Rosewood’s Hotel Georgia: A Legendary Stay for Legendary Guests
A legend has been re-born and history has come alive in the vibrant city of Vancouver, British Columbia. As of July 15th, 2011, tourists and locals alike have been blessed with a visit back to the era of the Roaring ’20s as Rosewood’s Hotel Georgia opened its doors once again.
Previously opened in 1927, Hotel Georgia became the heart and soul of Vancouver and is renowned for its luxurious services, elegant ambiance and celebrity stays. Can you imagine staying in a room where Katherine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Ginger Rogers, Laurence Olivier or Elvis Presley slept? Now, it is a possibility to sleep with these established stars.
As Rosewood’s newest addition to their world class boutique collection, Hotel Georgia exudes charm and class and offers guests a chance to travel back to the 1920’s, a time when romance soared, music thrived and when living in the ‘here and now’ was a way of life. Some of the previous world-famed guests also include the British Royal Family, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Nat ‘King’ Cole, The Rolling Stones, Louis Armstrong and Bob Hope.
This ancient, yet fully rejuvenated hotel was the haven for these celebrities to relax and unwind before they performed at popular historic Vancouver venues such as Orpheum located on downtown Granville Street. In the Jazz era, radio was the most influential media tool for musical expression. From 1927, up until 1941, British Columbia’s most popular radio station was CKWX. Legend has it that it was broadcast from the penthouse studio level of this refined hotel while Big Band Melodies and Jazz was pumped out from a lower level room onto the bustling streets.
The dramatically restored Rosewood Hotel Georgia surpasses as a place of luxury and legacy. With state-of-the-art technology, old-world craftsmanship, notorious works of art by established artists, immaculate furnishings, impeccable service and extensive amenities, this property holds a special place within the hearts of all those who step through its doors. Known as a hallmark property, Georgia Hotel now allows guests to return to an era when hotel stays were unique, tranquil and memorable.
Overview of the Property
Rosewood’s Hotel Georgia is home to 156 suites and rooms, designed to be welcoming and calming to guests, but also stylish with a sleek and modern touch. Using ivory, chocolate and light blue colors, every room is cozy and dotted with comfortable furnishings and rejuvenating spa-inspired bathrooms. The hotel features two first-class suites known as the Rosewood Suite and The Lord Stanley Suite which boast plunge pools, private rooftop terraces with glorious panoramic city views and colorful secluded gardens. Also included in the restorations is Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, an exquisite Spanish Ballroom and a quaint lounge that is situated in the lobby known as ‘1927’. A jazzy and elite underground nightclub, Prohibition, is in the works to be completed before the end of 2011. The entire hotel and its venues keep with Rosewood’s guiding principle, A Sense of Place.
Amenities and Services include the following:
- Valet Parking
- Private Dining
- 24 hour Room service and in-room dining
- Banquet and Executive Meeting Facilities (9.847 sq. ft of meeting space and 10 rooms)
- Fitness Center
- Signature Restaurant by famed-Chef David Hawksworth
- Sense, A Rosewood Spa®
- 52′ indoor Saltwater Lap Pool
- Business Center
- Courtesy car service (Enjoy a ride in a classic Bentley!)
- Complimentary High-Speed WiFi in rooms and throughout the hotel
- Turn-down service
- Security and notification features at entrance to room for housekeeping staff (Doorbell, Privacy Alert, Please Make Up Room etc.)
- Designer Ohné toiletries and ‘Rain Shower’
- Excellent concierge service
Because the Hotel Georgia is centrally located in the heart of Vancouver, tourists and locals staying at the hotel can experience an array of nearby attractions. Whether you want to bike and hike or stroll through glorious gardens throughout your stay in the city, there is something fun for every guest to enjoy.
- Day trips to explore Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast and the North Shore Mountains.
- Trek across the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
- Take in panoramic sights of the city of Vancouver at the Vancouver Lookout.
- Visit close by Canada Place and see the cruise ships come into port.
- Bike, swim, sun bathe or roller blade through world-famous Stanley Park.
- Climb the Grouse Grind or enjoy all the activities Grouse Mountain offers.
- See popular works of art at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
- Take a float-plane tour to Vancouver Island or fly sky high over the city of Vancouver.
The Sanctuary Inside the Legend
Whether you need to unwind and revitalize yourself before that big corporate meeting or a night at the symphony, Sense, a Rosewood Spa® offers an array of signature spa services. Guests can indulge in spa treatments such as the Vancouver Signature Sensation, Glacial Honey Scrub, Fusion Massage , Ayurveda Harmony treatment, Jet Lag Recovery and Rhythmic Stone Massage. Allow yourself to be pampered and taken care of in this invigorating hotel retreat.
The Hotel Georgia also offers the Rose Buds® Junior Spa experience for kids 13 and under. While a parent or guardian must be present during these treatments, it also offers an opportunity to have some family time or bond with your kids. Some of the treatments offered are a deep cleansing facial for young maturing skin, a manicure and pedicure to polish and moisturize young feet and hands and a foot and scalp massage to relax the racy young mind.
A Culinary Experience at its Finest
Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s Signature restaurant, Hawksworth has an exceptional menu offering contemporary Canadian cuisine and local ingredients inspired by Vancouver’s diverse and cultural influence. Guests can dine within Hawksworth Restaurant day and night and sample some of famous Chef David Hawksworth’s exquisite cuisine or stop over to the lobby bar “1927” for a classic cocktail and ‘Bar Bites’. Guests can also relax at “Reflections”, a seasonal patio lounge bar that presents patrons with a colorful array of specialty cocktails and light fare. By the end of 2011, Rosewood guests and the public will be able to experience “Prohibition”, downtown’s new, chic and intimate watering hole on the lower level of the hotel. Get ready for the Jazz era to come to life once again.
Guests can also choose to dine like the stars in their rooms and sample dishes such as Rosewood’s Signature Black Pepper Fries with garlic aioli, the Elvis Presley Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich, Artisan Baked Pastries or Canadian Maple Syrup Buttermilk Pancakes and Brioche French Toast. Did you know that Katherine Hepburn, a screen legend, was the first person to ask to be served within her room, therefore, coining the term ‘room service’? She waltzed into the Georgia Hotel in the 50’s, gave Mr. Bill Hudson, the hotel manager, her long list of required food, drinks and toiletries and said she preferred to dine privately. End of story.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia: Art Inspired
One cannot help but to notice the masterpieces as you stroll through the lobby, past the ‘1927’ lobby bar, up the staircase to the meeting rooms and throughout the hotel. Rosewood Hotel Georgia is home to a diverse collection of art, put together by Farm Boy Fine Arts and the hotel owners. It is one of the largest reserved collection and exhibitions of Canadian art in Canada. Expensive and valued at over one million dollars, guests, whether art lovers or not, will enjoy the works of legendary artists such as BC’s Rodney Graham, Alan Wood, Patrick Hughes, Douglas Coupland, Jack Shadbolt, Sonny Assu, Brent Comber, Mark Roth, Derek Root, Marcel Barbeau and Takao Tanabe.
My Personal Visit
‘Sense of Place’. I encountered this feeling when I walked through the legendary Hotel Georgia’s doors and toured the property. Vancouver has re-created a legend. As a fan of classic venues, era’s and historic legends, I felt right at home. I felt as though I had stepped into the past where hotel travel was purely elegant, classic, impeccable and refined. I was greeted by the front desk staff and taken care of immediately upon stepping foot inside the hotel. A most efficient and welcoming front desk staff member named Cash showed me to my beautiful suite and thoroughly explained how to use the features of the room.
I was completely impressed with the design and layout of the room with its sliding doors, separate bedroom area, comfy living room and dining area, business desk, pendant lighting, TV/internet and wireless keyboard feature, deep bath, rain shower, lighting features and large window sills. I couldn’t help but imagine Katherine Hepburn enjoying her late night snack as she sat in the window and gazed upon Vancouver’s busy yet vibrant streets below. Of course, without a doubt, I had to do the same.
While being given a thorough and dedicated tour by Marisa of Hawksworth Communications, I mentioned in the lobby area that I felt as though I was strolling through the RMS Titanic with its charming twisting staircase, fine art, gold trimming and cozy blast-from-the-past lobby lounge.
The first lobby piece of Rosewood’s stunning art collection was hard not to miss. Patrick Hughes’ ‘Internity’ baffles the mind as you glance at it from every angle. It tends to play tricks on your eyes with its reverse perspective, movement and depth. I could see visitors coming in off the busy Vancouver street to take a peek. Some stood there for minutes on end, exploring every view point.
As we head up the elegant staircase to the second floor, artist Derek Root’s colossal masterpiece captured my immediate attention as it was lit up by a shimmering, rather extravagant chandelier. Calming to the eye, Derek Root created this great art piece solely of wax and it certainly contributes to the classic ambiance of the lobby. I also couldn’t help but notice the restored clocks, furnishings and 18K gold wall trimmings. The marble floor was exceptional and Marisa pointed out some of the remaining markings on the floor that dated back to the Roaring 20’s. I truly felt as though I had stepped back into a timeless era. I felt a bit under-dressed in a suit. Where was my flapper dress and cloche hat?
My impression of the service within the hotel was unlike any other hotel stay I have experienced. I was called by Grace at Guest Services who wanted to make sure I was happy with every feature of my suite which created a sense of caring and follow up. The entrance, lobby and security staff were constantly ‘on the ball’ and always greeted me with a warm smile. Unlike most hotels where you check in and you are somewhat forgotten, the Georgia Hotel makes sure you feel important. It’s not about celebrity status in this five star property; it’s about genuine hospitality and equally dedicated service to all of those who visit, whether a guest or passerby.
When staying at the Hotel Georgia you not only see the history, you sense it with all of your being. I found the hotel to be utterly romantic as well, as you could imagine legendary couples of the past strolling through, holding hands, sipping cocktails in the lounge and taking in the luxurious ambiance that is felt throughout. I recommend staying at Rosewood’s Hotel Georgia when visiting the beautiful vibrant city of Vancouver. I was astonished, thrilled, fascinated and speechless all at once. And I can guarantee you, speechless is not a temporary state I normally experience.
My last words: Rosewood’s Hotel Georgia offers a legendary stay for legendary guests.