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Every year, Vancouver ranks near the top among the world’s “most livable cities.” Thanks to interesting topography (the seaside port has both mountains and forested islands) and a diverse population and film studios, Canada’s largest westernmost city offers adventure, international cuisine and star power all its own.


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Lobby at Wedgewood Hotel, Vancouver, Canada

Wedgewood Hotel

If you’re looking for a small, romantic, sophisticated hotel with spacious rooms, a fine restaurant, a full-service spa, and a central downtown location, you can’t do any better than the Wedgewood. Independently owned by Greek-born Eleni Skalbania, whose elegant personal touch is evident throughout, the Wedgewood is the only Vancouver member of the Relais & Chateaux group.

The Wedgewood is located on busy Hornby, directly across from the B.C. Law Courts and close to trendy Robson, but it does not broadcast its presence to the street. It’s discreet, discerning and low-key, with blue, French-style awnings. Enter the lobby and you enter a world that looks like a charming European inn with flowers, antiques and an understated elegance. This is the magic of good taste and camouflage, for the hotel occupies a 14-story building dating from the 1960s.The lobby opens onto Bacchus, the hotel’s cocooning, wood-paneled lounge and restaurant serving Modern French cuisine. With windows that open onto Hornby Street, elegant décor and live piano music in the evenings, Bacchus has long been a favorite spot for quiet cocktails and dinner.

The rooms at the Wedgewood are spacious and have private balconies (the best views are those facing the Vancouver Art Gallery and Law Court). Furnishings and antiques are of the highest quality, and the marble-clad bathrooms with deep soaker tubs and separate walk-in Roman showers are simply the best.

For something even more spacious and special, book one of the four penthouses with large garden terraces and fireplaces.

The award-winning Wedgewood also features a small but well-equipped health club and a spa that features Epicuren skin care products.

Lounge at Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, Canada

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

For decades, the Hotel Georgia was one of Vancouver’s prime downtown hotels, attracting the likes of Elvis Presley, Katherine Hepburn, and Nat “King” Cole. Then it closed and sat like a forgotten star waiting for a comeback. That happened when the developers of a new luxury condominium tower next door decided to restore the lovely old hotel to its former glory—with the addition of all the modern amenities and technology that guests look for today. The new Rosewood Hotel Georgia re-opened in 2011 and is back on the charts as one of Vancouver’s top hotels.

The ornate lobby, with its Italian marble floors and walls of mahogany, shows off the original fixtures and finishes from the 1920s, when the hotel first opened. During the $120 million restoration, the hotel doubled the size of the rooms and suites and installed luxuriously large bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, walk-in showers with four shower heads, double vanities and heated floors. The furnishings throughout are comfortable, contemporary takes on the Art Deco style that was the hotel’s hallmark. Works from one of British Columbia’s largest collections of Canadian art hang in the rooms and public spaces. Presley fans can rent the suite where the King stayed on his visit to Vancouver, and there are four special penthouse suites with large outdoor patios overlooking the city.

Reflections, the hotel’s rooftop patio lounge, is a popular spot for cocktails and tapas. You’ll also find a state-of-the-art fitness center; a large, indoor, saltwater pool; and a signature Rosewood spa. Hawksworth, the new, award-winning restaurant by Chef David Hawksworth, adjoins the hotel and can be entered through the hotel lobby.

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