Meet Canine Ambassadors Mavis & Beau!
By Si Si Penaloza
My Instagram feed used to be splattered with slap happy party posts. These days, it’s all wet noses, furry hind legs and the occasional engagement announcement (human). I follow almost as many Internet-famous animals as I do famous people – Bearcoat Tonkey, Life of Vi, Trotterpup, DeafandHandsome and Nala are among my very favorite. Pet parents obsessing over how adorable their pup is – this is not new. Now social media allows us to share the insanely cute, odd, absurd things pets do behind closed doors – and online “sanity breaks” have never been more amusing. I’m inundated with paws of all shapes, sizes and species in my social media feeds and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
This is why I went absolutely bananas for Mavis & Beau, Canine Ambassadors at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. When it comes to the most photographed pros working at this gorgeous hotel, the Executive Chef has to compete with the wagging tails of these two charmers – good luck with that.
Mavis holds court like the Queen of England in the hotel lobby with her regal companion, Beau. Both beautifully-behaved dogs are Yellow Labrador Golden Retrievers and are BC Guide Dog trainees who found their calling in hospitality. Mavis and Beau kick back next to the concierge desk to meet and greet, shake a paw or take a walk with active guests.
As personalized relationships are at the heart of Fairmont service, guests who have fallen for Mavis and Beau can stay in touch with their new furry friends by sending “ani-mail” either by snail mail to the hotel or via their email addresses – [email protected] and [email protected]. Guests with pets are given a royal welcome at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, especially by Mavis, who loves rubbing noses! The price is $25 CAD/per day and the animal must not be left unattended in the room. Seeing-Eye dogs are always welcome and exempt of charges.
Pets are also most welcome at Fairmont Pacific Rim; one of my favourite hotels in Vancouver. A sleek, modern grand hotel across from the Canada Place cruise ship terminal, the Fairmont Pacific Rim offers top notch resort amenities. Contemporary styling meets chic common areas featuring the best of the Pacific Rim in décor and culinary offerings. Return guest numbers are high, as stylish suites offer naturally inspired materials and state-of-the-art technology. For leisure trips, book one of the suites with a freestanding Japanese-style soaking tub that looks out over Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains, or get cozy in one of the suites with a balcony and outdoor fireplace. All rooms here are airy and beautifully designed with finishes of marble and American walnut, floor-to-ceiling windows, desks with built-in outlets and iPads. Upgrade to the Fairmont Gold level, a hotel within the hotel, with complimentary breakfast and afternoon hors d’oeuvres served in a special 20th floor lounge with its own staff.
If you are a seafood enthusiast, you absolutely must book a table at The RawBar, tucked into the Lobby Lounge of Fairmont Pacific Rim. The hotspot has been named the city’s first 100 per cent Ocean Wise sushi destination by the Vancouver Aquarium. The chefs here lead the way in terms of responsible and sustainable seafood stewardship, and impressive plating and presentation. The culinary team creatively sources only the best Ocean Wise-recommended seafood found locally and around the Pacific Rim. Ocean Wise is a program run by the Vancouver Aquarium and aimed at educating consumers about sustainable food. Sit at the bar and watch the masters at work, or score a low table closer to the Fazioli (the Ferrari of pianos), but whatever you do, order a round of sablefish sashimi. It’s simply sublime.
The RawBar features signature oishii items and four-course lunches, donburi bowls and bento boxes. The Omakase option here is a seamless, never-ending ‘surprise and delight’ that enables the chefs to create a unique presentation which can include daily features, fan favourites or fresh status ingredients. The RawBar made its debut in 2013 to critical and local fanfare and remains a must-do in the city for sushi lovers, and for in-house guests of Fairmont Pacific Rim. Open from lunch until late night, the power lunch and after-work scene is hopping here, so it’s a great place to mingle with locals. The lounge is an especially lively scene on weekends, with live local bands and performers.
Of the three worthy Fairmont hotels in Vancouver, the Fairmont Pacific Rim is the show-stopper. The wow-factor takes hold as guests drink in the dramatic marble lobby; think massive windows and a long, low minimal fireplace surrounded by inviting and clever seating configurations. The hotel features a “green” living roof and is as up-to-date as a hotel can be, with all the amenities you could possibly want, including an outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a spa. All pets staying at the hotel receive a welcome mat in the room, pet dishes, welcome treats, a toy and an information sheet on local pet activities.