Don't spoil a weekend of great jazz with this lousy hotel A review of BEST WESTERN The Mainstay Inn
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.