Free fitness center with private trainers, personalized yoga and Pilates instructors (extra fee)
Free parking (except in summer)
Need to drive to get to downtown (1 mile away)
Need to cross a busy street to get to beach
Water treatment plant next door is smelly
Parking costs extra during the summer
Rooms can by noisy, both from street and neighboring rooms
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 this upper-middle-range hotel 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.
A "beach-adjacent" resort with some geographic drawbacks
Sure, it's a "beachside" resort, but don't think this hotel is located on the beach, as the website makes it appear. You have to cross a busy road to get there -- and the water pumping station next door isn't a great sight (or sound).
As far as the hotel itself goes, it's pleasant enough, though it can get pretty busy during the summer, with lots of kids (meaning lots of noise). A small but attractive indoor pool is popular with young guests, as is the beach. The roof deck, although small, has a hot tub and fire pit, and is a relaxing place for adults to hang out.
There are two main buildings to the property. The historic building is a bit outdated (and farther from the beach and rooftop terrace, meaning you have to walk through the lobby to get anywhere). The Suites Building is newer, quieter, and more luxurious.
Across the street from Easton Beach, 1 mile from downtown
This hotel is not actually located in Newport as the name might suggest, nor is it actually on the beach. Just east of Newport in Middletown, RI, Newport Beach Hotel and Suites is located across from the street from Easton Beach, and walking distance to one end of the Cliff Walk.
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, while others you can just stand and gawk at.
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.
30-minute drive from Kingston, RI Amtrak
40-minute drive to T. F. Green Airport
80-minute drive to Boston Logan Airport
5-minute walk to one end of Cliff Walk and other area beaches
The Suites Building offers newer, larger rooms at a higher price
The Historic Building offers standard rooms, while the Suites Building offers large suites with a fresher feel.
That said, all rooms have amenities such as free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers with free Starbucks coffee and Tazo tea. Most rooms are spacious enough, though some guests complain that the bathrooms in the Historic Building rooms are too small.
Rooms facing the street can encounter a lot of street noise, as well as a bizarre rumbling noise, which is apparently from the water pumping station next door. Also, there are no elevators and no bellman, so be prepared to carry your luggage up a flight of stairs unless you're on the first floor.
Comfy beds with down comforters and imported linens