The Sylvia Hotel is a 99-year-old building that was originally a luxurious apartment building on English Bay in Vancouver's West End. Now a very popular hotel, it sits just next to Vancouver's high rise jungle to the east and the world-famous Stanley Park starting just a couple of blocks west. The vine-covered eight-storey hotel has wonderful views of the bay, the beach, and the edge of the high rise condo/apartment district. It is a easy walk to Denman and Davie Streets with their unique shops, cafes, and street life, and not far from the upscale shopping and entertainment attractions of Robson Street.
We paid thirty dollars extra per night for a water view, and what we got was a large corner room with a city view as well. There were four large, double-hung windows which could be opened to let in the sounds of the city as well as fresh air. When closed, the room was extremely quiet. The bed was very comfortable, and there were ample chairs for relaxing in. The bathroom was very basic: sufficient, but if one expects spa-like facilities, one would be disappointed! The room was very clean, and housekeeping did a fine job of making up the room during our stay. One convenience I missed was an in-room coffee maker: a quick trip down to the restaurant for a $3.00 takeout, or a short and refreshing walk to a nearby Starbucks provided my caffeine fix!
We had eaten at Sylvia's Restaurant before, so we were more than ready to enjoy their excellent breakfasts and good service again. The view from the restaurant is great. A late-evening drink in the comfortable lounge was just the way to end a day in the city.
We would recommend the Sylvia for anyone who appreciates an historic building with a great staff in a wonderful city.
Corner rooms are large and comfortable; suites with kitchenettes are available for long-term stays.
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November 10, 2012
A well written review. I am sure other readers will gain some good information from your comments, Thank-you for posting some of your photos and informing our future guests about the great location and service you enjoyed during your stay at the Sylvia Hotel
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