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“Waterfront location walking distance to all of West End of Vancouver”
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Sylvia Hotel
Ranked #33 of 89 Hotels in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Port Townsend, Washington
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132 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Waterfront location walking distance to all of West End of Vancouver”
Reviewed January 3, 2010

This is an older brick hotel with GREAT charm. Elevators are small but working and fast. VERY pet friendly with many people bringing their best friends over the Christmas holiday. Staff is friendly and helpful. We hope to go back to this one again. It's walking distance to Stanley Park (southwest end) and is just across the street from the beach walkway. FINE restaurants are closeby -- Raincity Grill -- 1 block (reservations recommended). Also, if you're booking over the holidays and want to eat IN the hotel restaurant at any time, MAKE RESERVATIONS. That was one thing we cannot comment on, because we didn't get in for the brunch. We had a kitchenette suite which was really well stocked with equipment.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2009

I have been staying in the Sylvia for 30 years now. I suppose that slants my review a bit. Yes, it can be a little funky, but the staff and the location (in my humble opinion) more than make up for it. Yes it needs a bit of paint. Yes things are a bit nicked here and there. But in terms of staff friendliness and location it is unbeatable. ...and as a plus (for some of us at least) it has a truly remarkable selection of scotch whiskeys in the bar!

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled on business
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San francisco
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2009

We spoke to the front desk about the mattress being uncomfortably soft- they offered to move us and then surprised us with a brand new mattress THAT DAY.

Friendly, fun old hotel, perfect location.

Rent bikes from the place recommended at the front desk- they have discount coupons. We biked to Granville island and it was fabulous.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2009

Incredible location, walking , bus or water bus to downtown, market and stanley park-impeccable service and the rooms while not ultra modern and chic, are impeccably clean with large windows (that open), extremely comfortable beds, good quality linens and pillows, and many rooms with beautiful views of the park or water. This will appeal tremendously to those who travel this way- for others who want ultra chic - stick with a 5 star and let us have the reservations for the sylvia!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
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Wilson, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2009

On suggestions from two friends and carefully critiquing reviews here on TA, we (my fella, a cruise buddy and I) booked two nights at The Sylvia. We were aware that there may be some issues with carpeting or nicks of paint off the walls, as this is an old hotel. We were delighted with our one bedroom suite (room722). We particularly asked for a bay view room when booking. It was a corner room with windows overlooking the English Bay. The ventilation from the open windows was wonderful. Our suite had one bedroom, a living-dining room, a small kitchen and a bathroom. The kitchen had a sink, stove, microwave, refrigerator, china, glasses, coffeemaker, teapot and utensils for 4 people. You can request an ice bucket at reception and get ice on the first floor. We walked to the 7-11 and Safeway to get coffee, fruit and rolls for breakfast. The bathroom was basic and had bar soap and a shower dispenser of shampoo-conditioner-bath gel. The lobby staff was extremely helpful and likable. We did eat the nachos in the bar and would not order them again as they were nacho chips and all the fixings served in an edible bowl. Either the nachos or the edible bowl would have been enough. That’s the only food we purchased at the hotel. Loved the bar view over the bay. A friend drove up to visit us for the day and did not have to pay to park during the day in the underground parking lot. The location was great and we enjoyed a walk along the seawall on a glorious sunny morning. The only negative was I could not get wireless internet to work in our room.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Costa Rica
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Reviewed September 13, 2009

room was ok with stained carpets , miniature old tv ( probably an early Gas version!) shower went from Hot to cold automatically..cool? no coffee or hot water in the room( most 1 Star have this) no fridge of course....
We were unlucky to have a room sin sea view, looking onto the noisy garage and garbage area, unlike the lovely sea view talked about often in the web site...

The entrance was "interesting", often we have found lobbies spotless only to find the rest of the hotel grubby... not here.. stained worn carpet with dim lighting and steep steps for carrying our luggage up! and down! The hotel looks very nice on arrival, is very old .... the carpet may be original!!
Nice bar, breakfast was ok... overly watered down fruit juice and poached egg without toast is possibly a Canadian thing but a first for us. 5 out of 10 at the price ,big cities just get away with it..

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Alberta
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Reviewed September 12, 2009

We finally stayed at the Sylvia for 2 nights in September after intending to try it for a long time. We have stayed in several other hotels in the area. We have also stayed at several other vintage hotels in our travels. While the location is unsurpassed we were generally disappointed. The major problem was that one of the two elevators broke on the second day of our stay. Since we were on the sixth floor, we decided to wait for the other elevator. When we finally got on, it was packed and then failed to open on its first stop. An employee also on the elevator couldn't get the elevator to open or the elevator to move and finally another gentleman was able to pry open the door. It was a scary experience. Needless to say we walked up and down the six flights of stairs for the last day of our visit since the one elevator was still not fixed and we didn't trust the other(and it was busy). Besides this we felt it was not a good value. Lightbulbs were burned out, there was a loose tile in the bathroom and there were not toiletries besides bars of soap. There are other properties of similar price such as the Coast Hotel or the Sunset Inn and Suites which deliver far better value if a little less charm.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Sylvia Hotel
Address: 1154 Gilford St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2P6, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > West End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Vancouver
#33 Family Hotel in Vancouver
#33 Romantic Hotel in Vancouver
#46 Business Hotel in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sylvia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 119
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