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Review of Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina

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Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
Ranked #9 of 21 Hotels in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
campton, NH
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118 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Location, location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2008

Visited Newport for four nights staying at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina. The reviews I had read forthis hotel were mixed, from excellent to terrible. We had a easy check-in, maid service was fine, the room itself was fine and clean. The bathroom, other than small and the desperate need of a new bath tub, was nice and new. The hotel, rated as a three star hotel is definitly not that in comparison to the Marriott at the same rating. Out of five stars, this hotel would be three stars mainly because of the cleanliness and the best location of any major hotel in Newport. You can walk to anything except the beach, Fort Adams and the Mansions. Plenty of food, bar, and shopping in Newport.
Restaurants do visit and stay away.
The Brick Alley - two block walk, awesome ambiance, bar and service. Food is excellent and the pricing is reasonable for the quantity you get, altough the quantity could feed an army.
Benjamins for breakfast - decent, clean, pricey but good, excellent location
Anne's breakfast - clean, quiet, good food, pricey, a bit of a walk
Via Via - Italian take out; lunch - screwed up our order, lady had a tough time with language, food was decent but expensive for what it is
Pier 49 - location is great but service wasn't great, food was good but don't buy drinks, 10oz. Captain/Coke was $8- in a plastic cup. Could have been better.
Red Parrot, dinner - excellent location, vibrant, nice set up, food was good, atmosphere was loud, service was good.
A 1 Pizza takeout dinner - had to drive a few miles but the food was really good: pizza was Greek style which I love, salad was full. Pricing was fine but quality was well worth it.
Activities to do and not
Fort Adams - Extremely interesting and beautiful views, James the guide was great and educated on the subject, tour lasted an hour so it is efficient and not tiredsome. Ask for James for a guide!
Ocean Drive - Well worth the five doolars in gas it will cost you. Beautiful drive and interesting houses, plenty of places to stop along the way to take in the views.]
GO FLYER Catamaran sailboat - the crew was knowledgeable and hilarious, the boat clean and graceful and route and sunset vruise was just awesome. If there is one thing to do, this is a must. Location is in the Marina next to the Marriott and Wyndam hotels. Cost was $40- but they could charge much more for this relaxing and wonderful 2 hour cruise, especially with the weather we had.
Birds Eye Helicopter Tour - another must, especially if you havn't been in a chopper. At $89- for twenty minutes, it is not expensive, the pilot is nice and knowledgeable, the tour is incredible.
Beaches - do not go to 1st beach, 2nd beach is better, 3rd beach is the best for swiming. 1st and 2nd are big and populated, 1st has more to offer with food and amusement but they both have the red tide. 3rd beach is small but didn't have the red tide.
Mansions - went to the Breakers - incredible and huge but not my cup of tea. Great views though.
Cliff walk - only walked a mile but it was cool, good place for walk with the wife or a jog.
Newport Negatives
Parking - paide $15 a night at the hotel, BS and everywhere else there were charges and fees. Ridicules.

  • Liked — Clean and location
  • Disliked — Parking
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank doogha
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gorgeous hudson valley
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112 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2008

A four story hotel with knock-out views of the harbor and a location that puts you steps away from everything. Our hotel room was a standard hotel room, size wise, it was a normal sized hotel room and adequate. Bathrooms weren't big but big enough for a bathroom.
If you feel things are lacking size wise--the staff and their service certainly make up for it. Any request we made, no matter how big or small was handled gracefully and with a smile.
$15 a day to park...every place we passed charged for parking, and some were more expensive than $15 for the entire day. Once we arrived at the hotel, we never moved our car until we left. There is metered parking on the street, but it is only good for 3 hours.
Newport is glorious. Take advantage of it's beauty. Thames street has some lovely and unusual shops, the mansions, the restaurants, too much to do and see in a weekend!
The hotel itself does offer a pool, a great deck, a lawn facing the harbor--great for sunset viewings, and indoor and outdoor restaurant, a sauna. The outdoor noise level can get loud, but it doesn't last long. You pay a lot more for the harbor view than the view we had, which was the parking lot. Our view was just fine, and for the amount of time we spent in the room, I'm glad we didn't have the harbor view. If you do have a harbor view on the first floor, you have a patio that you can walk onto. Some harbor view rooms also have balconies, a nice touch!
I agree with the air-conditioner/heating units..they are noisy. We solved the problem by turning it off and just keeping a window open at night. Prices for the hotel do vary...it's a hotel that Priceline uses, which means you might be able to bid and get a great deal on the hotel.
Kudos to Paula the concierge --her excitement in giving us suggestions on where to go and what to see made us feel like this was her first day on the job and she couldn't wait to share her Newport secrets with us--her warmth and enthusiasm added to our enjoyable stay.
Can't thank her enough for recommending Lucia's, an Italian restaurant less than a 2 minute walk from the hotel. Not only was the food outstanding, but because it was a BYOB restaurant, we saved a lot of money!. We had the Chowda at the Black Pearl and found it soooo good, we went back the next day for more! Most restaurants do fill up quickly, so reservations would be helpful..and Paula certainly helped us!!

  • Liked — Location, location, location!!!!
  • Disliked — loud ventilation system
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank 2toots
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Boston, MA
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2008

I booked this hotel for my girlfriend's 30th birthday weekend. The hotel was very expensive but I figured it would be worth it since it had a pool and was on the water. In addition to being expensive, they charge you $15 per day to park and they can only gurantee 1 parking spot. I think parking should be included in the high price of the hotel. The indoor pool was ok. No hottub though. There is an outside area that you can sit and watch the boats/people. That was very nice. Our room was ok - kinda small. We didnt really sleep all weekend because the air conditioning in the room kept going on and off to save energy. Very annoying. Also, when the bars broke out around 1am, the hotel got very loud. We also had a very noisy family with kids staying next to us. The walls appear to be very thin. There is a restaurant connected to the hotel that is nice. It has an outdoor bar. The best part of the hotel is the location. You are right in the heart of Newport. Even though the price was high, you probably arent going to get much better for that price. Oh one last thing, the locker room showers are disgusting. My friend found a pile of poop (seriously) in the shower stall. Not sure how long it was sitting there but...

Bottom line, I wouldnt stay here again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Price
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank NEJOE
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Houston, Texas
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209 reviews
94 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 488 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2008

The hotel has a good location but for the price ($ 350 pr night) you get a fairly small room, and an even smaller bathroom. The bath room has no ventilation and gets very damp.
There is a coffee maker but no refrigerator.
The hotel offers a swimming pool, did not look good, but otherwise had nothing extra to offer, part from a beautiful location overlooking the harbor.
Newport is a very small town; you can easily walk everywhere, so there is no need to stay close to the marina in order to take advantage of dinning and evening life.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — small room, no new shampo etc for second day.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Ducati40
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Norwich, Connecticut
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2008

Booked this hotel for one night on a last minute whim to get out of town. Got a rate of $165 on Priceline which is not bad for the height of the season. When I was checking in, they were quoting $319 to a woman looking for a room for that evening. The best thing about the hotel is no doubt the location. The rest of the experience was just average. The best thing I can say about the room is that the linens and towels are new and very clean. The rooms are small, the walls are thin, the bathroom was recently re-done but the water temperature and pressure were not great. The ceiling fan did not work and paint on the ceiling was cracked and moldy in spots. I wound up with a room on the first floor with a view of the parking lot - not so bad but on the same floor as the kitchen so there were strong odors coming down the hall - smelled like a day old clambake - not very appetizing. Breakfast at the restaurant the next morning was a complete waste of time and money. The menu offered fresh-squeezed orange juice for $3 and I was served a 5 oz glass of frozen or worse. The toast was burned and the service was just not good. I would not recommend that anyone pay full price at this establishment - while Priceline considered it to be a 3 star hotel, I would give it 2 stars at best.

  • Liked — Fresh linens and towels
  • Disliked — Restaurant was terrible
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank Kate K
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Franklin, MA
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2008

I use this site alot and felt it was time to add something to it. My wife and I recently stayed at the Newport Harbor Hotel in Newport for a Friday and Saturday night in May. We were able to secure a great rate through a contact and really had no idea about the hotel or where it was.

First off, the hotel is perfectly located in the downtown area. It is on America's Cup Avenue and just across from the popular Thames Street. You could not ask for a better location.

The staff was helpful and there were no real issues. Upon arrival I noticed two double beds in the room and immediately called the front desk. After a few minutes of "discussion" the front desk staff said they would attempt to find us a room with a king size bed. They called right back and told us they found a room for us with a king bed. They were very helpful.

The room was clean and had everything we needed minus a mini fridge. Bathroom was nice. A bit small but had a nice pedestal sink and again, everything you would need.
As far as the value of the hotel, I can't comment because we received a discount on the rate and this was our first trip to Newport. I can say that Newport is rather expensive and this is coming from someone who lives in Boston.
Newport is a great place for a weekend trip with lots to do and lots of great restaurants - especially the Brick Alley Pub, a must for anyone going.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Thin walls
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank DonkeyPunch69
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Durham NC
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2008

The Newport Harbor Hotel is a great home base from which to explore Newport. Staff are helpful and friendly and the bed and room are comfortable. It is an easy place to launch a walking tour of the city, particularly the Cliff Walk and the mansions on Bellevue, as well as other sites such as the Redwood Library, Trinity Church, and St. Mary's church. It had free parking while we were there (we were there off season, so this might change), which was fantastic.

Stayed April 2008
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Property: Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
Address: 49 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840-3001
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Region: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Newport
#7 Family Hotel in Newport
#10 Romantic Hotel in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina 3*
Number of rooms: 133
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina offers 133 beautifully-appointed guest rooms, all with views of the Newport Harbor, historic Queen Anne Square or Brick Market historic shopping district. Enjoy our indoor heated pool, men's and ladies' saunas, and sundeck overlooking the harbor. Saltwater - Newport's new, hip, waterfront destination. Here you'll find a casual atmosphere paired with locally sourced cuisine, affluent libations, and signature table side service. Friends, food, and ambiance combine to create a dining experience begging to be savored. Room Service is also available. Guestrooms are adorned in comfortable yet sophisticated furnishings and feature two double beds or one king with pillow-top mattresses. Other features such as individually controlled heat and air conditioning, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi internet connection, Keurig single cup brews coffee maker, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, spring water, cable television and HBO, desk with lamp, comfortable chair, and luxurious kimono-style robes for your use during your stay make the Newport Harbor Hotel a favorite among our guests. Book your room today and see what the Newport Harbor Hotel has to offer you! ... more   less 
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