Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is now closed after nearly 44 years of business

Jan 21 2020, 6:29 pm

Monday marked the end of an era for Vancouver’s hospitality industry, as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts permanently closed its long-running location on the property of Cadillac Fairview’s (CF) Pacific Centre mall in downtown.

The 372-room hotel within the 305-ft-tall, 30-storey tower at 650 Howe Street first opened on April 23, 1976.

“It holds a very special place within the Four Seasons family: so many dedicated employees represent our storied years, and we have loved being part of your lives,” said Martin Sinclair, general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, in an open letter, who also noted the property is the company’s longest operating hotel.

“The employees’ commitment to providing exceptional service has been repeatedly recognized with awards like the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star designation, and the AAA Five Diamond rating.”

 

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Sinclair furthered that one of the property’s “proudest accomplishments” in its nearly 44-year history was its role as a founding member of the Terry Fox Foundation.

“We hold our guests, friends, fans and family close to our collective hearts. We are so honoured to have been ‘your place.’ From your weddings, anniversaries, proposals, conferences, reunions, galas, business affairs and family vacations – we have been there for you, and you have been there for us,” continued Sinclair.

“We will miss this community so much and leave the city with nothing but fond, warm, and lasting memories of all the special moments we have shared together.”

Four Seasons decided not to renew its lease with CF following a dispute that became a matter of the court in Fall 2017. In May 2018, the company announced its decision to close the property, ahead of the expiration of its 20-year lease in 2020.

It is known that Four Seasons has been attempting to secure a replacement location in downtown over the last two years, but it is unclear if that still remains the case.

Last week, CF announced an unnamed “world-leading, luxury lifestyle hotel brand” will replace the Four Seasons by renovating the aging hotel tower space.

With hotel operations ended, Four Seasons is now focusing on decommissioning and vacating the space by January 31.

 

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