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“Nothing fancy -- a touch of home”
Review of Sylvia Beach Hotel

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Sylvia Beach Hotel
Ranked #8 of 24 Hotels in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 August 2014

It wasn't hard to find the Herman Melville room. It had a brass knocker of a whale on the door. Just a bit of whimsy for this four-story old hotel on the doorstep of the Pacific. We enjoyed our stay immensely. Didn't miss the TV or Internet. Took long walks on historic Nye Beach instead. A handful of restaurants and shops are close by. The hotel staff was helpful and courteous and we enjoyed our communal dining experience. Peace and quiet are the mantra here. The cats are so into it they hardly move. Nothing better than sitting in the library with an ocean view. Book early. We stayed in late July and the weather was unseasonably cool. But we didn't mind, This hotel is a safe harbor in any storm.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

My mom and I visited the Sylvia Beach Hotel because we both love books and were attracted to the idea of a literary-themed bed and breakfast. We were not at all disappointed! We made reservations about four months in advance, so I can't speak for the spur-of-the-moment traveller, but I am so glad we were able to stay for four nights; we really got a feel for the hotel and the neighborhood. The location is superb, right up the street is a charming Irish pub with great happy hour pricing, and although there are a lot of tourists at Nye Beach, it is a far cry from the Harbor area on the East side of Newport, which was a nightmare when we got over there. Speaking of food, the breakfast that was served daily was absolutely not to be missed. I recommend getting there right when they serve at 8:30 to get a seat with a view of the ocean, and you will probably enjoy chatting with other people as well, as the seating is family-style. Breakfast has assorted pastries, fruit, beverages (juices, coffee, tea) and also a hot entree; each hot entree was fantastic (think banana hot cakes with pecan butter, chile relleno eggs, etc.) We stayed in the Virginia Woolf room on the first floor which was especially useful because I have a fractured foot and it was a bit menacing to have to go all the way up to the third floor to get to the library and to get spiced wine every night at 10 (but well worth it!) The library is cozy and promotes a quiet atmosphere; the perfect place to relax if your idea of relaxing is reading or writing without any noise interruptions whilst the sparkling Pacific lies within view. We will definitely be returning; what a fun and unique b&b!

Room Tip: If you can't do stairs... well. Choose the first floor, and the library is basically inaccessib...
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

I must say that when my biographer boyfriend surprised me with a room at this small ocean view hotel, the "no cellphones, no wifi, no TV" policy gave me pause. But hey, it's only one day without Turner Classics and Law and Order reruns, right? We stayed in the delightful top-priced Colette suite. Small balcony, fireplace, daybed.. Lots of cat pictures. We cringed at the idea of playing truth games after the one-seating dinner, so we went elsewhere (whew!), but breakfast the next morning was both delicious and delightful. Like old time cruiseships, no tables for two. Luckily, our table mates were in the Ken Kesey room--- four single beds (Cuckoo's Nest, get it?) so breakfast was very entertaining. Loved the hotel resident cat, and the two newish kitties, too. Had a great time.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We were in the Gertrude Stein room. It is very cozy with a full size bed. We have a king size at home so I was a bit worried but we slept very well.
The highlight of the hotel is definitely the library. It has an excellent view of the beach where you can sit on any number of comfortable chairs or couches. It is an old building with very low ceilings on the stairs and has a smell of an old house. We didn't mind, but I could picture it being off-putting for some people.
There are kitties here as well. I love kitties, so this was a bonus but if you are allergic then it might not be so nice.
The breakfast was DELICIOUS! Wonderful pastries, coffee, tea, juice and a hot breakfast. We had oatmeal pancakes and sausage. My husband now insists I figure out how to make oatmeal pancakes at home. :)
We really enjoyed our stay and would come here again.

Room Tip: I don't think they have an elevator and the stairs are rather steep so if you are physically lim...
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

We used to live in Oregon, and have previously stayed at this wonderfully themed "writers hotel." the décor in the rooms is marvelous.
Our recent stay was good, but the hotel is showing signs of aging, with fan switches that don't work, doors that do not lock properly. They really need a regular handyman (the staff confirmed this to me). The desk staff people were very helpful.
There was noise between the rooms, and particularly in the hallways (we had to remind some other inconsiderate guests to take their conversation to the lobby.
The breakfast was great, but the fixed-price dinner at Table of Contents, not so great. One server for 16 people, 8 courses, 2 1/2 hours (also a $15 corkage fee if you bring your own wine).

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

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.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Fell in love with it online and was prepared to be delighted! Lobby was disorganized with boxes of produced stacked up and things were messy . Desk staff was not professional. Balcony off lobby was not accessible as it brings a strong breeze into the gift shop and blows away the merchandise. Dinner took 2 hours and 45 min.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Additional Information about Sylvia Beach Hotel

Address: 267 N.W. Cliff St, Newport, OR 97365
Region: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Newport
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Newport
Price Range: £38 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A lovely bed and breakfast where each room is designed after a certain author. ... more   less 
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Sylvia Beach Newport
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