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It was wonderful coming back to Berkley...the sponsor contact here, Roger, is a good friend to our circus and after taking such good care of us last year when we advanced here, he didn't disappoint this year. Roger met each vehicle last night when we pulled in with a print out of various walkable shops and restaurants in the area and welcomed us each back. He arranged for the police to drive through the lot a couple of times ...
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Up early and off the dock at 7:15am, a gorgeous sunny morning! flat calm seas, blue sky, no fog ...now this is cruising! Leaving Newport with no fog is beautiful strange when we came in Through the fog we saw nothing and there was lots to see. We have a long day of cruising today.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Francis Malbone House Inn Newport
For a shot in dark (via internet) it was BEAUTIFUL!
After trying to get reservations in other locations on super short notice (less than five days) I happen to hit on the Francis Malbone via the Newport, RI website. I've become a little (a lot) jadded about picking hotels via the web because I've been burned a number of times, but honestly - this was an awesome surprise.
First off, the Inn is BIG. Eighteen rooms. I personally liked this size as it did give us a sense of privacy - we had one of the rooms in the new section, ground floor, two steps from the back door/parking lot and it was QUIET the entire time we were there. The only noise to be heard was at breakfast in the morning and we needed to be up and enjoying it anyway. The comments regarding breakfast are true - I had pastries there that were to die for and the hot meal following your coffee and pastry was perfect.
I'm not sure if there's been a staff change or change in attitude but every person I came in contact with was utterly delightful, and I put them through their paces be it making dinner reservations, shipping purchases, and having things delivered to us from Newport locations - it was all handled with smiles and no questions.
Our room was large with a beautiful fireplace (which we used!) and the bed was beautifully comfortable with absolutely luxurious linens. Sweet little touches within the Inn itself like an "honor bar" in one of the parlors which consisted of a small refrigerator and a glass with paper slips for one to fill out what they took and their room number.
In closing, this was an utter delight and a beautiful cross between the service I've received at some of the finest hotels in the world, and staying in a friend's beautiful home. Full rates are pricey and yes that may make some take pause, but at the discounted short notice rates in November? Nearing a priceless experience...
A wonderful experience
The Francis Malbone is a lovely, comfortable place. We just returned from a Labor Day/birthday celebration weekend stay, and everything exceeded our expectations.
We stayed in Harborside Room # 3, the one shown on their Web site. It was beautiful (even prettier than the photo), very tastefully decorated and comfortable. The bathroom was ample, with a large two-person sized shower area, very good lighting, well stocked with towels, soaps, etc. and very, very clean! The water pressure was wonderful. Four windows in our room allowed lots of nice natural light during the day. Lovely high ceilings with nice crown molding. Very nice closet space and two comfortable reading chairs.
The breakfasts were absolutely incredible; so nice and ample we did not even get hungry for lunch. The selection, taste and presentation were wonderful! The afternoon high teas were lovely and refreshing after touring the mansions or sailing during the first half of the day.
The inn was very, very clean, lots of fresh flowers, lots of comfortable places to sit and plan one's day. Parking was convenient and safe.
We were a little concerned regarding the location, because we read a previous review regarding street noise. Since I am a very light sleeper, we came prepared with disposable ear plugs. The street noise was not bad -- we heard muffled voices and an occasional noisy car -- but no noise at all we used the ear plugs when we first went to sleep and removed them later during the night. No problem sleeping at all !! The bed and pillows provided a sound evening of rest. We would select the same room again.
Since we arrived early in the holiday weekend, we had a chance to peek in many of the unoccupied rooms. The new section was incredibly lovely, and the other rooms on the second floor of the historic section were nice, too. The gardenview second floor rooms are smaller, but priced accordingly. The third floor rooms did not have the wonderful tall ceilings that the 2nd floor rooms have in the historic section. My favorites were on the second floor of the historic section and any of the rooms in the new section. The private suite area was also first-class.
The Innkeepers and their staff were friendly, delightfully professional and welcoming without being intrusive. We felt very comfortable and cared for during our stay.
The central location was great, no parking fees to deal with ($10 was the norm at the marina and restaurant lots). The only time we moved the car was when we went to tour the mansions and Ocean Drive, and we could have taken the trolley and when we went to dinner at Castle Hill.
Don't miss the Francis Malbone House Inn -- you will be pleasantly surprised, and like us, I am sure you will want to return. We highly recommend ir !
To the Innkeepers and staff, thank you for the wonderful memories :) The Boyds
Didn't like the Malbone House!!!!
WE stayed at the Malbone House and thought it was quaint but the owners were not very polite or very accomodating. The location is ok but it is very noisy and a bit dangerous with all the young kids at night out in front hanging around. The price was a bit outrageous as well. I dont think I would spend my money at this establishment again!!
Home Away From Home
My wife and I first stayed here when we got married and we have been coming back ever since. The inn is well appointed and romantic. The staff is super friendly and helpfull. Breakfast is beyond description and sitting in the courtyard is so relaxing and peaceful. The inn is located in the heart of Newport within walking distance of many restaurants, the harbor, shopping and attractions. We have stayed in both the summer and winter and we shall return again. If you have an opportunity to stay here don't pass it up.
I had high expectations and they were surpassed! Make it a point to stay here if you're visiting Newport. Note: it's actually across the street from the harbor. My room was described as having a "harbor view", but all I could see was the tops of some masts. But the rooms are so beautiful and romantic you won't even miss the water. I will definitely stay here every time I visit Newport! (And I'm pretty picky).
The perfect romantic getaway
We've stayed in Newport in all seasons, and our favorite place to stay is the Francis Malbone House. It is a warm and friendly atmosphere, with beautiful and comfortable Colonial furnishings, working fireplace in the guest rooms, great breakfasts and lovely afternoon teas plus a great downtown location. You can step out the door onto Thames Street and walk to a great restaurant, shopping or the waterfront. This is the perfect place for a romantic weekend away. The staff was especially helpful with restaurant suggestions and fun things to do. We're hooked!
Nice weekend retreat!
My boyfriend and I went there a year ago for a long weekend. The first night we stayed in one of their newly opened cottages. It was spacious and very clean. Highly recommended for a family. The next two nights we stayed in the main house. Our room had a fireplace, jacuzzi and canopy bed. Absolutely wonderful! Food was delicious, 5 stars! Beautiful sitting room in main house. Overall, wonderful place to stay in Newport. Only drawback, didn't find the innkeepers to be the friendliest.
We very much enjoyed our stay here--the service was excellent.
Wonderful breakfast in a charming setting. Very comfortable beds--we requested kingsize. Afternoon tea was fabulous--lots of sweets, cakes, cheese, etc. Great location for walking and tours. We'd stay here again.
Rude and arrogant best describe the manager here.For the money they charge, which is extremely pricey, you can do fathoms better at just about any other B&B in the neighborhood.
Lovely Rooms, Great Service
This inn offers a wonderful location, great service, terrific breakfasts, and lovely rooms. We stayed in a very large room in the original part of the inn. The room was tastefully decorated and really comfortable. The bathroom was updated and thoughtfully designed. The road is noisy, so keep that in mind when selecting a room (we were kept up till 2 a.m. on a Saturday night by car alarms and festivities outside our first story room windows). Breakfast in the exterior courtyard is delightful and offers healthy choices as well as indulgences.