Looked great on line. We're not overly discriminating when it comes to accommodation, but unless you're a hobo or used to sleeping in a halfway house, stay away from the Sylvia Beach.
Arrived with our three children in early July, and the first thing that we noticed when parking outside were the cracked and filthy windows - more reminiscent of an inner city tenement building than a charming hotel. Alarm bells were going off before even entering the lobby.
Once inside, the odour of mildew and decay was overpowering. The six foot tall cat scratching post at the top of the first floor stairs caused further concern, and once we were in the worn and dirty rooms, the decision was quick and easy - might have slept there after a night of binge drinking when we were in university, but would never ask our kids to sleep there. Doors didn't lock, and the sinister cat that used the monstrous cat scratching post had yet to be sighted.
Fled for the Holiday Inn Express, and the kids summed it up once we were safely in the car - "Thank You!".
Saddest part - politely explained that the rooms weren't what had been described or depicted on line, and got home to discover that the hotel has tried to charge us $350 for rooms that we never stayed in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A lovely bed and breakfast where each room is designed after a certain author. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Sylvia Beach
- Sylvia Beach Newport
- Sylvia Beach Hotel Newport, Oregon