We purchased a Groupon for the Sylvia to use when staying in Vancouver to attend a concert. My wife and I had both wanted to stay at the Sylvia for some time and this gave us the opportunity. Check-in was friendly and efficient and there was a convenient off-street area to unload luggage. The parking garage was well lit and clean. The lobby was welcoming; and as to be expected in a heritage building - warm wood tones and soft fabrics rather than glass and chrome.
We were given a two bedroom suite on the 7th floor and had ocean glimpses from the large windows. The two queen beds in the main room were very comfortable and we used the second bedroom as a dressing room. The bathroom was funky but functional with what appeared to be original tiling. The whole suite was beautifully clean and quiet. There did not appear to be a thermostat, but the windows opened easily so we could have as much fresh air as we wished.
The corridors although clean, are depressingly dingy and could benefit from lighter coloured paint, new dropped ceilings and lighting. The elevators are at best quirky and a little scary for some.
The bar and restaurant both have fabulous views across English Bay and the Strait of Georgia. Dinner, breakfast and drinks in the bar were all excellent and served by friendly staff who were attentive without being obtrusive. Considering the location and quality, the prices were very reasonable.
The location is spectacular and also convenient. Anywhere in downtown Vancouver including BC Place and the Rogers Arena appears to be accessible by taxi for under $15.
The Sylvia has real charm! We will be staying again.
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