Rosewood Hotel Georgia
OPENED IN 1927, this grand old dame of Vancouver’s hotels has undergone $120-million worth of remodelling. Its 156 rooms (former occupants of which include Frank Sinatra and Katherine Hepburn), Hawksworth restaurant and the Prohibition bar now blend a streamlined style with art-deco touches, but the Rosewood’s great Georgian revival soul is still all there. And did we mention the complimentary Bentley service?
Fairmont Pacific Rim
THE YOUNGEST sibling in Vancouver’s Fairmont family upends the perception that Canadian Fairmonts are grand old hotels with historical ties to the railroad era with its borderline futuristic perforated-steel and glass architecture and furnishings that take their cues from the natural materials of the British Columbia coast. The rooftop pool and the majority of the rooms — even some of the bathrooms — flaunt knockout views of Vancouver Harbour and the North Shore Mountains.
WEST GEORGIA and nearby Robson streets are always abuzz with high-end shopping, galleries and their fair share of the city’s finest cuisine. But when that starts feeling a bit frenetic, the Shangri-la is something of a serene, five-star island in the midst of it all. Think elegant, Asian-inspired décor, marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, onsite organic seaweed treatments at CHI, The Spa, and you’ll see why A-listers such as George Clooney have made this their Vancouver refuge.
SURE, YOU GET floor-to-ceiling harbour or skyline spectacles from crisp guest rooms with dark wood furniture and fresh beach tones, but you also get one of Vancouver’s best dining
experiences at ARC restaurant, which is attached to the hotel’s white-marble lobby. Executive chef Karan Suri is all about simple, beautiful food, and he sources his ingredients locally — many from the hotel’s rooftop garden and apiary, where half a million bees produce honey for desserts and cocktails.
Wedgewood Hotel and Spa
THE TOP-HATTED doormen really set the tone. Somehow, though, this boutique hotel captures the glamour and opulence of the Old World without the snoot, and the staff are renowned for their attentive warmth and polish. Nevertheless, add up all the crystal chandeliers and brass accents, richly textured fabrics, handpicked antiques and private balconies, and you might forget it’s 2017 — that is until you try the modern haute cuisine at the acclaimed Bacchus restaurant.
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
OENOPHILES DELIGHT: the YEW Seafood restaurant at this five-star establishment pours more than 300 wines by the glass, so there’s no lack of pairings for the delectable Pacific ceviche, Qualicum Bay scallops or Sidney Island venison. Meanwhile, the penthouse guest rooms are worth the splurge, but that doesn’t mean the rest aren’t lovely in their bright, clean-lined designs and furnishings. Don’t check out before at least lounging beside Vancouver’s only swim-through indoor-outdoor heated pool.
FAIRMONT EMPRESS, VICTORIA
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, VANCOUVER
ROSEWOOD HOTEL GEORGIA, VANCOUVER