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“Terrible, No Sleep, You hear everything.”
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Melville House
Ranked #64 of 95 Newport B&B and Inns
Hoboken, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Terrible, No Sleep, You hear everything.”
Reviewed 27 June 2011

We stayed on the first floor next to the front door. Room 7. The door opens and closes all night long and when it closes it slams. There was a guy on the second floor locked out of his room. He banged on the door and yelled some girl's name for about 30 minutes until he realized his room was on the first floor. You hear every foot step and every sound. I may be slept for about 3 hours each night before I was awakened. I would try to stay on the top floor and confirm your room has a TV, AC, and bathroom. Would not recommend this to a friend.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Uk
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2009

We booked the room for 2 nights direct with the Melville House Inn abour 6 weeks before we were due to stay. We specifically booked the David Melville Suite because the significance of the name! When we got there, after driving 250 miles, we couldn't check in at the Melville House Inn and had to go 3 houses down the street, where we were confronted with a sign to say we had to phone the inn keeper to check in. We then found out they had given our suite to someone else. They offered us another standard room and said they would move us the following day. This inconvenienced us because had we'd have known the booking would have been honoured, we would have changed our travel plans, and stayed closer to New York City. We cancelled our booking. We went for a walk around Newport and on our return to collect the car the inn keeper stopped us and said she had explained the mistake to the current occupiers and they had agreed to move into another room, but by this time it was already too late and we had found alternative accomodation in Providence. It was a shame because Newport seemed like a lovely place and the Melville House Inn looked nice from the outside.

Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank UkJetlag
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Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2009

There is a reason why there are so many 5-star review on this place--old management. Apparently Inns of Newport acquired this place back in April, and never bothered to update the website to reflect the lack of in-building breakfast and the fact that the couple who owned the place aren't around.

My fiancée and I chose this place based on old Trip Advisor reviews and on a coworker's rec; of course, aside from the "Part of the Inns of Newport" line on the website, we had no way of knowing that what they experienced was no longer available. Perhaps the funny bathroom cleaner smell and atrocious wi-fi (unusably slow) would have been forgivable if I had known beforehand that this place was no longer under the scrutiny of a couple who owned the place and lived in it. I would have been fine with having to leave the building and walk down the street to have breakfast if I didn't think I'd be able to roll out of bed and get some homemade granola (no longer existent). As it was, it is one of the cheaper b&bs around Newport, and it is in a historical building. If they decide to update the website so people know what to expect, that's one thing. It's another to operate under false pretenses. I can't recommend a place that can't update its own website.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank kendrawesome
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NY, NY
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 September 2009

Location is phenomenal and parking is a major plus. There are a few B&Bs on the same street operated by Inns of Newport. Apparently breakfast was served in the one next door, not in our own B&B. No one told us that, and I went downstairs in the am expecting to find breakfast going on, but there was no one. There were no hosts seen at all during our stay. I also didn't see any other guests, although I did hear them. In that sense, it felt like staying in an apartment in an apartment building. Not your typical mom and pop B&B kind of place.

It was cute, homey and clean, however. And with the location and parking, we were pleased. Room was very small though, FYI.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank lemonicecream
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walsall
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2009

what a wonderfull place to stay, the staff expecially Dean was so helpfull.
when we arrived we got upgraded which was great the house was wonderfull a great spot for exploring newport with free parking a great advantage when staying in newport.
we visit newport regular and usually stay a couple of blocks further up the road but on future visits i will stay at Melville house in future as it was so quaint .
Rick also owns other properties in the same street and we were offered a choice of accomadations and shown around by Dean who was so helpfull.breakfast was fantastic with fresh items everyday.
Thanks for making our stay so enyoyable, Karen & Stewart Tittley, UK

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank spinksWalsall
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Jersey City, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2009

I came here in May 2007 with my friend, then returned again in May 2008 with a group of freinds. The Melville house is great find, their prices are lower compared to a majority of the other B&B's, its located 2 blocks up from Thames St and the food is excellent. The breakfasts were always hearty and the afternoon baked goods were always a treat. The rooms are comfy and standard for B&B's: either a double or queen bed, all rooms had a private bathroom and homey decor. There is on-site parking which is a plus.
I can honestly say I have no complaints about this place

  • Stayed May 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank jeks33
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London
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2008

We stayed at the Melville House Inn having found it on our arrival in Newport, Rhode Island. It was the end of the season and no-one else was staying that night, but Bob and Priscilla, the owners, couldn't have made us more welcome. It's an old building with cosy rooms and a log fire in the sitting room. They also have the sweetest couple of dogs. Bob recommended things for us to see on our short stay and also some places to eat. The inn is in short walking distance of the town centre and has its own parking. Our room was spotless and very comfortable. The next morning, Priscilla cooked us the best breakfast either of us has ever had - muffins, cinnamon coffee, granola and pancakes. We're so glad we found this place and we'd certainly stay there again

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank tallblonde79
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Property: Melville House
Address: 39 Clarke St, Newport, RI 02840-3023
Region: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #64 of 95 B&Bs / Inns in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Melville House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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