That feeling when the ocean takes 100 pounds off your shoulders: Classic. Nothing beats spending an entire vacation next to the ocean. We rounded up the top waterfront hotels in Newport, some of which are destinations in their own right with onsite pools, spas and maybe even your own private hot tub overlooking the Atlantic. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly retreat with plenty of games to keep everyone occupied, or a romantic escape for two with panoramic ocean views, this list of the best waterfront hotels has you covered.
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Fifty-seven sumptuously appointed rooms and a penthouse-level suite come with all the bells and whistles at Brenton Hotel overlooking Newport Harbor: King beds face floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies offer sea breeze-accompanied harbor views, chaise sitting areas in each room, picnic-style room service, on-site restaurants The Living Room and The Rooftop, Peloton delivery to your room, and the Brenton One, the hotel's private 36" Hinckley Picnic Boat, at your beck and call.
When adventure calls, opt for a staff-led outdoor activity like a guided run on Bellevue Avenue or a bike tour of Ocean Drive.
There's no exclusivity at this laid-back property that opened on Newport's waterfront in June 2020. Designed to celebrate Newport’s past, present, and future, Hammetts Hotel feels like a peaceful hideaway in the middle of downtown. There's no frills here, but what it lacks in extras it makes up for in atmosphere. Rooms are designed with modern simplicity in mind, stocked with everything you need and nothing you don't. At the center of it all is the art that ties this place to the fabric of the city, with a rotating gallery in the lobby and pieces from local artists a staple in the gathering spaces and guest rooms.
Once you've dropped your bags, head out to the hotel's deck overlooking the harbor. When it's time for a bite, grab a drink and small plates from their onsite restaurant, Giusto, an open air space inspired by the simplicity of traditional Italian cooking.
GURNEY'S NEWPORT RESORT & MARINA
The essential resort experience awaits at Gurney's Newport Resort, surrounded by water with views of both Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Two indoor/outdoor saltwater pools, a waterfront spa, a private sundeck, cabanas for rent, a historic lighthouse, a 22-slip marina, and a clan of goats (the property is located on Goat Island, after all) complete your stay at this chic seaside sister property of the famous Gurney's Montauk.
When it comes to dining, you have your fill of options. Opt for 5-star bites at Showfish, the newest addition to the Gurney's dining scene delivering fresh fish, ripe vegetables and hand-selected specialties with both indoor and outdoor seating options; The Lounge & Firepit, offering light bites, cocktails and entertainment alongside a collection of outdoor fire pits overlooking the bay; and The Pineapple Club (open seasonally), a casual gathering spot situated on the bay offering specialty cocktails.
CASTLE HILL INN
Castle Hill Inn is the reimagined Relais & Châteaux version of this former private residence to Harvard University marine biologist and naturalist Alexander Agassiz. Built in 1874, Agassiz filled the shingle-style mansion with Chinese and Japanese bronze sculptures and porcelain, many of which you can find today throughout the hotel.
Years after Agassiz died, the property housed Naval officers while operating as an impromptu base during WWII. Once the war ended, it became a summer hotel, hosting Hollywood royalty like Grace Kelly during the filming of High Society in the 1950s, and renowned novelist Thornton Wilder.
Today, CHI is home to 33 enchanting guest accommodations, including waterfront beach cottages, elegantly appointed rooms and the beloved Turret Suite with panoramic views of the bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the onsite lighthouse— all situated on Newport's historic Ocean Drive.
THE CHANLER AT CLIFF WALK
Aromatherapy bath service, private outdoor hot tubs, evening turn-down service and in-room massages. The Chanler at Cliff Walk defines luxury with 20 elegantly furnished guest rooms and villas, each inspired by a particular historical period. Set above the crashing waves of the Atlantic and Newport's famed Cliff Walk, the 17th-century mansion was once the private residence of John Winthrop Chanler, New York Congressman, and welcomed prominent guests of the time like poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and President Theodore Roosevelt.
Located along Newport's waterfront, the Newport Marriott offers an upscale overnight stay within walking distance to Newport's attractions. Drop your bags and make your way down to Skiff Bar, the hotel's onsite bar with plush outdoor seating overlooking the harbor, for light bites and cocktails.
MainSail Restaurant at Newport Marriott offers a more formal dining experience and overlooks the adjacent harbor. Menu options here include American favorites from locally sourced ingredients.
FORTY 1 NORTH
Eco-friendly travel reaches its pinnacle at Forty 1 North, a sleek waterfront hotel off Newport's popular lower Thames Street where overnight accommodations include your choice of guest rooms, suites, cottages and lofts. The LEED-certified hotel incorporates eco-friendly elements into its architecture and design: Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the hotel with natural light, walkways are made of recycled glass and crushed shells mixed with a minimum amount of concrete, and CFL lightbulbs reduce energy consumption.
Explore one of the many nooks designed for lingering, including The Library, the hotel's most intimate bar with billiards table, fireplace and plush seating, and the Oval Bar + Lounge, offering a sophisticated menu of curated drinks with a side of understated glamour. Onsite dining here includes The Grill, the hotel's dockside restaurant (it's open-air in the summer months) offering up a fresh, upscale menu. In the warmer months, head outside to The Pavilion Bar, a summertime staple overlooking Newport Harbor and a collection of pretty impressive superyachts.
Located on 10 acres of expansive lawns with unobstructed views of the bay, OceanCliff on historic Ocean Drive occupies what used to be Bronson Villa. Owned by Arthur Bronson of New York, the Villa was built in 1864 by the architectural firm Peabody & Stearns from Boston who happen to have designed The Breakers and Doris Duke's Rough Point. For years, the waterfront estate was used as the Bronson's summer residence until it was sold to wealthy industrialist, Mr. Gaun M. Hutton, who built the Trans-Siberian railroad in Russia for Czar Nicholas. In1954, it was sold and converted into an oceanfront retreat to host lavish parties and society affairs.
Twenty-four rooms are distinctly reminiscent of the nineteenth century while ocean views and in-room jacuzzi tubs set the stage for an overnight oasis. For the best views in the house, make your way to The Upper Deck, or enjoy a menu of fresh, local offerings at The Safari Room, the property's onsite restaurant overlooking the bay.
NEWPORT HARBOR HOTEL
On iconic America's Cup Avenue you'll find Newport Harbor Hotel surrounded by historic cobblestone streets and some of the most impressive super yachts around. Marina lawn games, a collection of paddle boards and kayaks, an indoor saltwater pool and dockside dining at onsite restaurant Saltwater make this 133-room property a hub for summertime visits.
NEWPORT BEACH HOTEL + SUITES
Newport Beach Hotel and Suites is located steps from Easton's Beach just over the Middletown line. Oceanfront views, coastal ambiance and custom-designed furniture accompany your visit at this recently renovated hotel. Looking for a luxurious experience? Reserve a suite for floor-to-ceiling windows, a Juliet balcony and a fully equipped kitchen. When it's time to unwind, make your way to the day spa for a selection of relaxing therapies and skin treatments, or head up to the rooftop deck to soak in the hot tub overlooking Easton's Beach and the city below.
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