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A Stay At The Attwater Hotel, Newport, Rhode Island

On our recent trip to Boston and New York, we decided to stop in Newport Rhode Island for a few days. This picturesque town with its yacht-lined harbour, colonial buildings and cute gift shops, is known for the mansions of the gilded age, where the wealthiest families in America used to come for the Summer. It’s a beautiful town, well worth visiting, and our base for our stay was The Attwater Hotel.

The Attwater Newport

The Attwater, Newport Rhode Island

The Attwater Hotel is a small boutique hotel with a stylish ambience, a ten-minute walk from Newport’s harbour. Check in was simple and straightforward, and staff were efficient. As we were checking in, I noticed in the reception area that there were tea and coffee available and I was told that this is available all day free of charge to guests.

Attwater Reception

The Attwater reception

Before we went to our room I had a look around the hotel.

The Lounge

The Attwater lounge area

I thought the decor was particularly beautiful! Furnishings were chic and modern, with white walls, cream sofas and brown chairs, being the canvas for red and blue print cushions, geometric print curtains and gorgeous free-standing lamps.

You are welcome to use the lounge at any time, and there was also a small fitness room at the hotel and a room where spa services are available (you would need to book in advance).

Bay Window

Relaxing in the bay window

Our room was on the first floor (we didn’t see a lift), and at the top of the stairs was a small seating area looking out onto the street below. A perfect little spot to watch the world go by.

Attwater Bedroom

The Attwater bedroom

Our king-sized bedroom was a good size and nicely decorated. As well as a table and chair in the room, there were two lounge chairs, a pod-style coffee machine, small fridge, iron and ironing board. An Apple TV was a nice touch too as well as an iPod docking station.

The Bedroom

The Attwater bedroom

Coffee and Tea

In-room coffee and tea

I notified the hotel before we came that we were celebrating my husband’s birthday and complimentary cookies and a note to say Happy Birthday, were in the room awaiting him. What a thoughtful touch. Do you find that food tastes even better when it’s complimentary? Well, I do!

That afternoon we sat in the small cafe area and chatted to the manager of the hotel who was really lovely and who gave us some recommendations on what to do in the area. Of course the Breakers – the Vanderbilt mansion could not be missed, The Newport Art Museum, in front of the hotel was also recommended as well as a stroll of the harbour area. The Attwater has complimentary snacks and drinks throughout the day and as we were talking to the manager, we were lucky enough to be there when warm ‘Butterfinger’ cookies were brought out. Utterly scrumptious and the perfect companion to our coffee.

That night we slept well, the beds were very comfy and the only issue was the air conditioning unit which was a bit noisy.


The signature breakfast of curated small plates

Next morning we came down to a small plate breakfast, which was in with the room rate. With a range of delicious bites from bircher muesli, to chocolate muffins, cheddar cheese biscuits, to slices of pizza, baked apple slices to fresh fall salad, the breakfast was different but totally delicious and plenty satisfying. Fresh juice and tea and coffee were also available at all times. I really adored this breakfast, and although it may be slightly different to what you expect in a hotel, I highly rated it.

The Attwater Style

The comfortable but chic Attwater style

We really enjoyed our stay at The Attwater, in Newport, Rhode Island. It is so refreshing to see a hotel with a chic personality that wasn’t stuffy yet still comfortable and cosy. The Attwater is part of the Lark hotel group. with hotels in Massachusets, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island amongst others. With the same design ethos, all the hotels look absolutely stunning and we would certainly stay in a Lark Hotel again. Rooms at The Attwater start at $149 a night which I feel was decent value for the location.

The Attwater, Rhode Island – chic, modern, boutique and worth it! Highly recommended.

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  • Dany
    December 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I’d never heard of Newport, Rhode Island before but you’re right: picturesque is the first thing that came to mind. Should we pass by we’d definitely lodge here, I love the furnishing, they have great taste, especially for the rooms. Not everyone things of an iPod docking station!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 23, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Newport RI is on the coast a few hours from New York it was used as a cool summer escape for the wealthy. Newport is also famous for the series of yacht races, the America’s Cup. JFK and Jacqueline Bouvier were also married in the town

  • Fiona Maclean
    December 23, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    The Attwater looks gorgeous – if only I could decorate my house that well! I’d be happy to stay there and it definitely looks like somewhere to visit if you are in NY for any reason and can extend your stay.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 23, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      It was a really cosy place to stay with some nice touches. We loved Newport and Rhode Island too,

  • Medha
    December 23, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Oh I love that cosy lounge by the window, would love to curl up and read a book or listen to some music sitting there. I do like the interiors, very chic and simplistic. Boutique hotels are so cool. Their breakfast presentation is also super cute 🙂

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 23, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      It was very relaxing especially after spending a few days in the city.

  • Skye Class
    December 25, 2017 at 11:28 am

    What a fantastic hotel! The rooms are really nicely designed, and the breakfast looks delicious. Someday I’ll need to visit all 50 states, and this looks like the perfect place to stay when I’m in Rhode Island.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 25, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      It was a great hotel. It was our first visit to Newport RI and we really loved the area.

  • Barb
    December 25, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    This hotel looks so beautiful! I will have to test this place out next time I am in Rhode Island.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      Relatively small compared to a lot of hotels but big on service and comfort.

  • Indrani
    December 26, 2017 at 5:45 am

    The Attwater Hotel facilities sounds so good. Love how the room is done up. The bay window area seems to be the perfect spot for relaxing.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 26, 2017 at 9:45 am

      It was a good place to sit and watch the storm which started on the Sunday night when we were there.

  • Meg Jerrard
    December 26, 2017 at 7:06 am

    The Attwater Hotel sounds fabulous – I love Boutique hotels, and am really over the corporate cookie cutter experience. Unique accommodation is the way to go! The décor here is really cozy – I love the color scheme too, it’s very warm and chic.

    I definitely agree that food tastes better when it’s complimentary lol – happy birthday to your husband! How nice of them to do! Small touches like this which really set a hotel experience apart.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 26, 2017 at 9:44 am

      It was a great place to stay in Newport, it really felt like you were part of the town. Very relaxing too.

  • Cai Dominguez
    December 26, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Great video! I love how you presented the room. I can feel the relaxing ambiance with its relaxing music. Beautiful view from the window and I love the homey feelinh of the lounge. I love how simple the room buy looks very comfortable. Specially the food. I can feel that its on good quality.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 26, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Yes, good quality and very relaxing, especially after staying in the city of Boston.

  • Anneklien Meanne
    December 26, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Nice looking modern and chic hotel, i love the view from the harbour. Your video was nice too the hotel was beautiful presented, enticing and seems a relaxing place.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 27, 2017 at 9:18 am

      Very relaxing, we really loved staying there. We also loved Newport and Rhode Island too.