You really can't get much closer to the beach or Stanley Park than the Sylvia. Opened in 1913, this hotel started out as an apartment block, but was converted into a hotel in 1936 to help provide accommodation for merchant marine crews during the Depression. In 1954, the hotel opened the first cocktail bar in Vancouver, one that remains a local favourite today. Eight floors high, the Sylvia was once the tallest building in western Canada and is now listed and a city landmark, with Virginia vines growing up the light brick exterior. The rooms range from small singles to two-bed suites with kitchens.