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