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Newport is known both for its history and its wonderful architecture. Some of the architecture is colonial, and dates from the town’s founding - by religious moderates escaping Massachusetts puritanism - and some is pure fantasy! There are Tudor mansions, French chateaux, Italian palaces and all sorts of castles and manors, built as summer houses by the rich and famous. Several of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Newport are converted period houses, so this is a great destination for history buffs, but there are also a few newer properties on the list, if that’s more your style.

Newport was, as its name suggests, a new port, and much of the city sits along the waterside on the southern end of Aquidneck Island. As well as a harbour, Newport has a number of very beautiful beaches and is flanked by some dramatic, rocky cliffs.

A large percentage of Newport’s cafes and restaurants can be found around the harbour, on little cobblestone streets also popular with art galleries and boutiques. And this is a great city to explore on foot or on your bike, which is how many of the locals choose to get around.

One of the best ways to see the highlights of Newport is to take the ‘Famous Cliff walk’, a five and a half kilometre stroll along the clifftops with beautiful ocean vistas one side and views of some of the most extravagant mansions on the other.

Fort Adams is another ’must see’ attraction; it’s the latest coastal fortress in the U.S. and still has around 500 cannons! it’s also where several of the big festivals are held.

Then there are the mansions. The oldest are around 250 years old and eleven are fully preserved historic sites. The best ones have walk through audio tours - which you need considering their scale! Some have extensive art collections, some impressive gardens and some are just architecturally unique. Breakers, based on the Genoese palazzos and built by the Vanderbilt family between 1983-5, is definitely a highlight. As is heiress Doris Duke’s Rough Point - also built by the Vanderbilts, but this time in the style of an English manor house and home to an art collection to rival international galleries. And The Elms, a copy of the Château d'Asnières near Paris.

As well as Newport’s everyday charms, the city also hosts several well known summer music festivals, including a folk festival and a jazz festival.

Just remember to plan well ahead if you want to book a bed in one of the best places to stay in Newport, this is a very busy town especially during the peak summer months.

The Best Places to Stay in Newport

For romance

  • Built in 1910, The Attwater is an airy New England style boutique hotel with 17, spacious, nautical-chic rooms. You’re right in the heart of things, near the beaches, the restaurants and the harbour.
  • Vanderbilt Grace has been converted from the Vanderbilt Hall, a building steeped in Newport’s history. As well as being centrally located, this 33 room hotel has sleek interiors, two pools, a fitness centre, billiards room, spa and a renowned restaurant.
  • The Chanler at Cliff Walk is perfect for romantics. One of Newport's famous mansions (and the only one you can stay in), here you'll find indiviually designed rooms with sumptuous interiors, gorgeous views and superb food.

To relax

  • The Castle Hill Inn was originally an outlook post, so has unrivalled views of the Atlantic from its perch on Newport’s western point. Dating from the 18th Century, this inn is surrounded by 40 acres and has 35 rooms and a terrace bar and restaurant.
  • Forty 1 North is a modern, boutique hotel right on the waterfront, so perfect for sailors. As well as views over the Atlantic, these 28 rooms are eco friendly and there are two restaurants and a bar.

For contemporary style

  • Mill Street Inn embodies contemporary style with its chic interiors, yet is siuated in the heart of Newport's historic district. The building offers plenty of exposed brickwork and original beams, plus there's a rooftop patio, ideal for sundowners or breakfast overlooking the harbour.

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  • Mill Street Inn

    Newport (Rhode Island)

    Charming converted saw mill with exposed brick and beams. The modern, comfortable rooms come with complimentary breakfast on the rooftop offering sea views of Newport. The perfect location to explore local restaurants and bars. A memorable coastal weekend break for all the family.

    23 rooms from $185
    Great walks  -  Cruise miles of scenic coastline along the magnificent Ocean Drive or walk the famous Cliff Walk.
    Local markets  -  See hundreds of live crustaceans at the Aquidneck Lobster Company and bring home a live lobster.
    Birdwatching  -  Invigorate yourself with a nature hike to star-gaze or bird-watch at The Norman Bird Sanctuary.
    Sights nearby  -  Re-live the "Gilded Age" with a tour of an elegant Bellevue Avenue Mansion.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • The Attwater

    Newport (Rhode Island)

    Built in 1910, this airy and New England style boutique hotel offers contemporary luxury in the heart of Newport. Rooms are spacious with colours mirroring the nautical life of the city. Nearby are restaurants, beaches, harbours and a vibrant city life. A great weekend break for all!

    17 rooms from $202
    Sailing  -  Lessons or rentals for the experienced - sailing is a way of life in this town.
    Great walks  -  The Newport Cliff Walk is 3.5 miles of shoreline for all the public.
    Sights nearby  -  Newport Country Club is 10 minutes drive away.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, CN Traveller
  • Newport Beach Hotel

    Newport Beach

    Ideal location for lapping up Newport's vibrant beach scene. The rooms are classic beach-chic with stylish features and a contemporary tone. Relax on your balcony overlooking the sea, hit the beach or soak up the lively nightlife. Part of the Chic Hotel Collection.

    15 rooms from $225
    Birdwatching  -  The northern portion of Newport Bay comprises the pristine, 1,000-acre Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve.
    Sailing  -  Newport Harbor is one of the west coast’s largest recreational boat harbors, perfect for sailing, rowing and kayaking.
    Fishing  -  Chartered ocean fishing excursions allow participants to haul in sea bass, halibut, tuna and yellowtail.
    Surfing  -  With a range of beaches to choose from you won't be dissapointed.
  • Forty 1 North

    Newport (Rhode Island)

    This waterfront boutique hotel is eco, nautical in decor and contemporary in style. Rooms offer Atlantic Ocean views. Two restaurants offering locally sourced ingredients from grilled fish and meat to an Asian tapas bar. The ideal base to explore the Gatsby-esque mansions of the Jazz era.

    28 rooms from $275
    Sights nearby  -  Museum of Newport History is one of a handful of cultural sights to see during your stay.
    Great walks  -  Walks along the shoreline at Cliff Walk are worth doing.
    Sailing  -  Sailing is very much part of Newport's lifestyle.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
  • Vanderbilt Grace

    Newport (Rhode Island)

    Formerly the Vanderbilt Hall, this centrally located mansion oozes Newport history. Fabulous rooms offer cool, sleek interiors plus there are two pools, fitness centre, billiards room and spa. Throw in a restaurant with a New England renowned chef, and it's the perfect Rhode Island destination!

    33 rooms from $280
    Sights nearby  -  Touro Synaoguge is 100 metres away and bult in 1763.
    Great walks  -  Newport Cliff Walk
    Full of character
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
  • Castle Hill Inn

    Newport (Rhode Island)

    Resting in 40 acres on the western point, this 18th Century outlook post offers dramatic views of the Atlantic. Rooms are all unique and beautifully decorated. Sunset Terrace Bar and the restaurant offer farm to fork dining. Sailing, beaches and much more are ready for all the family. Stunning!

    35 rooms from $305
    Sights nearby  -  The Cliff Walk along the shore is 3km away and worth a stroll.
    Great walks  -  Castle Hill Lighthouse is worth a visit closeby.
    Sailing  -  Newport is known for its love of sailing.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • The Chanler at Cliff Walk

    Newport (Rhode Island)

    This European-style oceanfront boutique is one of the Newport mansions, but the only one open to guests. Each room is unique, but with a common theme of comfort, plush linens and luxurious bathrooms. Dine at award winning Spiced Pear, Cliff Walk Terrace for al fresco, or head to the lively bar.

    20 rooms from $459
    Great walks  -  The Cliff Walk allows one to explore the shoreline by foot whilst making a memorable and leisurely afternoon stroll.
    Sights nearby  -  The Preservation Society of Newport County has over 10 mansions for you to discover during your stay.
    Back to Nature  -  Along the waterfront there is much to see and explore in terms of sealife, as well as activities.
    Sailing  -  Board an America’s Cup 12-metre yacht and explore the shoreline from the seas.
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