Ok, so it's not like all of those other hotels that offer first-rate amenities, newspapers at the door and robes in the bathroom. Had enough of those? Because they all look the same. But at the Sylvia, you get the best location in Vancouver in a landmark hotel which is truly part of the history of the city and a feeling of charm that creeps out at you from all corners, recalling by-gone days of glory, hard times and yes, even resurrection. There's hope for all of us with a few wrinThe Sylvia is a magical place.
We reserved a day ahead for two nights, and upon arriving got upgraded to a one bedroom with kitchen and LR/DR on the corner overlooking English Bay. Oh man, did that ever feel good walking in that room. Nine - count 'em - nine full windows that all opened, letting in the ocean breezes and sounds of the west end. Walking out of the hotel, you have English Bay at your doorstep, left to the beach, right to the seawall, which we took all the way around Stanley Park to Coal Harbour and then to town. You couldn't ask for a better location if your goal is to just breathe in the atmosphere of this beautiful city.
That night we had a great dinner in the restaurant overlooking the sunset on the beach with great staff and lots of attention. A family run hotel this size is almost impossible to find nowadays, let alone in such a great spot.
This one has been in the same hands since the 50's. Sure it's a little tired and her wrinkles are showing, but like visiting your favourite aunt, the one that always loved you best, it's a pleasure to visit her over and over, not just because she's got the best pad on the beach.
Strongly recommended as a break from the 4 star uniformity out there. You won't regret it.
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- Also Known As:
- Sylvia Hotel Vancouver