Last week we popped by Rosewood Hotel Georgia (alongside several hundred other VIP guests) to welcome back Vancouver’s patio scene with serious style at the Reflections patio opening party. Given the seasonal flirtation we seem to be having with sunshine these days, any excuse to dress up in semi-summerlike attire is one we’ll gladly take – and this party was no exception.
A quick trip up the private elevator had us in the heart of all the action as we were ferried into an already buzzing scene complete with live band performing front and center. Cooler than normal temps didn’t dampen our spirits as we headed over to an ice bar to nab a cocktail before mingling with friends by one of the many fire features.
This stunning lounge is definitely one to seek out during those hot summer afternoons as it offers up an oasis of cool that oozes with class melded perfectly with laidback west coast charm. Not much has changed in terms of styling and layout: comfy and spacious seats can be easily found throughout its spa-like setting with gauzy-looking curtains offering plenty of privacy should you desire it.
Plush pillows and colourful throws add a touch of additional warmth and personality to the design, as do the series of standalone lighting fixtures doubling as heaters (which we were definitely glad to see). Even in the midst of an energetic party atmosphere you can’t help but feel a hint of Zen when you notice the gentle lull of infinity water features flowing throughout the space and the central waterfall that commands attention at the back wall – they all but drown out any sound of the traffic below.
What has shifted a bit is the Reflections menu and cocktail offerings with a number of new tapas dishes inspired by local west coast products. Tray upon tray of light bites made their way around, quickly snapped up by hungry revelers who had made their way over after a long day at the office.
When the sun eventually decides to pay Vancouver a consistent visit (any day now… please!) Reflections will definitely be on our go-to list of patio hot spots to revisit. This launch party served as a solid reminder of festive times to come in the months ahead, and we are oh so ready – you should be too!
Reflections Outdoor Restaurant and Lounge is located at 801 W. Georgia Street.
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