of neutrals, including beige walls and carpeting plus simple dark wood veneer desks and nightstands. Sage-green padded headboards and framed black-and-white or colored pictures hanging on walls perk up the look a bit, and white bed linens have sharp rectangular trims that add a dash of class. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Bathrooms have large mirrors, plenty of counter space, and shower/tub combos. Gilchrist & Soames toiletries are provided. Club Rooms and suites have extras such as mini-fridges, bottled water, and bathrobes.

Features

Marina-view restaurant, breakfast restaurant, coffee bar, and seasonal outdoor pool

Like most larger airport hotels, there are a solid number of amenities on-site at the Pacific Gateway. A farm-to-table restaurant overlooks the marina, and there’s also a coffee bar and an additional breakfast restaurant with buffet and a la carte options. The small outdoor pool is open seasonally and has lounge chairs for sunbathing, and there’s a spacious fitness center with a wall-mounted TV, exercise machines, and free weights, plus thoughtful touches like a water cooler and a fridge stocked with apples. The hotel has a souvenir and snack shop as well as a business center with two computers and a printer. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property and there are 24 meeting spaces plus two ballrooms and two outdoor spaces for private events. Wedding services are also available. Bicycle rentals can be arranged through the front desk and pets are allowed for a fee. On-site parking is available, but it costs extra. 

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Address

3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, British Columbia V7B 1C7, Canada

Also Known As

  • Delta Vancouver Airport

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