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Sylvia Hotel

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1154 Gilford St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2P6, Canada
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you like the West End of Vancouver BC, near Stanley Park, and want to be part of Vancouver's history, The Sylvia is the place. True, the rooms are a bit dated, but charming (get a bayside room)! Steam Heat, great views of English Bay (if the trees are in leaf...go as high as you can go...but don't go over... More 

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New York City, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hotel is near the entrance to Stanley Park and by the English Bay. The hotel staff is welcoming. It is a great location for exploring the city. The rooms are very clean although a bit dated. Overall it is charming.

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

Thank-you fro taking the time to write a review. Our location is often mentioned as it is ideal to have a hotel so close to Stanley Park and with the beach and English Bay right across the street. Downtown is only a 10 minute walk or 6-8 cab fare away with out having to be in the hustle and bustle... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It's hard to believe that one can stay in a hotel within the city of Vancouver and hear the waves lapping. Check into room 527 and not only enjoy the view but hear the waves when the tide comes in. There is nothing like vintage to help one wind down and put life into perspective.

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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 see that this is the second review that you have written about your stay at the Sylvia Hotel, welcome back. The location on English Bay does make for an excellent experience watching the ships on the bay and all the people jogging thru Stanley Park. At night guests often comment... More 

vancouver
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a first for us. We had a mini holiday in our own city, staying at the Sylvia for five days. We loved it! Every morning we woke to sundrenched rooms, and at night saw the sunset over English Bay. We loved all the light coming into the rooms and the fact that the windows all opened so we... More 

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

I really like reading the reviews of "first timers" to the Sylvia. I like to read what they say and what they notice and what they find important. Thank-you for taking the time to write a review. The views are great and we do not charge extra for pets ( I believe we are the only hotel in Vancouver that... More 

Calgary, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visit Vancouver annually and we've always stayed with relatives in Kitsilano. This time, something came up and we had to stay elsewhere. My sister and her son had been going to the Sylvia hotel every year for 15 years and always raved about it - so we decided to stay there for this trip. Unfortunately, we may never want... More 

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

I was happy to read that you have family that have been coming for years to stay at the Sylvia hotel. It sounds like we have converted you as well. So many of our guests find us thru friends and family. Thank-you for your kind words and scores. We are a heritage site and we are proud to offer our... More 

Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Sylvia has been a landmark in Vancouver's West End for a long, long time. We've ended up staying there because it's one of a handful of hotels in the city that accepts dogs no-questions-asked, and we travel to Vancouver with our 100lb American Bulldog fairly regularly. We'd have to cut her in half to stay at the Fairmont in... More 

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

I was happy to read that you were able to travel with your pet and yes we do not put size restrictions like some other hotels, plus we are the only hotel I know of in Vancouver that does not charge extra for pets, some places charge $25-35.00 per pet per night. We are a heritage site and the hotel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here with my partner for my birthday celebration at the end of February. We had a fantastic time! The old hotel has so much character and class. The room we had came with a king sized bed, very beautiful high ceilings and was really quite spacious. The staff were all friendly, helpful and very accommodating. The English Bay... More 

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

Happy belated Birthday and thank-you for staying with us on that occasion. I agree with you that the location is great for all the reasons you mentioned and more. I always appreciate it when a guests makes a point to mention the friendly staff and service they received during their stay. I believe that all hotels have four walls and... More 

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It’s been my pleasure to spend almost three months at the fabulous Sylvia Hotel on beautiful English Bay. My husband and I stay here every time we come to Vancouver; this year was a sabbatical year and we decided to take advantage of the Sylvia’s excellent extended-stay rates and give ourselves a real treat. The Sylvia Hotel is like no... More 

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

We enjoyed serving you while you were here and you and your husband can consider yourselves a part of the Sylvia Family after staying with us for so long. You were great guests and are welcome back anytime, in fact I think I heard you say that you will be back again next year. If you do we will honor... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An old beauty. Restaurant, bar, and dinning. Smaller rooms in the old section, which is nice, larger room in the addition. Right smack dab on English Bay. Great sightseeing, with Stanley Park a short distance. Not cheap, not expensive. Great service, and parking.

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

Thank-you fro taking time to write a review about your stay. I love the header "peace and quiet with in 5 minutes of the rush". our location is great for people that want to be close to downtown and yet be away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and all the traffic and noise. We have so many room... More 

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3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel has a fabulous location - basically at the end of popular Denman Street in Vancouver and right on English Bay and the Seawall. It also has history, being over 100 years old and is picturesque, being covered with ivy. Things of note: -- The entire hotel (except the lounge) has a musty smell. You get used to it... More 

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

The location is always mentioned by guests writing reviews because in a major city to have the views and beach right across the street is special and being so close to the downtown core the Sylvia Hotel has the best location. Thank-you for mentioning the cleanliness of the rooms and how comfortable the beds are, after all we do "sell... More 

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