View from the Room: Sylvia Hotel, Vancouver

View from the Room: Sylvia Hotel, Vancouver

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Overlooking the gorgeous English Bay, at the end of the West End, together forming the most homely and stunning parts of Vancouver. Some rooms may look out to the bay and the Rockies beyond that or you will have the view as soon as you step outside. It’s also a few footsteps from Stanley Park.

Sylvia’s is a must visit on every Vancouver trip and I’d always wanted to stay here. As this time we were bouncing into the city for one night on our way to Whistler the next morning, we take a break from the norm to stay for one night which was great value.

It’s tucked away from the main shopping area, which is a draw but the buses stop just around the corner.


This being the oldest hotel in Vancouver, they have kept it gloriously old school, complete with the old lift clock, although the lifts themselves are modern.


The staff are from a bygone era, one where everything stops when a customer walks in. An order of just a coffee on a busy Friday night is received with as much appreciation as bottle of the finest champagne.


Small but with everything we needed.

  • Regular double bed with 4 pillows
  • 1 drawer in each bedside unit
  • Table with two comfortable chairs by window
  • 6 drawer unit with TV and drinks making on top
  • Large wardrobe in hallway


  • Small but with ample bath plus a shower overhead.
  • 2 large and 2 hand towels


  • Hairdryer
  • Tissues
  • Iron/board
  • Limited toiletries

Food & drink

Regrettably, we didn’t eat here on this occasion as we arrived tired straight from our transatlantic flight but we've eaten before and popped in for the odd cocktail. The bar/restaurant fully takes advantage the stunning view of the bay.

We did take advantage of the coffee machine in room with fabulous clear glass branded mugs that I would have happily bought!

I’d love to go back and stay for longer.

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