My wife and I stayed at the Vanderbilt in August of 2007, and again in August of 2008. The latter of the two visits was with another couple.
The draw to me regarding the hotel is the location. Slightly off the beaten path of Newport's Thames Street, I liked how this hotel had an aura of its own. Located near a Starbuck's, and some neat little shops feature crepes, coffees, wraps, etc., not to mention the Banana Republic, Express, at night you can't even hear the at times noisy nightlife. The view from the roof is outstanding. You can bring a bottle of wine up, start the evening watching the sun set. We actually celebrated the engagement of the couple on the rooftop, truly memorable.
The staff was very accomodating in having our room ready both times we came at that moment. Room service was quick, and the food was truly delicious.
The rooms were extremely spacious, and minimally decorated to preserve the history and feel of the past. The beds were enormous, packed with pillows you just wanted to jump into...and sheets were so soft and cozy! We stayed in a suite, so before dinner, my wife and I could cozy up in the living room in our robes, watching some TV on the LCD or even popping in a DVD. If we wanted to lay in bed, we'd have the luxury of having another LCD within perfect viewing distance.
Everything is walking distance, from Ocean Drive (I'd rent a bike though), to great restaurants like the Mooring, Red Parrot, Lucia, Sardella's, and great bars like White Horse, or Cafe Zelda.
Newport is a great stop for a weekend, with so many attractions. Aside from the mansions, the beaches are a stone's throw away, not to mention the Tennis Hall of Fame.
Don't forget to take advantage of the breakfast at the Vanderbilt, as it's also very good. Lastly, check out the downstairs as they have a pool and exercise room. Vanderbilt is perfect for a luxurious, private getaway. Extremely comfortable, and most importantly, clean, you will NOT be disappointed. Tell Caron at the desk I sent you!! She's the best!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grace Vanderbilt is a quintessential Newport mansion with 33 guest rooms and suites, full service spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness center, roof terrace with amazing views of Newport Harbor and two restaurants. Experience our newly renovated, elegant restaurant Muse or enjoy casual a la carte dining at The Conservatory, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vanderbilt Grace Hotel Newport
- Vanderbilt Hall Newport
- Hotel Vanderbilt Hall