Sylvia Beach Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sylvia Beach Hotel Newport
Loved the experience
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!
Cats in Drawers and Hats
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.
However it wasn't until my 18th birthday I had a chance to actually stay at Sylvia Beach. My mom told me to pack an overnight bag, and we got into the car and she started driving. I had no idea where we were going, and even though I soon realized we were headed to the beach I never guessed the truth. When we pulled up at the hotel my moth fell open. I couldn't speak, I was so thrilled.
The hotel was perfect. It really felt like a home. We stayed in the Dr. Suess room. The first thing I noticed was the view of the lighthouse. Then we spent time reading the guestbooks in the room. People had left clever poem in the stlye of Dr Suess.
Next we decided to explore the library. It was fantastic. It seemed as if it was right on top of the ocean, it was warm and smelled pleasntly of spice (from the spiced wine they offer their guests at night). There was a room of puzzels and board games, and a place where you could help yourself to tea of coffee. One of the hotel cats, Keats, followed us up to the loft and slept on the lounge my mom decided to read on.
The next morning after a peaceful (and comfortable!) night, we went down to breakfast, and got to talk to the other guests of the hotel. It was so lovely to be able to connect and hear other people's stories.
The last thing we did before leaving was explore the hotel more. They leave the doors of the unoccupied rooms open so you can look into them. All the rooms were so lovely, most with fantastic views.
The staff was always friendly and helpful and didn't rush us in checking out at all. All I've wanted to do since leaving is go back again.
Book & Beach lovers paradise
This is a lovely place to go.....even alone. The staff & guests are wonderful to interact with. The Customer Service is exceptional. My story:
After a really bad month, a car accident & a broken relationship I decided to getaway at Sylvias beach hotel. I had heard about it thru a friend and I had NEVER been on vacation alone. The drive there at that time was not too fun, it was dark, there were detoures due to a washed out road & I was shaken by the time I arrived. When I got there the dinner had already been served, but the extreamly nice blonde lady at the front desk had been aware of my surmise due to an earlier phone call I had made for better directions on my way there. She Made a phone call to the resturant across the street, excorted me over and introduced me to some of the staff whom also took great care of me. after dinner I went back to Sylvias and enjoyed their wonderful Mulled Wine, books and resident cat in the library. Tea and breakfast the next day with beautiful views, fun interactive games and awesome food topped off a very relaxing time for me. I can't express how grateful I was to have had the opportunity to relax at Sylvias Beach Hotel.
Roxanne (Breuer) Remsing
Not For Everyone
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.
It took me a day or so to acclimate to the pace of the Sylvia Beach ... no phones, no TV's, no radios ... but lots of time to think and read and be in your own company. If that sort of thing isn't to your liking, you won't love the Sylvia Beach Hotel.
If you can set aside your need for a concierge, maid service and a mint on your pillow, you just might find yourself returning to civilization slowed down and bit ... and better for it!
I'll be returning, but this time I'm bringing my sweetheart and staying in the Mark Twain room, complete with private balcony, fireplace and clawfoot tub. They may have to drag us out when our time is up!
I'd like to be one of those people who returns to the Sylvia Beach year after year to replenish and rejuvenate from the stresses of life. It's a tradition worth creating!
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.
The Most Relaxing Place on Earth!
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!
This hotel is defiantly NOT for everyone -- there are no TVs, Radios, Telephone or other trappings of modern communications. We go to the Sylvia Beach to get away from all those things. We spent all but 2 hours at the hotel during our 3 day stay -- sleeping, relaxing, reading in the library, eating wonderful food and visiting with people who have come from all over the world. Above all we spent time with each other.
It's amazing how close you can become while staying there.
If you love relaxing in a quite atmosphere and reading a good book, then this is the place for you! If you like sitting around watching TV and playing video games, then this place is probably NOT for you. The Sylvia Beach is a place to relax and escape the trappings of "civilizations". The hotel isn't "fancy" -- it's more like your Grandma's old country house. The staff is VERY friendly!
Many who stay at the hotel write down their thoughts in their room diaries. I really enjoying reading what others have written. If you have the right mind set, this is the best place you will every stay!
Great and Good
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.
Thank You Sylvia Beach
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.
On Sunday morning, when my husband and I looked out our window and saw, "Thank you Sylvia Beach" written in the sand, we knew were weren't the only ones. This is a hotel I often miss. This is a place to go to feel comfortable and well. This is the place I always want to run to.
The Sylvia Beach is not slick in any way, and the quarters are a little close. You are a guest there--not a travelling diplomat or a high-roller. The experience is emotional and perhaps spiritual--but not rarefied.
Go there with good intentions and respect for the real thing and you'll find yourself going back sooner than you thought.
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.