This beachfront hotel conjures thoughts of a more genteel era, thanks to its Virginia Creeper–clad brick and terra-cotta walls and heritage building status. Erected in 1912 as an apartment building, the Sylvia transformed into a hotel in the 1950s and boasted the city’s very first cocktail lounge. Once the tallest building in the West End, now its neighbors—the high-rise condos and apartment buildings of English Bay—soar above it. Rooms in this always-popular hotel are pleasingly spacious, spotlessly clean, and, thanks to its previous incarnation, available in a wide range of configurations. For instance, a number of the rooms have full kitchen units perfect for families and long-stay guests.
The decor leans toward the traditional, with cream, yellow, and earth tones as the main themes. Original vintage touches abound, including a medieval-style stained-glass window, an old-style dial on the elevator, and a regal marble entrance. The hotel’s fascinating history includes Errol Flynn as a previous resident (it's been rumored he spent his last night here before he died) and celebrity clients such as Johnny Depp and Ethan Hawke.