Yankee Peddler Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls
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.
Newport Beach Hotel and Suites Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Newport Beach Hotel and Suites is not located directly on the beach, as the hotel’s website would have you believe -- you actually have to cross a pretty busy street to get to the ocean. Once there, the water is full of seaweed. But it's still a great value for an upper-middle-range beach hotel, and it has some nice on-site amenities, such as a lovely rooftop deck with a hot tub and fire pit (not to mention views of Newport Pond), a small spa, and a decent fitness center. The rooms are spacious enough, and have modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. But this is about a mile outside downtown, so you'll need to drive to get to anything.
Residence Inn Newport/Middletown Rating: 3.0 Pearls
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. Rates are often slightly higher than those at the quainter, more centrally-located Peddler Inn, but the Residence Inn has far more on-site amenities, including an indoor heated pool, a sports court, and a decent-sized fitness center, as well as tons of freebies such as Wi-Fi, parking, evening socials, and hot breakfast.