The hotel, originally opened in 1927, finally closed its weary downtown doors on New Year's Eve 2007. After a four-year renovation carried out by Hotel Georgia Development Ltd., the old world glamour is still intact, keeping the vibe of the place that's hosted Hollywood royalty including Katherine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and Laurence Olivier (as well as actual royalty). Now, there's just an added soupçon of modern chic.
Besides having the usual in-room extravagances we look for in a five-star hotel, such as a fancy-dancy coffeemaker (in this case it’s a Nespresso), free WiFi (!), an iPod docking station, and top-tier toiletries that make us swoon with delight (Lady Primrose), the renamed Rosewood Hotel Georgia also has a professional Les Clefs d’Or concierge onsite to tend to your every whim. It's hard to tear away from the 52’ indoor saltwater lap pool, but if you must go out, the hotel offers courtesy Bentley car service to whisk you to destinations within a three-mile radius. Even children are treated to the luxury lifestyle with Baby Primrose toiletries, kid-sized bathrobes and slippers, and even special treatments in the fab Sense Spa.
When booking a room, pay close attention to the different rates and packages. When we selected the "21-Day Advance Purchase" rate in a Superior King room, the price was $285 CAD per night. However, when we chose the "More Rosewood - 3rd Night Free" rate in the even better Deluxe King room, the price works out to be $250 CAD per night.
[Photos: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts]