July 7, 2016
Don’t miss out on an authentic vacation experience.
These Newport, Rhode Island hotels and inns are steeped in local history and offer amenities you won’t find just anywhere. So as summer and fall sails away in Newport start planning ahead for next year.
Hotels & Inns are easy to come by, and you can read the online reviews, but when you want an authentic travel experience, you want to know where the locals go.
In Newport, Rhode Island, hotels are a dime a dozen. This is, after all, one of the oldest tourist destinations in the United States. In fact, many of the famous Newport mansions were summer homes for some of the biggest names of the American industrial revolution.
When you are traveling to such a historic location, it helps to know where the locals recommend going. Those of us living in Rhode Island know the best hotels keep you close to the action, but offer other amenities like good parking, quality on-site eats, shuttle services, and events. They’re not overpriced for the sake of being overpriced, and they offer a certain desirability you might not be able to identify while scanning Yelp reviews.
One word of advice, though, plan your travel early.
Newport is a destination for people the world over, and for good reason – there is a lot to do! The world famous Cliff Walk is a 3.5 mile path that offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and a glimpse into America’s Gilded Age with the remarkable Newport mansions on the other. The most notable section of the Cliff Walk is The 40 Steps, originally built in the 1800’s, many a girl has been proposed to on these steps. Keep in mind, most of the path is easily walkable, but there are some sections of rugged New England coastline that may not be passable for everyone.
In summer, Fort Adams State Park hosts the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival, both famous for quality music that draws fans by the thousands. Newport is also host to Octoberfest celebrations, seafood and food & wine festivals, restaurant week events, summer concerts, and was recently the only North American stop on the world-wide Volvo Ocean Race.
Once you decide when you want to visit in Newport, it’s time to decide which of these wonderful Newport, Rhode Island hotels and inns you want to stay in. These hotels are all true blue Rhode Islander favorites – some for their history and architecture, some for their food, and all for their love of local culture.
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The Chanler At Cliff Walk
The Chanler At Cliff Walk is one very special place for so many reasons, even Conde Nast reader’s say so, ranking it #18 in the U.S. Well of course, with it’s historic charm sitting high on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic while the waves are crashing over the Cliff Walk it’s no wonder. If the romantic scenery is not enough to get the timbers burning the majestic rooms fitted with fine antiques, fireplaces,stone bathrooms with heated floors will!
While you are there be sure to have a classic romantic dinner at The Spiced Pear in their elegant dining room or the Cliff Walk Terrace (Seasonal) and brunch in the splendor of the oceanfront Veranda, the local artisanal dishes will have you booking another night. To be sure you won’t be disappointed by this exceptional New England experience.
The Mill Street Inn
The Mill Street Inn was born as a woodworking shop in the early 1800s. The Inn’s two hundred years of history shows in the loft-like suites, and has been appreciated publicly through an award from the American Institute of Architects for the historical sensitivity that went into its adaptive reuse.
Among the many Newport, Rhode Island hotels, the Mill Street Inn stands out as a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection. It is centrally located just off Thames Street, a destination for boating, shopping, and history.
The Crow’s Nest At The Seaman’s Institute
The Crow’s Nest is located on the 3rd fl. above the Seamen’s Church Institute in the heart of Newport’s waterfront. You can walk to the wharfs, head out for a sunset cruise, shop or get homemade fudge all within a few blocks. The grand building that houses The Crow’s Nest is on the National Register of Historic Buildings, and offers very affordable rates.
The Marriott Hotel
The Marriott is among the finest Newport, Rhode Island hotels if for no other reason than the location. You can view a harbor full of sailboats from your room and easily walk to any number of restaurants or shopping destinations along the waterfront. The Newport Marriott recently underwent a $35 million dollar renovation, and they are a great resource for nautically inspired guests.
The Viking Hotel
The magnificent Hotel Viking opened in 1926 and has remained a destination since. Located just over one mile from the gorgeous Cliffwalk, the Viking hosts everything from weddings to corporate events to a romantic destination for a special occasion. Hotel Viking’s concierge services can set you up with food and historic walking tours, sailing charters,helicopter rides and bikes. Although many couples choose Hotel Viking for a romantic getaway, they’re family-friendly. Their spa even offers kids treatments! It’s not right downtown, but they do have a first come, first serve car service that will bring you there. They also offer a shuttle to the train station and airport. Among Newport Hotels this one is clearly a cut above the rest.
The Vanderbilt Grace Hotel
Now a Five Star Boutique Hotel, this Newport mansion was originally built in 1909 by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt I.The central location of The Vanderbilt Grace Hotel within the historic district enables you to stroll the charming historic streets, catch a current movie at the Jane Pickens Theatre, and shop Washington Square, Thames and Spring St. This luxury boutique hotel boasts two restaurants featuring local, seasonal ingredients and a fabulous roof top deck for sunset cocktails overlooking stunning Newport Harbor.
America’s Cup Inn
If your looking to be in the heart of the action on quaint Thames St. where the brick sidewalks and the gas lighting leads your way along the cobblestone street, this is where you want to be, America’s Cup Inn.The best part is you can even bring “Fido” with you on vacation for a nominal fee, after all who enjoys the beach more than him!! (pet friendly)
Castle Hill Inn
When local organizations host a fundraiser, a weekend at the Castle Hill Inn is one of the most prestigious, and fiercely bid for donations. Forbes just called it the “Most Romantic Retreat In New England” for 2015. They offer award-winning dining in four separate dining rooms, and on the lawn during spring, summer, and early fall. The rooms are nothing short of magnificent, with each room presenting distinct interiors and views of the beach, the hill, or the harbor.
Castle Hill Inn also happens to be on 40 acres of private land complete with a sandy beach,and a private rocky shoreline named after Grace Kelly when she stayed here during the filming of High Society in 1954, the ultimate in relaxation. In fact, you could visit Newport and never leave Castle Hill; it’s that amazing!
Gilded & The Attwater Hotel
By far the newest (opened in 2015) and hottest boutique hotels that are all the rage right now is Gilded and The Atwater , you know it is special when the locals drive only 30 minutes just for a quick weekend getaway so they can say they’ve been!! The 3rd of Lark Hotels in Rhode Island, equally fabulous is The Break in Narragansett.
Modern design meets the decadent Gilded Age in Gilded’s rich and colorfully designed interior, it will greet you in the morning with a cheerful “Hello Newport!”. Gushing with amenities like a billiard room, croquet practice green,waffle kimono robes, beach bags and chairs, free wireless & IPod/IPad docking stations and a 40″ LED Smart TV’s in every room, just to mention a few. With 17 rooms of brilliantly appointed rooms and the most modern day amenities like these around, to be sure you will be competing with the locals here and they will be selling out long in advance before long!
The Cliffside Inn
When it comes to the lap of luxury in the B&B category the Cliffside Inn is up there with the best of them. Summer home to Victorian Era noted artist, Beatrice Turner, you can even choose her bedroom where you will find her hand painted door panels. As if surrounding yourself in this artist’s retreat is not enough just stroll down to the Cliffwalk a few steps away for the ultimate inspiration.
Continuously receiving awards of distinction and falling into the Top Lists of all the major publications you will surely not be disappointed. With luxurious amenities like, in-room couple massages, daily flower bouquets, hand dipped strawberry covered chocolates and french champagne, romance can not be denied!
Woods + Company
So as not to leave anything interesting off the best hotel and inn guide that really makes you feel like a local and keeps you in the know, check out Wood’s + Company for cool vacation rentals and a full menu of concierge services. Everything from an “Artist Cottage”, “Carpenter’s Apartment” or a “Unique Loft” they have several options available for whatever style floats your boat!
Rhode Island Red Food Tours
Take a Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, (April-November) you will then know the best local restaurants to eat and dine at while visiting. We’ll take you on an off-the-beaten-path tour and sample menu items from some hometown favorites, and you can get to know the culture and history of one of America’s oldest cities. Contact us today if you want to eat where the locals eat and go where the locals go.