Gorgeous. Spotless. Elegant. Historical. Comfortable. Relaxing. A great price. A great location.
Mary: The other reviews referred to a young lady in her 20's. This is Mary, she is the one employee of the owners Fran and Bryan. Yes, she is young. She is also kind, sincere, incredibly helpful, welcoming, and friendly. She puts on the breakfasts, cleans the rooms, responds to guests needs, and makes sure you have mints in your room and cookies and drinks to greet you at the door.
I met Fran twice. Honest, sincere, down to earth, accommodating. She and her husband do own a bakery and the fresh bagels and muffins are amazing. The various fruits were also fresh and of high quality (unlike other local B&B's I stayed at.)
Bryan: Knows the history of his house in his sleep, it's his families history. He and his wife are knowledgeable about Newport, but they are busy and you can not expect them to give a lot of time and advice. They have many guests, and family and friends of their own - especially on holidays.
For me the room was perfect, the house was perfect, the two women were perfect. Bryan gave a great price, a great opportunity to experience his place, but was also a bit rude to me and other guests on a couple of occasions. Understandably, tourists are often "loved and hated" by the locals who rely on them. It was a busy Mother's Day weekend and he was likely quite tired. I got in trouble for taking two muffins at breakfast. (I didn't eat the main course just muffins and fruit.) I don't regret it! I LOVE the pistachio muffins; I'd never had that flavor before. I was also pregnant and hungry since there was no vegetarian protein at the breakfasts. (Fran did recommend that if you have special dietary requests -just let them know before your arrival and they will accommodate). I didn't tell them until the day I arrived. Unfortunately, I stayed for three days and never received any special food items - so over-ate the carbs at breakfasts.
There was another small issue, where Fran told me one thing, Bryan later told the opposite. I was upset, told Fran, she told Bryan, Bryan was angry with me for talking to his wife.
Bottom line: stick with Mary! Communicate clearly and in advance when possible and you will enjoy a beautiful house with great people and great food and have a wonderful vacation at a good price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful bed and breakfast in historical neighborhood. Homes are colonial and Victorian some dating back to 1700. Very quiet area but a short walk to the center of town. On the harbor( see the Newport bridge beautifully lite at night) beautiful front porch with antique wicker furniture to enjoy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sarah Kendall House Hotel Newport