Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score Poor Value
Good For Couples
Good price and at the beach
Unique Quality: For the starting point of a trip by rental car or RV you have to be in Canada for at least one day. Sylvia Hotel is a good place to spend you time in Vancouver. It is at the beach, on walking distance from the city center and next to Stanley park. All this for a resonable price, what do you want more? For breakfast better go somewhere down town, this is much cheaper and probably better too.
On suggestions from two friends and carefully critiquing reviews on VT and other sources, we (my fella, a cruise buddy and I) booked two nights at The Sylvia. We were aware that there may be some issues with carpeting or nicks of paint off the walls, as this is an old hotel. We were delighted with our one bedroom suite (room722). We particularly asked for a bay view when booking. It was a corner room with windows overlooking the English Bay. The ventilation from the open windows was wonderful. Our suite had one bedroom, a living-dining room, a small kitchen and a bathroom. The kitchen had a sink, stove, microwave, refrigerator, china, glasses, coffeemaker, teapot and utensils for 4 people. You can request an ice bucket at reception and get ice on the first floor. We walked to the 7-11 and Safeway to get coffee, fruit and rolls for breakfast. The bathroom was basic and had bar soap and a shower dispenser of shampoo-conditioner-bath gel. The lobby staff was extremely helpful and likable. We did eat the nachos in the bar and would not order them again as they were nacho chips and all the fixings served in an edible bowl. Either the nachos or the edible bowl would have been enough. That’s the only food we purchased at the hotel. Loved the bar view over the bay. Our friend drove up to visit us for the day and did not have to pay to park during the day in the underground parking.
Unique Quality: The location was great and we enjoyed a walk along the seawall on a glorious sunny morning. The only negative was I could not get wireless internet to work in our room.
Directions: just off Beach Road on English Bay
Right across from English Bay
We only stay at one of two hotels in the west end of Vancouver. The Sylvia Hotel is on Gilford street, directly across from English Bay. It is only minutes from Stanley Park, and within walking distance of the nightlife on Robson St. It's also only a block away from Denman (loads of restuarants). The Sylvia hotel's staff are friendly, and can give you lots of ideas of what to do in the area. It's also a pet friendly hotel.
You can choose from an apartment style hotel room, or just your basic accommodation.
There is also a bar on site, which looks over English Bay, and a restaurant with good food!
Rates are about $90 - $180/night in the summer.
Unique Quality: The best thing about the Sylvia is the location. The seawall is great for taking a morning stroll, or walk a little further to catch the Aqua Bus over to Granville Island.
A Historic Vancouver Inn
The Sylvia is a stately matron aunt in Vancouver's hotel scene - it's one of the most historic properties, located right on English Bay, with a great location close to Stanley Park and the restaurants, shops and bars of inner Vancouver. Beautiful, individualized rooms with views of the water, mountains, and city. The elevators are smallish, the corridors are unimpressive, the view from the street of the Sylvia is uninspiring - but this is a lovely place to stay while in Canada's western metropolis. And I recommend the bar and restaurant - they both have unparalleled views of English Bay.
Worthy of a honeymoon stay
My wife and I stayed at The Sylvia the first few nights of our honeymoon. It's not fancy but very dignified-- clean, handsome with old world charm. Most rooms have a view of the beautiful bay, and the hotel is within walking distance of Stanley Park, Robson Street for shopping, and great restaurants and coffee/dessert places. I can't wait to stay at the Sylvia again!
Unique Quality: Definitely not a cookie cutter modern hotel. High ceilings, large bathrooms with large tubs, QUIET. A good place for quiet grown-ups who appreciate class, not flash. The views are fantastic-- sunsets over the bay from your room!
The Best location!
If I were a visitor to Vancouver, rather than having the luxury to live here, I woulld definitely want to stay at the Sylvia hotel!
Unique Quality: In an old-style stone architecture building, covered with ivy, it's got the absolute best location! Right downtown, but off the main busy streets, it is literally steps to beautiful English Bay and the Stanley Park seawall - a rollerblade around which in the summer is unbeatable! Lots of great restaurants and nightlife, and shopping within walking distance, as well as the beauty of Stanley Park.
The price is also reasonable (at least it was years ago.., haven't checked lately).
Directions: Just outside Stanley Park on Beach Avenue, looks out onto the seawall.
Sylvia Hotel in English Bay.
I don't know. I paid around $60-70.00 off season for basic room. Warning this hotel gets very booked-up, and it is advised to book way ahead of time. thats because it is small. this is just my opinion, its best to contact them about rates and booking.
Unique Quality: It has been around for a long time. It has a nice view of English Bay. The food is nice and reasonably priced. The rooms, I have stayed in one in the off season and I think it was around $70/night. Just a nice atmosphere.
Try the Sylvia Hotel in the...
Try the Sylvia Hotel in the West End. My mother was head chef at this hotel in the early 1940's and my father worked here as well.
This is a brochure from the hotel at the time. Notice the room rates!!!
Unique Quality: Ivy covered walls
Directions: On English Bay, Guilford St. at Denman, near the entrance to Stanley Park.
$65.00 single/$95 double/$105 triple
bedroom and kitchen $95
No charge for dependent children under 18 staying with their parents
Unique Quality: Classic old hotel with outmoded furnishing, but really reasonable kitchenettes. GREAT PUB and PATIO with a view over the water. Perfect for a cool beer at sundown. Easy walk to STANLEY PARK. One street to cross and you're on the BEACH. Excellent West End location -- half a block to happening DENMAN STREET.
Directions: 1154 Gilford (Gilford and Pacific)
English Bay, one block west of Denman.
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Can anyone share experiences/opinions about the Syliva in Vancouver? I understand it's old, but that might be part part of the charm? Or not? It does have a geat location as far as I can tell....
Thanks in advance!
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Unbeatable location. Excellent prices. I heard it has been renovated......wait I will call.....in the last year and a half they have renovated the rooms.
The lounge and restaurant over look the beach and ocean. Within 10 flat or slight incline blocks you will find anything you need.
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I stayed there many years ago and I thought that the hotel was superb. No complaints. The location is fantastic. The bar is great place to watch the sunset.
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The Sylvia is fine as long as you're in the old part of the building-the newer Annex is nothing special.
Ask for details upon checkin.
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last week when walking by there seemed to be some kind of work going on on the outside of the building - so it could be noiser or busier than usual right now
but the location is awesome
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