Castle Hill Inn
What We Love
- 2015 Jetsetter Hotel Food Award Winner
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Only five minutes from Newport, but you need a car to get into town
- No swimming pool or exercise room
- Dogs are not allowed
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
Lunch on the Lawn on a beautiful summer day was outstanding. View is spectacular. Servers were excellent and attentive. Not hurried at all. If you like lobster rolls, I recommend ordering it. It is one of the best I have had and I have had lobster rolls all around New England. The hot dog roll was packed with lobster. Served with chips (house made, I believe), and coleslaw.
Not what we were hoping for! We were looking forward to a relaxing getaway after our wedding and this resort is completely over run with outside guests dining or drinking at the Lawn. We were so disappointed. They also seemed to do very little to make Inn guests feel special/welcomed. The chaos and noise from the Lawn bar and restaurant could be easily heard from our room and made you feel like you were at a party you couldn't leave/escape. There are definitely some positives to this property like the included breakfast (which is calm and quiet because outside guests are not allowed) but not enough to make it worth it, in our opinion.
Having some drinks and snacks on the lawn at Castle Hill is the absolute best. We went pretty early and used their free valet service. Nearly all of the Adirondack chairs were empty so we picked a couple with a gorgeous view and settled in.
I had their blueberry lemonade cocktail and my husband had a drink I can't remember righ now but they were our wedding cocktails. So good.
The best though - their chips and onion dip. Holy heck it was absolutely amazing! It's the perfect snack for a drink in the warm sunshine.
I simply can't say enough great things about THE LAWN AT CASTLE HILL INN. I've been to Newport at least a dozen times, and somehow it took until this most recent trip June/July 2019 to discover the place!
We made reservations for lunch @ 1 PM. We arrived about a half an hour early and were greeted by seriously the nicest staff ever who told us to take a place at one of the beautiful Adirondack Chairs on the lawn with the most amazing views. We did and ordered drinks at the bar on the lawn, which were delicious! We were sat promptly at 1 at a great table with an amazing view under an umbrella to shield us from the sun.
This was a highlight of our trip, and we ate at a lot of great restaurants! The staff is AMAZING. The food was delicious. The cocktails terrific. The ambiance was perfect.
We started contemplating getting married there (at some unspecified date in the possible near future). It's that great! Highly recommend to anyone, and will definitely be back on every trip to Newport in the future.
A real treat that represents the expectations of a beautiful inn in a beautiful location with wonderful food and service. There are no reservations for this dining area at Castle Hill and they stop seating at The Lawn at 8 pm. However, you want to be there early for the beauty of the water, the sunset and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The food was delicious, good portions and fair prices. This is the Newport experience you want unless you are 25 and would rather be in a loud, crowded bar, restaurant on or near Thames Street.