Yankee Peddler Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Originally built as a sea captain's home, The Yankee Peddler Inn is one of the oldest inns in Newport, and it's location in the heart of downtown Newport is a major plus. 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 -- the twenty rooms do have charming touches (some have four-poster canopy beds). Ground are attractive (think: climbing ivy, potted plants) and the roof deck is lovely.
Harborside Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Harbourside Inn's rooms may be nothing special (picture tube TVs and basic furniture), but with just 15 of them, the hotel has a cozy, laid-back vibe. And some rooms have harbor views with small balconioes. The hotel also offers a free continental breakfast in a sunny room overlooking the harbor.
Jailhouse Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Jailhouse Inn is a no-frills bed and breakfast with 23 rooms that are strikingly similar to those at the Harbourside Inn. More rooms and a not-quite-as-quaint breakfast room makes this hotel just slightly less cozy than than the Harbourside Inn. But it's history as a former county jail adds character to the decor, with details such as original steel gates and bars on common-area windows. And it's just about a 10-minute walk from the downtown area.