The Rosewood Hotel Georgia re-opened this summer, combining dazzling modern luxury with decadent decor from throughout its 84-year history. I was able to visit the hotel recently, for the first time since my hard-hat tour in May to see the final results.
Boasting one of the largest collections of Canadian artwork in the country, the hotel has paintings and works from Alan Wood, Derek Root, Douglas Coupland, Takao Tanabe, Sonny Assu, and more. The Patrick Hughes in the lobby will blow your mind. The pieces are canvas, wax, metal, paper, and a variety of other textures that are also reflected around the hotel in complex fabrics, embossed wallpapers, and furnishing.
Public are welcome to stroll through the lobby, enjoy the 1927 bar, Hawksworth Restaurant, and
the soon-to-be opened Reflections outdoor lounge (update now open) that sits below the residential tower.
Dark wood lines the hallways that are splashed with art (vases, paintings, sculptures) as you walk from guest rooms to the fitness facility, pool, or the Sense spa.
This rich mix of classic touches combined with digital features (heated floors, WIFI, etc.) are part of the signature Rosewood style.
The stone floor in the lobby is original to the hotel along with the inlaid tiles, the elevator floor counters, the lobby clock, the bronze post office box, and a few other features.
The guest rooms look out onto either Georgia (the Vancouver Art Gallery), Howe, or Reflections on the non-street side of the hotel. Each has a flat screen television, full-sized amenities in the washrooms, and bathtubs that make you want to drift away in a soak after a long day.
I highly recommend that locals take a walk through this modern classic to enjoy a slice of Vancouver history that has been beautifully updated. For an even closer look, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia has offered up a special prize so one of my readers can have a bit of a staycation experience in style. Here’s how you can enter to win a 1-night stay in a deluxe guest room (value $375):
I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 11:00am. Follow the hotel on Facebook or Twitter for special offers, event information, and updates.
Update The winner is Craig!