Resort Hotels in Newport

by Laura Latzko
Newport serves as a popular destination for sailing.

Newport serves as a popular destination for sailing.

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The coastal city of Newport, Rhode Island offers water sports such as kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling and deep sea fishing. The city features resorts that sit close to a bird sanctuary with nature trails, scuba diving centers, a lighthouse, a 17th-century tavern, a 19th-century castle, a yachting museum, local art galleries, a museum dedicated to American drawings, a cabaret dinner theater or an improve comedy theater. Many resorts in Newport offer amenities such as spas or seafood restaurants.

Newport Marriott

Located on Newport Harbor, Newport Marriott sits in the historic part of Newport, within a short drive of the Castle Hill Lighthouse and Cliff Walk. A glass atrium decorated similar to a sailboat and guest rooms and suites with nautical designs adorn the hotel. The luxury hotel offers a spa with massage rooms for couples, a hair salon and a lounge. A fitness center with views of the indoor swimming pool and hot tub has physical trainers on staff, and the hotel also offers racquetball courts for active guests. Overlooking Newport Bay, an American-style restaurant and bar serves seafood dishes. People in concierge-level suites have access to a lounge offering hors d’oeuvres and dessert items, and guest rooms and suites have views of the harbor.

Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina

Also found on Newport Harbor, the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina sits within walking distance of Bowen’s Wharf. The hotel offers a homey ambiance, with a lobby lounge featuring overstuffed armchairs centered around a fireplace. A marina holds yachts and smaller boats, and also offers charter boat tours and dinner cruises. A seafood restaurant has live musical acts on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The on-site bar offers a billiard table and an outdoor terrace. Hotel packages include trips on an American Cup yacht; passes to the International Tennis Hall of Fame or Newport Vineyard or helicopter, mansion or lighthouse tours. Many guest rooms and suites have views of Newport Harbor or Queen Anne Square, and most accommodations come with kimono-style robes, free bottled water and armoires with closet and drawer spaces.

Castle Hill Inn and Resort

Located on the Atlantic Ocean, Castle Hill Inn and Resort started out as a vacation house in the late 19th century. The resort features a Victorian style, with buildings such as the former mansion, harbor houses and a chalet. On-site nature trails lead to the Castle Hill Lighthouse. Upon request, hotel staff provides pretzels and beer, fruit and spring water, cheese platters, bottles of wine and biscotti, cookies and milk or meat and cheese platters. Everyday, the hotel hosts an afternoon tea. Packages to the hotel include champagne and truffles, breakfast at the resort’s restaurant, passes to see the Newport Mansion or holiday dinners. Every Sunday, the hotel hosts brunches with live jazz musicians. Inside guest rooms, hotel staff members provide massages, facials and nail treatments. Guest rooms at the Victorian-style inn come with mahogany armchairs, oversized bathtubs, parlor areas or fireplaces. Beach houses and cottages and harbor houses feature amenities such as Victorian-era antiques, French doors that lead to deck or porch areas, ocean designs, cast-iron soaking tubs, cathedral-style ceilings or bamboo floors.

Hyatt Regency Newport

Found directly on Narragansett Bay, the Hyatt Regency Newport is a short drive from Newport’s historic downtown area. The hotel provides water and bus shuttles to nearby attractions, such as Goat Island, and also features guest rooms, eating establishments with outdoor patios and a spa that overlook the bay. You have a choice of getting a beverage or meal at a seafood restaurant, a bar offering Mediterranean-style foods and a fireplace and a lounge featuring live musical acts from Fridays to Mondays. The hotel offers an outdoor saltwater swimming pool, and a gym has amenities such as a hot tub, locker rooms and exercise mats. The in-house spa has private suites. The hotel provides a service through which you order diapers, formula and baby food to be delivered to the hotel during your stay. Many guest rooms and suites provide views of nearby lighthouses and have bathrooms with Portico brand soaps. Some suites come with bathrobes for adults.

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