The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia
Year Built 2012
Developer Delta Group
Architect IBI/HB Architects
Interior Designer Mitchell Freedland Design
Total number of residences 156
These residences are for those wanting the extraordinary living of a Five Star hotel at home. The signature piece of the development was the painstaking restoration of the Hotel Georgia, which first welcomed visitors in 1927. Reflective of its luxuriousness and impeccable service, the hotel has hosted icons including Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley.
A 47 level tower was built alongside the hotel with a unique expression of the typical Vancouver building architecture that beautifully complements the heritage hotel. The obvious passion applied to the restoration of the hotel was also applied to the tower as evidenced by the exquisite chandelier made from thousands of Swarovski crystals adorning the lobby, the built-in coffee machines in the kitchens, and right down to the low thresholds to the balconies.
At 517 feet high, it is the fourth tallest existing tower in Vancouver but will shift a spot once One Burrard Place reaches its final height in 2019. The 47 floors are numbered 1-12 and 14-48 to avoid the unlucky number 13. The 9 levels of commercial space are on floors 2, 3, and 5-11. The pool and fitness centre are on the 4th floor while level 12 has other common areas including meeting and billiards rooms. The 156 residences start on floor 14, just above the crown of the hotel, and continue to an impressive 47th floor. The building has an 8 level parkade, with the residential parking stalls being predominantly on levels 4-8.
The tower lobby is shared with commercial tenants, however, the concierge solely serves the residential residents. Residents have access to the Five Star hotel amenities including the saltwater lap pool, 2,400 sqft fitness centre, Sense Spa, and room service.
Residences range from 1 to 4 bedrooms, starting around 650 sqft and expanding until reaching the 6833 sqft penthouse, which is the entire 48th floor. The homes are more spacious than typical in Vancouver with 2 bedroom homes starting at approximately 1300 sqft. The average 2 bedroom condo sold through the MLS on our downtown peninsula in 2014 was approximately 1000 sqft.
The floorplans tend to be fairly square although, as hinted at by the façade, there are some angled walls. However, given the softness of the angles coupled with the spaciousness of the residences, the angled walls have not proven an issue for interior flow or furniture placement.
The developer disclosure notes that the composition of the 156 residential suites was projected to be:
- 38 one bedroom homes
- 99 two bedroom homes
- 6 three bedroom homes
- 13 four bedroom homes
Most residences have outdoor space and all have at least 1 parking stall. The homes may also have a storage locker, bike locker, and/or 1 of the 12 wine lockers. There are general bike storage rooms for residences that lack a bike locker.
Highlights from the developer’s brochure:
- Light or dark colour palletes
- Engineered hardwood flooring in either natural oak or walnut through living areas, kitchens and hallways
- 100% wool carpet through most bedrooms (original purchasers could have the hardwood extended to include the bedrooms)
- Oversized Mahogany veneer entry door and solid core interior doors
- Custom cabinetry with stained oak veneer, coordinated upper lacquered cabinet doors, and solid core wood drawer boxes
- Polished white engineered quartz slab countertops and full height backsplash
- Island bar in most homes, with polished white engineered quartz
- Miele Superior quality stainless steel appliance package: 4-6 burner gas cooktop, convection oven and microwave oven, built-in coffee maker with cup warming drawer, multi-cycle dishwasher
- Sub-Zero refrigerator
- Liebherr under-counter dual temperature wine fridge in most homes
- Large-format Thassos white marble flooring and contrasting polished marble or limestone border
- In-floor heating
- Imported Calacatta or Carrara marble slab vanity countertop
- Wall-mounted body sprays and Kohler rain showerhead in frosted glass walkin shower (except suite type C)
- Marble wall tile in shower and water closet
- Deep cast iron soaker bathtub with Thassos white marble tub deck and surround
- Imported porcelain floor tile
- In-floor heating
- Imported travertine slab vanity countertop
- Frameless glass walk-in shower enclosure in most homes
- Oversized imported travertine floor tile
- Imported marble slab vanity countertop
VIDEO: Westcoast Homes review of the development and residences with Bruce Langereis, President of Delta Group.
VIDEO: I Plan tour (residences 2005-3005)
VIDEO: H Plan tour (residences 2004-3804)
VIDEO: F Plan tour (residences 2002-4402)
VIDEO: J Plan tour (residences 2001-4401)
Parking – the residences, commercial tenants, and hotel all share the parking facility. The 242 parking spots for the residents are found on levels 4 through 8.
Operation of the Strata Corporation – the Strata Corporation, commercial lots, and hotel are operated individually and work collectively in the maintenance and repair of common items such as the lobby and parkade. The maintenance agreements between the ownership types will likely only be important to you if you decide to join the Strata Council.
Hotel restoration – When first opened in 1927, the 14 level hotel had 320 rooms. The modernization and transformation of the hotel into 156 rooms and suites was an extensive undertaking and, while renovations often have unwelcome surprises, this project encountered one of a grand scale.
When work was underway, it was discovered that steel reinforcing was absent from some concrete so additional reinforcing was required to satisfy building codes. Thankfully, the developer had the stamina and deep pockets necessary to complete the restoration of this important Vancouver landmark.
VIDEO: Promotional video for Rosewood Hotel Georgia.
VIDEO: Historical review of the Hotel Georgia with Steve Halliday, Managing Director of Rosewood Hotel Georgia.
As with Five Star service, there is exceptional food and drink on offer within the hotel. Fine dining is available at the acclaimed Hawksworth Restaurant and more relaxed fare at Reflections Garden Terrace, particularly enjoyable during summer months. I enjoy the relaxed environment and Old Fashioned cocktails at 1927 Lobby Lounge. For a more lively evening, you can head to speakeasy-themed Prohibition in the hotel basement. Bel Cafe, fronting Georgia Street, will keep you energized during the day with its selection of coffees and snacks.
You don’t have to travel far for shopping as you will live across the street from Pacific Centre Mall, the leading mall in Vancouver. It will answer most of your shopping needs with its 100s of shops plus Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew. You can also stroll shops along Robson Street and, for upscale brands, along Alberni Street. Cultural events are across the street at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
You can walk to the following in under 5 minutes:
- Pacific Centre
- Holt Renfrew
- Meinhardt Fine Foods
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Hotel Vancouver
- Shoppers Drug Mart
- UBC Robson Square
- Cactus Club
You can walk to the following in 5-10 minutes:
- Urban Fare
- The Orpheum
- Vancouver Public Library – Main Branch
- Equinox Gym
- Robert Lee YMCA
- Joe Fortes Seafood House
- Black + Blue Restaurant
- Thierry Deserts
- Le Crocodile Restaurant
- Global Restaurant
This representation is based in whole or in part on data generated by the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board or Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver which assumes no responsibility for its accuracy. Copyright 2018 by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board, and BC Northern Real Estate Board. All Rights Reserved.