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Sylvia Beach Hotel

267 NW Cliff St, Newport, OR 97365-3707
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A lovely bed and breakfast where each room is designed after a certain author.
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Jean B wrote a review Oct 2023
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We stayed in two rooms over four days. We got in last minute; to get your perfect room choice reserve early! We loved the Colette (a classic), all white and filmy with red touches, beautiful ocean views. Walked in and right off saw a whale in the distance spouting! Our second room was the Jules Verne, underestimated as a "novel" (lowest cost) room, with incredible authentic decorative touches, from old ship instruments to a mural in the bathroom. Cleverly done with garden access, but no ocean view and the room is deliberately darkish to simulate submarine. Might bring your own bright lamp to supplement. Reading up in the library is wonderful, and you always have access to Adirondacks facing the ocean down by the restaurant or up by the library. Our fav is the free mulled wine every night in library, starting around 8. No tv or wifi. This is a place for book lovers and Victorian lovers. It is old but is has incredible style! Each room different, be sure to browse pictures and descriptions carefully ahead of time (see their website). We love it there! If you love books and old style, you may, too. -- Jean and Craig
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Date of stay: October 2023
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cresheim wrote a review Aug 2023
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania60 contributions60 helpful votes
I never would have picked this hotel for an evening. But oddly enough someone sitting in front of us at a Reno Aces minor league baseball game told my wife about the hotel. My wife loves French literature, and she was sold. But I was skeptical. We looked at the website and I agreed to stay on two conditions: 1) because I would have to drive more than seven hours to get to the hotel the day we booked, they had to have one beer I would drink as a reward for the drive and 2) we would awake in the hotel on a Monday morning, a Monday which I had to review and approve a document by the end of the business day in London, which meant by 9 AM Pacific Coast Time. Good internet connection was therefore essential. And so we asked about those two items. The answer to the beer question was: we have an extensive beer selection. And the answer to the internet question was: there is no internet access in the rooms but there is internet access in public spaces. We get there and are told at check in that they are proud of the fact they do not offer internet access in the hotel but there is access in several nearby businesses, which I guess qualify as "public spaces" and discover the "extensive" beer selection consists of five beers, one of which is to my taste and of which they are of course out of stock. Moving on, we were told dinner was part of the experience and there were two options: a beef teriyaki dish and a vegetarian dish. My wife does not eat red meat nor is it on my list of favorites and so my wife orders the vegetarian dish for herself and the beef teriyaki for me. Imagine our surprise when other people at our table are served a fish dish, which either of us would have welcomed over the choices we were given on the phone. The vegetarian dish my wife was served was quite tasty. The noodles in the beef teriyaki dish I was served were quite tasty as well, but the beef was a cheap cut and neither dish was deserving of the $50 price tag. The fish dinner may have been worth the price, but how could we know. Before I get to how I addressed the lack of internet and beer I need to mention when we called it a night the mattress was the most uncomfortable, I have ever been forced to spend an evening on. As for beer, there is a dive bar, and I do mean dive bar, a few blocks away. A fair amount of shady business going on but unlike Sylvia Beach Hotel they do not pretend to be something they are not. And as for internet, there is a Starbucks about 1/2 a mile away. I left our room at 5 AM to head to Starbucks, spent more than two hours there while I finalized the wording I could have finalized in my hotel had they been honest about internet access. And because I had to leave so early I ate breakfast at Starbucks and missed the breakfast part of the "bed and breakfast". But I am pretty certain I did not miss anything. This is a fundamentally dishonest operation. No one will ever personally ask me about this dubious operation and so this is my testimony.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Deborah L wrote a review Jun 2023
Walnut Creek, California12 contributions6 helpful votes
Each of the rooms is named after, and decorated in honor of, an author. Perfect place for book-lovers. Right on a beautiful beach, in a cute little historic neighborhood. Rooms are a bit small but the common areas are spacious and inviting - two decks and two library/reading rooms. Comfortable bed and nice sheets. It's a historic hotel; shabby chic is part of the charm. Yummy breakfast. No elevator (there are guest rooms on the first floor which avoids bag-schlepping, but I wouldn't recommend the hotel to someone who can't do stairs cause some of the best areas are up/down stairs) No phones, tvs, wifi (but good cell service) No pets, but they have a hotel cat :) Price is reasonable compared to other places on the coast with similar views/location.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Gloria L wrote a review Jun 2023
Washougal, Washington664 contributions91 helpful votes
The Sylvia Hotel is the "real deal" an iconic hotel ON the beach. However, the interior doesn't come close to the million $$ view. I selected the Amy Tan room; assured I'd have a small but friendly view AND be able to HEAR the sea as I drifted off each night. Not so! Why? Because the windows on THAT SIDE of the hotel are shot. Both windows sported hand-written notes warning guests NOT to attempt to open the windows; they're sealed UNTIL the hotel replaces them. Hmm. I wonder WHY the registration clerk (a very nice gal who was on-site when I registered) failed to tell me. Amy Tan decor is lovely. BUT REPLACE the MATTRESS; it's saggy! Drape lining on one window is ripped (odd). The tiny wall heater requires personal management. Thermostat allows guests to set the temp; but won't turn off and it's noisy. The blinds don't work well. Knew before going Hotel has NO elevator. Was assured someone would help w/bags. Stairs to 2nd story consist of 18 narrow, poorly lit/steep steps. On check in, the friendly front desk clerk schlepped my heaviest bag upstairs. Must have been hard; she was recovering from a torn rotator cuff! Took three trips for me. Hotel has NO loading zone. Parked across the street in a ROCKY parking lot. Where a loading zone should reside stood a lone orange tripod. Wonder why? Breakfast is available (a few lackluster scones, toast, etc) plus a hot option. Quality: barely passable. Do NOT select this hotel based on the food! No gluten free options. Passed on greasy sausages & barely able to eat the luke warm, tasteless fritata served Saturday. Like the dining room family style seating; met nice couple Friday morning. But most guests prefer their own company. Not a big deal but the lack of conversation the 2nd morning highlighted the poor food quality offered. Sasha, the resident cat, is a hoot - solid boundaries and sweet if she "decides" you pass muster... She's a newcomer; greeting guests for about a year. Apparently not the social butterfly like her predecessor. Day 2 STAFF - Uh oh! New desk clerk less than friendly. Looked irritated when I requested help with my luggage. Odd; there was a supervisor on site; saw him twice that morning. But the receptionist never asked him to help me. Took 4 trips to get everything downstairs. Bring your own pillow; glad I did. Dine elsewhere if you want a "good breakfast," and travel 'light' if you can. Hope the owners refurbish this potential beauty.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Ed A wrote a review Oct 2022
Little Rock, Arkansas40 contributions10 helpful votes
On our roadtrip through Oregon we spent two nights in Newport at the Sylvia Beach. They call themselves a hotel but it feels as much like a bed and breakfast. It's beautiful from the outside and is on Nye Beach. Inside the focus is on literature and noted authors (e.g. Hemingway, Austen, Twain, Tolkien, Verne, Steinbeck, etc.). We stayed in the Alice Walker room. If you have a room on the first floor you don't have to wrestle your luggage up and down the stairs (no elevator). Our room was pretty small but adequate, the bathroom was also small and the sink was in the room. The breakfast was limited but good and interesting (a couple of daily specials along with some standard continental breakfast items). There is a dinner each night that you can reserve. It's more or less served family style and you can choose from three entrees. The dinner we had was very good; somewhat pricey but in line with a good restaurant. Wine is extra. The decor in and around the lobby area is true to the theme of literature. There is a large painting of all of the authors together and you had to contemplate what a gathering of those authors would have been like. Lastly there is a resident cat so if you're allergic to cats keep that in mind. In our view she was a great addition.....very friendly and loves to be petted.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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liggylilo wrote a review Oct 2022
Devon, United Kingdom23 contributions2 helpful votes
Gorgeous and relaxing stay in this beautiful book themed haven. The rooms are so imaginatively designed and to my mind wonderfully old fashioned but also completely comfortable. The top two floors have reading rooms looking over the Pacific. I would love to stay for days in horrible weather just to giive me chance to hunker down with a longer novel. Very special. I would love to think I’ll be back one day but it’s a long way from England!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AndyTravels7 wrote a review Mar 2022
Oregon8 contributions3 helpful votes
This is a great little place to spend a few days escaping from the stress of life. It's not like any other hotel on the coast. This independently-owned hotel has a whimsical library theme, and each room (there are only about 20) is themed after an author, from Shakespeare circa 1600 to JK Rowling today. Everything is unique; no two rooms have the same colors, furniture, or lighting - it's all designed to take you into the world of the individual author. Every single member of the staff was extremely nice, responsive with anything you needed, and knowledgeable about the area. The owners of the hotel work the front desk in person, seem to genuinely enjoy getting to know their guests, and are happy to explain how things work and how to find your way around the building, as well as recommend places to eat or drink in the neighborhood. The hotel is well-cared for and clean throughout, but it is an old building, dating from 1912 (and it has always been a hotel). The stairs are steep and the ceilings are low. There are dings and dents and here and there a little peeling paint. But you will mostly notice the humorous works of art, the literary references, the vintage furnishing, the windows in public spaces on all levels overlooking the ocean, the comfy sitting areas inside and outside of the building, and the cozy library occupying part of the third floor and the attic containing many hundreds of books that you're welcome to sit down and read. And in fact that is what many guests do. People find a sitting spot, switch on a lamp, pick up a book, read, and even catnap the day away in the library space. There's not much else to do in the hotel itself. There is no television, no wi-fi, no landlines, no DVD players - rooms are comfortable, but they are quiet quarters for sleeping, reading, or watching the ocean (which is visible to some extent from nearly all of the rooms, although only 3 face the ocean directly). Each room is also stocked with books by the author it's named for. This being a 100+ year old hotel, the rooms are not large (with the exception of the 3 oceanfront rooms, which are very popular - book those far in advance if you want one), but they make the most of the space that's available. But each room is uniquely furnished, taking you into the world of each author's most popular works. I stayed in the F Scott Fitzgerald room, at the NE corner of the building, which had 3 windows and was a little larger than average. From there I had a good view of the ocean, the coastline, and the whole Nye Beach neighborhood. It was very quiet and I slept perfectly well. You can't beat the location of this hotel. It's right in the center of Nye Beach, easy walking distance to coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and art shops. The hotel is directly on the ocean, and steps leading to the beach can be found practically right outside the hotel door. It is however, a lot of steps. A whole lot of steps. But it's worth it because it leads right to the center of Newport's best beach. And you can leave your car in the parking lot. There is a restaurant on the lowest floor (i.e., a daylight basement that has perfect ocean views). The hotel includes breakfast with your room rate, which is served here, but you can also purchase a very nice dinner in the same facility. The rather structured and upscale dinner arrangement is somewhat incongruous with the informal vibe of the rest of the hotel, but if you're looking for a fine dining experience at least one night while you're in Newport, this is it. Allow plenty of time for dinner; this is not a rushed experience, but the service is spectacular and the food is excellent. You'll need to make reservations for dinner, but this time of year (March) you can usually make them same day. There were very few negatives. Any building this age has its maintenance challenges, and the floors tend to creak and groan, the windows have seen better days, carpets look worn, the mattress was not the newest, the heating system in the library noisy. This is not a luxury property, nor does it have a lot of the amenities people take for granted with major chain hotels. No swimming pool, no fitness facility, no wi-fi, no room service. It's an early 1900s structure that does not hide its wrinkles under makeup. If you have difficulty getting around, you'll find the steep stairways and narrow passages and doors daunting. There are 5 or 6 hotel rooms on the main floor that largely enable you to avoid steps, but there are no elevators or ramps in the building. While lots of classic authors are represented (Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, JRR Tolkien etc), there are relatively few contemporary ones or authors that younger generations relate to, and the clientele (when I was there) was predominantly a 55+ crowd. Some selective updating might be in order to capture the interest of a new generation of literati. But for a quiet getaway and an out-of-the-ordinary experience this place is definitely worth trying. Oh, and in the JK Rowling room, there is of course a stuffed 3-headed dog.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Angie L wrote a review Sep 2021
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This was our first time at the coast and at this hotel in the Agatha Christie room. It was quaint and cozy with a fireplace and an amazing view of the ocean. Our weekday stay was adventure filled as we enjoyed walking to the nearby park and The Bay side District. We ate some delicious and fresh seafood, checked out the local shops and met some friendly people along the way.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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david l wrote a review Aug 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania99 contributions96 helpful votes
I spent a charming weekend in the Lincoln Steffens room. The hotel is right off the beach near the artist district. The hotel has a nice little gift shop and a terrific dinner for guests. Guest have the opportunity to play "Two Truths and a Lie." I highly recommend a day's walk along the beach to Yaquina Head Lighthouse and the natural area the includes Cobble Beach and the tide pools.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Karen B wrote a review Jun 2021
San Pablo, California17 contributions21 helpful votes
I stayed in the Shakespeare Room and loved it! Every room is named after an author, since Sylvia Beach opened Shakespeare and Company in Paris. The breakfasts were delicious and dinner was amazing! I had the fish and it had been caught earlier that day, superb!! Can’t wait to come back!!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sylvia Beach Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Sylvia Beach Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Nye Beach (0.4 km), Don & Ann Davis Park (0.2 km), and Coast Park (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sylvia Beach Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Sylvia Beach Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Sylvia Beach Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sylvia Beach Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pacific Kitchen at Nye Beach, Nye Beach Cafe, and Cafe Stephanie.
Is Sylvia Beach Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Newport.
Does Sylvia Beach Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.