With its white-sand beaches, centuries-old traditions, quaint streets, and decadent mansions, Newport, Rhode Island, makes a first-class destination. Whether you’re traveling solo, with a partner, or with the whole family in tow, you’ll find no shortage of things to do, see, and experience. But no matter how great the city, the success of any vacation lies in your choice of accommodation… and there, you’re in luck. With no further ado, here’s our pick of the ten best Newport, RI hotels for 2020.
10. Hotel Viking
Where: 1 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840-3205
With its blend of old-world charm and 21st-century comforts, Hotel Viking straddles the best of both worlds. Guests can expect sumptuously comfortable rooms, a delightfully hospitable service, and, at the onsite One Bellevue restaurant, some truly delectable bites.
9. The Francis Malbone House
Where: 392 Thames St, Newport, RI
If you want elegant luxury, the 18th century Francis Malbone House has your name written all over it. With marble tubs, gorgeous antiques, stately fireplaces, and gilded mirrors, this is a hotel that’s clearly proud of its heritage and has no hesitation in showing it. While amenities like fitness and business centers are short on the ground, the charming courtyard and tearoom more than makeup for it.
8. The Attwater
Where: 22 Liberty St, Newport, RI 02840
As winner of the 2019 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Award, The Attwater has no shortage of pedigree. Guests can expect a very modern take on Newport’s traditional style of old-world luxury, with a vibrant décor, a gorgeously inviting spa, and a café serving home-made lemon ginger scones to die for.
7. Castle Hill Inn
Where: 590 Ocean Ave, Newport, RI 02840-6518
With its views over Narragansett Bay and the surrounding coastline, Castle Hill Inn occupies one of the most idyllic spots in Newport. The accommodations are nearly as good as the outlook: decorated with a nod to the Newport of old, there’s a lushness and splendor to the inn’s interior that’ll have you rethinking your own décor before you know it. It’s not all about the past, however: with luxuriously plush linens, rainfall showerheads, and free WIFI, there are enough modern conveniences to make feel well and truly at home.
6. Grace Vanderbilt
Where: 41 Mary St, Newport, RI 02840
If you’re going to Newport, a visit to the mansions is a must. If you want to take things one step further, why not stump up the big bucks and actually stay in one… and not just any old one, but the former home of one of Newport’s most famous names, Grace Vanderbilt? Grace Vanderbilt is today one of Newport’s premier destinations, combining jaw-dropping opulence with modern conveniences to spectacular effect. If you’re lucky enough to grab one of the 33 rooms, don’t miss a visit to the onsite restaurant, Muse: with its French twist on New England classics, it’s a food-lover dream.
5. Forty 1 North
Where: 351 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840
If old-world style leaves you yawning, Forty 1 North should be right up your street. Unlike most of the city’s other offerings, this stylish little boutique has both feet planted firmly in the 21st century. Guests can expect every type of luxury and modern convenience imaginable, from in-room iPads and iPod-integrated media systems to MALIN+GOETZ bath products and Frette linens. Buzzy, vibrant, and with superb eco credentials (right down to the low-flow showerheads and CFL light bulbs), it’s a magnet for the younger crowd.
4. Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection
Where: 41 Mary St, Newport, RI 02840
Situated in a turn of the century property on the waterfront in downtown Newport, the Vanderbilt blends the old and the new to stunning effect. Classily elegant and crammed with gorgeous antique furnishings, it gives a taste of the Gilded Age without neglecting such 21st-century conveniences as flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, gyms, pools, and spas. Also worth a mention is the sublime Vanderbilt Grill: for classic New England fare served with an innovative twist, it’s hard to beat.
Where: 23 Brinley St., Newport RI 02840
Playful, fun, and with its tongue permanently lodged in one cheek, Gilded makes a fine choice of accommodation for anyone looking for something a little different to the norm. With a very 21st-century take on 19th-century glamour, the hotel features plenty of bold graphics, vibrant colors, fun art, and glamourous flourishes. Amenities are plentiful, while the fabulous complimentary breakfast of small plates and baked goods is worth the price alone.
2. Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina
Where: 1 Goat Island, Newport, RI 02840-1570
Superbly located on the gorgeously tranquil (and divinely named) Goat Island, and yet just a few minutes shuttle from the bustle of downtown Newport, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina offers guests the perfect combination of relaxing escape and action-packed vacation. The onsite amenities are just as noteworthy as the location, with a full-service spa, a gorgeously authentic Italian restaurant, several pools, a fitness center, and rooms so comfortably luxurious, there’s a real risk you’ll never want to leave it.
1. The Chanler at Cliff Walk
Where: 117 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI 02840-3659
Want to live it up in style like the Newport folk of old? Then look no further than The Chanler at Cliff Walk. With its idyllic setting in a 19th-century mansion, a stay here will give you a firsthand experience of life in the Gilded Age… although the very modern amenities like Fresh bath products, free Wi-Fi access, wet bars, heated bathroom floors, and DVD players keep things nicely 21st century. The décor in the accommodations is enchanting (each room is kitted out in a different style, veering from Greek Revival to Regency and everything in between), while the crystal chandeliers, mahogany accents, and huge fireplaces in the public areas are nothing short of breathtaking. The service, as you’d expect, is superb, while the supremely elegant menu at the onsite restaurant Cara’s is something else entirely.
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