Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Lots of weddings means there can be lots of noise
The hotel's contemporary lobby makes an immediate impression. Mirrored columns, modern furnishings, and a cool tiled backdrop stand out from behind the front desk. There’s also a relaxing outdoor deck overlooking the property, facing the Pell Bridge. The grounds are manicured with Adirondack chairs scattered throughout. S’mores kits, available to purchase in The Galley off the lobby, can be enjoyed at the outdoor fireplace by Pineapples by the Bay.
However, the hallways are dingy and drab, the walls are thin, and even with hotel-enforced quiet hours, sometimes you’re going to have an obnoxious guest or wedding party making a lot of noise, especially during the busy season.
On the tip of Goat Island, just across the harbor from downtown Newport
The Hyatt Regency is located on Goat Island, a small island off the coast of Newport. The hotel has a water shuttle, but it's also just a 10-minute walk across the bridge to downtown Newport.
Newport is located in Rhode Island, and is famous for the restored, historic New England mansions dotting the coast and its downtown area. Architecture and history buffs will find plenty to explore in the National Historic Landmark District, at the Newport Historical Society, and all along Bellevue Avenue where some of the most impressive homes are located, such as the famous Breakers Mansion. Some of the mansions are open for guided tours.
Aside from being rich in history and architecture, Newport also plays hosts to a number of music and film festivals each year, including the Newport Jazz Festival (past performers include Miles Davis and Duke Ellington), Newport Folk Festival in Fort Adams State Park, and Newport International Film Festival.
Tennis, yachting, and golf are popular in Newport, as you might be expect of an area teeming with wealthy individuals. The International Tennis Hall of Fame and the Newport Country Club are both in town.
If nature is more your thing, check out Gooseberry Beach located on Ocean Drive or enjoy the extremely popular Cliff Walk. It’s been designated a National Recreation Trail and runs about 3.5 miles along the shore.
Sometimes you just want to shop and eat, however. Downtown Newport is bursting with shops, cute boutiques and galleries. After you’ve exhausted your credit card and feet, pop into one of the many waterfront restaurants serving up fresh seafood and other local cuisine.
Contemporary rooms with beautiful water views -- or parking lot views
Decorated in blues and whites, the rooms at Hyatt Regency Newport have a nautical look to them, which is fitting given the location overlooking the water. Some rooms have views of the lighthouse and the bay, but others overlook the parking lot or front entrance -- it all depends on the wing of the hotel. The rooms are spacious enough, though some have tiny bathrooms, and have up-to-date technology: flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Wi-Fi (you pay for it in the resort fee). But hallways leading to the rooms are drab, dingy, and darker than you’d expect from a Hyatt.
The resort fee is a bummer -- but it gets you Wi-Fi and free shuttle service.
Plenty of dining options, which is convenient considering the hotel's island location
The high cost of this Hyatt is probably due to its location -- nestled on Goat Island, with gorgeous views of the water and just a 10-minute walk across the bridge to downtown. The rooms, while not huge, are comfortable and contemporary, and some have fantastic views. The list of amenities includes multiple dining options, but the extra resort fee and parking costs irritate some guests.