In 1956, Elvis Presley had his first hit, people went crazy for non-stick frying pans and the fabulous "Burrard Motor Inn" opened its doors to the world. New owners planted the first garden courtyard in the late 1960s, while the Greenhouse Lounge hosted cocktail hour, extramarital affairs and swank wood panels from 1982-2006.
In 2010, the Burrard began a multimillion-dollar renovation project to restore the hotel to its former glory. Completed in the summer of 2011, the new Burrard mixes retro influences with modern design touches, slick in-room amenities and a refreshing dose of character. It's like "Melrose Place," only there's no pool to drown in.
Inside and out, the Burrard's come a long way since the chain-smoking, cocktail-guzzling days of 1956. Well, maybe not the second thing.
1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, V6Z1Y7