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
- 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
My husband and I stay at a beach house at Castle Hill every year, often in the winter. Even with the cold, this is by far our favorite ocean escape in the U.S. The service is first class and yet warm and unpretentious. The breakfast, with a breathtaking view of the Atlantic and Castle Hill's lawn, is among the most enjoyable experiences anywhere. Castle Hill captures the quaint style of New England, but is also upscale and polished in every way.
We had a wonderful stay at Castle Hill in February of 2018 when I proposed to my now-wife in the restaurant. The beach house in which we stayed was perfect in every way and we were married in July.
So, where better to celebrate the anniversary of our engagement? Beach House 33, of course!
Unfortunately, things weren’t quite as perfect this time.
• The fireplace didn’t work;
• The stopper in the tub didn’t close properly;
• The bed made a horrific (albeit humorous) noise when we simply sat on it;
• And, there were no cushions on the patio furniture to enjoy the beautiful morning as there had been the year before.
Let it suffice to be said that we a bit disappointed.
That said, the service was excellent and everyone was both friendly and welcoming …. from making the reservation, to dinner at the bar, to our room service breakfast, and, finally, to checkout.
So, what might have been an annual tradition for us will now simply be a fond
Nothing disappoints at this hotel. We wanted to take a "mini moon" after our wedding since we are delaying our honeymoon to our one year anniversary. We drove out of the city to Newport. This amazing hotel is at the very end of the island. They graciously upgraded our room, but when we asked for the old room back as it had a fireplace, they scrambled to make that happen as well. We started with their tea hour, enjoyed watching the sunset at the "outdoor" bar (enclosed for the winter), and then had an amazing dinner and breakfast the next day at the restaurant. If you get the chance to stay here - do it! This property and everyone working there was absolutely incredible.
We spent the night on the eve of my wife's birthday in the lovely ROSE Room. Afternoon tea was fabulous. Dinner even more so. The prix fixe menu was varied and accompanied by wonderful amuse bouche and a variety of truffles after dessert. Service was friendly and professional. Hospitality was top notch. A personal birthday cake accompanied my wife's dessert. She claimed to be in a "food coma" more than 2 1/2 hours after the meal began. The accommodations in this historical inn (1875) were wonderful, as is the location at the mouth of Narragansett Bay. The breakfast included with our stay was amazing as well. Lobster hash with eggs benedict, freshly squeezed juice, pumpkin loaf with coffee, beautiful fruit cup ordered as a side. Unforgettable stay.
Thanks to an invite back to the Castle Hill Inn Dining, Anthony Boi (Director of Restaurants-Castle Hill Inn) and his staff were stellar! From the moment we arrived, the Dining Hostess sat us right down to the best seat in the restaurant; beautiful view of the water overlooking the Inn. The waiter was polite and prompt to take our drink order. From the amazing salads to the incredibly, well priced, 2 hands needed lobster roll, the food was by far the best I have had in R.I. After our delicious meal, the Anthony Boi (Director of Restaurants-Castle Hill Inn) personally introduced himself and made sure we had a great dining experience. We most certainly did. Never tried Castle Hill Inn for dining? Well, I know you will be reviewing this restaurant after eating there and leaving them with a 5 star rating too.