The Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon is a literary lover’s paradise. Inside this hotel, you will find no wi-fi, no televisions, and no radios, but you will find a library on the third floor with views stretching out to the Pacific Ocean and rooms dedicated to your favorite literary authors.
Each room is decorated with a different theme, so it doesn’t matter what room you book, it will always be a new and unique experience. There are 21 rooms varying in size, shape and views, and the hotel also provides a delicious breakfast so you can chat with other guests staying at the hotel and ask them about their rooms.
The maintenance crew cleans the rooms from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., so I took it upon myself to wander the hallways during that time and peek into as many rooms as I could.
Although every room is unique, these are my personal favorite rooms at the Sylvia Beach Hotel:
1. J.R.R. Tolkien
This one definitely makes my list because it was the room I stayed in during my very first trip to the hotel. An intricate map of Middle Earth is painted on one wall, while a forest mural adorns another. There are swords around the room as well as riddles, both painted and framed, on the walls. A large, creepy black-and-white painting of Sauron can be found in the bathroom and a sign that says, “LOST: One Ring. If found, please return to Sauron.”
This room is found on the first floor and has a really tall ceiling (which I liked). It also has a garden view and a door that provides patio access just off your room. Only two rooms in the hotel get patio access: this one and Jules Verne (see #2).
A map of Middle Earth
Riddles can be found all around the room
2. Jules Verne
The Jules Verne room is by far one of the most creative and whimsical rooms in the hotel. A large, bronze frame decorated as a submarine surrounds the door that has one large circle in the center, like you’re looking inside Captain Nemo’s ship. Inside, you’re greeted by a nautical bed and a giant squid sticking his tentacle through the wall to say hello.
A hot air balloon landscape is painted on the bathroom walls to pay tribute to “Around The World in 80 Days.” There is also a large sturdy desk in this room to get some inspired writing done!
This room shares a garden view (and the garden patio) with the Tolkien room.
This is the front door to the Jules Verne room.
A giant squid coming out of the wall!
3. Ken Kesey
The Ken Kesey room is where you’d find the 20-something backpackers on a budget. The room is huge, holding four double beds, a card game table in the middle and it’s the only room without a private bath (the Kesey bathroom can be found in the adjacent hallway). It’s the perfect room to book if you’re traveling with friends and want to go on the cheap.
A ratchet hangs on the front door (get it?). Little bottles of jelly bean “pills” are on every nightstand and “charts” are found at the foot of every bed to leave a note for the hotel. Rules for recreation are pinned to the cork board. McMurphy would feel right at home.
A (nurse) ratchet on the door of the Ken Kesey room.
Take your jelly bean pills.
4. J.K. Rowling
Would you like to sleep in your very own Gryffindor dorm without flying all the way over to England?
While this is one of the smaller rooms, it’s enough to make any Potterhead go crazy. A canopy double bed stands in the center of a Gryffindor dorm room. Potions, quill pens, suitcases, scarves, wands and of course, books fill up the rest of the room. Hedwig hangs in her cage from the ceiling. Umbridge’s proclamations hang on the wall as a reminder of the rules, and you’ll find a stuffed Fluffy and “Book of Monsters” to snuggle with. Moaning Myrtle even makes an appearance in the bathroom.
Wands, potions and such
Moaning Myrtle hangs out in the bathroom behind the toilet.
5. Dr. Seuss
Traveling with kids?
Well this room’s for you
Stuffed animals, books
and a bedfellow, too!
6. John Steinbeck
The John Steinbeck room is perfect for two good friends sharing a weekend getaway. This spacious room holds two double beds and a gorgeous painting of the Joads’ family car adorns the main wall as a tribute to the great author. Creatively, the front of the car comes out of the wall, with two adjacent reading lamps acting as the headlights of the car.
These are my favorite rooms, but every room in the hotel is great. There are also rooms dedicated to Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Herman Melville, and more. Rooms are priced according to size and ocean view. Three rooms look directly on to the ocean — Agatha Christie, Colette, and Mark Twain — and the others look onto the ocean from a side view or onto the garden.
Find your author and book a room today!
To learn more about the hotel and to see more pictures of their rooms, check out their website here.