The history of the Granville Island Hotelis rich in both myth and reality. From wild nights at the Pelican Bay Club known as the Bay of Pigs, to romantic nights on the star light patio, people are always talking about the Granville Island Hotel. But not long ago, the Granville Island hotel was not the hotel you see today, with modern and elegant décor and amazing views, instead it was an almost bankrupt Hotel with dilapidated rooms and the famous Pelican Bay Night Club which attracted less than desired crowds and was a sore point for the neighbours.
In 1996, the current owner purchased the hotel and restaurant in the hope to turn the Granville Island into an “Island Oasis” in the heart of the city. The process of positioning the Granville Island Hotel as a reputable Boutique Hotel was a difficult process overcome only with passion, dedication, and vision. In 2001 after a lengthy public process the Hotel finally got permission to build the new wing which opened just before Sept 11, 2001. To make it economically viable the owners wanted to add at least 50 rooms but settled for 30 rooms to maintain the architectural look & integrity which Granville Island is well known for.
Today, the Hotel and Restaurant are a pillar in the Granville Island Community. In 2009, the GI hotel was honoured for its support of the arts, winning the Georgia’s Straight Patron of the Arts Award. The GI Hotel continually strives to create a unique Vancouver experience for all of its guests emphasizing Granville Island’s vibrant art and theatre as well as the hotel’s continued commitment to the community.