Then and Now Photos of Vancouver Hotels

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I’ve stayed in over a dozen hotels this year and I must admit that I’ve only ever stayed in a Vancouver hotel once. This week’s installment of my “Then and Now series features the cornerstone of our tourism community, hotels.

Hotel Vancouver
The first Hotel Vancouver from the 1880s was on Georgia at Granville. The second was built at Howe and Georgia, where the TD Tower sits today. My Flickr contact SqueakyMarmot has a nice side-by-side comparison of this iteration. These images are of the third Hotel Vancouver, which is in operation today.


Private collection – ITEM #: Hot P80


Photo credit: maynard

Yale Hotel
The Yale was founded in the mid 1880s and was one of the very few buildings to survive downtown’s Great Fire of 1886.


Photographer: Jack Lindsay – ITEM #: CVA 1184-624


Photo credit: David Ascher on Flickr

Sylvia Hotel
The Sylvia has been a landmark in English Bay for almost a century. It’s great for photographing especially in spring and summer when the ivy crawls its way all over the brick exterior.


Photographer: Stuart Thomson – ITEM #: CVA 99-2632


Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr

Hotel Georgia
The famous Hotel Georgia closed its doors and began renovation/re-construction a few years ago. It hosted high profile celebrities during its 80-year run including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne and Bob Hope.


Photographer: Stuart Thomson – ITEM #: CVA 99-3998


Photo credit: rodefeld on Flickr

Should you have any suggestions for next week’s installment, or any photos you think would be a good fit, please feel free to contact me.

*All photos have their item number listed so you can look them up online or in person at the City of Vancouver Archives.

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  1. Paul AlbrightonThursday, October 1st, 2009 — 2:39pm PDT

    Wow. It’s amazing how much history is retained in Vancouver’s buildings today. These pictures are great, Miss604!

  2. DaveOThursday, October 1st, 2009 — 3:31pm PDT

    Articles like this are my fave and why i dig you so much. Do you think you can score us a tour of the ramparts of Hotel Vancouver? Must be so neat up there.

  3. raincoasterThursday, October 1st, 2009 — 9:11pm PDT

    I have heard on good authority that Ernest Hemingway and Dylan Thomas used to get drunk together at the Sylvia. Can you imagine eavesdropping on that?

  4. DTMonday, October 5th, 2009 — 11:20am PDT

    Wow. It’s amazing how much history is retained in Vancouver’s buildings today. These pictures are great, Miss604!

  5. Mike StewartWednesday, January 13th, 2010 — 4:55pm PST

    Cool Pix! Thanks for posting these. I love this stuff! My family has lived here since the 30’s and its interesting to see how they saw the city.

  6. Terry VothTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 10:34pm PST

    I especially like the one of the Yale with the little shop beside it. Thanks for sharing.

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