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Distance to city center
Distance to airport
|"Great staff as well"||(in 182 reviews)|
|"Older hotel with great ambience!"||(in 115 reviews)|
|"Great location, friendly staff."||(in 221 reviews)|
|"Bathroom was a little dirty and small."||(in 6 reviews)|
|"Room/hotel decor was plain/uninteresting."||(in 60 reviews)|
|"The hotel seemed a bit tired."||(in 20 reviews)|
|great location||in 564 reviews|
|staff were very friendly||in 378 reviews|
|old hotel||in 294 reviews|
|room was spacious||in 262 reviews|
|great view||in 134 reviews|
|stanley park||in 78 reviews|
|right on the beach||in 76 reviews|
|bit dated||in 65 reviews|
|bar and restaurant||in 60 reviews|
|live music||in 56 reviews|
|sylvia||in 53 reviews|
|comfortable bed||in 42 reviews|
|lots of character||in 36 reviews|
|easy walk||in 32 reviews|
|old world charm||in 30 reviews|
|pet friendly||in 15 reviews|
|old fashioned||in 11 reviews|
|granville island||in 9 reviews|
|bathrooms need updating||in 8 reviews|
Great Location--Close to Everything
The location couldn't be better. The hotel is right across the street from English Bay with beaches, walking and bike paths. Stanley Park is a short walk north and just south you'll find lots of cafe's, shopping and bus service. You will also see the British influence along the tree lined streets with beautiful gardens and cottages mixed in with large apartment complexes. Also, the hotel has a great dining room and bar overlooking the water. The room service prices were reasonable and service was quick. Lastly, the hotel is dog friendly with no additional deposit required.
My stay fell between the Canada Day and US Independence day holidays and very warm summer weather, so it was extremely busy. There were so many people enjoying everything, but it made for a lot of noise. There is no actual air conditioning, just a portable unit and windows. I couldn't keep the windows open at night because of the noise. Also, if you open the curtains, you are visible to others in adjacent buildings. Next time I would prefer a room facing east. You won't see the water, but it should be quieter.
Most courteous staff
From my checking to my check out, from assisting with directions to helping with train service the staff was the best I have ever encountered. I extended my stay by two days because of the staff, location, and the historic vibe. Also very gracious housekeepers.
Very comfortable. Clean, well appointed for our needs. Perfect location.
Little or no heating control in room.
the Sylvia is a classy, simple yet elegant place to stay. The location, a few minutes from Stanley Park, and across from the bay, is convenient and beautiful.
The Sylvia Hotel is located right on English Bay. Great spot for watching the sunsets and people. The room was on the small side, but the bed was very comfortable. The linens were fresh and clean as was the tub/shower and sink. The Wifi worked well. The staff was friendly and knowledgable. This hotel is within walking distance to many shops, restaurants and services. The area seemed very quiet. We did not have a car, so we took a taxi from the airport ($35.00 CAD - plus tip.) Grandville Market - which is a must visit- is a short distance from the Hotel. About a 20 minute walk to the False Creek Ferry - then a short ferry ride to the Market. Stanley park is only a 20 minute walk from the hotel also. We would surly stay at the Sylvia again.
No mini fridge in our room
The hotel staff and restaurant staff were so kind and generous.
We chose this hotel for the location, close to Stanley Park, the Aquarium, a Starbucks and great restaurants a block away, and a lovely beach out front where we watched an incredible sunset. Their policies, like leaving the key at the front desk, were the same that we'd encountered in Europe, and the front desk staff were friendly and made an effort to remember our names and get to know us. They gave us coupons for the Aquarium (and we loved the Aquarium!). We probably could have got away with using the street parking as there was a spot out front that we took as we checked in, and we could have stayed there until 9 am for sure (according to the street sign), possibly until 11 am since it said the spot was rated for 2 hours between 9 and 6. The window had a lovely view of a fountain by the office building next door, and looking to the left, we could see the bay and trees along the beach.
The room felt small compared to most American hotels, but there was a nice table with two comfortable chairs by the window. There was a tiny gap between the wood of the bathroom vanity and the floor. I didn't mind, but I could imagine my mother cringing as she likes everything to be modern and new. The bathroom was on the small side--comfortable for one person, a bit tight for two. On the plus side, the tub and sink did seem rather new, and were bright and clean. The wifi did not work well, so we didn't use it. It was just easier to use our phone as a mobile hotspot.
Two Night Weeknight Stay
Recommended by a friend and worth it. Older hotel (loved actual keys!) that was quaint. If you expect a modern chain, you'll be disappointed. Checked in early and was pleased with the staff friendliness.
A concierge would be nice for recommendations. Staff gave sweeping/general recommendations about places to eat. The answer was "everything is good".
Do not stay here when it's hot.
You can't beat the location. Staff is very friendly. Great views.
No A/C. No cross current. Rooms on two sides of the building get morning/afternoon direct sunlight that turns the rooms into an broiler. It was 90 degrees and we literarily could not stay in the room and rushed to get out of it as soon as possible.
The historic Sylvia Hotel was perfectly located in the west end neighborhood. The staff was absolutely delightful.
The Sylvia is historic and located right near Stanley Park. I loved the old world feel of it. I would take the stairs just to admire the quality of the workmanship.
Loatin and Old World Charm
Room was cold
because of bad weather outside we spent some pleasant times in the bar and entertained friends;informal,cosy and good service.
The location is wonderful and the ambiance of the place is great, and the food was very good.
Location and comfort of the room
Slightly faded ,lifts were old and creakey. Evidence of decay around the room
It's proximity to Stanley Park. The staff were friendly and courteous.
Excellent location and ambience.
character hotel, friendly service, outstanding location
restaurant a bit pricey
The location of the hotel was excellent by the seaside and the heritage and story of building interesting.
The rep. we talked to when we checked in, was not polite or especially trying to help or be friendly.
The location was perfect for us. Right across from the beach so we could go walk in the sand. Also we went to a concert in Stanley Park which we were able to walk to, it was closer than we had thought it would be! Also, great restaurants in the area were just a short walk away.
nothing, everything was great!
Ambiance above all, excellence of the service and concern for our comfort by staff, helpfulness in general, superb location, familiarity.
Traffic of the city, driving to location. Our room could have had better lighting, particularly in the bathroom, which was dark.
Staff were friendly. The room was clean and quiet. The bed was comfortable and the room temperature was adjustable without a lot of fan noise. The restaurant breakfast fare was basic but very good value. The breakfast I had included juice, coffee and a full breakfast for around eleven dollars - a good deal - especially when you are afforded a window seat with a great view of English Bay.
The Sylvia Hotel is a designated heritage building that has a great location. It is only a few minutes from the downtown area, and near Stanley Park. The hotel was originally built in 1912, and it can work well for business travelers, as well as those who are traveling for vacation.
Guests who stay at the hotel will be able to choose from a range of different sized rooms. They have queen rooms, king rooms, rooms with two queens, one-bedroom suites, queen rooms with a kitchen, and family rooms. Some of the different features that are commonly available with the rooms include televisions, hairdryers, iron and ironing board, daily housekeeping, and alarm clocks. Wireless Internet is available free, as well. This is also a pet-friendly hotel.
The hotel has a fully equipped meeting room. The meeting facility is capable of accommodating groups of five to 30 people. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant that has ocean views in the dining room. There is also a semi-secluded bistro and a bar and lounge. Live music is available three nights per week.
Located right on English Bay, this Vancouver hotel is close to a number of locations visitors might want to experience. This includes the Scotiabank Theatre, Granville Island, and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Guests will also find many places in the area to dine. Some of the options to consider include the Boathouse Restaurant, Rio Brazilian Steakhouse, Olympia Pizza And Pasta Restaurant, Ramen Marutama, White Spot restaurants, and Take Five Café.
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Value for money
Policies vary by room type and provider.
The exterior walls of the building are densely covered in a creeper vine, creating a jaw-dropping sight that has to be seen to be believed. A breathtaking element of the city, the color of the leaves changes with the seasons. On the outskirts of the downtown district, car traffic is barely noticeable, delivering a quiet oasis. A well-known landmark in Vancouver, it served as a post for the navy during World War II and was one of the tallest buildings in the city until modern development. Two children’s books were written about the history of the hotel and are available to purchase in the lobby.
Make the most of the stunning waterside location by booking the Beach Avenue Suite. Large windows face out towards English Bay and Stanley Park, letting in an abundance of natural light. The dining table and sofa couch offer a spacious area to relax. Available from roughly C$ 329 (approximately $252) per night, it has a maximum capacity of 2 adults and 2 children.
Upon your arrival, you will be given food and water bowls, a blanket, tasty snacks and waste disposal bags. The hotel has an on-site grass area for walks and toilet breaks, while the Stanley Park Dog Park is an 8min walk away. Two pets of any size are allowed per room with no additional fee.
If you are planning an extended stay in town, significant savings can be made when you book 7 or more nights. Expansive rooms with full kitchens and living areas can be reserved for roughly C$ 140 (approximately $107) per night, with additional services such as overnight parking also reduced in price. Further discounts are available if you book for a month.
Located about a 35min drive from the Vancouver International Airport, catching a taxi is a popular option. The hotel is located within Zone 11 of the city, meaning you pay a flat fare of roughly C$ 38 (approximately $29). Alternatively, you can board the Canada Line train to Yaletown-Roundhouse Station and then switch to the #6 Davie bus. It stops at the corner of Davie Street & Denman Street, which is a 2min walk from the hotel. The journey will take around 45min and cost roughly C$ 8 (approximately $6).
The Sylvia Hotel Restaurant has happy hour on weekdays between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, with complimentary appetizers served. There is ski storage facilities. Trouser pressing can ensure your pants stay crisp while away from home. Packed lunches provide the perfect grab-and-go fuel for exploring Vancouver’s many attractions. The restaurant has a cozy fireplace you can gather around during the evening for some quality family time.
You will find a computer desktop in the 24h business center. Printing, photocopying and faxing services are also available. Newspapers can be supplied to your room for an addition charge. (Prices checked 10/07/19).
Sylvia Hotel is located at 1154 Gilford Street in West End, 2.1 km from the center of Vancouver. English Bay Inukshuk is the closest landmark to Sylvia Hotel.
Check-in time is 15:00 and check-out time is 12:00 at Sylvia Hotel.
Yes, Sylvia Hotel offers free Wi-Fi.
No, Sylvia Hotel does not offer free parking.
No, Sylvia Hotel does not offer free airport shuttle service.
Sylvia Hotel is 2 km from Vancouver Coal Harbour. Sylvia Hotel is 10.7 km from Vancouver Intl.
No, Sylvia Hotel does not have a pool onsite.