Ratings based on 417 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.2 Room cleanliness
4.3 Service & staff
4.0 Room comfort
3.7 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Familiesby A verified traveler
classic old hotelPosted Mar 5, 2014
Pros: I liked the character and the staff - great bar too. welcoming to kids.
Location: on the beach - and near many west end restaurants but not that close to the subway
great staff and atmosphere. wonderful restaurant to sit and watch the sea.. comfortable bar. great location. it was really comfortable to go there with children.
by A verified traveler
Great location; cramped, poor roomPosted Mar 2, 2014
Title of the review says it all. Given the location it could be a great hotel. I am sure there are better rooms but our was particularly disappointing.
for Everyoneby B from Saskatoon
Unique historical hotel and superb locationPosted Mar 2, 2014
Pros: Location! Atmosphere. Views. Parking. Location!
Cons: Some of the decor is a little dated or worn looking.
Location: Shopping, restaurants, walking, bike riding, museums etc
The Sylvia Hotel has one of the best locations in Vancouver. If you go to the lounge, drink in the view - you will not be disappointed. This is an older, slightly quirky hotel with an interesting history. You can walk along the seawall, Stanley Park, explore the West End with tons of stores and restaurants and take a waterbus across to Granville Island. Parking underground is very convenient. Staff are excellent without exception. You should try it. Rooms with kitchens are available.
for Otherby KH from Seattle, WA
Charming hotel, comfortable, great water viewsPosted Feb 27, 2014
Pros: Charm, staff, view, comfortable room, close proximity to Stanley Park.
Pleasant staff, accommodated my request for a room on a higher floor with a better view (since it was mid-week). Room was comfortable, bright/airy, and had a nice view of the water. Bathroom was older, although was clean and updated yet still had some of the original charm. I had only breakfast in the restaurant - breakfast was nice and they have decent gluten-free bread. On-site parking below the hotel (extra $) was convenient. I would definitely stay here again.
for Everyoneby irene from Smithers
Nice hotel right on English Bay and friendly staffPosted Feb 23, 2014
Pros: character, cleanliness and quality
Location: Location is right at the ocean, endless walking pass along the ocean, lots of restaurants, shops and public transportation close by.
The hotel is very welcoming, staff very knowledgeable and helpful, hotel rooms clean and beds very comfortable. Breakfast is in an open space with a view on the ocean. Life music in the evening with a pleasant atmosphere. The area is great for walking and shopping.
for Everyoneby Barbara from Portland, Oregon
Comfortable homey hotel great location near beachPosted Feb 23, 2014
This is the second time I've stayed at the Sylvia Hotel. The staff is friendly, warm and helpful, the hotel is located in one of the nicest sections of Vancouver, across the street from English Bay Beach, a few blocks from Stanley Park and a block from shopping and cafes on Denman Street. The rooms are on the small side but well apportioned and comfortable, good mattress and nice views. Wifi and a decent restaurant add to the convenience of staying at the Sylvia, plus it's a great place to stay with your dog.
for Everyoneby Hollie from M
Nice clean older hotelPosted Feb 17, 2014
Very clean for an older hotel. No in room fridge or microwave but very very clean, comfortable beds, soft and smooth linen, peppy and helpful staff, always something interesting and nice to look at while wandering the hotel. Close to downtown and even if you don't get a view, right outside the hotel is a beautiful beach with a veiw at any time and a gorgeous lounge with a delicious menu.
by Allyson from Coquitlam
Basic, but historic hotel, close to the beach.Posted Feb 10, 2014
This hotel from yester-year (built in 1912) is in the heart of Vancouver's West End, and right across from the beach at English Bay. Its charming stone exterior is covered with ivy, and the ornate doorway, polished staircases, stained glass windows, and marble floors and fittings in the lobby create a rich historic atmosphere as you walk in. The restaurant / bar smelled great as we walked through, but we didn't try the food so can't comment there. The room we had, though, left alot to be desired: Furniture is bland and generic 20th century, and the vanity in the bathroom looks like it was knocked together with plywood and then slapped with a low quality countertop. There were no historic photos, fixtures, or furnishings in the room at all! Given the age and location of this heritage hotel, I found myself wishing most for a handbook of sorts, with some interesting stories and photos about the Sylvia's past. This wouldn't cost alot for the Sylvia to create and leave in rooms, nor would a few imaginative period touches in the bedding, curtains, and accents. The Sylvia's exterior charm just isn't delivered on otherwise in the rooms. I wasn't looking for exceptional comfort - this room is just basic - but I was looking for charm and history, which I didn't get enough of to want to return.
for Couplesby John from Vernon
Best Kept Secret in VancouverPosted Feb 6, 2014
Pros: Where it is. The shape it's in. The history it represents and inhabits.
Cons: Nothing. Maybe coffee in the rooms...
Location: Stanley Park. Denman. Davies. A short jaunt to Robson & downtown Vancouver.
There is nothing quite like staying in The Sylvia. I have been staying in it for over forty years, from my early tenties to now. I came across The Sylvia because I knew va lot of bwriters stayed there. It was legendary. It's the old world charm combined with fantastic renovations. The lounge & bistro have the best view in Vancouver. The staff is excellent.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Posted Feb 1, 2014