Ratings based on 348 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.1 out of 5
93% of guests recommend
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.3 Service & staff
4.0 Room comfort
3.7 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Historical hotel beside a beautiful beach.

Posted Apr 14, 2014
On entry we thought the hotel cramped, but then its quirky charm captivated us and we ended by swearing we'd never stay anywhere else in Vancouver. Over a hundred years shows, after all, but sunsets and bird song, beach life and bay boats remain the same, and the overwhelming effect of the two together is one of continuity and stability, with peace and beauty to spare. Now that we've experienced the Sylvia, I'll book another trip as soon as possible, and stay longer.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Steve from Tofino

super quaint older hotel with comfy beds

Posted Apr 14, 2014
Pros: Staff were friendly and courteous. The bar/lounge area is nice. Food is great. The room was clean and the bed is super comfortable.
Cons: Perhaps put some wine glasses in the room? Maybe little fridges? My partner thought it odd the garbage cans didn't have liners. This is nitpicking.
Location: Great spot. Wonderful for walks in any direction, beach, parks, quaint neighbourhoods. Shopping and dining galore. Swim! Surf. Paddleboard. Whatever..
Loved our stay here! The staff were awesome, the food and entertainment were great, the local neighbourhood is fabulous, especially the beach across the street! There is lots of good dining within walking distance, plenty of shopping too. We walked along English Bay for 15 mins then took the small ferry to Granville Island for a lovely afternoon in the market there. Next day we walked over to Robson Street. Plenty to do here and we had a comfy room with a view to come back to.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Alphonse from Edmonton

Three nights

Posted Apr 12, 2014
Cons: location
Location: Stanley Park
No problems other than music from bar intruded into our second floor room
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by James from Vancouver Island

Location Great

Posted Apr 6, 2014
Pros: Location
Cons: Old hotel so you get what you get. Lots of character
Location: Beach, Starbucks, Cactus Club !
Great staff ! Awesome location ! Food and booze good
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Great value from A Grand dame

Posted Apr 3, 2014
The Sylvia has been part of my family's history since the early '60s, and I loved the location, view from my room, the friendly knowledgeable staff, and I recognize that all that can be improved/fixed on this historic old building continues daily. She's a charmer - but again because of her age, do take earplugs just in case your neighbours are too close to the walls when you bed down.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Nice location

Posted Mar 31, 2014
Pros: History
Cons: Update to the room
Location: Walking and Cycling, Dining
Great quiet location near Stanley Park Great quiet location near Stanley Park Great quiet location near Stanley Park Great quiet location near Stanley Park
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by brenda from vancouver island

Convenient location.

Posted Mar 22, 2014
Pros: Location, friendliness of the staff.
Location: Easy to get to from ferry, and easy to get toothed airport.
Very friendly and helpful staff. Although it is an older hotel, it is very well maintained and clean. Excellent location. Nice to have a late night meal in the restaurant/lounge and hear some live music. Overall a very pleasant experience.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Quiet, refined and historic beach-front building

Posted Mar 18, 2014
Cons: There should be more electrical outlets provided beside the bed. I carry a CPAP (for obstructive sleep apnea), and need a plug-in easily available.
Our stay was not perhaps long enough to properly appreciate (or not) the hotel and its staff and amenities, but our one-night sojourn was very pleasant and unremarkable. The hotel welcomes pets and was quick to offer our 3-year old black lab a treat, which the desk clerk himself came out to offer to Dante at check-in. The hotel is nearly one hundred years old and if you want fully modern doors and bathrooms and trim, look elsewhere. But if you appreciate for example having an honest, old-fashioned key to unlock your door, which key you are expected to leave at the desk each time you exit the hotel, then read on. I had asked my Expedia booking agent to arrange a water view, and the desk clerk upon check-in followed through and offered me that option (for which I agreed to exchange my king-size bed preference for a queen-size, at no cost reduction unfortunately, but with the $15 sweetener of free underground parking--a $10 net increase over the posted price of the queen bed in the on-line advertising). We did not have the occasion to experience the food or room service options. But the location of the Sylvia is its highest recommendation. It is fronted by extensive green boulevards, minor neighbourhood traffic, and beyond that the Pacific Ocean and the waterline sights of English Bay and across, Kitsilano and Point Grey. Stanley Park and its famous seawall lies a block to the west, and the eclectic sights and foods of Denman Street lie a block east. Perfect.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by alli june from colorado

Quaint hotel right on the water

Posted Mar 14, 2014
Charming hotel on the west side in a quiet neighborhood right next to the water, walking path, forest, and a great organic restaurant featuring BC specialities. Very walkable for breakfast, coffee, etc.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Cora from Victoria BC

Fantastic sunsets from the lounge

Posted Mar 13, 2014
Pros: Walkable, bike-able, public transit-able to any and all of the great locations in Vancouver. Close to some great restaurants.
Cons: Might be time to resurface some of the walls, ceilings etc.
Location: the beach, the water taxi to Granville Island, Stanley Park, Robson Street
A classic old hotel. Staff were very friendly, helpful. Perfectly located for all the things I had to do in town, which included meetings downtown, and on the south side.