Sylvia Beach Hotel has a particularly beautiful panorama of both Nye and Agate beaches including Yaquina Head Lighthouse to the north. All the rooms are author-themed. This is truly a hotel for book lovers. There are no TVs, radios, telephones or wi-fi in the rooms. A hearty breakfast is included. The hotel serves a delightful family style dinner every evening. Guests are offered all the privacy they want, while being in the good company of strangers.
- Restaurant / Lounge
- Mountain or Water View
- Complimentary Breakfast
Virtual reality is almost as good as being there.
Different and fun at the center of Nye Beach
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.
Less than welcoming reception
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.
One of a Kind Escape
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.
Love the Sylvia Beach Hotel!!
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!!
One-of-a-kind hotel that encourages you to escape
We have stayed here numerous times over the course of 30 years -- close to when it first opened -- and keep coming back because there's just nothing like this place. If you want to escape the fast-paced, techno-urban culture, check out and enjoy the beautiful ocean (especially winter storms) this is the place. There is no wifi, TVs, pools or anything like that, just an old creaky hotel on the ocean with funky rooms and an amazing reading area upstairs with an attic library filled with all sorts of stuff to read if you get bored of what you brought (or didn't bring) with you. Plus mulled wine served in the library at ~9-10PM. For some people this is not a good match -- especially with younger kids and people who need tech. We have tried a dozen or so of the rooms, some of which are no longer there, and always find each to be a fun experience. As one example, the Melville room has some funky tilt to it and gives one a sense of being in a ship. Perhaps inconvenient at times but still fun and serves to take you away from the ordinary. We have always gravitated back to the Mark Twain room on the second floor because it is has a wonderful SW view with deck that is pretty private. Be warned that for this room there is no shower, only a tub -- we used to be able to use some communal showers upstairs but that is no longer the case. We have seen the hotel undergo numerous renovations over the years and although we are very happy to see things getting fixed we were saddened during our last few visits to learn that all the windows had been replaced with ones that no longer open -- this was one of the things that we loved most, cracking the windows open at night and hearing the crashing of the ocean in the distance. I understand that this was probably done for energy conservation reasons (always a good thing) but it nonetheless has diminished the charm a bit -- another reason the Mark Twain room is nice is that at least you can crack open the door to the deck and get the same ocean sounds. No longer the case for some of the other rooms, unfortunately. We will still keep coming back, however, since this place has a special magic for us. The owners are wonderful and it always brings me great joy to see the same folks at the front desk when we return every couple years.