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The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia Vancouver  Canada
The Sylvia
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.