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.
Parking - paide $15 a night at the hotel, BS and everywhere else there were charges and fees. Ridicules.
- 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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