Residence Inn Newport/Middletown Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Newport, Rhode Island, United States

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Pros

  • Suites have separate living area (except studios) and pull-out sofas
  • Full kitchenettes with cooktops, microwaves, fridges, dishwashers, and coffeemakers
  • Free hot full breakfast daily with good options
  • Free Wi-Fi and free local phone calls
  • Free parking
  • Evening socials three times a week with free beer, wine, and food
  • Sport court for tennis and basketball
  • Decent fitness center and business center
  • Indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi
  • Pets allowed (restrictions and fees apply)

Cons

  • Not right in Newport (about a 5-minute drive)
  • No restaurant
  • Some may find the beds too firm

Bottom Line

Families and business travelers will likely appreciate the comfortable multi-room suites with full kitchenettes (featuring cooktops and dishwashers) at this mid-range hotel, as well as the free daily breakfast and evening socials offered throughout the week. Its location two miles from downtown Newport means visitors can avoid having to pay the pricey downtown Newport rates.

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Great for families and business travelers

The Jacuzzi at the Residence Inn Newport/Middletown
The Jacuzzi at the Residence Inn Newport/Middletown

The Residence Inn Suites draws business travelers and families with its full kitchenettes and roomy accommodations. The free daily hot breakfast and evening socials three times a week also help travelers save money on food.

A few features will help keep the kids entertained. There's an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, and outside, an activities court where you can play basketball or tennis. During the summers, the hotel also offers a weekly barbecue on Thursday nights.

 Location

About 10 minutes from downtown Newport -- a car is a necessity

Residence Inn is located in Middletown, RI, which is about a five-minute drive north of Newport. If you have a car, you can take full advantage of everything Newport has to offer without having to pay the high rates. But, it should be noted, parking in Newport in the summer can be a bit of a nightmare, so being located outside of the city could be an issue. All along Main Road near the hotel, guests can find plenty of restaurants and regular shopping stores (Christmas Tree Shop, Olympia Sports, CVS) within walking distance.

Newport 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.

  • 40-minute drive to T. F. Green Airport
  • 80-minute drive to Boston Logan Airport
  • 5-minute walk to Middletown restaurants and shops
  • 4-minute-drive to Cliff Walk and local beaches
  • 6-minute drive to downtown Newport
  • 7-minute drive to Museum of Newport History
  • 7-minute drive to Newport Harbor
  • 12-minute drive to Breakers Mansion
  • 30-minute drive to Kingston and Amtrak station
  • 4-hour drive to New York City

 Rooms

Simple, chain-like decor at this all-suite hotel

Bedroom at The One Bedroom Suite at the Residence Inn Newport/Middletown
Bedroom at The One Bedroom Suite at the Residence Inn Newport/Middletown

Designed with business travelers and families in mind, the suites at Residence Inn are comfortable, and come with full kitchenettes or kitchens to help guests save money on food. There are Studio Suites, One Bedroom Suites, and Two Bedroom Suites available.

The suites are decorated in shades of red and white, with wood furniture. And the kitchens/kitchenettes have dishwashers, fridges, cooktops, and coffeemakers -- some feature stainless steel appliances, but not all. The living areas have a pull-out sofa beds and flat-screen TVs, plus tables for eating, while the bedrooms mostly have tube TVs. The bathrooms are pretty standard, with shower/tub combos.

  • Suites with full kitchenettes/kitchens including fridges, dishwashers, cooktops, microwaves, and coffeemakers
  • Separate living areas with pull-out sofas and eating tables
  • Free Wi-Fi and local phone calls
  • Standard bathrooms with shower/tub combos and Davies Gate products
  • Flat-screen TVs in living areas; another TV in bedrooms

 Features

Evening socials provide a good spread of free food

Breakfast Room at the Residence Inn Newport/Middletown
Breakfast Room at the Residence Inn Newport/Middletown
  • Business center with two computers with Internet access, and printing services
  • Decent fitness center, plus a sport court (tennis and basketball)
  • Indoor, heated pool and Jacuzzi
  • Thursday evening barbecues during the summer
  • Free full hot breakfast buffet daily with eggs, waffles, and more
  • Evening socials on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at The Bar, with a full spread of food plus wine and beer
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi
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 Bottom Line

Families and business travelers will likely appreciate the comfortable multi-room suites with full kitchenettes (featuring cooktops and dishwashers) at this mid-range hotel, as well as the free daily breakfast and evening socials offered throughout the week. Its location two miles from downtown Newport means visitors can avoid having to pay the pricey downtown Newport rates.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 97
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Address: 325 W Main Rd Middletown, 02842 United States of America
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