My husband and I stayed for three nights at the Newport Beach Hotel, in the historic inn part of the establishment. Our room, 362, was clean and a little quirky the way rooms in historic buildings can be sometimes. Our bathroom as tiny, but with a decent sized middle room that included a table w/2 chairs, fridge, microwave and in-room Starbucks coffee, that we used more as a dressing room. The bedroom was a good size and has a nice TV and pretty comfortable bed.
The location is in Middletown, just a stone's throw from the Newport town line, but about a 10 minute drive into the heart of Newport, which accounts for distance and traffic. It's a 10 minute walk to one end of the cliff walk, and across the street from Easton's Beach. Easton's Beach was so stinky when we were there because it has a big pile of seaweed, like a compost pile, that we decided to skip it. The drive around Ocean Drive to Gooseberry Beach and Brenton State Park is scenic and worth taking even if you're not going to the beach, but those beaches are much better choices. It was very hot when we were there so maybe that contributed to the smell of Easton's Beach, but whatever the reason, we couldn't stomach it. I do agree that the pic on the website of the two chairs on the beach with the inn in the background gives a false impression that the hotel is right on the beach. Thanks to tripadvisor reviews, we knew it wasn't, and with that smell, we were grateful.
Breakfast at the hotel restaurant was good, we had basic stuff, but the hotel was full and it was a little slow. No big deal.
One thing to know, which we were not told when we checked in, was that our room, as well as three or four others that start with a 3, are not truly on the 3rd floor and not accessible by elevator. You have to take the elevator to the third floor, then go up two steps, up a short hall, and then up about 8-10 steps again to get to that part of the hotel. Anyone who cannot handle steps should be sure the hotel knows because they didn't ask us at check in and we were completely surprised to have to lug our stuff up all those steps. I have tricky knees and after starting our trip hiking in Maine, then touring Maine and RI everyday, I found it a little bothersome to deal with.
A couple off-site activities we'd recommend are a sail on the Adirondack II w/Captain Andy and crew, of course a tour of the mansions, and tasting at Sakonnet (30 min drive) and Newport wineries.
All in all, I think it's worth it to stay at the Newport Beach Hotel and Suites as opposed to the pricier options in downtown Newport. Our room was clean, the staff was pleasant, and we enjoyed our stay. We had a nice room, despite the issue with the stairs, at a decent price at a good location for touring. However, if money is no object, by all means, Ocean Cliff is beautiful!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located along the sandy beach of one of the most famous resort destinations, the Newport Beach Hotel and Suites stands as the freshest face of Newport. With its meticulously restored gambrel-style historic hotel and contemporary shingle addition, this seaside resort combines historic charm with contemporary sophistication. The original hotel completed a multi-million dollar restoration and the new suites addition, adjacent to the original hotel, features the largest and most luxurious guest rooms in Newport County. ... more less
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