Not For Everyone A review of Sylvia Beach Hotel
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!