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Get an overview of this hotelHeritage-listed Vancouver waterfront hotel

2 blocks to Stanley Park

In Vancouver's West End, The Sylvia Hotel sits on the water, across from English Bay beach. Stanley Park, 2 blocks away, has over 16 miles (27 km) of nature trails, tennis courts, and a water park. The Granville Island Ferry is a 20-minute walk, and it's a 6-minute drive to Burrard Station.

Bistro, bar, restaurant

The heritage-listed building was home to the city's first cocktail bar, and guests can still enjoy drinks by the fireside in the Sylvia Lounge. Breakfast and brunch in the Bistro come with English Bay views, and the cozy Restaurant serves traditional favorites and contemporary classics for dinner.

Free WiFi and views

There's a distinctive layout in each of the 120 smoke-free guestrooms, and picturesque views of the courtyard or city. Free WiFi is available throughout, and some suites have the added bonus of a full kitchen for in-room dining.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Dining options at the hotel include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Business-related amenities at this 3-star property consist of a 24-hour business center and a meeting room.

Public areas are equipped with complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. Event facilities measure 400 square feet (37 square meters). This beach hotel also offers multilingual staff, ski storage, childcare services, and a picnic area. Parking is available onsite for a surcharge.

The Sylvia Hotel is a smoke-free property.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Total number of rooms - 120 
  • Number of floors - 8 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Concierge services 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • One meeting room 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Picnic area 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Restaurant 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Year Built 1912 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 400 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 37 
  • Ski storage 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Wedding services 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Television 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Cribs/infant beds (surcharge) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

The Sylvia Hotel has a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Things to Do

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Downhill skiing nearby 
  • Cross-country skiing nearby 
  • Snowboarding nearby 
  • Snowshoeing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Mountain biking nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals nearby 
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Ecotours nearby 
  • Golf lessons available nearby 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Minimum check-in age is 19


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for CAD 15.00 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for CAD 5.00 per night.


  • Pets stay free
  • Dogs and cats only
  • 2 per room (up to 100 kg)

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Pets allowed (no fees)


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between CAD 8 and CAD 20 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: CAD 18.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: CAD 5.00 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: CAD 15.00 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Hotel Sylvia
  • Sylvia Hotel
  • Sylvia Hotel Vancouver
  • Sylvia Vancouver

We should mention

Children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

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5 out of 5
Posted Feb 24, 2017
Outstanding location, friendly staff and very comfortable rooms.
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Nice older hotel

5 out of 5
by from Abbotsford, BC
Posted Feb 8, 2017
Nice older hotel with lots of character. Very clean. Wonderful staff. Comfortable beds. Love the old pictures that are throughout the hotel. Only con is they need more electrical outlets in the room. This was our 2nd time staying there and it will always be my 1st choice for hotels in Vancouver.
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I loving staying @ The Sylvia

5 out of 5
Posted Feb 6, 2017
Fabulous hotel; location to die for. If you are looking for trendy swagger this is not the hotel for you but if you are looking for a relaxing, laid back yet gracious atmosphere - the Sylvia is the hotel. Rooms are large, the view / location is unparalleled, wifi is strong and the people are lovely.
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Lovely heritage ambience. Spacious rooms.

4 out of 5
by from Vancouver Island
Posted Jan 28, 2017
It's such good value for the dollar. Right across from the beach and close to town.
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Beautiful old hotel in ideal location

5 out of 5
Posted Jan 24, 2017
Best location in Vancouver, and a quaint, old school hotel. Nice cocktail bar and very reasonable room service.
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Historic hotel, close to the water

4 out of 5
by from Melbourne
Posted Jan 21, 2017
This is a beautiful hotel, covered in ivy vines and located near the water in English Bay. You are away from the main action of the city, but that is only a 5-10 minute bus ride away. The staff were welcoming and informative about local attractions, events happening in the area and how to get around if you didn't have a car. My room was in the new part of the hotel and it was clean, comfortable and spacious. I'd recommend this lovely hotel to any travellers
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A great experience

4 out of 5
Posted Jan 17, 2017
Great location, very close to the water. The hotel was cute and had a boutique family feel. The decor was a little outdated but in a way this added to the charm of the hotel. I enjoyed my stay and would definitely return.
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Great location and really good value for money!!

4 out of 5
by from New Zealand
Posted Jan 16, 2017
We had three days in Vancouver and the Sylvia was a great location with buses and the amazing Stanley Park on our doorstep- great live music and good food down stairs! Mostly older grey haired guests - but we would defiantly recommend this place!! Great Location and value for money!
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Fantastic location & Heritage Hotel!

5 out of 5
Posted Jan 14, 2017
We are originally from Vancouver, we grew up knowing the Slyvia & would go to the Lounge for drinks. We now live in Victoria, & we usually stay at other places but we always wanted to stay here. Just fantastic! We had the best time, beautiful Vancouver Heritage hotel, the best friendly staff, clean, brilliant room with a view of English Bay. Great music and drinks in the lounge and the best view in the city! We would go back in a heart beat. We know Vancouver, but for people who don't this is the best location, you won't be disappointed. Mike and Jill Semancik
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5 out of 5
Posted Jan 14, 2017
The bay view is the best,,,,. ,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, No
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