Rosewood Hotel Georgia Previewby
The historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia is slated to re-open with the next few weeks with renovated rooms, restored opulence in the ballrooms, and a high-tech flare.
The hotel had been a focal point of downtown Vancouver since 1927, hosting world-famous guests, until it closed to undergo a major restructuring a few years ago. I was fortunate enough to get a sneak-peek a little while ago and was able to snap a few teaser photos while wearing my pink hard hat.
Features of the new Rosewood Hotel Georgia:
While I only caught glimpses of the art deco detailing, ornate woodwork, and grand chandeliers among wookboots and sawdust, I can tell that a legend has been re-born. The hotel is currently taking reservations for stays after July 1, 2011 but the highly-anticipated Hawskworth Restaurant will be opening this month.
In the meantime, they are looking for your memories from the first incarnation of the Hotel Georgia. Head over to their Facebook or this contest site to enter to win a hotel & dining prize package worth $3,000 by sharing your story.
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Hmmm, about 40 years ago, plus a few more, I remember often going to the Georgia Hotel to visit a family friend who worked in a hair salon in the basement. I had regular visits at St. Paul’s hospital so we dropped by regularly. We would venture, past the Birk’s clock and into the lobby of the hotel. I remember walking down the stairs, holding the banister as it curved and into the exciting world of the salon. I remember feeling very special sitting in the salon chair, while other ladies had their hair done in various “60’s” styles and heard the latest gossip. And.. the best was feeling ever so grown up, having a mini bottle of Coke. I was living the high life, hanging out at “The Georgia”.