Chef Lou Rossi’s artfully crafted cuisine featuring, fresh local fish, regional meats, and local produce
Restorative massages and facials at the spa
Charter their luxurious Hinckley Yacht docked in their marina
Spacious rooms with modern bathrooms
The hotel has its own private beach
Drinks on the famed Adirondacks on The Lawn at sunset watching yachts glide by
What To Know
Only five minutes from Newport, but you need a car to get into town
No swimming pool or exercise room
Dogs are not allowed
Parking on site
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Historic mansion with a locavore restaurant, private beach and yacht access, just minutes from downtown Newport
During the Gilded Age, Newport was the playground of the Astors, the Vanderbilts and other high society insiders who summered in palatial 70-room “cottages.” A stay at the Castle Hill Inn, built in 1874 on a secluded 40-acre peninsula, is like weekending at the private summerhouse of a well-to-do relative — who has a great chef and a superb wine cellar. The shingled mansion sits at the end of a long, leafy drive only five minutes from Newport’s main strip. Think expansive lawns, the sound of water lapping at the rocky shoreline and the distant ringing of a bell buoy.
Bed & Bath
The Victorian-style main house has rooms of different shapes and sizes; the more casual, modern accommodations — Beach Cottages, Beach Houses and Harbor Houses — are dressed in a classic coastal palette of white with sea-green, light blue and warm yellow accents. Most have fireplaces (evenings can be chilly), large cast iron whirlpool tubs and views of the ocean. French doors on the Beach Cottages and Harbor Houses let in the salty breeze and the sounds of shore birds calling.
There’s croquet and bocce on the lawn, but we recommend a long saltwater soak in a scented bath — drawn by the massage therapist at the spa. Later, from an Adirondack chair on the lawn, watch the wooden yachts in Narragansett Bay while sipping a frothy cocktail. The Lawn at Castle Hill serves up fresh New England classics from a simple lobster bisque to a complete locally-sourced raw bar; dozens of wines are offered by the glass alongside specialty cocktails. For a more formal, prix-fixe dinner, request a table by the window in the hotel’s Dining Room. The most memorable meal? Lobster hash, for breakfast.
In the Area
Step inside the 19th-century summer “cottages” of the Astors, Vanderbilts and Whitneys. The 70-room Breakers is a must, but a ticket gives you access to all nine houses. Wear your tennis whites and book court time at the legendary International Tennis Hall of Fame, which hosted the first U.S. National Lawn Tennis Championships in 1881. The 3.5-mile Cliff Walk winds along the rocky shoreline and affords glimpses into the back yards of Gilded Age mansions, many of which are not open to the public. Be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes. Learn to sail aboard one of the legendary America’s Cup 12-meters — the Intrepid, the Enterprise or Ted Turner’s American Eagle. Armory Antiques, set in the historic Newport Armory on Thames Street, stocks nautical antiques, while the Newport Art Museum’s Griffon Shop carries estate sale consignments from some of the famed Bellevue Avenue mansions. Classic Cruises of Newport offers tours of the area’s well-known cottages, including Hammersmith Farm (the mansion where Jackie Kennedy was married), aboard the Rumrunner, a Prohibition-era speedboat.
Castle Hill Inn
590 Ocean Drive
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
How to Get There
Flights are available to Providence T.F. Green Airport (PVD) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. The property does not offer private transfers to/from PVD, about 30 miles away, or to/from BOS, about 79 miles away. The property can arrange a transfer with a local town car provider for approximately $150 each way from PVD. Rates from BOS vary; please contact the property for more information. Most guests rent a car for the airport transfers, and on-site valet parking is available for no additional cost.