Newport Beachfront Hotels

by Morgan Rush
Historic buildings remain a Newport, Rhode Island, tourist attraction.

Historic buildings remain a Newport, Rhode Island, tourist attraction.

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Rhode Island’s seaside town of Newport, located at the southern tip of Aquidneck Island on Narragansett Bay, stays connected to the mainland via three bridges and a ferry. Once a colonial-era trade hub, Newport’s busy wharves, moored boats, shopping districts and historical homes now make the city attractive to East Coast vacationers, regatta competitors and travelers from all over. Staying at a beachfront hotel allows convenient access to Newport’s coastal charms.

Historic Pier

The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, once Newport’s main ferry landing, offers historical charm. Built by the U.S. Navy, Pier 49 once funneled cargo ships bearing Caribbean pineapple to Newport. Today’s guests enjoy views of the bustling harbor. The hotel offers marble-floor bathrooms, free high-speed Internet, writing desks, complimentary bottled water and kimono-style bathrobes. Guests can book sailing tours, sunset sails and dinner cruises at the beachfront hotel’s marina.

Island Accommodations

Rhode Island’s Hyatt Regency Newport on Goat Island offers ocean views and easy access to the beach. Guests can book treatments at the on-site resort spa, soak in the hotel’s outdoor saltwater pool, take yoga classes and sample tropical cocktails at the poolside bar, Pineapples on the Bay. The family-friendly hotel offers activities for kids, including movie nights, bike rentals, making s’mores at the venue’s fire pit and playing lawn games. Visitors with “island fever” can easily access the mainland via the hotel’s shuttle van service or complimentary, seasonal water shuttle. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, work areas and wireless Internet.

Expanded Options

Guests at the Newport Bay Club & Hotel enjoy the option of booking rooms, hotel suites or townhouses at this beachfront venue. Suites and townhouses come equipped with DVD players, queen-size pullout sofas, a living room, a dining room and a galley kitchen. Some kitchens lack stoves, but there's a microwave, fridge, toaster, cooking utensils and dinnerware. On-site amenities include continental breakfast, a fitness center, free wireless Internet, DVD rentals, in-room massages, a convenience store and board games for kids.

Coastal Quiet

Located away from Newport’s busy harbor, the Chandler at Cliff Walk hotel offers a quiet respite from the city’s busy tourist attractions. Guests rooms, built around various historical themes, include English Tudor, Renaissance, Williamsburg and Gothic decor options. Room amenities include fireplaces, stone bathrooms with heated floors and oversize whirlpool tubs. Ask for rooms with saunas or private, outdoor whirlpool tubs. Additional hotel offerings include a welcoming glass of spiced pear sparkling wine, DVDs, wireless Internet, on-call SUV shuttle service and complimentary breakfast.

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