If in real estate it is location, location, location, what I want in a hotel is location, service, room quality. I have recommended this hotel for years because when I lived in Vancouver my parents always stayed there when visiting me (I had a teensy apartment, not a bad daughter) and I saw their rooms. The rooms they had always were lovely, a bit quirky compared to a chain hotel in a positive way, and comfy, clean, spacious, and with windows that open to your view of English Bay. They would not have stayed anywhere else.
I was back in Vancouver recently and of course stayed at the Sylvia. I booked very late and got a bit of an unusual room. Mostly it was fine - like being able to open the windows and have the ocean breeze flutter the ivy around the window, but the bathroom was barely okay, and frankly a bit strange and smelly.
Still, anytime I go back to Vancouver, I would stay there with no question - even in the room I had this time. If it was fully booked I would have serious issues finding something even close to what I like - there is nothing else like the Sylvia. Love the location (location, location), great people, and the homely/homey feeling.
I have never eaten at the hotel, but the great thing about staying here is you are in walking distance to some of the really good, off the beaten track Vancouver restaurants, including some of the best hole in the wall treasures for Sushi (Shima) and proper, full-on French dinners (The Chef and Carpenter), and gelato (Mondo Gelato - nothing but the hazelnut for me), as well as institutions like the Raincity Grill. Or just go to one of the many coffee places, grab a coffee and pastry, and sit on the beach or wander around the seawall or Stanley Park.
Still love it.
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30 December 2011
You are correct we are a heritage site, with so many room types we have something for everyone and everyone’s budget, availability is the issue, we...
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