Sylvia Beach Hotel
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... age do to save face, I reminded them not to talk so big with their clothes off. I did not take their clothes hanging on the shower doors. That would be mean. We stayed an entire tidal period at Yaquina Head today. It had everything we come here for in one place. There just wasn't a reason to leave except for precedent. Yaquina is probably the spot Captain Cook called Cape Foulweather. It juts about a mile into the ocean from the mainland and is the result of ...
... a 10 inch long banana slug, all bright and yellow and slimey. They live in rain forests up and down the Pacific Northwest. From the top of the cape we drove down to the town of Oceanside where Andrew and Jessica hiked the beach while I watched over a sleeping, grumpy toddler. Then we were off around Three Capes Drive. The second cape is Cape Lookout which extends two miles into the ocean and the third is the heavily populated Cape Kiwanda, which is surrounded ...
We moved the short distance here this morning, got a nice pull-thru site with full hookups, and Zach and I took off to walk on the beach after lunch.
Despite it being a cool and windy day, we thoroughly enjoyed sitting and watching the waves, and walking through the surf, taking pictures, watching the kites being flown by others on the beach and talking. So glad we moved here for the day!
... for a spray jacket for the wet weather.. Nothing particularly cheap, so will see how we go. As this is the first place we have had a full kitchen, we went to Safeway ( got a reward card to take advantage of the specials) and stocked up for the next couple of days. We can actually eat in tonight for a change, and that is good because the weather is a bit dreary. Unfortunately there is no free wifi here, so will ...
Newport organ is a medium sized fishing town with and over sized smell of fish which is met in the evening with lots of cool cool fog and the rapid decrease in outside temperature. Other then that this is a great little town with nice folks that bring in some huge yummy tuna just fresh for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sylvia Beach Hotel Newport
We had visited this charming old hotel in 2004, and had a great family-style dinner there. This year we booked into the Meridel Le Sueur Room. We had never heard of this author, but the room was well-stocked with memorabilia, photos, testimonials and several of her books. So we had the opportunity to rest and read! How many hotels can offer an enriching literary experience during your stay? The room was not large, but the bed was comfortable for my wife and me, and the bathroom was quite adequate. There was a very comfortable sitting room one floor up, with an adjoining kitchen, and a wonderful view of the beach. The gift shop in the ground floor lobby is also a wonder- books, gifts and charming knick-knacks for the literate guest. We enjoyed the dinner- eight people to a table- great for getting to know other people during the 2-1/4 hour meal. The food was excellent, although rather rich, with four courses, and a terrific value at $19. We opted for the hearty breakfast too. Well, we are all ready to reserve for next year!
I have been a book lover for almost as long as I can remember. When I was seven, and we went to visit the lobby of the Sylvia Beach Hotel it became a dream of mine to stay there. I loved the idea of decorating the rooms according to authors. The people were always nice, both those working and the guests. Not only that, but the hotel always had cats, something rare and fantastic in the eyes of a little girl.
This is a lovely place to go.....even alone. The staff & guests are wonderful to interact with. The Customer Service is exceptional. My story:
My first stay at the Sylvia Beach Hotel was a last-minute get-away by myself in the Spring of 2003. At first I was less than impressed with the age and condition of my room, but over the course of my four day vacation I grew to love the place and it's quirky charm. The breakfasts are phenomenal, the dinners are not only exquisite, but highly entertaining, and sitting by the fireplace in the library watching the sun set after a long hard rain is indescribable.
Fun and interesting
We found the Sylvia Beach Hotel charming, comfortable, and a fun one night stop-over on our way down the coast. The resident cat wandered in and out of our room while unpacking/packing. It has the feel of an old house as opposed to a hotel. Every one was friendly and helpful.
A rare gem
The Sylvia Beach Hotel is a gem. It is designed to facilitate its guests having a wonderful experience, not just a place to crash for the night. The food is fabulous. Conversation and game playing with the other 7 people at your dinner table ensure that you have gotten to know other people and when you come down to breakfast the next morning, there are no strangers.
There are not that many places where a traveler is made to feel at home, and the Sylvia Beach is a special place.
This is by far the best place to stay on the Central Oregon Coast. My husband and I just got back form a weekend stay and had the most relaxing time in years. It was my second visit and his seventh. We both love this place!
The atmosphere is extremely friendly, and the rooms are charming - not luxurious, but that's not why you come to a place like this. We were on the 3rd floor (walk-up) with a comfortable bed and good water pressure. You've really got to stay two nights to take full advantage of what the hotel has to offer: tea in the library, walks on the beach, strolls around the neighborhood, etc. Do take advantage of dinner. The food was excellent (served 'family style') and the company terrific. At our dinner table of 8 were 3 Ph.D.s (Vulcanology, Psychology, Art History) 3 M.A.s, teachers, researchers, stay-at-home moms & dads, and a house restoration expert. At breakfast (and oh what a breakfast!) we sat with a young man who was there (with him mom from New Mexico) to play solo cello with the Yaquina Orchestra that night. We met some pretty interesting people - several of whom had visited before - and the conversation was lively. As we drove up, I had images of places I'd stayed on the Brittany (France) coast; the Sylvia Beach Hotel is definitely American, but, as it's namesake suggests, you can feel a breath of France.
The only hotel in which I've ever actually spent the day lying in bed, the Sylvia Beach is very special. Not the Embassy Suites or a Radisson fast-fix, the hotel is old, odd, and not particularly pretty. It's like staying at your grandmother's house. There are people to whom I would not recommend this hotel, but then I probably wouldn't want them over to my house for the weekend either.
I'm not sure what the charm is about this place. It is in desperate need of updating; it smells bad, the beds are soft and mushy and small; the paint is coming off the walls and it exudes nothing but "old and expensive" to me. At over $150 a night, I would at least expect a shower!
I would NOT recommend this place to anyone who wants a place that is clean and relaxing; but if you are into dumping a lot of your money into a room which is a dump, then be my guest.