Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Vancouver: Hotel Georgia

We just returned from six wonderful days in Vancouver.  I thought I would share some photos of our lovely and amazing hotel, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia.  

The Hotel Georgia is a historic hotel, first opened in 1927.  Plenty of famous people, like John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn have stayed there, not to mention Elvis.  The hotel was recently renovated, so it is fresh and modern inside, with lots of historical detail left intact, as well as the original facade.

Our room was tastefully decorated!

The bed was deliciously soft and inviting with its lovely pillows and chevron blanket:

The pillows were all goose down:

And all the bed linens (silky soft) were by Pratesi:

Our room, a Premium Executive room, had a great seating area for relaxing at the end of the day:

The draperies and patterned sheers were so pretty:



We also had fantastic views over the Vancouver Art Gallery:

And the adjacent Fairmont Hotel Vancouver:

Three of my favorite features of the hotel were its fantastic gym (which I visited three times), the serene Sense Spa (where I had an amazing 80 min. massage) and the Nespresso machine in our room (for an occasional migraine-friendly decaf!):
They got me hooked.  Now I need a Nespresso!!!!

The bathroom was quite amazing, with a rainforest showerhead and a giant soaker tub, as well as his and hers vanities (I do hate sharing!):

We enjoyed the (unexpected) nightly "turndown" service, where each evening, used towels were replaced, the sheers were drawn, and soft lighting was turned on in the room.  They also delivered shortbread cookies and water each evening and topped up the coffee supply...now that's customer service!

The first evening, we toured the hotel with one of the (very knowledgeable) valets.  He took us to the Spanish ballroom with its beautiful hand-carved details: 

The chandeliers were quite spectacular:

Even the (very high-tech) conference room was tastefully appointed, with original art and Barbara Barry chandeliers.  I could totally tolerate a long boring meeting in here:

The hotel was filled with stunning original art.  I forgot to photograph the spectacular lobby, but even the upstairs banquet rooms had lovely art, like this ethereal large photograph (sorry, I have forgotten the artist's name):

One of my favorite pieces of art was this giant 300 lb carved wax sculpture (which was framed and looked like a painting) in the stairwell:

I also really enjoyed the divine Bel Cafe (great coffee) and Hawksworth Restaurant, both located on the main floor of the hotel.  The Hawksworth Restaurant was beautifully decorated and its lounge featured exquisite embroidered pillows by couture embroiderer Ankasa:
Photo from Hawksworth's website

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay despite a few rainy days and a broken foot!  


I was also impressed in that (magically!) we were often greeted by name after only short interactions with the staff...how do they remember all their guests?

Thanks Hotel Georgia for your loveliness and impeccable service...
We will be back!

34 comments:

  1. It sounds as if you got some well deserved pampering. An eighty-minute massage? Were you awake the entire time? ☺ The hotel truly is beautiful.

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  2. My mom and dad were married at the Hotel Georgia in 1949!

    The last couple of times I've been in Vancouver, I've checked out the lobby, the restaurant and the bars, but I wondered what the rooms looked like. Thank you for the peek - your room was gorgeous!

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  3. Oh, that sounds luxurious and lovely! I would love to visit Vancouver one day.
    Claudia

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  4. I see a recurring theme of diamonds. The headboard, the wallpaper, where the flowers overlap in the rug there's a diamond created, the pattern in the sheers is a softened diamond. It's also in the banquet carpet, on the stair landing where that beautiful was sculpture is and I think I also saw it in a pillow.

    What a beautiful place! The artwork looks especially nice.

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  5. Yes Steve, you are right about the diamonds - they are everywhere. I noticed a lovely coherence to the decor (soft browns and taupes) and patterns but didn't look specifically at the patterns to see the link. But you are right, the diamond is repeated everywhere, including their logo on the pillow!
    Good eye!! :)

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  6. What a great hotel, Terri! I won't share our hotels with you. We usually travel and stay very simple....nothing like the Hotel George :-)

    I love your room....so stylish and chic! Looks like a large and spacious room, too....with the separate seating area.

    I find old hotels with period architecture mixes nicely with contemporary furnishings....great look and feel.

    Thank you for sharing, Terri!
    Hugs,
    Loi

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  7. PS - I love Barbara Barry....those light pendants are fabulous!! They are so soft yet streamlined.
    Loi

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  8. Lucky you to experience all levels of luxury! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. (I wamt those dreamy sheers.) My husband and I did NY at Christmas with my broken ankle and crutches. I commiserate!

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  9. For anyone who thinks we always live large, I will mention that often we stay at the Super 8 for $59 per night and only splurge like this once in a while...

    :)

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  10. Beautiful, and the first thing that caught my eye was the diamond patterns. Nice theme.

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  11. what a gorgeous hotel terri. it reminds me v much of your own home. light, airy and serene. whenever i stay in a place like this i want to go home and redecorate!

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