We just spent a 3 day weekend "off season" in April at this fabulous hotel! It was our 3rd stay in Newport, second time in April and this was absolutely, by far, the best hotel, location, service, and room. We got a great deal on the water view deluxe room through Snique Away, and were excited to experience this place. Upon arrival on a Thursday night, a valet greeted us. My husband asked if we had the option to park our own car, the valet said "yes" and indicated where we could park. After that, we never had to drive anywhere, because the location is so convenient to EVERYTHING in town, we just walked!
We were then greeted at the front door by a lovely woman who checked us in. The first thing that struck us was no "front desk", just a beautifully appointed writing desk where we were checked in by laptop and then escorted to our room. Once there, the gal took us through how to operate the tv, ipod, ipad, and indicated other amenties such as the wet bar. The room was so beautiful, and modern! From the furnishings, fireplace, seating area, view, tv, and giant bathroom with 2 person soaking tub and double shower, we were thrilled with how comfortable, beautiful and accomodating the room features were.
On the ipad were a list of the prices for spa services (available in room only) which we did not use. Wet bar prices, which were OUTRAGEOUS ($65 for a small bottle of Bacardi), but quite possibly de riguer, since we don't usually have a wet bar in the room! There were room service menus, a list of area restaurants and other suggested places to go, plus tv listings and free newspapers to read.
Every person we ran into in the hotel greeted us warmly, thanked us for being there, told us to have a good day/night, and even said "welcome back" when we came back from an excursion. The service is wonderful, you really felt that you were welcome and valued as a customer. The first night, we enjoyed a drink at the round bar in the main lobby. Wine list was quite limited, we were told they were gearing up for "the season", but enjoyed a espresso martini instead which was scrumptious. Bar prices were very high - $25 for 2 drinks with tip (more than we are accustomed to paying).
Pros: Hotel is beautiful, modern, comfortable. Amenities in the room and hotel abound, from in-room ipad/ipod, fireplace, soaking tub, to the lobby library with bar, books, pool table, tv, outdoors is also very comfortable with seating and firepits. Location is fantastic, service is amazing. Bed is comfortable, linens are beautiful, plus Malin-Goetz skincare, haircare products supplied.
Cons: In our room, we could not get the ipod to play "over the tv" as we were told it would, even after calling down and getting instructions. Our fireplace would not "stay on" whether the 30, 60, or 120 minute setting. We did not ask for assistance with this, which may have resolved the problem quickly, we just dealt with it. Prices are VERY high for food/drinks - the last night we had dinner at the hotel bar and it was spectacular tasting but very pricey. Room service coffee was $10 with tip which had exactly 2 cups in the pot sent up - no coffee in the lobby or a maker in the room - absolutely a must! My husband ran next door next 2 mornings for coffee at "Express Yourself", but on site is preferable. BEWARE of Valet parking charges!!!! Luckily, in our Snique Away confirmation, the hotel policies indicated that "valet parking is available" - so when we were charged $75 for 3 days of valet parking, we were able to get it waived because nothing indicated that there was an automatic parking charge - but this is the policy! The valet never touched our car, but apparently it is a daily parking rate. The head of guest services was very gracious about this charge an immediately removed it from our bill - which made us feel that this is absolutely a hotel that we would return to in the future!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Forty 1° North is Newport's newest waterfront destination. State-of-the-art Hotel and Marina. Exciting Restaurants and chic lounges. Beautifully appointed lodgings. Extraordinary service. Everything you'd expect in a world class resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 40 1 North
- Forty 1 North Hotel Newport