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In 2014, Vancouver’s grande dame is undergoing a much-needed facelift, a C$12-million renovation that will update the lobby and 900 West Restaurant, and replace the beloved Griffins restaurant with luxury retailers. It’s expected to be complete by November 2014, but it’s also just the first phase of an ongoing reno that will take on the function rooms next and, finally, the guest rooms. Once one of the grand railway hotels, the Hotel Vancouver was opened in 1939, just in time for the royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. It still retains its historic grandeur, with high ceilings, ornate moldings, and stately old elevators. The guest rooms are spacious, with luxe decor in plush gold and burgundy or blue, and dark, colonial-style furnishings. Bathrooms, admittedly, are small but well appointed. Guests have access to a spectacular indoor pool in an airy, glassed atrium. The hotel is home to several designer boutiques, including a flagship Louis Vuitton store, with more to come. And the two canine ambassadors, Mavis and Beau, will make you feel right at home.