Profile: Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver

After a US$120 million overhaul, the historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia is once again drawing the attention of tourists and locals alike in Vancouver, Canada

In a city as young as Vancouver, the opening of the newly restored 1927 hotel, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, was always going to turn heads. The iconic boutique venue had long entertained its fair share of legendary guests – from Katharine Hepburn to Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Now, with its US$120-million overhaul, it is fast establishing itself as the hub without the hubbub – as much for visitors drawn to its location on downtown’s Georgia Street (high-octane neighbors: Hermes, Tiffany’s, Michael Kors, the Vancouver Art Gallery), as for locals lapping up the infinity fountains enveloping the contemporary Reflections lounge.

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The Hawksworth restaurant, with David Hawksworth at the helm, serves up contemporary Canadian cuisine

The Roaring 20s-style lobby elegantly boasts more than 24,000 Lily-cut Swarovski crystals, one of the largest chandeliers in North America, and is the starting point for a veritable art tour of 200 pieces dotted throughout the well-appointed hotel. (Notable artists include Damien Hirst, Douglas Coupland and Patrick Hughes.) Its food certainly does not disappoint, either: David Hawksworth, one of the most-celebrated chefs in Canada and formerly of London’s L’Escargot, is at the helm of the eponymous restaurant offering contemporary, locally-sourced Canadian cuisine.

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A typical room at the hotel luxuriates  in sash windows and Italian Rivolta Carmignani linens

The rooms of the wood-paneled hotel – developed by Delta Land, the Vancouver-based subsidiary of Singapore’s Delta Overseas Investments Pte. Ltd, which has also built a striking 48-storey Private Residences next to the hotel – luxuriate in sash windows, Italian Rivolta Carmignani linens, Nespresso coffee maker, flat-screen television with HDTV channels and oversized bath towels. Its well-thought-out bathrooms have underfloor heating, contemporary Kohler soaker baths and rain showers. Also competing for your time, however, are the hotel’s other temptations: an exhaustive gym, Sense spa, saltwater pool and a Bentley – complete with Jim the driver – ready to take you around town.

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Underfloor heating keeps things toasty

Where

The Rosewood Hotel Georgia is located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, and easily accessible from Vancouver International airports or a few hours over the U.S./Canada border from Seattle airport.

When

May and September are the best – and least rainy - times to visit Vancouver.

Cost

Rates begin at around US$295 per person per night

Website

rosewoodhotelgeorgia.com 

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