Originally opened in 1927, Vancouver's Hotel Georgia was the celebrity haunt of everyone from Elvis and the Rat Pack to Errol Flynn and Katharine Hepburn. The hotel closed in 2006 for a multimillion-dollar restoration project, and reopened as the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in 2011. Elvis may have left the building, but the old-school glamour remains—with a modern twist. The spacious rooms glow with a soft palette of warm gold, vanilla, and cocoa. Rain showers, heated marble floors in the bathrooms, and linens with high thread counts add to the hotel's luxury appeal. The wood-paneled lobby buzzes with guests and locals en route to the acclaimed Hawksworth restaurant. The hotel has a large private art collection and there are stunning pieces on display from founders of Canada’s modern art movement as well as by famous international artists; the reverse-perspective Patrick Hughes piece opposite the reception desk is fantastic—walk back and forth to see the painting "move." The gleaming bar has a Damien Hirst on the wall, which guests can admire while sipping the Hotel Georgia cocktail—a modern take on the original prohibition-era recipe.
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Based in the heart of downtown Vancouver, steps away from the Canada Line to the airport, opposite the city’s art gallery, and close to the malls and boutiques of Georgia and Robson Streets, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia ticks every box when it comes to a killer location. Vancouver’s most exciting dining and drinking district, Gastown, is a 10-minute walk away. Guests can join the locals and walk, cycle, or run along the seawall and check out Stanley Park. Afterwards, Meat and Bread serves what some may claim is the world's greatest sandwich. And since it’s Vancouver, visitors who tire of the city are never far from the Pacific Northwest forests.
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Rooms: 134 rooms, 22 suites; from $280. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Award-winning chef David Hawksworth’s eponymous restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. His modern take on Pacific Northwest cuisine is best sampled via the tasting menu—pricey, but worth every cent. Reflections is an outdoor bar and lounge (open seasonally) that offers bar snacks and innovative cocktails. The 1927 Lobby Lounge is a good option for daytime coffee meetings and segues neatly into an intimate drinks venue at night. Prohibition, the hotel’s swanky new underground cocktail bar, was designed by the acclaimed Munge Leung team and has an ornate Macassar ebony ceiling and a black stone bar. (Opening December 2014.) Spa and gym details: Canada’s only Forbes five-star spa offers a wide range of treatments, including zero-gravity pedicure chairs using NASA technology! The well-equipped gym is open 24 hours daily.
Who's it for: Couples on romantic city breaks; business travelers seeking luxurious surroundings in the heart of the city. Our favorite rooms: The Executive One-Bedroom Suites feature work by Canadian artists Paul Kuhn and Chris Bennet. The Deluxe Rooms have generously sized bathrooms with heated marble floors and freestanding soaker tubs; the ones on the 11th floor also have great views over the art gallery. Night swimming: Go for a swim in the evening when the lights under the hotel pool switch on, pulsing from red to purple to green to blue; it makes for a memorable dip.