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Reviewed 26 May 2015 via mobile

This hotel has a great location. The beach is right across the street and there are lots of food options within walking distance. There was even a night club within walking distance. The rooms aren't very modern but it was very comfy and clean. The bed was firm and we had a relaxing nights sleep.

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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us for your Birthday get-a-away, it sounds like you had a great time. Our location is often mentioned and I do appreciate you mentioning the fact that the rooms were clean and comfy. Thank-you for you great rating and scores on this site. Hurry back and you do not have to wait until your next birthday to...

Kelowna, Canada
Reviewed 26 May 2015

The Sylvia Hotel - Located in English Bay. Only thing separating The Sylvia from the Ocean is a Beautiful park which borders Stanley Park. Very quaint. Not large. Very clean. Rooms are old but have modern furnishings although Bathroom is somewhat dated. Restauarant and Lounge both within the Hotel with a nice menu. Staff are very friendly to both my...

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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review

Thank-you for taking the time to write a review. I appreciate you pointing out that the hotel was very clean and that you enjoyed the menu. We are an older property (heritage site) with of course a great location. We have been a pet friendly hotel since 1960 and I believe we are the only hotel that does not charge...

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
Reviewed 25 May 2015

Loved the old world look of the hotel when I booked it and was not disappointed. May not be the most modern/updated hotel but it was very comfortable & clean. The staff was very welcoming; Ali greeted us at the front desk and she made sure we had a great room with a view. Chad immediately handled our bags and...

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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review

Thank-you so much for staying with us and taking the time to write a review. I enjoyed reading your comments. I will pass along you comments to Rey and Chad and post your comments in the staff lunch rooms as they all work hard to keep the place clean and safe for your guests. I was also happy to read...

Hamilton, Canada
Reviewed 22 May 2015

We chose the Sylvia as other family members had stayed there previously and enjoyed it very much. We stayed 2 nights, went to Victoria, then returned to the Sylvia for 2 more nights in May because we liked it so much. Rooms are clean, quiet and as we stayed on the 2nd floor, easily accessed by stairs or elevator. We...

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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review

I liked the fact that you returned for two more days because you enjoyed the hotel so much, very high praise thank-you. We are a pet friendly hotel and have been since 1960, I believe are the only hotel in Vancouver that does not charge extra for pets. The live music in the lounge is very popular with Guests and...

Montana
Reviewed 21 May 2015

I stayed at the Sylvia Hotel for 4 nights in April with my traveling dog Jenny. Loved the location because we were on the beach on English Bay and only minutes away from Stanley Park where we took many hikes. The Fish House, our fav restaurant, is also close by as well as many other stores and eateries. I was...

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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review

Thank-you for spending 4 nights with us. I enjoyed reading your review. My staff all work hard to make our guests experience a special one so thank-you for mentioning it. I will post your comments in the staff lunch room. The location of our hotel is mentioned often by most guests because of the convenience and the beach across the...

Vancouver, Wa
Reviewed 17 May 2015

My friend and I stayed one night at the Sylvia. Everyone was sweet and accommodating. We stayed in the Melville Room which was part of the library there at the hotel. Unfortunately guests were loud and having a party until late (in the library) and even though we were not sleeping, or trying to, the constant noise was irritating. No...

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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review

You did not stay at the Sylvia Hotel, I believe you stayed at the Buchan Hotel down the street, please remove your comments and repost on their site. Thank-you

Calgary Alberta
Reviewed 16 May 2015

The Sylvia is a grand old hotel right on English bay, an easy walk to Stanley Park, Granville Island, downtown, and several interesting restaurants. I would say for anyone expecting a cookie cutter hotel, please just stay in a cookie cutter hotel as the Sylvia May not appeal to everyone. But for those who appreciate history, quaint elevators, turning in...

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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review

Thank-you for your comments and I can tell by the words you choose that you do appreciate the heritage feel of the hotel and you are correct we may not be for everyone, however I do believe that everyone appreciates great service and we do offer that. Our location is popular with guests new to Vancouver and those that like...

Kendal, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 May 2015

This beautiful hotel was recommended to us by a friend who lives in Vancouver, as THE place to stay. How right he was! What a lovely family friendly hotel. Very traditional and filled with lots of stories and well loved. We had a good sized room, very clean and well presented. The hotel was in such a lovely location by...

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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review

A well written review in my opinion. it mentions all the things that future guests would like to know and that you mentioned the Food and Beverage which we are also very proud of. Book Sunday brunch early every week to avoid be sold out. The views are great over looking English Bay. You are correct, there are lots of...

Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Reviewed 12 May 2015

Stayed one night. Directly on English Bay Beach. Room was very small, but they warned me of that. Bed was relatively comfortable. Restaurant & bar very good. Access to Stanley Park and mass transit was good.

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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review

The next time to stay with us please book a larger room, we have so many room types and sizes, so I know we could make to happy if you book directly with us inform us that you would like a more space. We have rooms that are very small and some that are very large, so let us help...

Reviewed 3 May 2015

This is an old hotel in a good location, at the beach, near Stanley Park, and close to the people I visit in Vancouver. It is adequate, and I will stay here again. The bed was fine, the bathroom had plenty of hot water, and the streets are quiet at night. But it is getting run down: drop ceilings that...

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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review

Thank-you for your comments about your stay with us. I know that everyone ahs an opinion on how to keep the heritage feel of an older property, thank-you for yours. I feel it is just as important to have a safe environment and great location, a great bed and good service as well. I was happy to read that you...

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West End
A hodgepodge of landscapes, the West End combines verdant gardens and blocky modern architecture, with Victorian bits and Edwardian bobs in between. It is a paradise for takeout food, take-away coffee, and perhaps incongruously, some of Vancouver's most languid lines of beachfront. English Bay and Sunset Beach invite swimmers, strollers, and picnic-lovers to take in dusk settling over the water, or to jog along with the sunrise, offering breathtaking views at any time of day. The West End merges together so many looks and flavors probably because it functions a hub: its the leafy pit-stop between nightlife and entertainment venues along Davie Street, and the shopping paradise that is Robson Street, offering visitors beautiful parkland to rest on, and quick, easy food to re-fuel with in between ventures.
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Banquet Room
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Additional Information about Sylvia Hotel

Address: 1154 Gilford St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2P6, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > West End
Price Range: $137 - $291 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sylvia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 119
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Sylvia Hotel Vancouver
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Vancouver
#33 Family Hotel in Vancouver
#33 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
#46 Business Hotel in Vancouver
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“Bay side rooms have the best view, but are more expensive. All rooms are comfortable, and, anyway, English Bay is right across the street.”
 of 5 bubbles Reniala, 21 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Corner, 7th floor bay facing room had perfect view for sunsets and English Bay. Space more than adequate for our needs.”
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  • 7th floor, corner room, beach facing
  • 7th floor, corner room, beach facing
 of 5 bubbles , 11 Mar 2017 | Read review
“A corner room with a view of English Bay = delightful!!”
  • LOVE the vines of ivy surrounding the exterior!
  • Incredible view of English Bay
 of 5 bubbles gillianwhitten, 10 Mar 2017 | Read review
“ask for a room with a beach view”
 of 5 bubbles jilli36, 18 Feb 2017 | Read review
“English Bay view rooms. Be warned: summer rooms are frequently sold out, so book well in advance”
 of 5 bubbles dwalsh2, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
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