I want to give a good review, but I can't. This inn is a satellite of a group of inns. You check in at a central location and are given instructions as to where to go. That is fine, and I knew it when I booked and had all the locations in the GPS.
After check in with Rick who was very, if not too friendly, we drove to the Wynstone, which is a classic and historic Newport home. Parking was tight but we appreciated having parking as we were only a block to the waterfront. There is a short walk from the car to the front of the inn, some steep stairs, a locked door to navigate, and then some more very steep steps to our room, the Belcourt. The room is not a place you want to spend any time in.
The bed is not very welcoming, three steps to even get in, and had an ordinary mattress and pillows. It takes over the room (which is small to start). On the other hand the bathroom was very nice, while the tub is aged. The trim in the bathroom is unfinished with missing pieces and exposed screws.
We spent the day and early evening out of the room. When we retired we found that the TV had horrible reception, with lines down the screen and snow for every channel. I stay up while my husband goes to sleep early, and there was no space in the room to accommodate this in the evening or on the flip side in the morning when he gets up early. The bed is a danger and I was petrified to get up in the dark to use the facilities having to think about taking the steps out of the bed.
We thought there was going to be a breakfast as promoted but a little before 9 am there was no sign. We had to be somewhere at 9:45, and found that at 9:15 when we came down stairs all packed to leave, there started to be life in the dining room, but it was too late for us to catch more than a nibble. At that, the breakfast was nothing special, do it yourself toast, and basic eggs with sausage or bacon and pancakes. No fresh baked goods, which is what I would have loved to grab and eat. No yogurt or fruit either. In the dining room there was bare wood exposed on the trim and a shabby air about it.
When we travel around the world we have experienced all sorts of accommodations and have a healthy tolerance for an acceptable margin of error. I was truly shocked at the quality of this property for the price charged. It is redeemed only by the location and the parking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Wynstone is ideally located just one block up from the waterfront and the center of Newport. Guest rooms include fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, cable TV/VCR, fine linens and custom fabrics. Each room is meant to be reminiscent of the richly adorned mansions of Newport's Gilded Age. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Wynstone Hotel Newport