Recently spent a weekend at the Hotel Viking to attend a destination wedding in Newport. The Hotel is beautiful, perfect for the area. Nice location. Staff were polite, courteous and helpful. The facilities were updated and top notch. That is where the good part of the review ends. The rooms are the smallest I have ever been in. The king bed allowed for no room to maneuver and two people getting ready was like trying to negotiate an obstacle course because they have tried to jam everything in the room. You literally have about two feet on one side of the bed to move. Now on to the bathroom, which was smaller than on a cruise ship. We had to leave the shower door open to allow enough elbow room to wash and shave. The sink was smaller than a large bowl. My friend said he hit his head on the sink while using the toilet. I hurt my back dealing with the confines and felt slightly claustrophobic, something I have never felt before in a hotel. One other complaint and pet peeve while staying at higher priced facilities, do not charge me $30 a day for parking! I hate that nickel and dime garbage. The hotel does that to keep their rack rate down and because "some guests may not have a vehicle". Almost everyone here had and needs a car.
Nice enough facility that will not get me to come back when we visit Newport again...and we will.
PS: We asked to change the room because of the size and the view overlooking a roof and A/C units but were told they could not accommodate the request. Upon arrival, only two large towels in the bathroom and 1 small bar of soap (probably no room to hold more). We requested more immediately and received them promptly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Combining our iconic Newport landmark with local focused events and exceptional service, a new era of hospitality awaits you at the Hotel Viking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Viking Hotel Newport Ri
- Hotel Viking Newport