The Rosewood Hotel Georgia

A Vancouver tradition

From its opening in 1927 onward, the Hotel Georgia was never Vancouver’s largest hotel. Instead it was Vancouver’s favorite. It was the first choice for visiting vaudeville and musical celebrities such as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley because of its proximity to the entertainment district and its open mindedness.

The singer Nat “King” Cole stayed here, as did real royalty: Edward, Prince of Wales, and George, Duke of Kent, both future Kings of England.

Other celebrity guests include John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, John Barrymore, The Supremes, George Burns & Gracie Allen, Errol Flynn, Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte, Jack Benny, Gary Cooper and Bette Davis.

Vancouver judges and lawyers took meals here before crossing Georgia Street to work at the courthouse. Two radio stations broadcast from the hotel and the legendary Dal Richards lead the house band every evening.

More than any other hotel in the city, the Hotel Georgia belongs to the people who have enjoyed themselves here over the years and who still say the Hotel Georgia is Vancouver’s hotel.