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“Fantastic location with lovely charm!”
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Sylvia Hotel
Ranked #34 of 90 Hotels in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic location with lovely charm!”
Reviewed 19 September 2012

We had a wonderful stay here with its delightful ambiance, and perfect location to Stanley Park, and city activites! Across the street is the park and bay! What a great spot with restaurants, and walkable sights! We definitely will return here!

  • Stayed August 2012
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review, 20 September 2012
I can tell that you are an experienced traveler, you mentioned all the right things that other Guests would like to know. I am sure they will appreciate as I do your comments. Thank-you for your comments.
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

I had heard that 'The Sylvia " hotel was a nice hotel, but had never stayed in it, as i live in Vancouver. My mom treated me to a room, as my apt was getting renovated. The hotel is located down by English Bay, and Stanley Park. A great location for those who like to be close to the ocean , go for a stroll ...enjoy the beauty of Vancouver. For a hotel that is over 100 years old. It has been well taken care of. Yes the hallways could have a little more work done on them. But the rooms are very nice. We stayed in one of the smallest rooms 15 x15 feet. It has a queen size bed, but seemed like a double? We had a view of some trees and some ivy. There was a small updated bathroom, very clean, and bright. There is a good size flat screen tv, and a closet. For such a small room....it was well laid out. We had a very good sleep, as it was very quiet. There is a nice restaurant on the main floor of the hotel, which serves a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. On Thursday nights there is live music, It has a great view of english bay, and you can enjoy a beautiful sunset from your seat.
I think the only complaint we, and others may have, is that they only give you one room key. Which may inconvienance some people.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review, 4 October 2012
Please thank your Mother for the recommendation, happy to hear that you had some fun time with us and enjoyed the location. The chef and restaurant crew will be happy to hear that you enjoyed all your meals and the service when your apt was being repaired. As for the one key comment, we have used this system for 100 years (this is to ensure that the keys don't get lost around the city or are taken home by mistake, plus it helps us get to know our guests better). When you leave your room drop of the key and pick it up when you return, if you get back before the other person in your room they will pick up the key and you can let them in when they arrive, the system has been working well and I do not see us changing until we are forced to upgrade to electronic locks. I really hope that you choose to stay with us again.
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

This is the place for sunset views from the restaurant and bar (blankets provided if you're sitting outdoors), or simply cross the street to the Sea Wall path for an evening stroll. Choose a bench and enjoy the truly splendid view of English Bay and Pacific sunset. Explore Stanley Park on foot or by bike - the trails are literally steps away. Ample selection of restaurants and cafes nearby. Hotel is 100 years old, but we were in the newer wing, spacious king room with pleasant decor, flat screen TV, but no frills like fridge or coffee maker. I didn't see an air conditioner, but it's not really necessary in Vancouver. We were on a lower floor, facing away from the street, and slept well - it was dead quiet at night. Staff were friendly and professional, and It was fun to look at the historic photos in the lobby. The restaurant was disappointing - gluey soup (I had to send my first bowl back, as it was lukewarm and contained not a speck of the advertised smoked salmon.) Breakfast was pleasant, very friendly servers, but their system seemed disorganized and again the food was served unimaginatively and could easily have been upgraded - for example, why serve the oatmeal with just a pot of brown sugar when adding a few nuts and dried fruits on the side would make it special? (fresh fruit topping is available but costs extra). Go for the location and ambiance!

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review, 4 October 2012
A well written review. I will pass along your comments to the F&B Manager about the oatmeal. We are proud of our Heritage and my crew work very hard to ensure that every room is spotlessly clean and we do often get great comments about the quality of the beds. After all we do sell sleep. Being in a residential area the street and area are very quiet.
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Reviewed 17 September 2012 via mobile

Sylvia is a pretty good place to stay. It is old but the location makes up for any limitations created by it's age. It's close to great dining, transportation, Stanley Park and the beautiful view of English Bay.

  • Stayed September 2012
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review, 4 October 2012
Thank-you for staying with us. The location is great and the views are the best in the city in my opinion. 100 years and going strong. Hope to see you again soon.
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

This hotel is clean, very basic but comfortable. It has some Euro-type charm and the service is great but the main thing is the location, which is just amazing. Especially for the price. Parking is an extra $10-15 a night, FYI. Unless you want a fancier hotel that you plan on spending a lot of time at I don't know why you'd want to stay anywhere else in Vancouver.

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review, 5 October 2012
Thank-you for your comments and kind words. Parking is $15.00 per night (which is great value for Vancouver), However I do agree with you, why would you "stay anywhere else" when visiting Vancouver? Please come back again soon.
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

The location was perfect. Car was parked in covered garage and we never had to use it while there. The restaurant had a good breakfast and nice views. The staff was helpful and friendly. The hallways and room could use some more maintenance, missing acoustical tile in the ceiling in hallway. Could hear neighbors tv but fortunately they turned it off by 10. Slept with the windows open and it was quite comfortable; however the sounds of small "mammals" chasing each other through the ivy and landing on the outside window ledge for several minutes at 3:30 am caused us to sleep with windows closed the next night.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review, 15 September 2012
Thank-you for your comments, the new menus is getting rave reviews and with the views of English Bay is fantastic. We hope to upgrade the hallways this year in the off season, it is always hard to do upgrades and Reno’s when the hotel is always full. The ivy you mentioned is a blessing and adds to the character of the hotel and it does have its side effects of the animals that on occasion move in the vines. Hope to see you again soon.
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

Nice, classic interior with a peek-a-boo view of water from our window. Can be a little bit loud at night with people going in and out of their rooms, doors shut loudly. Staff was courteous and breakfast in their restaurant was great.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review, 15 September 2012
Short and to the point, our future Guests will appreciate your summary of your stay. I am sorry that you heard some of the doors closing during your stay, when the hotel is full we have allot of Guests coming and going as they enjoy Vancouver. I will be passing along your comments to the Food and Beverage Department about the restaurant service and great quality of the food. Hope you come back soon.
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Property: Sylvia Hotel
Address: 1154 Gilford St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2P6, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#33 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
#33 Family Hotel in Vancouver
#46 Business Hotel in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Sylvia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 119
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