Hotel Georgia first opened in 1927. Since then the Georgian Revival has become a perennial favorite of discerning travelers visiting the dynamic British Columbia seaport of Vancouver. To that end, the guest book includes celebrities like Katharine Hepburn and Elvis Presley, diplomats, and even royalty. In 2011, the legendary city-center retreat underwent a meticulous restoration effort that went well beyond buffing and shining to bring the property back to its golden-age grandeur and it reopened as a Rosewood. Rosewood Hotel Georgia, as it’s now known, follows the brand’s established roadmap for five-star luxury and excellence.
It all starts when you walk into the historic lobby. A tone-setter, showpiece, and preview of what’s to come all at once, the massive space flaunts dark vintage mahogany paneling, original marble checkerboard floors, and a grand staircase that leads to a 2,673-square-foot ballroom with minstrel balconies (which begs the question of how we snag an invite to a wedding here?). An eye-catching crystal light fixture clings to the ceiling. The flower arrangements reflect the attention to detail that’s ubiquitous throughout the hotel.
On the right side past the reception desk, you’ll find the 1927 Lobby Lounge. Intimate by virtue of the handful of tables but with an open and classy feel, it’s the perfect atmospheric spot to grab a cocktail or glass of wine and some light bites before dinner at the Hawksworth by acclaimed chef David Hawksworth. Across the way, Bel Café is great for grabbing something delicious in the morning—perhaps a frothy latte and a buttery croissant—or for a quick soup and sandwich type of lunch.
Upstairs, the rooms and suites are as well-appointed as you’d expect. Built-in wardrobes, refined furnishings—including sumptuous king-sized beds—and curtains that block out all the light define the upscale spaces. Some even have views of the iconic Vancouver Art Gallery. Marble bathrooms feature heated floors, water closets, and separate showers and baths.
Need a little R&R or feel motivated to hit the gym? On the fourth floor sits the state-of-the-art fitness center and the heated saltwater swimming pool. The spa is an absolutely dreamy escape from the urban sprawl with heavenly massages and rejuvenating facials.
It almost goes without saying for a Rosewood but it’s worth repeating that the service is truly spectacular—and a point of pride across all departments, from the concierge to housekeeping. Need a last-minute reservation for date night? It’s handled. Fussy toddler? A snuggly Rosebud teddy will surely put a smile on the face of any tot. No problem. Craving a club sandwich at 3am? You’ve come to the right place.
Location: Vancouver, Canada
The Vibe: Storied refuge that personifies sophistication in the heart of the city.
Food + Drink: There’s a reason the Hawksworth is the hotel’s signature restaurant. It’s elegant and exceptionally delicious. Elevated, vintage charm and well-balanced tipples make the 1927 Lobby Lounge a must. For a no-fuss daytime bite, you can grab to-go coffee and pastries or sit down for a bowl of soul-warming soup at Bel Café.
Amenities: spa; fitness center; indoor swimming pool; restaurant; bar; concierge; ballroom; meeting spaces
Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: The grand lobby very much feels like an “if these walls could talk” moment.
5 Nearby Attractions: Vancouver Art Gallery, Stanley Park, Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Granville Island Market
Any Personal Neighborhood Recs? Whenever you see the La Taqueria food truck parked across the street from Rosewood Hotel Georgia, run—don’t walk—over for a carnitas burrito. Vancouver has countless Japanese izakayas. Guu Original Thurlow is one of the absolute best in the area for cravable classic dishes like takoyaki and karaage don. Love designer shopping? Cartier, Prada, and YSL are just a few blocks away. You’re also right near the two premier department stores in the city, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom.
Rooms: 156 tasteful rooms and suites
Pricing: Rooms start at $380/night
Closest Airport: Vancouver International Airport
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