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Vanderbilt Grace

Vanderbilt Grace Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Vanderbilt Grace is a 100-year-old mansion built by the Vanderbilt family that has been converted into a modern, elegant hotel. It's a luxury property, so accommodations here don't come cheap, but the rooms are well-appointed, the dining is first-class, and the location is prime -- close to Newport, but without the noise. A spa, a substantial fitness center, and two swimming pools round out the list of features. Plus, guests get plenty of free champagne -- when they check in, and at breakfast every morning.
Castle Hill Inn

Castle Hill Inn Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Castle Hill Inn was once the private summer home of a prominent marine biologist. Today, the 40-acre luxury property includes the original New England-style shingled mansion, along with private guest cottages, a beach, and a small marina. There are several different room types at Castle Hill, but all are outfitted with luxurious finishes such as hardwood floors and marble bathrooms. The hotel’s signature restaurant, the Castle Hill Dining Room, is highly regarded for its delectable seasonal menus and extensive wine list. Castle Hill is far from downtown Newport, and guests will pay a premium to stay here, but nightly rates do include free Wi-Fi, parking, breakfast, and afternoon tea. Travelers looking for a similar level of luxury closer to downtown should check out The Chanler at Cliff Walk, which often has comparable nightly rates.
Hotel Viking

Hotel Viking Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Opened in 1926 and most recently renovated in 2007, the Hotel Viking is a historic Newport property with charming period details and subtle Nordic accents. Located on Bellevue Avenue, the upscale Hotel Viking is close to Newport’s famed mansions, the lively shops and restaurants on Thames Street, and the gorgeous Cliff Walk. With a large indoor pool, beautiful spa, and over 13,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel is ideal for any type of traveler, including families, couples, and those on business. Rooms are large with rich decor inspired by Newport’s Gilded Age, but bathrooms in the Newport wing are incredibly small. Though nightly rates tend to skyrocket in the summer months and there is a pesky nightly resort fee, staying at the Viking tends to be significantly cheaper than at other comparable options like the Castle Hill Inn or The Chanler at Cliff Walk, both of which are located on the water.
Ivy Lodge

Ivy Lodge Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The Ivy Lodge, a sprawling Victorian mansion turned upscale bed-and-breakfast, is a place where guests can relive the opulence of Newport’s Gilded Age -- from the stunning oak entryway to each of the inn’s 12 individually decorated rooms. The owners of the Ivy Lodge, a husband and wife team, go out of their way to ensure guests enjoy their visit to Newport by offering city getaway packages, discounted tickets to area attractions, and local restaurant recommendations. They also serve a hot gourmet breakfast each morning as well as tea, coffee, and snacks throughout the day, all of which are free for guests. Wi-Fi and parking are also free, and the inn is within walking distance of the Newport mansions and the famous Cliff Walk. However, there are few other amenities, and the traditional Victorian decor might not be to everyone’s taste.
Francis Malbone House Inn

Francis Malbone House Inn Rating: 4.0 Pearls

An 18th century Georgian mansion turned bed-and-breakfast, the 18 room Francis Malbone House Inn is loaded with upscale charm. Guest rooms are furnished with traditional Colonial pieces, including four-poster beds and wing-back chairs. All rooms have working fireplaces, but bathrooms vary greatly in size and features. Though there is no pool, spa, fitness center, or on-site restaurant here, the Francis Malbone does offer free parking, Wi-Fi, breakfast, and afternoon tea. Friendly innkeepers treat guests like family, and the hotel sees a great deal of repeat customers. However, there is a two-night minimum stay requirement on weekends, and children under the age of 12 are not permitted to stay at the inn. Guests who are looking for bigger amenities, like a pool, spa, fitness center, or on-site restaurant, should check out the nearby Hotel Viking. It’s a larger property, but still has some historic detailing.
Yankee Peddler Inn

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.
Christopher Dodge House

Christopher Dodge House Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Christopher Dodge House offers a quaint, affordable bed-and-breakfast experience in Providence. The full daily breakfast is a nice perk, and the cute rooms are spacious and comfortable (though the bathrooms are on the small side). Details such as four-poster beds, fireplaces, and original tin ceilings from 1858 add historic charm.
Jailhouse Inn

Jailhouse Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Jailhouse Inn is a no-frills bed and breakfast with free parking located near Washington Square in Newport, a 10-minute walk from downtown. The inn’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. But rates are a little high for such basic rooms.


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