Stayed three nights at the Sylvia and enjoyed it. I would stay here again, in fact, I might bring some friends up to the hotel in the Spring, because it's a good value and the location is superb.
This is an older hotel that has been upgraded. Rooms are adequate, but not deluxe and show a few signs of age, though overall they're quite comfortable and also very quiet. My room was very large, with very comfortable king-size bed and a couch and coffee table. The bathroom was clean and modern. Some parts of the hotel - hallway to rooms, stairway, elevator - simply need to be upgraded, though there's nothing egregious. If you've stayed in an older hotel in San Fran or New York, you'll be fine. If you're used to staying at modern, upscale 4 and 5 star properties, you might be disappointed.
The hotel has a truly nice bar / lounge area that serves drinks and salads / sandwiches, and also a very good restaurant that offers upscale entrees in addition to what is available in the bar. Our group had dinner in the restaurant one evening and both food and service were great, in fact, our server was outstanding.
Service throughout the hotel was good. Nice staff at the check-in counter.
The location of the hotel cannot be beat. It's in a peaceful area perhaps two hundred feet off the water, at the edge of gorgeous Stanley Park. Just walk out the front door and pick up any number of trails into the park, or the main walking path along the beach. It's a three minute walk to Denman street, where you'll find dozens of independent restaurants, a supermarket, pharmacy, etc. A few more blocks away and you're in the heart of downtown Vancouver, which means high-end restaurants and lots of shopping.
If you've never visited Vancouver, you'll be pleasantly surprised. It's a beautiful city that is calm and clean, with quality people.
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January 29, 2013
Thanks for staying with and writing a review. I can tell that you are an experienced traveler by how well you described your stay. I will forward your comments to the Chef and Food and Beverage Manager as they always like to hear comments about how well their crew preformed. In fact I will post your comments in the lunch room as you mentioned all the crew in your comments. Like other guests you also see the value of our location. Thank-you so much for your great scores and comments, hope to see you again on your next visit to Vancouver
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