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Best Overall: Castle Hill Inn – See Rates at TripAdvisor "The Castle Hill Inn occupies a dramatic setting on the Rhode Island coastline."
Runner-Up, Best Overall: The Vanderbilt – See Rates at TripAdvisor "A meticulously restored brick building filled with large fireplaces, rich carpets, and masterful artworks."
Best Boutique: The Chanler at Cliff Walk – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Each of the guest rooms has unique décor in a classical style."
Best for Families: Hotel Viking – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Kids can be kept entertained in a games room with basketball, Ping Pong, air hockey and more."
Best Resort: Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Water-based resort activities include private sailing instruction, sunset cruises, and water sports."
Best for Luxury: Ocean House – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Commands spectacular views overlooking East Beach and the Atlantic Ocean."
Best Setting: Forty1 North – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Guest rooms and suites come with city or water views."
Best B&B: Armistead Cottage B&B at TripAdvisor "Offers a different vibe to the downtown and beachside areas of Newport."
Best Overall: Castle Hill Inn
Housed in the Agassiz Mansion, the former residence of marine biologist Alexander Agassiz, the Castle Hill Inn occupies a dramatic setting on the Rhode Island coastline. Guest accommodations include historic rooms within the mansion, as well as beach house rooms and cottages with ocean views from private balconies. Depending on the room category, amenities can include fireplaces, Nespresso machines, jetted bathtubs, and steam showers.
The Retreat is a boutique spa that offers massage and facial treatments, using products made from organically grown herbs and flowers sourced from family farms. Guests can also participate in complementary yoga classes during the summer. The hotel has a yacht for private excursions, board and lawns games, and bicycles and fishing equipment for enjoying the surrounding countryside. Guests also have access to the fitness center and pool at the Newport Marriott when in downtown Newport. The Dining Room restaurant offers a menu of fresh seasonal dishes and an award-winning wine list, and there is alfresco dining on the waterfront lawn during the summer season with a casual menu of regional cuisine.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: The Vanderbilt
The Vanderbilt, the summer home of the namesake family, is a meticulously restored brick building in downtown Newport, filled with large fireplaces, rich carpets, and masterful artworks. Guest rooms and suites display a modern take on classic design and overlook the garden terrace or the historic downtown district. Room rates include a gourmet hot breakfast, with lobster Benedict as the signature dish. There are two pools, one on an outdoor terrace and one indoors next to the spa, which has saunas, steam showers, and treatments such as body polishes and deep-tissue massages.
The Vanderbilt Grill serves classic New England dishes with a contemporary touch, including grilled salmon and apple barbecue pork belly. Panoramic sunset views can be found on the rooftop deck, where a bar serves cocktails and other beverages. There is also a separate bar next to the restaurant and a sunny garden terrace. The hotel can arrange classic Rhode Island experiences, including exclusive tours of the historic mansions, private wine classes and winery tours, cruises in yachts and classic automobiles, and fishing charters. Guests can also take classes in glass blowing, cocktail mixing, and sea salt harvesting.
Best Boutique: The Chanler at Cliff Walk
Overlooking the waters of Easton Bay, this hotel is a former 19th-century mansion and remains one of the finest examples of the luxurious manor estates in the area. Each of the guest rooms has unique décor in a classical style, with features including hand-carved four-poster beds, antique furniture, and gild-framed artworks on the walls. Room types include ocean villas, garden villas, manor rooms, and estate rooms, with amenities such as fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, outdoor hot tubs, saunas, and ocean or garden views depending on the room selected.
The house is set among landscaped gardens with lawns, flowerbeds, and an open-air fire pit. With views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the open kitchen, Cara is a fine dining restaurant offering three- and six-course dinners of New England fare prepared using classical French influences and paired with a carefully chosen selection of wines. There is also the more relaxed Café, which has an outdoor dining patio and a bar with an extensive selection of signature cocktails. The hotel also has a complimentary house car service and bicycles with helmets, bells, and Nantucket baskets.
Best for Families: Hotel Viking
In the Historic Hill neighborhood close to many of the restaurants and attractions downtown, the Hotel Viking is an excellent choice for families. Young children receive coloring books and an unlimited supply of crayons upon arrival, and rollaway beds and cribs are available upon request. Kids can be kept entertained in a games room with basketball, Ping Pong, air hockey, board games, and activity books. The hotel is also pet-friendly, with up to two pets allowed per room.
Amenities include two outdoor dining venues suitable for animals and dog daycare services. The Newport Bar and Kitchen is located on the rooftop with excellent views of downtown and casual American fare, with daily specials and regular live entertainment. On Fridays and Saturdays, the hotel hosts a fireside s’mores toasting. Other complimentary amenities include a heated swimming pool and hot tub, a two-hour bike rental, courtyard games, and shuttle service within two miles of the hotel.
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Best Resort: Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina
Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina on Goat Island boasts views of Newport and the marina to the east and of the harbor to the west. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the Seawater Spa has eucalyptus saunas, a salon, and a full service of facials, massages, scrubs, wraps, and aromatherapy. The property has two pools — one indoors for year-round swimming and one outdoors filled with saltwater. Water-based resort activities include private sailing instruction, sunset cruises, and water sports.
Dining options include Scarpetta, a seaside Italian restaurant that serves fresh seafood and seasonal specials, and the casual Pineapple Club, which has a waterside terrace and cabana service around the outside pool. The Lounge is a stylish but relaxed piano bar with wines, cocktails, light meals, and desserts, and an outdoor patio has a fire pit and sunset views. The marina has space for up to 22 boats with up to 125 feet in length. For guests wanting to visit downtown Newport, there is a complimentary shuttle and an hourly boat service.
Best for Luxury: Ocean House
Since opening its doors in 1868, Ocean House has provided luxury upscale accommodations for distinguished guests. Although the original structure no longer exists, the current manor-like building is faithful to its rich and prestigious heritage. The hotel, in conjunction with the Oh! Spa and the Coast Restaurant, is one of the few beachfront hotels in the area. Located on the sandy bluffs of Watch Hill, the property commands spectacular views overlooking East Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Oh! Spa pampers visitors with a full service of ocean-inspired treatments including salt mineral scrubs, marine mud wraps, and beach stone massages. Next door is an indoor saltwater lap pool, with French doors opening up to let in ocean breezes. The property is set amid expansive grounds with croquet lawns and putting greens, and a changing schedule of activities include yoga sessions, wine and culinary art classes, and guided tours of the house. In addition to fine dining at the Coast restaurant, there is also classic brasserie fare next to the cozy fireplace in the Bistro and alfresco dining terraces in the summer.
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Best Setting: Forty1 North
With excellent views of the harbor, Forty1 North comes with its own fully serviced marina, which can accommodate yachts up to 250 feet and has facilities including floating docks, electrical connections, pump-out points, and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is also a dockside food and drinks service, both on the dock and delivered to private boats, as well as a concierge service. Guest rooms and suites come with city or water views, and there are also full cottages and loft apartments suitable for groups.
Two restaurants include the Grill, where guests can dine both indoors and on the alfresco pavilion, and Christie’s, a casual eatery with award-winning burgers and shared platters. Three bars include the fashionable Oval Bar with views through floor-to-ceiling windows, and the Library, which is reminiscent of an old-fashioned smoking parlor complete with overstuffed leather couches, billiards table, and a large stone-lined fireplace. The property is also LEED-certified, which recognizes its environmentally sustainable design and practices.
Best B&B: Armistead Cottage B&B
Set in a peaceful, tree-lined suburban neighborhood, Armistead Cottage B&B offers a different vibe to the downtown and beachside areas of Newport. Each room has individual character, including the romantic Lilac Room, which has a bed overhung with artificial blooms, and the lavish Victorian Room with stained-glass windows and an antique, hand-carved four-poster bed and other furniture.
Rooms come with fireplaces, air conditioning, private bathrooms, and flat-screen cable TVs. A gourmet three-course breakfast is held in a charming dining room with hardwood chairs featuring delicate wood carvings, potted plants, and an ornamental fountain. A relaxed and cozy parlor has antique armchairs and couches. A novelty is the Carrot Room, with over 2000 pieces of carrot-themed memorabilia, and many more stained-glass windows and lampshades can be found around the property. There is also a wide front porch with a swinging chair overlooking the street.
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