Great and Good A review of Sylvia Beach Hotel
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.