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Compare images from the City of Vancouver Archives collection with some taken after the hotel's renovation in 2010.

The Waldorf Hotel’s street-level lounge and dining room, circa 1952.

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The exterior of the Waldorf Hotel in October 2011.

Rafal Gerszak/The Globe and Mail

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The tiki-styled lounge of the original Waldorf Hotel, circa 1952. Compare with the restored version in the following slide.

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Tom Anselmi inside the newly renovated Tiki Lounge at the Waldorf Hotel in October 2010, just before re-opening.

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The beverage room at the original Waldorf, circa 1952.

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The renovated stairwell at the Waldorf in October 2011.

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The coffee shop at the original Waldorf Hotel was in the basement (photo circa 1952).

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The Nuba Cafe at the Waldorf Hotel in October 2011 takes on a more distinguished tone.

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The Waldorf Hotel kitchen at basement level, circa 1952.

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The Nuba Cafe at the Waldorf Hotel in October 2011.

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A brilliant mural covers one wall of the basement dining room at the Waldorf, circa 1952.

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