Newport Harbor, Rhode Island, has been welcoming visitors for more than 300 years. These early artists, craftsmen and merchants helped transform this former farming community into a thriving seaside town. Newport and its harbor eventually caught the eye of wealthy families from northern cities like New York and Boston looking for summer homes. Scattered among the bed and breakfasts and refurbished New England style inns are an assortment of hotels, including one luxury resort in mid-harbor. A few accommodations on the waterfront offer harbor-side dining, have their own cherished history and, in some cases, more than a little local charm.
Hyatt Regency Newport
Sporting a red brick façade and an unusual pyramid shape, the Hyatt Regency Newport is the lone property on tiny Goat Island. Sitting at the northern end of Newport Harbor and connected to the mainland by the Goat Island Connector Road, this bit of land is home to the Newport Harbor Lighthouse, which has been warning ships since 1824. The Hyatt is right next door. The property offers 267 guestrooms, most with views of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Top of the line is the Liberty Suite at the top of the pyramid offering vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, a separate sleeping area and a fully furnished double-sized balcony. Swim laps indoors or, in warmer weather, indulge in the freeform saltwater outdoor pool and enjoy a cocktail at its outdoor Five 33 Lounge. Have a casual meal under the umbrellas at Pineapples on the Bay, or try the Windward Restaurant for a more formal affair. Both offer views of Newport Harbor and the ocean. (ref 1 and 2, also used rooms, dining, activities)
The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina
The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina is located at Pier 49, which was originally the harbor’s main landing for the Newport-Jamestown Ferry. Today the pier is home to 40-foot yachts and this 133-room luxury hotel with a passion for customer service. Guest rooms offer views of the harbor or of Queen Anne Square and include marble bathrooms with pedestal sinks, complimentary high-speed Internet and the Lodge Net Movie system. Swim in the indoor heated pool and relax in the sauna. Dine at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Pier 49 Seafood and Spirits. In warm weather enjoy a meal on the outside patio overlooking Narragansett Bay and the harbor lights. Take the party indoors and play a game of pool in the restaurant’s fireside lounge.
Harborside Inn combines comfort and casual luxury with the experience of staying in an old fashioned fishing town. The exterior is vintage New England with its clapboard siding, gabled windows and peaked roof. The guest rooms and suites offer period furnishings with a nautical twist and modern necessities such as cable TV and wireless high-speed Internet. Room rates include continental breakfast, afternoon tea and cookies made fresh daily. On weekends join fellow travelers for a wine and cheese reception in the Newport Harbor Room. Nearby pubs include the Red Parrot and the Brick Alley. Packages are available throughout the year that combine the hotel stay with tickets to various attractions such as the Motor Yacht Rum Runner cruise or the Newport Mansion tour. Other packages include dinner at local restaurants including the Clarke Cooke House and the Fluke Wine Bar & Bistro.
Forty 1 North
This quaint Cape Cod-style building blends in quite nicely with its seafaring counterparts along Newport Harbor, and does not prepare you for the modern luxury found behind the hotel doors. The centerpiece is a hand-rubbed wooden and glass staircase with a cascading waterfall sculpture reaching from the ceiling to the lobby floor. Guest rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows, wet bars, gas fireplaces and high end media systems. The larger suites offer oversized balconies overlooking the waterfront. Bathrooms all have tubs for two and separate showers with body spray showerheads. Call ahead and Forty 1 North will have your favorite treats stocked in your room before you arrive. Two restaurants, the Grill and Christie’s are on-site. Visit The Gallery, an interesting public room with life-size chess pieces set up ready for play on a floor of black and white squares; the game takes on a whole new dimension when you actually carry the chess pieces from one move to the next.
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