Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
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We started the day by wishing two of our fellow travellers best wishes as they celebrate their 21st wedding anniversary today.
Trisha, a local guide, took us on an orientation tour of Newport. The houses are massive and so are the yachts. Money, money, money!
The Breakers was our first stop to explore the shipping magnate, …
First port of call today was five minutes away at Sturbridge Village. The recreation of a 19th century living history museum of an early New England community including the usual sawmill, blacksmith and cooper. The shops were stocked with wares of the time. Fascinating.
We then made our way to Mystic Seaport, another living museum but this …
... the ones to egg on infant modeling careers like you are a more attractive breed of shriveled alien life form than all the other post-utero trolls. They also drill into your head that your academic success, no matter how insubstantial, is more noteworthy than that of your future class valedictorians. "Oh honey, you got an 80% in participation?! There's even a note from your teacher stating "pleasure to have in class"!! News for you Uncle Eugene, ...
... Abby with mostly English and Irish staff (only 2 citizens) of the 43 staff that went from house to house with them. We then hurried back to the hotel and cleaned up some. Rushed to the Lobster Bar right on Bowen's Wharf and had lunch on teh back porch overlooking the harbor. Hundreds of sail boats around were amazing. The sun glinting off the water was beautiful. Ala's order was wrong for the second meal in a row and the rest of ...
... but the Chrysler Town and Country family van. We nicknamed it the "Swag Wagon" and drove it fast and parked it quick so nobody would see us. We had a wonderful lunch after a long flight to Providence. The Legal Seafood restaurant was recommended to us and it was literally right outside the airport. Chase had a seafood dish that had onion straws. He was adamant before he left that the waitress not take his ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNewport Harbor Hotel & Marina
We had a water facing room on the first floor in the corridor between the front desk and the meeting rooms. It was noiser than I would have liked. The hotel is well situated, right beside Bowens Wharf but it is old and showing its age.
Breakfast was DISAPPOINTING--either the buffet with chafing scrambled eggs (I'll pass thanks) or three choices of special dishes, none of which I could eat. No eggs or omelettes cooked to order.
Lunch and dinner (hey, its was POURING rain and gale force winds outside) were better and service was good.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
My husband & I recently visited Newport, RI. arriving into town around 9:00 P.M. We immediately started calling for hotel (motel) vacancies. After about 1 hour of calling tons of hotels, we finally had no choice but to stay here, since it had the only room left in town. They really stuck it to us !!! $329.00 plus tax is highway robbery! The lady took my credit card info over the phone & bluntly told me that we would be charged for the room even if we didn't show up! The room was an extreme disappointment! For that price, you'd expect a room like at the Hyatt. Wrong!!! Even the Motel 6 has a vanity in the bathroom. And then they wanted an extra $9.95 to use their internet service! And where was the free breakfast??? At that price, you'd think they could at least throw that in. The staff was very unfriendly & unaccommodating. I felt like they were laughing to themselves, because they got $329.00 out of us. I would not recommend this hotel is anyone!!
Better than average
We enjoyed our stay at this hotel. We chose not to pay extra for the harbor view and that worked for us. It is a pretty view though. The pool is indoor and fairly nice. This is an old hotel that has been fairly nicely done over. The rooms are small, but we had two double beds and a cot in it. We were sort of triping over eachother, but it is probably not quite so cramped with only one bed. The service I have to say was consistently pleasant. No problems there. It is nice to have parking in Newport as well, although you have to pay an extra $10 a day, it's worth it. The only complaint is that the floor of our shower was coming apart (lifting up). Otherwise decent hotel, great location and parking. If you are looking for a nice dinner, the Inn at Castle Hill is wonderful. The breakfast buffet at the hotel is good too.
I've stayed at the Newport Harbor Hotel on numerous occasions. Our room has always been very clean and the staff has always been very curtious.
I would recommend this hotel.
Terrible policy to charge for early departures
I had high expectations based on recommendation from a co-worker who stayed at the Newport Harbour Marina and Hotel in Summer 2003. Unfortunately I did not have the pleasant experience she did. I wish to express my gratitude to the bellhops who were not only pleasant, but very nice and did not share the bad attitude of the desk clerk and Front desk manager. I attended a class from Mon through Thurs, so had reservations from Sun through Fri. I erroneously believed my class would continue through Fri, so changed my room through Sat. When I tried to check out on Friday, prior to check out time, I was informed that I would be charged for the additional night, even though I would not be staying, since I hadn't cancelled it 72 hours prior to the night. I intended to find a drunk in a bar to give my room to since I had no use for it. They were the only hotel in my experience, who would not allow early departures.
Nice moderate hotel in a great location
The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina is a nice, clean moderate hotel that has probably the best location in Newport. It's right on the harbor and is only steps away from shopping and restaurants.
My husband and I had a ground floor harbor view room that had a sliding glass door that led out to a grassy area next to the harbor that had nice adirondack chairs and tables to relax on. The only problem with this great set up is that the hotel rents out the boat slips and the people who rent out the slips tended to monopolize the chairs and lawn area. We stayed for Memorial Day weekend and it was very crowded with boats.
The hotel does not offer many services, but the rooms were very clean (housekeeping was very quick) and the staff was friendly. The rooms are decent sized-similar to a Marriott property. The bathroom was small but nice looking-except for the weird accordian door. We ate at the breakfast buffet one day-it was only ok, but the waiter was very nice.
My only real complaint about the hotel was the price. They charge 5 star rates for a 3 star property, but I guess when it's a holiday weekend and with as good a location as this hotel has they can get away with it. I would definitely stay here again.
Excellent location - check out the Coffee Grinder for your daily latte!
My family and I just returned from a wonderful get-a-way to Newport, RI (4/19/04 - 4/22/04). We stayed at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina. Spending a little extra to get a harbor view was well worth it. Ask for one of the 4th floor rooms which include a balcony for great views of the harbor and marina. Our room was a bit small for 2 adults and 2 children, but we spent most of our time taking in the Newport sites. This hotel is in a great location, just steps away from Bowen's and Bannister's Wharf where there are some excellent restaurants and shops. Check out the Coffee Grinder, which is located at the end of Bannister's Wharf. We got some great local tips from Alyssa who makes an excellent cup of latte. We made it our daily stop for quality coffee and scones/pastries. My husband especially enjoyed sipping his espresso while sitting in one of the adirondack chairs overlooking the water while our daughters enjoyed their mocha. One evening we decided to just have desert and coffee, so we stopped by the Clarke Cooke House for a luscious desert where we were seated fireside for a memorable experience. The Cliffwalk was a great way to get in the ocean views and see some of Newport's famous mansions. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, as the Cliffwalk has a variety of walking surfaces, from paved to boulder rocks. We took a tour of the Breakers which is an amazing architectural site and shows the decadence of the wealthy. All in all, Newport has lots to do, great eats and is affordable in the off season.
Harbor Hotel Was Worth the Price.
We stayed at the Harbor Hotel recently as part of our yearly Christmas in Newport visit. We previously stayed at the Newport Marriott and the Newport Bay Club. The decor of the harbor hotel was nice and is about in between the Marriott (excellent) and the Bay Club Hotel (drab). The service was relatively non-existent, but it was the week before Christmas and they were very lightly staffed. Room service and cleaning were prompt and excellent, and unlike the Marriott and Bay Club, the nonsmoking rooms were truly nonsmoking. By this I mean that we weren't situated in between 2 smoking rooms like the Marriott may do. So the place didn't stink of cigarette smoke. For someone with horrible allergies, this bonus point cannot be understated.
Newport Harbor Hotel View-Schmu / Red Parrot restaurant GEM!
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Newport Harbor Hotel and wanted to share our thoughts...We got off to a bad start drenched in a downpour and greeted by a front desk attendant that had a short fuse, ("your room will be ready when it's ready, you're early"). But a manager avoided my Bronx wrath by offering coffee to warm up, nice save. The included breakfast was top notch and the servers were beyond gracious. The "Harbor View" was somewhat obstructed by the building's own architecture and not worth the extra moola. The actual town of Newport is charming and warm with a strolling windowshopping vibe and a NYC SoHo kinda feel to it's shops and boutiques. salespersons and Owners were down to earth and genuinely seemed excited to see you!! Final standout, RED PARROT RESTAURANT...GREAT appetizers and energetic servers...we ate there everyday for at least one meal...I could've done without the Sox fans, but hey, we can't all be Yankees! See you again soon Newport!!
We stayed at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina over this past Memorial Day Weekend. The weather was simply awful, but the trip was made better by the superb location of this hotel. You are literally steps from the best restaurants, shopping and sightseeing of Newport proper, and a short drive from the Mansions and shore areas of Newport.
We really appreciated the setting. A real plus was the ability to look out your window and see the incredible megayachts docking 20 years away. A real treat. The only caution we have is in two areas: 1. it seems like there is great variation in room rates, depending on time of year and availability. Obviously, Memorial Day weekend is probably one of the busiest at Newport, thus, the rates are very high. 2. Even though the hotel was less than 1/2 full due to the weather, the rooms did little to shield from noise in the hallways and outside by the marina. I think a full house on a real busy weekend could get real, real noisy. Otherwise, we had a very enjoyable time, and would certainly consider the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina again.
Nice Experience at the Newport Harbor Hotel
It was our pleasure to stay at the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina in January, 2003. This hotel is conveniently located in the center of downtown Newport, just steps away from shopping and restaurants. We booked a room on the ground floor, facing the water. If you're looking for elegance and luxury, you're not going to get it for $129 a night. But you will get a room that is nicely decorated, clean, well-appointed, and a good off-season value. The staff was friendly and helpful. I would strongly recommend this excellent hotel.