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Vandaag stond deel 2 van de Vanderbilt-saga op het programma. Na de Vanderbilt mansion in de Hudson Valley, was het ditmaal de beurt aan The Breakers. Een imposant bouwwerk, zowel van buiten als van binnen. Newport was eind 19e eeuw de place to be voor rijke New Yorkers in de zomer. Heel de buurt ligt vol gezaaid met gigantische optrekjes, geï …
After a balmy evening at the ball game it was disappointing - although not suprising that the rain caught up with us again on the journey to Newport. We'd planned to stop at the town of Bristol on the way but quickly abandoned that idea. Just as well really: Bristol is the most flag-happy town I we'd seen on the whole trip, by some distance. There …
We were heading south, a great relief to know that we are finally making our way into yard period, and then Caribbean. We sailed past many beautiful places, mainly along Maine, Massachusetts. We sailed in the ocean for two days, which was quite scary, especially when the boat heeled over so much that you had to hold on to whatever possible. Quite impossible to serve under these conditions.
As we arrived in ...
... on the island...spent about three hours on the tour...when that was over we did some site-seeing on our own, had dinner and hopped on the early evening ferry in hopes of getting in a wee bit earlier so we'll have enough energy for yet another long day, LOL. Whew ...
... it. Probably was too watery with large hunks of chewy clams and not much to taste. Isn't all clam chowder like that?
We wondered the wharfs observing the fact that this was the Newport International Boat Show week and the place was packed with folks paying perfectly good money to go into tents and look at boats. We ogled a few that were left on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN The Mainstay Inn Newport
This is a hotel that really needs a thorough reconstruction! We stayed in one of the old wings. The long long corridor looked like that of an eastern european building. Many of the doors had the number hand-written on them, or on a piece of paper. The room was in the same tradition: bleak, no atmosphere whatsoever, ironing board standing against an ugly cupboard. The restaurant doesn't deserve this name: no atmosphere, tv too loud with sports during dinner. The hotel never made me feel welcome at all, neither did the people at the reception when we left: hardly any smile, moreover they made a mistake with the check which they seemed reluctantly willing to correct. Okay, the food in the restaurant was good, although it took a long wait before we had it. But they apologized for that, which brings me to a second more favourable point: the people in the restaurant were on the whole very helpful and friendly, although they seemed to be in great need of organization: they seemed incompetent of serving a relatively small number of people efficiently and aptly. Yes, this hotel certainly needs reconstrction: it's the Worst Best Western I've ever stayed in!
Check Renovation Progress B4 Booking
This is your standard place to sleep if you cannot find anything else or are too cheap to pay for it. We were walk in's on a damp, foggy night and just tickled pink to get off the road for $79.
The place is undergoing quite the renovation project. There were several new doors installed, new door signs and plenty of furniture and mattresses in the stair landings.
If you plan to visit this area (rather than just pass through), our suggestion would be to spring for a few more bucks and get into a nicer place. If you do plan an extended visit, you should at the very least check on the progress of the renovations and keep checking TripAdvisor to see how it is going.
Consider youself armed with this knowledge when you book.
As long as you go in with low expectations...
...you won't be disappointed. We were in town for a wedding and this was among the few hotels under $200 that was close to Downtown Newport and its attractions. Make sure to request a room in the main (new?) part of the hotel accessible from the lobby and not one of the wings. The hotel should maybe invest the $s it's spending on sprucing up the lobby on rennovating the rooms???
When we made our reservation we were not told the hotel was under renovation, I would never have chosen it if they had. Most of the hotel was near compleation with new carpets but no paint or trim....Smell was very bad, not new and clean at all.
avons passé 1 nuit dans cet hotel qui est situé à l'entrée de la ville proche de la sortie de l'autoroute
acceuil très courtois et professionnel
la chambre est spacieuse et propre avec l'équipement standard des BW
a noter que l'hotel est en cours de rénovation. une adresse ad-hoc pour une étape sur le chemin de Boston
Great price for Newport
To pay under $200/nt in Newport and have a place 5 minutes from town is great. I've never had problems with rooms or service. Restaurant is good for breakfast as eggs/hash browns are awesome.
I was surprised at other reviews b/c I've stayed here at least 5 times and never had a problem. Got a corner room twice which gives a lot of extra space.
Newport is an expensive town and having a place like this to stay allows extra cash to be spent on great dinner and drinks.
I was confirmed with a non-smoking room and 2 double beds. Upon arrival, I received a smoking room in the basement. It was awful! You look out the window (at least there was one) and you are eye level with the sidewalk. Window wouldn't even lock - so I felt VERY safe. When I went back to the office, I was told my group was given the "economy" rooms. Thanmks for the favor. However, we were never told they were in the basement and to get there you had to walk through a hallway that smelled like bathroom and stale smoke - not that fresh smoke smells good but you get the drift. Oh they were accomodating..we could get a "good" room for $20 more. When I asked why I was confirmed with a non-smoking room and yet received a smoking room, they replied, "Oh it must have been a mkistake." No, the mistake was that I stayed there. I should have walked out the door. It was the absolute worst hotel room I have EVER had. I kissed that $300 goodbye!
Upon visiting Newport for the very first time, we were immediately impressed with the nature of the area, the historical downtown, and of course, the 50th anniversary of the newport jazz fest. Nothing could spoil it...until we stepped into this hotel. Yikes. The first room we were offered was underground, in a hallway that reaked of sewage. Just to give our room a fair shake, we stepped inside...and unless you like carpet with the look and feel of a fairway, forget it. Everything stunk. My friend immediately called to change rooms, and we were told the only other option was a smoking room. More stink, but better view...of the garbage dumpsters out back. The only perk we could find was the window that opened to allow a semblance of a breeze to get rid of the smoky smell. staff, they were okay...some were helpful and knowledgable of the area, others were clueless. The entire experience was a real let-down, and a huge juxtaposition to the fantastic jazz festival. oh...and did i mention that on the weekend, this place ran an unbelievable $199 a nite? Don't even think twice about it--book yourself a B&B on the ocean.
This place seemed a little pricey for the service and rooms.
The front desk clerk was not that friendly, rooms look kinda old, beds were uncomfortable.
Cheaper than downtown and the water though
Spent two nights,three days and enjoyed the stay,would recommend Mainstay in the future