We have stayed in many of the top rated Vancouver hotels in Coal Harbour and the downtown core, but for this trip we decided to try out the older Slyvia Hotel located right across from English Bay at the entrance to Stanley Park. We were upgraded to a suite overlooking English Bay on the 7th floor and were very pleased with our room. It was spotless and consisted of a bedroom, sitting room, and a small kitchen and bathroom. The views from the room were great and a Starbucks (for morning coffee) was right across the street. We parked the car and walked everywhere... There are several excellent restaurants within one block and you literally cross the street and walk onto the seawall to access Stanley Park. You are a bit far from the downtown core and you would probably have to drive or take the bus to reach the shopping malls, but we weren't there for the shopping, so this didn't matter to us. We had great walks into the park and around Lost Lagoon, beautiful eagles flew right by our hotel window and we enjoyed the view of the ocean beach. A short walk along the sea wall towards the south gets you to the Aquabus dock, where a little water taxi takes you across the water in about 3 minutes to Granville Island, where many shops and restuarants are located. This is also a great place to buy fresh produce and baked goods to take back to your room. The Slyvia Hotel is a heritage building, built in 1912, so it isn't a modern upscale place and it definitely has an older feel, but if you are planning to visit Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, Granville Island, or the West End of Vancouver, you couldn't ask for a better location. Park you car, walk everywhere, enjoy the view and the nearby restaurants. A perfect place to stay!
Pay the extra to get a room on a higher floor facing right onto English Bay if you want a nice view.
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4 February 2012
Sounds like you made the correct choice to try the Sylvia Hotel and we have new guests that will return. Everything you said is correct and your comments will help others that are interested in booking with us for the first time. The location is perfect and I know that my staff treated you well. Always happy to hear about a guests first experience with the Sylvia Hotel and all it's charm. We will look forward to your next visit and thank-you for your comments.
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