ROSEWOOD HOTEL GEORGIA is something of a household name to say the least – a Vancouver icon where the well-heeled mingle and mix.
Established in the 1920s and steeped in rich history, Rosewood’s ultra-chic setting was once a regular haunt for Hollywood’s finest, including Katharine Hepburn, Nat King Cole, Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper. These days, it has become the ultimate destination for luxury and business travelers from the world over who visit Vancouver, Canada’s hip island city.
While Rosewood is the oldest urban oasis in Vancouver, it also underwent a US$120 million makeover in recent years, where the entire interior of the hotel was rebuilt for a sleek finish. The hotel’s original grandeur and old world craftsmanship were painstakingly restored during the renovation works, and along the way, more luxurious furniture and state-of-the-art technology were installed to keep with the times.
In keeping with Rosewood’s theme of elegance and finesse, each room is decked out in palettes of light blue, ivory and chocolate, complete with sleek furniture and spa-inspired bathrooms. Both the Lord Stanley and Rosewood suites, the grandest of them all, feature a plunge pool and a fireplace within a private garden rooftop terrace overlooking a glittering view of the city’s towering skyscrapers. Both suites can fit small parties of up to 20, perfect for an intimate birthday or New Year’s Eve bash.
If you prefer to pop the champagne outside of your room, the hotel’s mysterious speakeasy bar, Prohibition, is not to be missed. The stylish watering hole is a throwback to the decadence of the Prohibition-era ‘20s, where the men huddled in dark, underground taverns, and the women wore feathers in their hair. Bespoke cocktails are concocted with house-made bitters, but classic cocktails too are available.
For a romantic dinner Hawksworth Restaurant, helmed by David Hawksworth, is one of the most revered restaurants in Vancouver, if not of the province of British Columbia. Local organic seafood and produce are used to put out beautifully presented plates, best paired with the restaurant’s carefully curated wines. For a more casual dinner, Reflections: The Garden Terrace offers a range of tapas-inspired dishes in an outdoor lounge setting with a West Coast feel. On cooler evenings, heaters and warm blankets will be made available.
It’s exactly these small details that set Rosewood apart from the rest. The philosophy of service is centered around intuition – where guests’ needs are pre-empted and taken care of before they even ask. Despite the nature of luxury in the hotel, the service is never stiff and pretentious. In the place of formality are friendliness and approachability, perfect for the modern traveler.
Rosewood’s strategic location – at the corner of Georgia and Howe Street – positions it near many of the city’s attractions, and is just one of the many reasons tourists opt to put up at the hotel. Art galleries, world-class museums and some of Vancouver’s finest restaurants are just a short walk away. A huge draw is also the high-end retail shopping options a short distance away, where designer labels like Prada, Rolex, and Tiffany & Co abound.
For a spot of Vancouver’s famous outdoors, Stanley Park is also a short walk away, where guests can walk along the postcard-worthy seawall, simply watch the sun go down, or walk along 27 kilometers of winding forest trail. Make a day out of it by also taking a trip down to Vanier Park, whose stunning waterfront plays host to Shakespeare plays and events from the months of June to September.
Meanwhile, the Granville Island Public Market is a gathering point for some of the best of the area’s local produce. Peruse endless aisles of gourmet items, and have a field day picking on pastries, chocolate, plump fruit, or pretty flowers to adorn your room during your stay. The Kids’ Market sells all manner of giddily colorful things for the little ones while the Adventure Zone features juggling acts, magic, and live turtles.
For those more tuned to Asian food, Vancouver is a haven for Chinese cuisine, owing to the large ethnic Chinese population. Chinatown is a bustling cluster of traditional Chinese restaurants, tea shops and markets. Richmond, a city just outside Vancouver, is also a mecca for Asian food, where freshly steamed dumplings and crackly roast pork make for delicious teatime snacks. For a palate-tingling dinner of spicy broths, Sichuan restaurants are aplenty in the town.
Vancouver is an unmistakably lively city of great food, art and views. And what better way to enhance your experience in a city so wonderful than with a stay at an equally wonderful hotel like the Rosewood Hotel Georgia?