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Mainstay Hotel & Conference Center
Ranked #18 of 21 Hotels in Newport
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

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.

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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We stay here often. it is convenient to the activities we enjoy without having to drive downtown. The Staff is friendly and kind. The rooms are clean and the beds are comfy. Free internet is nice. The restaurant is good (we usually stop in for breakfast before we leave).

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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Awful odor-Halls and room had a horrible musty smell. Unclean room- Bathtub had hair in it, coffee machine was not cleaned. Thin Walls- Could hear conversation, people walking, toilets flushing, and doors opening/closing all night. Overall it was just not worth it. I was with a group of people, and most stayed at another local hotel. I stay at Best Westerns frequently so i figured i would stay at this one. Never again, next time i will join my friends at the other hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Stayed here for one night earlier this month while my husband was attending a conference in Newport. Pros: moderately priced compared to other options, smooth check-in/out, quiet (our room was away from main road), seemed very clean, comfortable mattresses, decor didn't try too hard to be something it wasn't (my pet peeve). Cons: not that convenient to downtown Newport, which is so walkable. Car is a must-have as hotel is situated on a multi-lane busy road. Building layout is weird. We had to walk down a couple really long hallways to get to our room. Would be tough if you have lots of luggage and/or any mobility issues. We realized later there was a closer entrance to our room from the parking lot, but it seemed to be unsecured the couple times we used it, which certainly would be a security concern. Not enough hooks/storage in bathroom area and unflattering lighting in bathroom. Bathroom exhaust fan really loud.

Bottom line: fine for a short stay if you're on a budget. If you're looking a fun/romantic getaway that's quintessentially Newport and you can afford to pay more, look elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

When we pulled up for our last couple of nights in New England, our hopes weren't high. The hotel is situated on the outskirts of 'downtown' Newport, near a fairly busy highway intersection.
However, the staff were great - they sorted out changing our room (again, the holiday company had booked us twin rooms) by getting us into a king suite.
It is about a $10 taxi ride into town, but this wasn't too much of a problem to be honest.
So, if you need a hotel in Newport on a budget, then this is a good a bet as any.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

This place is a little out of town and if you have a car it is a very good choice among the budget hotels in the area. It's about a 10 minute drive to downtown Newport and 15 min drive to the coast. Doing my research most hotels in Newport were in $200/night range and some B&Bs in $150/night. If you have a car Best Western at $110/night is worth it.

Service - 5
The front desk was efficient and cordial. We don't spend much of the time in the hotel and we primarily rely on our own research so we didn't request any help from the front desk. The maids were pretty good.

Room - 3.5
Rooms are very basic and a bit outdated. We stayed in the standard room. The carpets are dark so you can't see if they are dirty, but given their age they are on the dirtier side. The pillows were very uncomfortable. Other than these negs, the room was pretty good. It was spacious, smelled fine, the bathroom was clean with no signs of molds or anything like that. The room has a TV, safe, hairdryer. Wifi was available and it worked. I was pleasantly surprised with the room.

Amenities - 3.5
You wouldn't expect much from a budget hotel, but they do have a diner on premises. Wifi is a plus. Parking in plentiful. I was disappointed that free breakfast is not included.

Location - 3.5
Not suitable if you are planning to walk to the town. Also, if you are planning to use taxi a lot, it might be better to use a hotel that's closer to the town. If you are driving, the location is great. Parking in town can be difficult, but few minutes of driving around and you'll find something. There is a SLOTS casiono right next to the hotel and provide some entertainment. It's all slot machines with an automated black jack table. There is a bar on the premises as well.

Value - 4
As i mentioned, the value is pretty good here if you have a car. If you have to travel a lot back and forth the taxi fares will add up and you might want to consider a B&B in Newport for $150+. There options that are a little further out for under $100, but i would say you are risking your stay with some of those motels and inns. Best Western has a recognized brand and they maintain the standard. Lack of free breakfast is what makes this a 4 vs. 5

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

the hotel is out of town with not a lot around it. plenty of parking. The room was large and clean, bed linen clean. Bathroom had toiletries and hairdryer.
Didnt eat in the restaurant, but menu looked good with plenty of choice

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Property: Mainstay Hotel & Conference Center
Address: 151 Admiral Kalbfus Rd, Newport, RI 02840-1310 (Formerly Best Western)
Region: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 21 Hotels in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mainstay Hotel & Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 200
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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