We chose this place for a girls weekend getaway to Newport because of price, and availability. We happened to plan the weekend before knowing that it was coinciding with the Jazz Festival, which explains why everything else was booked up, and this place had only 2 rooms left at the time we booked it. It was the cheapest we could find, but still pretty pricy (although not by Newport standards). The location is great, it's a 5 minute drive to put you right in the middle of Newport. Easy to find, ample parking, clean and safe parking lot and surrounding area.
We had Room 19, which had it's own cute little front porch area. The dead-bolt lock on the door didn't work - the main lock on the doorknob did work, but I tend to prefer the added security of a deadbolt when staying in hotels.
The room itself was clean, but definitely had a 1970's vibe from the walls, carpet, curtains, dark wood furniture, fixtures and the bathroom (black and pink tile!) They also tried really hard for the nautical theme to go along with the beach theme...didn't always pull it off.
Speaking of pulling it off, my friend closed off the door that separates the "foyer" of the room from the sleeping area and the doorknob literally came off in her hand when she pulled it to try to get it open again.
The staff were nice and friendly. We checked in around midnight and the gentleman waited to give us the key instead of just leaving it for us like he had said he would. Although, this could have been because we originally we bringing 2 dogs with us, and changed our mind last minute so he may have wanted to make sure he didn't have to charge us for dogs. He gave us a little "goody" bag with an apple, bottle of water, cookies, Starburst, and 2 Dunkin Donut gift cards for $5.00 which was unexpected and a nice surprise! They had an area set up in the lobby with coffee and tea.
The shower worked well, water was hot and a good pressure. The towels were larger than most cheap hotel towels, and there were extras in the closet, along with extra pillows... there was a lovechair in the "foyer" that could pull out to sleep one more person, so the extras were probably for if there were a 3rd person, but only having 2 people, we enjoyed the extras being there.
No hair dryer in the room, but the front desk ran one over to us when we asked for one. The phone in the room is the old school Conair phones, and they don't work...also a bit entertaining.
The rooms are very dated, yes...but they're clean and comfortable. And what are you in Newport for?? Probably not to stay in your hotel room all day... It served it's purpose as a place to sleep each night, and to take a shower. My friend and I are not very high-maintenance and we saw it as an adventure, and really enjoyed ourselves. More "prissy" people may have problems with this place.
For future visits, I would probably look around at my other options, but if it came down to having to stay here again, I totally would.
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