Every year Conde Nast Traveler readers weigh in on their favorite travel experiences from around the world. Based on a standard five-point scale, then converted to a percentage, readers share the good, the great and the best of their travel adventures from location and service to food and design. The results for this year are in, and among them reside four Newport Hotels ranked the best in the Northeast, and one ranked as a top resort.
Step out of your butler-drawn bath complete with rose petals and step into your room overlooking the ocean at The Chanler. Escape to your own slice of paradise on a private, 40-acre peninsula with panoramic ocean views at Castle Hill Inn. Nestle up in a former private mansion turned luxury hotel in the heart of downtown at The Vanderbilt. Stay at the historic Hotel VIking for modern amenities, classic finishings and elevated touches. Or venture to Goat Island for a resort experience at Newport Harbor Island Resort complete with elegant rooms, classic décor, and serene water views.
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Top Newport Hotels
It's easy to see why readers named these hotels the best of the best.
The VanderbiltBack to Top of List
41 Mary Street, Newport
The Vanderbilt is often considered one of Newport's best kept secrets. Originally built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, a scion of the wealthy Vanderbilt family, the 1909 property is a vintage Newport mansion that has been restored to its former glory and is one of the few private homes of the era to operate for guests as a fully functioning and top luxury hotel in Rhode Island. Indulge in a newly reimagined space with luxury suites, elegant fireplaces, museum-quality artwork, and in the summer months, a garden terrace and rooftop bar.
Rank: #2 in the Northeast
Photo Credit: The Vanderbilt
Hotel VikingBack to Top of List
1 Bellevue Ave, Newport
A member of Historic Hotels of America, Hotel Viking opened its Bellevue Avenue doors to guests in 1926. Tradition is alive and well here, evident in the original brass letterbox stationed in the lobby, while also complimented by a blend of modern amenities, classic finishings and elevated touches (hint: pillow-top mattresses and Egyptian cotton linens.)
Rank: #8 in the Northeast
Photo Credit: Hotel Viking
Castle Hill InnBack to Top of List
590 Ocean Drive, Newport
Tucked away on a private, 40-acre peninsula with panoramic ocean views, is Castle Hill Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property. The historic mansion was built in 1874 as the private summer home for marine biologist and naturalist Alexander Agassiz. Today, it provides luxury accommodations including beach houses or cottages overlooking their private beach. Acclaimed Chef Lou Rossi's dishes warmly reflect the relaxed grace and hearty spirit that define Castle Hill.
Ranking: #15 in the Northeast
The Chanler at Cliff WalkBack to Top of List
117 Memorial Boulevard, Newport
Aromatherapy bath service, private outdoor hot tubs and in-room massages. The Chanler at Cliff Walk defines luxury with 20 elegantly furnished rooms, each designed around a particular historical period or decorative theme. The mansion was once the private residence of John Winthrop Chanler and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, sitting on one of Newport's most famous attractions: the 3.5 mile Cliff Walk. Dine at one of the area’s most acclaimed restaurants, Cara.
Rank: #25 in the Northeast
Top Newport Resort
Elegant rooms and classic décor meet serene water views.
Newport Harbor Island ResortBack to Top of List
Formerly known as Gurney's Newport, the Newport Harbor Island Resort is a seaside oasis located on Goat Island. From in-house spa services to firepits, world-class dining, and the perfect spot for sunset—this Newport resort will be your new home away from home.
Newport Harbor Island Resort offers a wide variety of waterfront eateries featuring ingredient-driven menus with healthy bites, locally sourced dishes, and seasonal classics. Additional amenities include a spa; Newport's only outdoor resort pool, a year-round heated indoor pool, and a well-equipped fitness center.
Rank: #21 in the Northeast
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