Sylvia Beach Hotel
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Day 144 - Last Day in Seaside - heavy rain so we sent to the "The Butler" - fantastic movie!
Day 145 - Newport, OR - we are staying just over the bridge at a marina. Beautiful location. Today we went in search of two lighthouses in the area. One is the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse (the shortest lighthouse in service from 18471-1874) and the Yaquina Head Lighthouse - still ...
... to the harbour, for you people who have a dislike for fish you wouldn’t have liked the fishy smell. we stayed down there until dinner time, of course we had to have fish for dinner. We both chose the Tuna Mignon it was delicious the photo doesn't do it justice. Bummer of the day the selector dial on my camera broke off. As usual I can't get a word in as Sylvia has said it all!!(Reg) He would say that wouldn't ...
... the label though which was slightly concerning. As you can imagine the combination of the foods I've mentioned so far make for some pretty fruity tent times and I'm thankful for the extra ventilation the type of tent we chose for travelling has; wise move indeed. I have also become addicted to hot chocolate sachets which form the beginning and end of each day ...
... of course I have the fish tacos while everyone else tries the chowder. I tasted the chowder and it was very good. The tacos were also good.
Now we head north again on highway 101. First stop is boiler bay where we see whales spouting. Pretty impressive. Then a stop at the Ben Jones Bridge and back to Days Inn at Newport, Oregon
... and I thought about what the courses must be like. The thickening fog made the prospect of playing less appealing. We are sunshine people. By the time we got to Newport the fog was so thick that when we crossed the bridge over the inlet, we couldn't even see the water below. But no rain. At the hotel desk I struck up a conversation with two women who were checking in. One was from Gilbert AZ. They told me that their favorite ...
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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.