If you walk along English Bay, you cannot miss its impressive facade, which is completely covered in luxuriant Virginia creeper. Named after the daughter of the original owner, the Sylvia was the city's first luxury hotel, built in 1912.
As soon as you enter the lobby, you leave the world of trendy boutique hotels behind. Far from the conventions of design hotels, it has maintained its original style with its pleasing traditional airs, and you feel like you are being immersed in a retro movie set. In the 77 rooms, there are of course what can be expected from the standards of contemporary comfort (TVs, air conditioning, a minibar, and WiFi). But the common areas teleport the visitor into another time, with the vintage reception desk, the 1930s-style elevator, and the wall-fixed telephone that is still used to call a taxi.
The Sylvia's delicious restaurant and cosy bar are very popular with Vancouverites, who come to listen to live jazz and blues concerts twice a week.
1154 Gilford Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 2P6
+1 604 681 9321
Rooms: from 120 CAD