The Sylvia Hotel is located on the English bay in Vancouver and is the only beachside property in the whole city. This landmark building in the West End with its brick and terra-cotta facade has been swarmed by the Virginia creeper, giving it a unique and cozy look.
This heritage hotel, dating back to 1912 was constructed by Booker, Campbell and Whipple Construction Company for Mr. Goldstein, who had a daughter named Sylvia. Later in 1936 it was converted to an apartment hotel. In 1954 it opened the first cocktail bar in Vancouver. Being ahead of its time, it was also the first pet friendly hotel in the city. There are 120 different rooms with varied layouts and views to choose from.
Once upon a time a stray cat wandered in the hotel premises and decided that he liked the place and stayed. They named him “Mr. Got To Go” and he became so famous he was featured in two children's books.
The Restaurant at the hotel called “Bistro or Patio” hosts jazz, blues and Swing musicians on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings as well as great food and cocktails, including the signature drink: Sylvia's Sangria made from a secret recipe. All while enjoying the great view of the sea with beautiful sunsets.
If you are full of energy, head for a tennis game; jogging, windsurfing, kayaking, rollerblading or bicycling on the seawall or go for a swim in the English Bay.