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
The Castle Inn is a superb well kept and well run hotel with a can't-be-beat ocean front location in Newport, RI. A Relais & Chateaux property, the hotel meets the high marks of this hotel group. It is a one-of-a-kind hotel, sophisticated yet relaxed, old yet new, comfortable yet elegant, with a friendly professional staff. Our ocean front guest house/room had a not-to-be-forgotten ocean front view, was well furnished, was comfortable and well maintained. Dining was a pleasant experience with excellent food, good service, and an ocean front dining room. Interestingly and importantly the hotel is employee-owned and it shows in the professionalism and friendliness of the staff. When in Newport, this is a highly recommended hotel.
Decided to spoil myself for a brief stay here and so happy I did! Stayed in the Harbour House. Room is cozy but very well-appointed for either a business or leisure stay -- great desk, small bar area with snacks and fridge, comfortable chair for relaxing, gas fireplace and gorgeous bathroom. Small deck on the back with water view. The nightly turn-down service, just like everything here, is a few notches above. The breakfasts are outstanding with lovely views in the dining room. My server (I wish I could remember her name) was so friendly. The service in all areas is wonderful. I had room service one evening and everything was delicious. The property is just so beautiful....first class all the way in every area. The only negative aspect was their refusal to budge on early check-in or late check out. I arrived at 1:00 p.m. and was told my room was not ready but they would call me when it was. I stayed off season and the property was not full. I did a little shopping in town while waiting but never received a phone call. I asked for a late check out since my flight home was not until the evening, but they would only allow an extra hour - noon. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and will definitely return.
My significant other and I stayed here in early April to celebrate our anniversary. From our room,to the staff,to the grounds and food, we were absolutely impressed.
We stayed in the Margaret Thatcher room and loved the bed and bathroom. The tub and views are definitely a highlight of the room, not to mention the fireplace as well!
The absolute highlight of our quick trip was the dinner. We opted for the 7 (at least I think it was 7) course meal with the wine pairings, and my God.....
The food was absolutely amazing, and the wine paired perfectly along with it. The most memorable part though, was the staff during it. Everyone we encountered during our dinner was so friendly, helpful and fun.
We will hopefully be back to visit this summer, but will most certainly be making Castle Hill Inn our new anniversary tradition as well! Thank you for such a fantastic visit!
The service was impeccable. All our meals were gourmet and delish. The cottage we stayed in was clean modern and charming with beautiful peaceful sea views. We loved the added touches of the homemade chocolate chunk cookies and turn down service. We would highly recommend the Castle Hill Inn. It’s special!
Beautiful old world elegance with excellent service. Views were amazing and dining experience was delicious. Highly recommend their spa services as well. One of the best facials I’ve ever had (did the rose Emerson package).