Yankee Peddler Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Newport, Rhode Island, United States

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Pros

  • Walking distance to the Wharf and downtown shops
  • Affordable for downtown Newport
  • Free continental breakfast and afternoon tea daily
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Pretty rooftop garden with seating (though some guests complain smokers gather there)

Cons

  • Dated decor and thin room walls
  • No elevators
  • Small tube TVs
  • Some rooms are dark without much natural light
  • Some baths have just a small shower
  • Breakfast room is in dark basement of inn

Bottom Line

Every room at the Yankee Peddler Inn has a different configuration, thanks to the nature of the historic mansion’s architecture, but all are perfectly sufficient as far as size goes. Although the decor could use a facelift -- there are old tube TVs and boring artwork on the walls -- rooms do have charming touches (some have four-poster canopy beds). Ground are attractive (think: climbing ivy, potted plants), the roof deck is lovely, and rates are more affordable than at other properties nearby, making this a solid, centrally located value option in pricey Newport.

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 Scene

This B&B is a mix of historic and just plain dated

Breakfast Room at the Yankee Peddler Inn
Breakfast Room at the Yankee Peddler Inn

Originally built as a sea captain’s home, The Yankee Peddler Inn is one of the oldest inns in Newport. It’s managed to retain the charms of the architecture -- though some guests don't see this as a good thing, as the decor can feel outdated. There is a lack of natural light in many of the rooms, which may be an issue for some guests.

There aren’t a lot of common areas at the inn. Only the breakfast room in the basement and the rooftop garden, which is beautiful when the weather cooperates.

 Location

Close to downtown but away from busy main streets

This inn is smack in the heart of downtown, yet off the main streets so it's not too noisy. It's two blocks from the harbor as well.

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.

  • 35-minute drive to T. F. Green Airport
  • 80-minute drive to Boston Logan Airport
  • 1-minute walk to downtown Newport
  • 3-minute walk to Museum of Newport History
  • 7-minute drive to Breakers Mansion
  • 7-minute drive to Cliff Walk and area beaches
  • 30-minute drive to Kingston and Amtrak station
  • 4-hour drive to New York City

 Rooms

The Carriage House rooms have more space.

Master Bedroom at The Superior Suite #3 at the Yankee Peddler Inn
Master Bedroom at The Superior Suite #3 at the Yankee Peddler Inn

Rooms are decorated in Victorian fashion with canopy beds and antique-style furnishings. Some of the bathrooms are small, almost cramped, with small stand-up showers, but given the historic nature of the building, the varying sizes and shapes of the rooms is to be expected. The decor is a bit dated -- no flat-screen TVs or luxury linens -- but rooms are comfortable enough, and a good value.

The rooms in the Carriage House are more spacious and offer much more natural light.

 Features

Free parking is a bonus in this busy area -- but spots can be scarce.

Roof Deck at the Yankee Peddler Inn
Roof Deck at the Yankee Peddler Inn

 Bottom Line

Every room at the Yankee Peddler Inn has a different configuration, thanks to the nature of the historic mansion’s architecture, but all are perfectly sufficient as far as size goes. Although the decor could use a facelift -- there are old tube TVs and boring artwork on the walls -- rooms do have charming touches (some have four-poster canopy beds). Ground are attractive (think: climbing ivy, potted plants), the roof deck is lovely, and rates are more affordable than at other properties nearby, making this a solid, centrally located value option in pricey Newport.

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Address

  • 113 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840

Room Types

  • Carriage House Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 20
Pool: N/A
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Address: 113 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
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