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Newport Beach Hotel and Suites
Ranked #9 of 18 Hotels in Middletown
Reviewed 11 July 2010

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!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

We stayed in the historic section of the hotel and found the room to be very clean with a wonderful view of Easton's (1st) beach. The bathroom was a little small and the door was on a spring so that you had to prop it open if you wanted to air out the steam after showering. Parking was easy and the staff was very friendly. The lobby bar offers a great ocean view as well as several large TV's. The roof top deck with hot tub had a beautiful marsh view and was also well adorned and clean. The restaurant for lunch was a little slow even though it wasn't crowded. We had to ask for new napkins twice as several were extremely frayed. The food was good however and very reasonably priced. Overall, I would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2010

Newport was great. We really enjoyed our stay. We stayed in the old building. Quite small, but nice. The indoor pool/ spa was great. Close and accessible to downtown Newport. Would return to this hotel and stay in the newer building, much larger suites.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2010

We came to the hotel with another couple, our three kids and their two so we are a pretty big crowd. We were able to get suites next to each other and they are just fantastic. The pool is pretty small but it was great for the kids and had a nice view for us. We were also able to get a cabana at the beach for the whole set which made it much easier to have everyone's stuff nearby and deal with snacks, diapers, bathrooms, the works. Flo's Clam shack was a perfect place for everyone. They loved the fried seafood and atmosphere and the little ones just ate the food we brought, which nobody seemed to mind. My husband recommended the stuffed cohog. The washer in the room is a lifesaver for families.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2010

I don't usually have much to say about the hotels I stay at for sales calls but this hotel was great. My room was on the historic side and was very large. I was able to sit on the outdoor deck with my laptop and get a perfect internet connection. The abc breakfast sandwich I had before my meeting was awesome. I meant to use the gym but I never got around to it so I don't have anything to say about it.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 June 2010

The location was fantastic - right across the street from a great, popular beach and a stone's throw from the Cliff Walk and mansions. It's a little ways to downtown but walkable.

The hotel was great, with a nice indoor pool (we went 3 times and didn't see anyone else in there) and a great rooftop deck and hot tub. The staff couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating. The room was small but very clean and everything was new.

We looked at a bunch of places to stay and this was definitely the best option, great location, great hotel, couldn't ask for anything else.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2010

We stayed in the historic part of the hotel, second floor, facing the ocean. We were pleasantly surprised with the view out our windows to the ocean and that the room had a hot tub looking out to the ocean!

We booked this hotel without knowing anything about the Newport area.. the prices and ratings seemed reasonable, and we certainly do not regret out decision.

The hotel is not within walking distance of downtown Newport, but is just a short walk to the beach or cliffs. There was a wonderful little restaurant and bar downstairs, which we ate at most every night and morning. Cheerful, professional service there. Excellent meals always.

Our main complaint is with housekeeping. They were not very through with cleaning the room. They neglected critical things like replacing the waste basket bags and putting the extra roll of toilet paper in the bathroom. Keep in mind we stayed early in the week- off peak time, so being busy should not be an excuse.

The room was plenty big enough for a couple, but the bathroom was pretty tight, specifically getting to the toilet... if you are a large person, it is not going to be easy. The large screen TV was nice, as was the view from the bed, but we found the sheets to be rough and uncomfortable. Also, being close to a busy road- it was very loud late into the night, and then again early in the morning- not an ideal room if you like to sleep late.

Overall, we'd stay here again when in the area, there are some cons, but more pros. We did not like the fact they now charge $10 a night to park in their own lot- seems greedy.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Newport Beach Hotel and Suites

Address: 1 Wave Ave, Middletown, RI 02842-7008
Region: United States > Rhode Island > Middletown
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Middletown
#6 Business Hotel in Middletown
Price Range: £75 - £251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Newport Beach Hotel and Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 71
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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