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{Editor's Note: Happy Thanksgiving to our USA readers and friends! Thank YOU for traveling at 37,000ft and on the ground with Trip Styler!}

Every time we stay at a hotel, we review it on Trip Advisor. Think of it like Friday's Roam+Board, but with the nitty gritty.

Here's an excerpt from last January about why we review hotels: "It’s always nice to know if a friend or someone you trust liked or disliked a hotel you’re thinking of visiting. This way, you know if it’s worth the visit, mirrors your preferred trip style, or is on-par with the perceived value you’re seeking."

{Trip Styler Tip :: Trip Advisor is an excellent travel resource, but take everything with a grain of salt. I usually skim 10 - 20+ reviews to get a good feel for a property and glean from traveler insight. Focus on the reviews that are more balanced than ranty, compare traveler pictures with the hotel's website pictures and pay attention to the reviewer's stats and stays. For example, if a reviewer has only written about one stay or even one type of stay---ie all 5* or all 3*---it's probably best to read other remarks as well.}

In a few days Trip Styler will be turning two years old. During this time we've reviewed 60 hotels, and over the next two weeks we'll be adding the Viceroy Palm Springs, the Ace NYC, the Marriott Aruba and the Fairmont Dallas to the mix as well.

Our reviews represent every trip style from camping in Tofino, BC to glamping in Kenya, and a budget-conscious 3* stay in Bellevue, WA to a luxury 5*+ stay at a property Oprah visited in Australia. Not only do we write about varying your trip style, we live it too!

You can always find an updated list of our hotel reviews from Seattle to Sydney by hovering over Destinations in the navigation bar above and clicking on Trip Styler Hotel Reviews.

[photo taken by @tripstyler on Heron Island, Australia]

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

intro to rosewood hotel georgia vancouver[trip style = urban + luxury]

{Editor's Note: This summer, we've been busy bees. One of the results is Trip Styler's new look, debuting today. This Friday we'll explain everything, as well as announce a few new features. Until then, this week is packed with goodies like today's classic hotel tour, Tech Tuesday, Travel Beauty with tips from a St. Tropez celeb tanner and Healthy On The Road. PS - this week we're giving away five DuWop Flight Sticks. Enter today.}

Vancouver's grand dame has been in hiding for a few years. With a highly publicized facelift, modernization and new pantsuit, she's emerged with the class of Elizabeth Taylor and playful beauty of Heidi Klum. She's as gorgeous today as she was in 1927 when the Vancouver {Evening} Sun headline proclaimed "New Building One of Finest Hotels on the Continent." A few weeks ago, Trip Styler was invited to tour Vancouver's newest hotel with some of the most glamorous bones in the city. Naturally, we donned a dashing shirt dress {a Fashion Friday :: Shoulder Season must-have} for the occasion.

History rosewood hotel georgia history The Rosewood Hotel Georgia can't help but catch your eye. Eighty years ago it was the place to stay and play, and with its recent reopening, nothing has changed. Sure, the historic property has welcomed Hollywood's elite, but two iconic individuals made a lasting impression. Katherine Hepburn is credited with setting Vancouver's room service trend in motion when she asked management to eat in her room rather than the restaurant. And speaking of room service, Elvis requested his now famous pan-fried peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich when it wasn't on the menu. In a bow to the hotel's history, now it is.

Hub Rosewood Hotel Georgia Restaurants Elegantly seated in the centre of Vancouver, Miss Georgia is neighboured by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Pacific Centre Mall and stately office buildings. Not surprisingly, it has become the go-to place for dining, events, meetings and most recently, open-air lounging. Named after celebrated Vancouver chef David Hawksworth, Hawksworth Restaurant is the property's main dining room, earning accolades as the best new restaurant in Canada. If Vancouver's hottest new restaurant is bursting at the seams, check out 1927, the hotel's quintessential lobby bar. And don't be surprised if you rub shoulders with a Don Draper lookalike---it's pretty big with the apres-work suits. Four levels above, an urban oasis draws see and be seen crowds onto its concrete perch to relax on cushy seating, sip classic cocktails and stare at still and cascading water features. The giant fire bowl, seemingly begging to brown marshmallows to a light crisp, helps to keep it hot when the weather is not.

Design Rosewood Hotel Georgia's Design The mix of thoughtfully preserved old mingling with West Coast new is what strikes me at every turn. The lobby's original floors are paired with a visually playful geometric painting, the traditional neutral palette of the rooms is accented by bright blue pillows and a light-on-dark-brown herringbone print throw, and the indoor salt water pool beside the South Beach-style outdoor lounge offers a fresh take on the Glass City's design aesthetic. Anchored by features like the meticulous re-creation of the original 1927 cornicing with deco light fixtures and elevator doors, the hotel maintains a grandeur without being stuffy or unapproachable.

Art Aboriginal modern. Geometric "untitled" wax {left}. Subdued landscape {painted by Takao Tanabe, born one year before the hotel opened}. Part of one of the largest private collections of Canadian art in the country, these progressive installations are more gallery than hotel. I try to spend time in galleries in every city I visit, and the hotel's collection is worth the excursion alone. Every piece is by a Canadian artist, with the exception of the lobby's reverse-perspective, 3D acrylic on wood aptly name "Internity", painted by British-born Patrick Hughes {painting pictured top right}.

Details Trip style = luxury, rooms start at $375 a night. Note that the base standard deluxe room is not just a bed and bath. It has a sitting area and spa bathroom with two sinks, a soaker tub and separate shower.

[photos by @tripstyler aside from Hawksworth Restaurant and hotel's exterior, used with permission.]

Trip Styler Hotel Reviews

Trip Styler's hotel reviewsIt's always nice to know if a friend or someone you trust, liked or disliked a hotel you're thinking of visiting. This way, you know if it's worth the visit, mirrors your preferred trip style, or is the perceived value you're seeking.

Beyond the free travel tips and hints provided at Trip Styler, over the past two years, we've also been working behind the scenes to meticulously review 60+ hotels---all of which are recent, not reviews from 4 years ago. Given we don't regularly post about the specifics of our hotels stays, we wanted to let you know we're always doing reviews with your future stay in mind.

Aside from the current list below, you can easily access the constantly updated hotel list by clicking on the Trip Advisor icon at the top right of the site!

Top 3 Hotels & Why Sorobon Beach Resort, Bonaire [review] Why? "To describe Sorobon Beach resort as ‘basic beachfront bliss’ doesn't even do it justice. The warm staff and well-kept facilities make it feel as though you’re visiting your friend’s island outpost where there are only a few orders to the day: hot beach, cool dip, snooze under palapa, watch geckos scurrying around; repeat."

Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Kenya [review] Why? "The scenery you see in the Mara is like you are watching a National Geographic high-def program, but it's real, and you're part of the show! Coupled with the luxury rooms and service at the Mara Safari Club, this trip was one of the highlights of my travel experiences!"

Wilson Island, Australia [review] Why? "Picture a place where fine wines mingle with coral sand, gourmet fare compliments shabby island-chic decor and each morning you wake up looking out toward an ocean that sparkles. Wilson is an eco-retreat that’s worth the splurge. With only 6 tents and an off-the-grid feel, the Island is the perfect host to the traveler who wants an idyllic Swiss Family Robinson retreat with extra, thoughtful perks like a champagne at sundown with fine cheese, crudites and crackers."

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[photo by @tripstyler, taken at the Wailea Marriott]