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Great for families and business travelers
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.
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.
Simple, chain-like decor at this all-suite hotel
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.
Evening socials provide a good spread of free food
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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