Free welcome champagne and daily champagne breakfasts
Pets allowed (restrictions and fees apply)
Parking costs extra
Not enough counter space or shelving for toiletries in bathrooms
Flood lights around the grounds may be bothersome for first-floor guests
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.
Historic mansion that has retained the elegance and class of the Gilded Age
Built in 1909 by Alfred Gwynee Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel is an original Newport mansion. The original architecture remains and the decor complements it, with antique furnishings and light colors. The rooms and suites are all updated with modern technology and furnishings, but there’s an overall classy, elegant feel to them.
Within the hotel, you’ll find first class dining, as well as casual options. Guests can dine a la carte at Conservatory, have a glass of wine in the Garden Terrace or outdoors by the pool, or head indoors for a dip in the large indoor pool by the spa.
On a quiet street in the heart of downtown Newport
Vanderbilt Grace is located in the heart of downtown Newport, walking distance to plenty of shops, restaurants, and galleries.
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.
Rooms and suites with modern amenities and simple, attractive design
Decorated in light tones, with elegant antique-style furnishings, the rooms at Vanderbilt Grace fit in nicely with the decor of the overall hotel. Every room has a kitchenette with mini-fridge and coffeemaker, free coffee, and a microwave.
The bathrooms are large and luxurious, with walk-in marble showers and swanky bath products. One caveat: There is a lack of counter space for your own toiletries.