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“You can't beat the location!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sylvia Hotel
Ranked #34 of 90 Hotels in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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365 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 313 helpful votes
“You can't beat the location!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

We have stayed in many of the top rated Vancouver hotels in Coal Harbour and the downtown core, but for this trip we decided to try out the older Slyvia Hotel located right across from English Bay at the entrance to Stanley Park. We were upgraded to a suite overlooking English Bay on the 7th floor and were very pleased with our room. It was spotless and consisted of a bedroom, sitting room, and a small kitchen and bathroom. The views from the room were great and a Starbucks (for morning coffee) was right across the street. We parked the car and walked everywhere... There are several excellent restaurants within one block and you literally cross the street and walk onto the seawall to access Stanley Park. You are a bit far from the downtown core and you would probably have to drive or take the bus to reach the shopping malls, but we weren't there for the shopping, so this didn't matter to us. We had great walks into the park and around Lost Lagoon, beautiful eagles flew right by our hotel window and we enjoyed the view of the ocean beach. A short walk along the sea wall towards the south gets you to the Aquabus dock, where a little water taxi takes you across the water in about 3 minutes to Granville Island, where many shops and restuarants are located. This is also a great place to buy fresh produce and baked goods to take back to your room. The Slyvia Hotel is a heritage building, built in 1912, so it isn't a modern upscale place and it definitely has an older feel, but if you are planning to visit Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, Granville Island, or the West End of Vancouver, you couldn't ask for a better location. Park you car, walk everywhere, enjoy the view and the nearby restaurants. A perfect place to stay!

Room Tip: Pay the extra to get a room on a higher floor facing right onto English Bay if you want a nice view.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank GreenLakeReener
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review, 4 February 2012
Sounds like you made the correct choice to try the Sylvia Hotel and we have new guests that will return. Everything you said is correct and your comments will help others that are interested in booking with us for the first time. The location is perfect and I know that my staff treated you well. Always happy to hear about a guests first experience with the Sylvia Hotel and all it's charm. We will look forward to your next visit and thank-you for your comments.
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

Thanks to the staff at the restaurant and hotel, for helping create a truly memorable experience. This hotel is truly unique in its character and value!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Next_adventure27
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review, 31 January 2012
Sometimes the short and sweet facts say it all, thank-you for your comments. I will post them in the lunch room for the Food and beverage crew to enjoy. Thank you for the great scores as well. We will look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Vancouver.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

If you're looking for a piece of history with a real old fashion feel join the rest of us that love this little gem of a hotel. Right on the shoreline of English Bay. Heart of the city yet away from the bars and noise. It's old....but lovely.

Room Tip: Need to reserve. And winter the rooms take a while to heat up.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Greatviewfromhere
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review, 27 January 2012
Thank-you for your comments, I am not sure you know that we were the first hotel in the west end of Vancouver. The location can not be beat. We are the only Hotel on English Bay. This winter we have had some unusually cold days with high winds, so the heat does take a few moments to get up to temperature, but once warm like your home it is warm and cozy. Look forward to your next visit.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

The Sylvia might have been wonderful in its halcyon days, but it's barely apparent today. The rooms are in disrepair: broken closet doors, insufficient heat in the winter, motel quality bathrooms. The staff is friendly but not professional. The rooms are large, but you don't really want to spend much time in them...so choose Sylvia for its location. The view is amazing, if you have one, and the location can't be beat. I think that's also why this hotel can 'rest on its laurels' and still count on business during a genteel decline.

Room Tip: The view of English bay is great, but only choose that side of the hotel if you're not sensitive...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank WorldMutt
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rdyck, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review, 27 January 2012
Thank-you for your review, I am sorry that you have not noticed all the improvements we have made this year, new carpets in some rooms, new furniture, and lighting package, all rooms have been painted and upgrades to other areas of the hotel. With that being said we are committed to keeping the heritage of the Sylvia as close as we can to reflect the hotel as it was in days gone by. We will never be that stainless steel cold box type hotel, and yes the bathrooms are smaller as they were built in 1912 however they are spotless as many other guests have commented on in other reviews. I was happy to see that you appreciated the location and the profession staff I have to serve you.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

We visit Vancouver often, but this was a first stay at the Sylvia. We were very pleased with our find. The suite (an upgrade) was quirky, but comfy, clean and spacious. Best of all for us was the super staff who are all pet friendly. Our Mai Lei loved the attention and treats each time she went by the front desk. We'll be back for another visit.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank NanEdKirkland
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bobbyGRichmond, General Manager at Sylvia Hotel, responded to this review, 17 January 2012
I always like reading the comments of a first time guests to the Sylvia Hotel, happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. I hope that you will return again soon. I will pass along your comments and kind words about the staff.
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Property: Sylvia Hotel
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:
#33 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
#33 Family Hotel in Vancouver
#46 Business Hotel in Vancouver
Price range (per night): $143 - $300
Hotel Class:3 star — Sylvia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 119
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