In a town with notoriously expensive hotel prices, the Mainstay Hotel & Conference Center offers guests room rates that are consistently budget-friendly, even during the summer months. Formerly a Best Western, the Mainstay still retains a chain-like feel. Guest rooms, while fairly spacious, have traditional, cheap furnishings, boring white walls and bedspreads, and bland bathrooms in need of a major update -- and most smell like smoke, even if deemed “non-smoking.” Parking and Wi-Fi are free, and there is a restaurant on-site, but the hotel is not within walking distance of all the action in downtown Newport. However, it is just a few minutes down the road from the U.S. Naval War College, and there is a nondescript casino called SLOTS, across the street.