Photo courtesy of Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Vancouver's Rosewood Hotel Georgia
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.
By Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
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Fine Cocktails at Vancouver's Rosewood Hotel Georgia
The fourth-floor courtyard bar, Reflections, features a central fire pit and oversized teak couches tucked within cabanas. The signature gin and citrus–based Hotel Georgia is a must-order. Rooms from $320. (604) 682-5566. This appeared in the May 2013 issue.
By Jen Murphy
801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 3G1, Canada