Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 2 Marriott Pinnacle & Renaissance Vancouver

This is the second of a series of blog posts, detailing some of the many things to do along the Vancouver Trolley line. This article is cross-posted on the Vancouver Trolley blog.

What a beautiful day to be a tourist! Today I hopped off the Trolley at Stop 2, home of the Marriott Pinnacle and Renaissance Vancouver Hotels. After a quick visit to the Pinnacle’s Show Case Restaurant & Bar and a view from one of their recently renovated harbour view rooms, I walked the 77 paces across the street to sister hotel, the Renaissance Vancouver.

Aside from the beautiful views and balconies in every room on the fourth floor and above, I loved the feeling of familiarity and the welcoming culture of the Renaissance. The hotel encourages mingling in their lobby whether it’s for cocktails, brief meetings, or simply the use of their free wifi – just look at the post-it that was waiting for me in one of the harbour view rooms!

I couldn’t resist the invite to check out the p2b bistro & bar so headed down to try their daily buffet breakfast. Although everything was absolutely delicious, the best part of my meal was probably my view looking across the ocean to Stanley Park, North Vancouver and beyond.

After I finished my benedict and fresh fruit, I walked down to the seawall to check out the world’s largest seaplane company in the world, Harbour Air. The most amazing part of Vancouver, even as a local, is the proximity of downtown to nature. Within minutes you can walk from boutique shops on Robson Street to the ocean and can even be up in the snow on a nearby mountain after a hop, skip & a jump.

As someone who’s admittedly a little afraid of flying and not an avid swimmer, the idea of a floatplane has always been a little intimidating to me. However, the staff at HA are amazing and put me right at ease and I have to admit the flight was remarkably smooth. This is not only a great way to get over to Vancouver Island but a great way to view the city in a totally unique way on one of their Vancouver Tours.

Although it may have been a beautiful day in Vancouver today, it was still a little bit chilly and after my walk on the seawall I was eager for some warmth. I walked back up to the Pinnacle, which houses one of the locations of a local favourite coffee shop, Caffe Artigiano. Always bustling and sometimes difficult to find a seat in this lively coffeehouse, the skilled baristas make every visit worthwhile.

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