Escape Seattle: Downtown Vancouver’s Finest, Hotel Georgia

VanCity’s newest and oldest hotel is the perfect vantage to soak in the city.

As the fall days settle around us like a nesting blanket and the waning summer renders bikinis obsolete, thoughts turn to weekend getaways that provide culinary comforts and creature coziness rather than sun and sand. Naturally, the savvy Seattleite turns her eye northward to cosmopolitan Vancouver, home of Olympic shopping opportunities, global cuisine, and romantic rooms that put Seattle on guard.

If you’re in the mood for just such a vacation, consider tapping in to Vancouver’s newest and oldest venture, Hotel Georgia. The classical art hotel was constructed originally in 1927, but underwent a major renovation recently and opened its doors again to welcome a new fleet of merrymakers to rival the storied guest list of yesteryear.

While Errol Flynn died as a guest of the hotel in 1959, and Georgia housed such illustrious guests as The Prince of Wales, Nat King Cole, and Louis Armstrong, the new Georgia boasts a classic beauty that proves this building is ready for more.

In the heart of downtown, just one block away from a Skytrain exit that connects tourists from YVR airport to the city, Georgia commands a presence. The best of Vancouver’s shopping can be had within a mile from the hotel, as well as world-class cuisine and coffee. But if a weekend at leisure means you don’t wish to leave the hotel, a true wonder awaits.

The saltwater pool is a wonder to behold, suspended between the original Hotel Georgia building and the new residential tower adjacent. When you swim laps, your distant form is visible from the below porte cochere. The spa is unsurpassed, with automated pedicure chairs that recline to supine and a dizzying array of services that would please a Prussian princess.

While you can take the hotel’s Bentley to dinner at any destination in the city you so desire, it’s really not necessary with Hawksworth Restaurant right downstairs. Hawksworth is dining at its finest without the fuss. The worldly wine list helmed by master sommelier Jay Whiteley is reason enough to step through the doors, but the enchanting modern global cuisine keeps locals and visitors alike coming back for more.

As a US-based patron, be sure to try the Canadian charcuterie, which is less-regulated and therefore far superior to what we have in even the best Seattle establishments. Hawksworth effortlessly mixes prosciutto di Parma with creamy burrata in a dish that will wet your knickers even if you’re a 70-year-old virgin.

If you’re on the hunt for a weekend escape, look no further than Vancouver, and to make it even better, book in at Hotel Georgia. Your regret quotient will be nil and your relax factor will be off-the-charts. For reservations, call 888.rosewood.