My husband heard about this property from a coworker who stayed here for a company get together financed by his wif'e's employer, a large pharmaceutical company. My first comment after looking over the choices on the hotel website was that "bigger and more expensive doesn't always mean better"...Husband totally ignored this and said "I want an ocean view in villa accomodations". His birthday..his paycheck so I booked the Martha's Vineyard Villa.
Now eating my words: It is Gorgeous!!!.
The villas have private entrances all with their own courtyards. The ocean view ones have a lower courtyard with hot tub (operating in January) and saunas, while the garden villas also with courtyard, have only the hottubs. A set of stairs brings you to a deck with a bench seat in the corner providing the best oceanview and a table with a few other chairs. Enter the villa through a set of huge atrium doors into a beautifully decorated room (blues) that initially seems a little small for the price. I forgot to mention the welcome glasses of champagne at checkin and the bowl of fruit awating us on the villa's wetbar. The front desk attendant escorted us to our villa (not in the original mansion) and showed us how to work the lighting, fireplace, and three headed sunken marble shower and jacuzzi in the bathroom with heated floor tiles! A bathroom to die for.
The Martha's Vineyard Villa has a wetbar, fridge, gas fireplace, large TV enclosed in paneling above the fireplace and a king sized opulent 4 postered canopy bed along with 2 comfy chairs and an ottoman at the foot of the bed all located in front of the fireplace and TV.
Lay on the bed, look at the fire and gaze out the window s/atriums onto the icey Atlantic waters of Newport's First Beach or better yet, wake up in time for the spectacular sunrise ( even in 20 degree January weather). Robes are provided upstairs for the showers and downstairs for the hottub with slippers at both locations as well. Bottled water provided at the wetbar and hot tub .The front desk calls to make sure you would like turndown and what time is convenient. If you prefer privacy, say no and enjoy the enclosed gated courtyard to your heart's content.
A newspaper is delivered , placed in a bag outside your locked courtyard entrance for the AM and options for breakfast include a continental breakfast deliverd to your room or breakfast in the Spiced Pear , the onsite restaurant with stunning views from all tables. Breakfast, included in the room price, is superb. We had the signature Frenchtoast and the Eggs Benedict, beautiful presentation and just plain yummy.
I am sorry that I didn't give the Spiced Pear a chance for dinner as the breakfast was delicious. One of the other Trip Advisor reviewers noted that for 2 dinner was $400...they must have had some pricey bottle of wine for the menu prices i observed while high, were no more outrageous than any other exclusive restaurant. I cannot imagine spending mroe than $200.
After breakfast ,we asked the front desk attendant if we could see one of the other mansion rooms ( I was hoping to see the Louis XVI..the room i would have chosen). She showed us the Greek Revival, a very nice room with a superb deck overlooking a full Atlantic Ocean view over cliff walk. This room is very reasonably priced and i wouldn't hesitate to stay here. She then showed us the English Tudor Suite, a little dark for my tastes but lovely with an in room paneled raised jacuzzi..very stately. And lastly , she brought us into the Louis XVI...which was quite lovely with a set of three windows forming a bay with sitting area and a deck that adjoined the Greek revivals with its spectacular views. This room was quite opulent and along with the English manor one of the three priciest in the mansion.
This getaway was to celebrate my husband's birthday. We have stayed in many hotels through the years, many costing more than their worth though we are willing to pay for a view! None have been anything like this. A former Newport Mansion located on the famous CLiff Walk, it has been refurbished beautifully. We paid winter prices which i thought were a little steep initially. The summer prices almost triple but for January with a sunrise to order, the Martha's Vineyard Villa with all its amenities and beautiful features including the yummy Spiced Pear breakast was worth every penny.
If you are celebrating a special occasion any of the rooms would be a treat. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stunning historic mansion hotel located on the famous Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island. Boasting 20 elegant guestrooms, each custom designed around a particular historical period or theme, this luxury hotel allows breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Easton’s Beach, setting the mood for a truly relaxing and enjoyable vacation. The award-winning Spiced Pear Restaurant and luxurious in-room spa treatments combine to make this boutique hotel the perfect setting for a romantic retreat. ... more less
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