updated 2/3/2011 3:17:02 PM ET 2011-02-03T20:17:02

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In honour of its vibrant history deeply intertwined with that of Vancouver itself, Rosewood Hotel Georgia will officially open its doors on Saturday May 7th 2011, exactly 84 years to the day that the hotel first opened its doors in 1927.    

"We are delighted to introduce the new Rosewood Hotel Georgia to Vancouver and hope to return the property to its iconic standing as the social hub of the city," said Managing Director Steve Halliday.  "In keeping with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts' operating philosophy of enhancing experiences by reflecting local culture and history, we have worked with talented craftsmen to recreate this magnificent landmark and restore it to its glory days."

Originally opened in the decadent 1920's, the hotel came to be known as Vancouver's most elegant retreat, attracting Royalty and Hollywood stars, with musical roots including legendary guests such as Elvis Presley, Ginger Rogers, Frank Sinatra and the Rolling Stones. With this irreplaceable history the hotel will be revived to its glory days with the help of interior design team at Toronto-based Munge Leung who took the hotel's historic glamour and elegance as the inspiration for this transformation, keeping many of the original design features, including the ornate 1920's lobby clock while restoring the cornices and other original features around the reception, ballroom and public areas.

On top of its original grandeur Rosewood Hotel Georgia will reach new heights with the extensive amenities and impeccable service that Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is famous for. These amenities include nearly 10,000 square feet of deluxe banquet and meeting facilities, 24-hour in-room dining, Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a 54' indoor salt water lap pool that reflects shimmering movement and light over a dramatic porte-cochère, designed to create a real sense of arrival.

The new property features 155 rooms and suites that will be the height of sophistication against the remarkable backdrop of the restored hotel. Decorated using a palette of light blues, ivory and chocolate with the finest furnishings and spa-inspired bathrooms these accommodations will allow guests to embrace the significant elegance present throughout the hotel. Rosewood Hotel Georgia will also offer two exceptional Penthouse Suites, the Lord Stanley Suite and the hotel's signature Rosewood Suite, both featuring a private rooftop terrace complete with stunning city skyline views, outdoor hot tub and fireplace.

With a view to resurrecting its iconic standing as the social hub of the city, Rosewood Hotel Georgia offers a number of dynamic public spaces for dining, entertaining and nightlife.   Operated by one of Canada's top chefs, David Hawksworth, the 'Hawksworth' Restaurant will captivate guests with culinary delights and Contemporary Canadian Cuisine that reflects regional, seasonal ingredients with a uniquely Vancouver-Asian twist. Set over 2,800sqft of floor space 'Hawksworth' also includes a seated bar and lounge area plus a first floor private dining room, overlooking the Art Gallery.

Talented Head Chef Ned Bell will oversee additional on premise dining including nearly 10,000 sq feet of event space that has been designed to suit a range of requirements, from boardroom power lunches to elaborate galas for up to 400 guests. The centre piece is the lovingly restored Spanish Ballroom featuring hand crafted cornice, stained glass windows and its original minstrel gallery. 'Prohibition', Rosewood Hotel Georgia's underground vaulted cocktail lounge is built on the rich history of the hotel and will feature top musical entertainment in an intimate, sophisticated setting, while '1927', the hotel's handsome lobby bar and 'Reflections' a picturesque outdoor patio on the fourth floor offer alternative venues to dine and entertain.

Situated in the heart of the city at Georgia and Howe streets, Rosewood Hotel Georgia's unique ambiance and style will join Rosewood Hotels and Resorts' distinctive collection of luxury properties throughout the world including The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico.  The Rosewood Hotel Georgia joins King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort in British Columbia as Rosewood's second Canadian property.   Rosewood Hotel Georgia opens its doors on Saturday May 7th 2011, exactly 84 years later to the day of its original opening date.  The lobby clock stopped at 11.07am and will start again at 11.08am when the new Rosewood Hotel Georgia will welcome its very first guests.  

For more information and opening rates visit  www.rosewoodhotels.com

Annabel Hawksworth
HAWKSWORTH COMMUNICATIONS
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Vancouver, BC, V6E 3T5

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About Rosewood Hotel Georgia:

Since 1927, the Hotel Georgia has represented Vancouver's most stylish and elegant retreat at the beating heart of the city.  The legendary property is located just steps away from long stretches of sea wall, the downtown shopping and business districts and Canada's greenest convention centre.  Named "Top City of the Americas" in Conde Nast Traveler's 2010 Readers' Choice Awards, Vancouver's reputation as a world-class city, flanked by magnificent snow-kissed mountains and the Pacific Ocean continues to shine. The 155-room hotel is home to Hawksworth Restaurant, lead by visionary chef David Hawksworth; Sense, A Rosewood Spa® offering a menu of West-Coast treatments; thoughtfully designed meetings facilities; a heritage ballroom and spacious lounges, which act as a tranquil and enticing haven in this radiant downtown hub. www.rosewoodhotelgeorgia.com

About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts:

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages properties worldwide including Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, The Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta, Rosewood Sand Hill, CordeValle and San Ysidro Ranch in California, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, Las Ventanas al Paraíso and Rosewood Mayakobá in Mexico, and a triumvirate of world-class Caribbean properties – Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Caneel Bay on St. John and Jumby Bay on Antigua.   Rosewood also offers Sense, A Rosewood Spa® - featuring treatments reflective of the brand's signature philosophy A Sense of Place® - available exclusively at select properties and now open at Jumby Bay. For more information on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts or Sense, A Rosewood Spa®, please call 00800 87 67 39 66 or visit rosewoodhotels.com.

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[Image] Rosewood Hotel Georgia Room
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