I recently caught up with Dan McGillen, Travel Industry Sales Manager for the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) , and one of our closest travel partners, and spoke to him about what’s happening at his happening downtown Vancouver, BC hotel.  This post is part of our series on various Four Seasons hotels and resorts along the West Coast.  
Josh: Dan, tell me what separates the Four Seasons Vancouver from the other top properties in your area. Vancouver is a fairly competitive environment, isn’t it?
Dan: Service – it’s not something that can be reproduced —  being able to anticipate our guests needs is the reason why they are loyal to Four Seasons.  Also with YEW restaurant + bar, you have top dining in the city in what is now being recognized as one of the best dining scenes in North America.
We also are bringing back our “Kids in the City” program, perfect timing as we approach the Summer holidays.
Josh:  When I send guests to Vancouver, it’s usually as a pre-post stay for a cruise or for a wedding (not on a ship). Not sure why that is.  But anyway,  how is your location situated for access to the pier and for general Vancouver area sightseeing?
Dan: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is truly at the centre of it all. Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, it’s connected at the lobby level to the 140 shops and services of Pacific Centre, and located just minutes from world famous Stanley Park, art galleries, theatres, sport venues and night clubs. West Coast mountains, beaches and golf courses are all nearby. Also for those doing the cruises, we are located three blocks from the ship terminals,  so we offer our guest a more central location so they can explore this beautiful city.
Josh: How’s the dining and shopping in the area?
Dan: YEW restaurant + bar leads Vancouver’s vibrant food scene, with seasonal fresh food, great atmosphere in the bar, 300 wines by the glass, perfect to wind down after a day of exploring or shopping on Robson street . Perched at treetop level in Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, YEW’s chic space, communal table and bar make it the perfect place to bring your social network.  For city dining, what I like is the choice. Visit trendy Yaletown, a walk down to historic Gastown, or enjoy the markets at Granville Island, all just minutes from the hotel.
Josh: What type of promotions will we see for 2011? Also, Four Seasons and Casto Travel have a Preferred Partner relationship. What specific and exclusive benefits does that offer our clients in Santa Barbara?
Dan: We still want to show the value for our guests and have continued with the 4th night free offer, which will give you plenty of time to explore this great ocean side city, with its many unique neighborhoods. As well, those booking through Casto are able to enjoy breakfast for two daily complimentary, upgrades if available and an $85 lunch credit, all which is combinable with the 4th Night Free offer!
Josh Friedman is a travel agent specializing in luxury travel for small groups and individuals – particularly ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations and food & wine inspired journeys.  Based in San Francisco, and with clients throughout the USA and abroad, his business is focused on 24/7 personalized service to the sophisticated leisure and business traveler. Business services include high-touch reservations, exclusive hotel and airline offers.  His relationships with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful business or leisure trip. 
For more information, to learn about our exclusive benefits, and to book, please contact Josh at 415.248.507, 800.553.4777 or by email. Associated with Casto, a member of the prestigious Virtuoso Travel network.  Be a big fish in our small pond.

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