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Reviewed 25 August 2014

This old hotel with "killer location" right by English Bay is recommended by Frommers.com where I always go for our travel planning. It is on the edge of "downtown", within walking distance to restaurants and transportation, and Stanley Park. It is clean, charming, with pleasant service. Our two rooms at reasonable rate on the top floor were huge with two...

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

"A killer location" first time it has been referred to as that I am sure and I like it, thank-you, the location is fantastic. I was happy to read that you enjoyed the service our team offers and that you noticed how clean the hotel is. We do not offer A/C in the rooms but it is rarely an issue...

Reviewed 24 August 2014

Sylvia Hotel is a historic, or heritage, hotel on the beach in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada. We stayed for three days while waiting to embark on Celebrity's MILLENNIUM Alaska cruise. There are restaurants to satisfy most demanding palates within short strolls from the hotel. Also, there are many wonderful and interesting things to do and explore. Our Hop on-Hop off...

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

Love your title "what a jewel", You are correct, we are surrounded by restaurants and the beach is across the street. Guests love the fresh air off English Bay with windows that open instead of having A/C. Thank-you for your great scores and rating. Happy to read that you will return and stay with us. Please call directly to the...

Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 22 August 2014

We booked this hotel to have an old-time, classic, distinguished, English experience. If this is what you are interested in, you're in for disappointment. Our group was provided 2 rooms on the 5th floor. Arriving on the floor, we were met with an unpleasant smell in the hallway. Upon opening the door of the first apartment, we were hit with...

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

I am the General Manager of the Sylvia Hotel I did not ever speak to you about your stay, this is the first I have heard of this experience. I would never make a comment like that about a situation brought to me by a guests. I will be reviewing your stay with my crew to see if anyone was...

Houston
Reviewed 20 August 2014

The Sylvia is a charming, quirky, quaint hotel from a bygone era. The furniture appears to be from the 50's, and the elevator has an analog floor indicator (but no elevator operator). The place is also clean and well-maintained, with service that is friendly and very helpful. We sat outside in the lounge for a happy hour drink and snacks...

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

I always like to read when guests take advantage of sitting in the restaurant or lounge and on nice days the Patio and enjoy the location and views from the hotel, I believe it adds to the Sylvia experience. We have had great weather this summer and the breeze from the water does a great job cooling down the rooms,...

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 19 August 2014

We chose the Sylvia because we had spotted it during a previous visit to Vancouver and were impressed by its quiet waterfront location and charming ivy covered exterior. It was perfect for our needs. We had three rooms (for 3 couples of 3 generations) including one corner suite with kitchen and sitting room. The path along the sea wall towards...

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

I thought you wrote an excellent review. Other guests will get some great information from your review. I have forwarded your comments about the menu to the food and Beverage Manager. the views are great and the new menu has been a hit with our guests. Please remember to book directly with the hotel when you book your next say...

Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

Just the cutest old hotel. Built in 1913, but very updated we enjoyed two queen size beds in a huge room. Comfy beds, nice restaurant, and good price. Clean, easy and perfectly situated on the beach. Wow. And you have to eat a hot dog from Mr. "tube-steak" vendor outside. Phenomenal. We'll definitely be back.

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

I really liked your Title, "What a dream" love that , after all we do sell sleep. We have so many room types to fit all needs. Some rooms are oversized and others are smaller than some hotel rooms, however they are all spotless and clean and all over 102 years old. Please call the hotel directly to discuss room...

Capistrano Beach, California
Reviewed 17 August 2014

It was a great three nights in this very old comfortable historic hotel. Smallest rooms are too small for two but for us the next size up was just cozy right for us. Great location across the street from English Bay where you can take a leisurely walk, watch the sunset and take a short walk to a variety of...

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

The Sylvia Hotel does have a number of room sizes as we are not your cookie cutter hotel where all the rooms are the same. In fact you could stay with us for two weeks in different rooms and have a different experience depending on what you need for space and if you need a kitchen or would like a...

Abbotsford, Canada
Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

Booked this hotel based on location and comments from friends who have stayed here before. Can't beat location on waterfront in downtown Vancouver. Have stayed in all the other high-end Vanc hotels but wanted to try the 'character' of this older hotel. At $240/night, and on the 7th floor, we definitely weren't expecting we'd have a MOUSE in our room!!...

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

I am sorry that your first experience at the Sylvia was not what we would have wanted. A mouse in your room is unacceptable and I apologize for that experience. Being close to the beach and having our great vines that cover the building do attract animals and they climb up the vines and get into open windows on occasion...

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Great location right near the seawall on English Bay and within easy walking distance of Stanley Park. Be aware that hotel is not air conditioned and windows are open to hear seagulls, trash pick ups and drunks out on the street. The only problem we had was on Sunday morning when there were plenty of tables available in the hotel...

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

Thank-you for your comments, the location is great was happy to read that you enjoyed your stay. I will forward your comments to the food and Beverage Manager to follow up as to why you were told a group of 7 was not available when you asked. remember to always call the hotel directly when making your next booking for...

Montreal
Reviewed 16 August 2014

It was my second stay at the Sylvia and like before, I had just the best time. The rooms are cozy and the staff is helpful and friendly. The hotel is right in front of English Bay so you cross the street and you're on the beach, something even more magical in the heart of summer.

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

Welcome back on your second visit to the Sylvia, looks like we have converted you to a regular guest? The location is great with English Bay right across the street which offers great views from the patio and lounge to enjoy the sunsets. Sounds by your comments you will be back and we will look forward to serving you again....

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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 )
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Multilingual Staff
  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Babysitting

Additional Information about Sylvia Hotel

Address: 1154 Gilford St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2P6, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > West End
Price Range: $132 - $284 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sylvia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 119
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Also Known As:
Sylvia Hotel Vancouver
Hotel Style:
#33 Family Hotel in Vancouver
#33 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
#46 Business Hotel in Vancouver
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  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“It would have been nicer to overlook English Bay”
 of 5 bubbles Shoeguy-1, 7 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a newly upgraded room.”
 of 5 bubbles susansI7774ND, 7 Dec 2016 | Read review
“I would request a room that has been remodeled with an upgraded mattress.”
 of 5 bubbles 989sonyas, 30 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Rooms facing the English Bay have wonderful views.”
 of 5 bubbles 977tonyc, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“top floor is good.”
 of 5 bubbles JonR212, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
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