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“Super relaxing and great location”
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Sylvia Hotel
Ranked #34 of 92 Hotels in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 June 2014

First impressions are of a rather dull interior but DONT be put off- the Sylvia is quaint and retro and extremely quiet and comfortable- ask for a room on the west side so you get a breeze in the thoughtfully netted windows and very little, if any, street noise. Down side street to one of best Italian restaurants we have been to- Adesso on Haro St where you can eat in the garden. Close to Stanley Park- try the Fish House in the park even if you don't eat fish as they do everything- fab setting and nice food. We swam for ages in the Second Beach open air pool which is close to the Sylvia. Great breakfast so no need to go out and nice bar in evening, inside or on terrace. It was perfect for us and can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: Ask for side street room so you get a breeze and no traffic noise
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

It sounds like you had a great time while in Vancouver, thank-you for staying with us. The closeness to Stanley Park and the pool and the beach is always a popular reason to stay that the Sylvia Hotel. I was happy to read that you mentioned the food and beverage department and how much you enjoyed the food and service. Relaxing and taking advantage of everything we have to offer is the best way to have a great time while being in Vancouver. We hope to see you soon and remember to always call the hotel directly to get the best price and room type available for the nights to you need to stay.

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

I love the Sylvia Hotel. The ivy covered exterior gives it a charm like no other hotel in Vancouver. The rooms are lovely and the beds are wonderful. All the staff are friendly, courteous and helpful. Room service is great and the food tasty and well-priced. One of the best features of the hotel is the location. It is right across the street from English Bay park with a beach, a pedestrian walk and a bike path. Stroll up the street a block or so and you are in Stanley Park! Stroll the other way and you are at the famous Laughing People statues and the great restaurants and liveliness of Denman Street. I love the old fashioned aspects of this hotel and I always feel comfortable when I stay there. It's my home away from home in Vancouver.

Room Tip: The queen suite I stayed in was great... with a small kitchen, a table, a sitting area, a wide scree...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Peggi E
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2014

I enjoyed reading your review, Charming and comfortable....says a lot. the restaurant has great views of English Bay and the hotel location with the beach right across the street is a favorite of most guests. We hope that you will return soon and remember to always book directly with the Sylvia Hotel to get the best rates and room types as we do not put all rooms on third party web sites. Thank-you for staying with us.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Another trip to Vancouver and it wouldn't be the same without another visit with our old friend the Sylvia Hotel. The old lady is showing some wrinkles - who wouldn't at that age - but as usual she was warm, welcoming, ultra-clean and nicely familiar. With English Bay, those ships at anchor, that stunning seafront walk all round Stanley Park, gorgeous sunsets, the Aquabus a short stroll away and the bustle of Denman Street right on the doorstep, we just love that location.

Over the years we have taken several tours around the area and the Sylvia has been on the pickup/drop off route every time which is a great bonus since it is not downtown. It's an ideal location to take a car-less vacation and still enjoy everything Vancouver has to offer. If you have a car, there is parking on site though.

The hotel offers free wi-fi in the rooms and a computer at reception - a modern old lady!

There are occasional minor hiccups - like really late housekeeping, cranky elevators - but this hotel has consistently given us good old-fashioned comfort, convenience and value for money during the past 14 years since we paid our first visit to Vancouver.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank dzumbino
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Thank-you for such a well written review, I love the fact that you refer to us as a friend, can not get any better than that in my opinion. It always makes me happy when guests write about the service of my crew, the cleanliness of the rooms and hotel and of course the location. Being away but close to downtown is also mentioned a lot by other guests, being on a tree lined street on the beach and close to Stanley park does make our location special. I noticed that you stayed more that 1 night, in these cases the stay rooms are always done last as we need to clean the check out rooms first to get them ready for the next guests, (I think that most hotels do it that way?) if you do require your room to be done early please ask at the front desk and we can make that happen. When booking always remember to call the hotel directly to get the best rates and room types.

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Stayed here 35 some odd years ago (before kids), and had a chance to re-visit. Still great. Location is across the street from English Bay beaches, walked to FIsh House in Stanley Park, strolled along Denman at noon - smells of all of the foods from the little restaurants is amazing. Comfortable rooms, bed was very good, nice sleep, Bathroom is a little tight, but otherwise room met our needs nicely (two adults only)

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Gene K
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Welcome back after 35 years, we are still here and going strong, in fact I have staff that have been here since you last stayed with us. You are correct, we do have so many restaurants with in walking distance with so many choices and tastes and smells of great food. Did you try our wonderful new menu in the restaurant and enjoy the views of English Bay? We hope that you will not wait for another 35 years to return.

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

If you are looking for a good location in Vancouver to visit and sight see this is a great Hotel for you, also the beds and pillows, blankets are awesome so comfy! The rooms were very clean and nice! But if you are in a new relationship trip that you're not very intimate yet, be aware that the bathrooms don't have a vent. So it can be a little awkward or you have to wait to be alone to use the bathroom.
The front desk staff are very friendly and helpful.
Good experience overall.

Room Tip: Do not get the smallest room. it is way too small. I upgraded the same night.
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2  Thank Sabrina R
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Like others have written, the locations is a great place to call home base while exploring the city. Thank-you for mentioning the comfortable sleep that you had as we do " sell sleep" and having a great comfy bed and great linen is a must. My staff work so hard to keep the 100 year old building clean to a very high standard so thanks for mentioning it. The bathroom vents are vented to the roof as being a heritage site we could not add vents and fans to every room as in a modern building. So we hope to see you again soon. I will post your comments about the friendly staff in the lunch room for them to read.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Although this hotel looks stuffy, in a vintage sort of way, the staff were more than welcoming of our young family. Since it did not start its life as a hotel, the rooms are often oddly configured. Our 'one and a half room' room gave a little extra space for our family to spread out. If you are able to book a waterfront room, I would recommend it, as the views are gorgeous. A refrigerator was provided at a small charge (one that actually worked!) so that we did not have to eat out every meal. The Sylvia is in a beautiful walking neighborhood, and is very quiet at night.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Li B
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2014

You are correct, we do have many different sized rooms do to the long heritage of the Hotel and many changes it has gone thru over the 102 years. However with that being said the service has always been the same, my staff work very hard to serve our guests. Some rooms are very large (compared to most hotel rooms in the city) and some are smaller than the others. So depends on how much space you need and if you need a view of English Bay or not or a kitchen unit for those guests wanting to stay for more than a day or two to help off set the costs of eating out every night. Remember to always call the hotel directly top book your rooms for the best rate and room type. Thank-you for taking the time to write a review and offer your scores and rating.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

My whole family has been checking into the Sylvia when we are in Vancouver for many years now. We only live 75 miles north in Whistler, but when any of us have a late night concert or party in Vancouver we check into the Sylvia. The location on English Bay cannot be beaten, the prices are reasonable, and the staff are helpful and personable. The restaurant is also good -- a great place to relax over breakfast and watch the runners around English Bay. Old, but with personality and the best location in Vancouver.

Room Tip: For value request the VIP Suite
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Ruth B
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2014

We are a great hotel for families to stay and we have so many people that were introduced to the Sylvia by their grandparents and they introduce the Sylvia to their children, we have had 5 generations of the same family stay with us over the years. The views and location are mentioned a lot by our guests and I love that fact that most guests also mention the cleanliness of the rooms and the service offered by my staff. They all work so hard to please every Guests. As a part of the Sylvia family thank-you and we hope that you will be attending a concert over the summer and we will see you again.

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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:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Vancouver
#29 Family Hotel in Vancouver
#33 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
#46 Business Hotel in Vancouver
Price Range: £82 - £173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sylvia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 119
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