The Sylvia Beach Hotel
The Sylvia Beach Hotel is in fact located on a beach (Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon.) However, it is named after Sylvia Beach, the person. She was the founder of Shakespeare & Company, the English language bookstore in Paris.
The hotel was down on its luck when it was purchased, twenty-five years ago, by two childhood friends who decided to revive the building as a different sort of hotel ~ they asked friends to help decorate the rooms in the style of their favorite authors.
And they ran with the theme: from jungle prints and stuffed animal heads in the Hemingway room, to a map of middle-earth painted on the wall of the JRR Tolkien room, to the bottles of gin lined up in the F. Scott Fitzgerald room, and the sign by the sink in the Shakespeare room (shown above).
There are three suites, which feature fireplaces and little sitting areas and superior views: Colette, Mark Twain, and Agatha Christie. Other authors include Amy Tan, Dr. Seuss, Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, Jane Austen, JK Rowling, Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Oscar Wilde, and Robert Louis Stevenson..
The third floor of the hotel houses a library, filled with comfy couches and chairs where guests can curl up with a good book. There’s a little kitchen off the library where you can help yourself to endless tea and coffee to go with your books. There are shelves filled with a staggering array of board games.
Pictured above: The red room is the Colette room. The cross-sectioned picture is the Mark Twain room. The room with a mural between two beds is the Steinbeck room.