We recently stayed in one of the beach cottages and couldn't have been more pleased. You really are right on the beach - you go out on you deck and walk a few steps to the sand. That was my number one want for this trip and I got it. The cottages aren't quite as isolated as I hoped - you can see Ocean Drive from the cottages quite easily - but Newport is a pretty bustling place so I think this is as good as it is going to get and still be in Newport. The cottage itself was a perfect fantasy of a beach cottage - high white painted wood ceilings, beadboard everywhere, beautiful furnishings in whites, blues and greens. The back of the cottage toward the beach is all windows and when you come in through the front door we could see nothing but the sky and the sea through them which was just amazing. The cottage was slightly smaller than I thought - maybe 15 by 15 overall which includes the bathroom and a small kitchenette. But the outside deck adds to the space. The floors have radiant heat which was nice and the toiletries were L'Occitaine. The breakfasts here were fantastic - especially the lobster hash - and together with the free tea for guests in the afternoon we never needed to eat a full lunch. The tea was really great and shouldn't be skipped - lovely finger sandwiches, amazing pastries, and fresh fruit all served in a beautiful room at the main house. The location of the hotel is really nice - other than being right on the water - you are right on Ocean Drive and can get out and about very easily. But I would not stay here without a car. The main house is beautiful and the grounds are large with sweeping views of the bay and bridge. We did eat dinner here one night and it was good but not the best meal we ate. The food itself has good and I would eat it again but the prices were just a bit high for what it was. We felt it was worth it though, after a long day of travel to sit in a beautiful and quiet wood paneled dining room with good food and nice wine, even if it was a little overpriced. The view alone in the main dining room would make up for a lot of dining defects and the service was formal yet friendly. I have stayed at several Relais and Chateaux properties and I would say that although this isn't the most luxurious of the bunch it certainly lives up to the standards of luxury and service that the group advertises.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dynamic and breathtaking, Castle Hill Inn promises an exclusive, luxury experience for each guest who visits. The property's 40 acres offer everything from panoramic water views, and rustic hiking trails to private beaches and hidden rocky coves. In summer, guests come to unwind and enjoy the Newport social scene that gathers on the Lawn, which slopes from an elegantly restored 19th-century mansion out to Narragansett Bay. During cooler months, Castle Hill becomes more of a private retreat, perfect for escapes from city life but still close to the amenities of downtown Newport. Year round, the property also boasts world-class dining that showcases the best of Rhode Island's seasonal bounty, Castle Hill's extraordinary setting only becomes more beautiful with each turn of season, and we do our best to match its brilliance with unmatched service for our guests. A Relais & Chateaux member and recipient of Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Award. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Hill Hotel Newport
- Castle Hill Resort