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Stay in the Historic Sylvia Hotel

July 8, 2013 by

Sylvia Hotel

Sylvia Hotel built in 1912

The Sylvia Hotel in Vancouver provides old-fashioned character, friendly service and an ideal location. The 100-year-old hotel was built by a man named Abraham Goldstein on Beach Avenue. He named it after his daughter, Sylvia.

Built in 1912, this landmark hotel offers the perfect place to lay your head for business travelers who want to be near downtown but not in the core of the city. It’s also a favorite for families planning a beach getaway or couples looking for a romantic retreat. The Sylvia Hotel provides great value and a beach-side location no matter your plans.

More than the Original

While the original Sylvia Hotel is just over 100 years old, a newer wing has been added to the building as well. The newer section faces a quiet tree-lined street. A new addition has also been added to the front of the building which includes a restaurant and lounge.

Even with the newer additions, architectural details that provide a glimpse at the Sylvia Hotel’s rich past are still apparent. For instance, the old glass in the lobby windows slightly distorts the view of English Bay, the beach, and the park across the street. For those interested in history, old photographs of the hotel and surrounding area are on display.

Other quirky historical pointers include small elevators and the fact that rooms are opened by the use of old-fashioned keys. That’s right, no electronic key cards here. They’ll ask you to drop your key at the desk when you leave.

English Bay

English Bay

Accommodations

While the Sylvia Hotels location is its biggest advantage, the hotel is known for friendly service and comfortable beds. While the rooms are not spacious, they are well-appointed with good lighting, a work desk, Wi-fi, comfy chairs, flat screen TVs, quality linens, and good water pressure which is important when showering in a historical building.

Rooms located on the southwest side of the building are a little bigger, but in summer they get the afternoon sun and can be warm since there is no air conditioning. Larger rooms are available on high floors for a little more money. It’s with it for those who want a water view.

If you plan to visit Vancouver and prefer a cozy ambiance not found in modern chain-hotels, the Sylvia offers a historical quality, personal service, and reasonable prices.

Photo credits: ednawinti, gijsk



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