If you're on a coach tour etc and you don't have any say in where you stay, you could probably stick it for a night or two. But if not, find somewhere else!
The positives: The beds were comfortable. The television and fridge worked. Easy to drive to and from, but note that you can't walk into town from here. The food in the adjacent diner is pretty good and good value.
The negatives: The SMELL!! It hits you the moment you walk into the building. Old, musty, faintly nauseating. My partner suggested it was the cleaning products they used, but I didn't see any evidence of their use... The receptionists were surly and unwelcoming. There was plenty of information on Boston available in reception, but very little on Newport - ?! The room had cobwebs and I didn't dare turn on the heater as it would have blown out several years' worth of dust by the look of the thing. I had to dispose of a few insects that had somehow got into the room (not cockroaches, let's be clear there). The bathroom had quite a bit of mildew, but that's not very surprising when there was no window or extractor fan, so they should expect damp problems. The hot water supply wasn't entirely reliable, particularly in the morning. The toilet seat was also loose. Despite having the "Please do not disturb" sign on the door, housekeeping kept banging on the door from 8am.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only one mile from Newport, Rhode Island's historic waterfront, Mainstay Hotel and Conference Center offers convenient amenities and relaxing facilities in a great location. Across the road from Newport Grand Casino and half a mile from Newport Naval Station, we are just a few minutes drive from historic mansions, beautiful beaches, a bustling harbor and many other area attractions and activities. Our 200-room facility offers complimentary parking; seasonal shuttle service (surcharge) to downtown; ATM; fitness center; seasonal outdoor pool; self-service laundry; complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as conference and banquet facilities to host your private party or corporate event for up to 150 people. North End Steakhouse, our restaurant, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, and until 10:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with bar service daily from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. We offer casual, friendly dining for all tastes, with a special accent on signature steaks and great seafood featuring Steak Night Tuesdays, Rib Night Wednesdays, Seafood Thursdays with changing lunch, early bird and dinner specials. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western The Mainstay Hotel Newport
- Best Western Newport
- Newport Best Western