The Sylvia Hotel is one of the most Instagram-worthy buildings in Vancouver. The historic 1912 heritage building, which is covered in Virginia creeper vines that change color with the seasons, also boasts one of the best locations in the city, just a few blocks from Stanley Park and the beach at English Bay and just a 20-minute walk from trendy Robson Street.
Rooms at the Sylvia Hotel are basic but comfortable and offer stellar views of the harbor. If you're planning on staying in Vancouver for awhile, be sure to book one of the Sylvia Hotel's one-bedroom apartments that come equipped with a kitchen—perfect for saving money on food costs.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While the rooms at the Sylvia Hotel are comfortable and spacious, the walls are on the thin side—so if you're super sensitive to noise, this might not be the best hotel for you.
Bathrooms have the basics to get you through your stay (like toiletries and a hairdryer), but the design is pretty basic and counter space is limited. All in all, nothing to write home about.
The entryway to the lobby is impressive, with gorgeous marble walls, stained glass, and original wrought iron and glass doors. The check-in area has a cozy feel, but there's not a ton of seating, so probably not a place you'll be spending a lot of time during your stay.
Don't want to leave your pups at home on your next trip to Vancouver? No problem! The Sylvia Hotel allows up to two dogs per room at no additional charge. Just be sure to let the front desk know your pup is traveling with you.
Sylvia's Lounge serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an all-day menu of basic bar snacks and sandwiches.
Enjoy live music with your dinner every Sunday from 7pm to 9pm and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8pm to 10pm.
Make sure to stop by Sylvia's Lounge during their weekday happy hour (Monday through Friday, 3pm to 6pm), where you can enjoy specialty cocktails while you look out onto English Bay from the lounge's large picture window.
Sylvia Hotel is a little out of the way from downtown, so you'll want to bring a car. Self-parking is extremely reasonable for the area and will run you $18 per night.
If you want a quick bite before you head out for the day, try Red Umbrella Cafe (5-minute walk), where you can choose from a simple menu of all-day breakfast, coffee, and sandwiches. If you're in the mood for something a bit more flavorful, head over to Banana Leaf on Denman (4-minute walk), a restaurant specializing in Malaysian-inspired dishes like wild sockeye salmon served in a banana leaf or a scallop assam curry.
If you're in the mood to kick back with a beer, relax, and take in the view, head on over to The Three Brits Public House (3-minute walk), where you can choose a brew from their rotating selection of drafts. If a cocktail is more your style, try Grotto (4-minute walk), an Italian spot known for their innovative cocktails, like the Half Believing with Limoncello, Apérol, Odd Society Mongrel moonshine, chai syrup, and egg white.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Sylvia Hotel is one of the most unique (not to mention gorgeous) buildings in Vancouver, and with it's easy to access to Stanley Park and English Bay, it's the perfect spot for travelers looking for a relaxing escape a bit removed from the city center.