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
Just spent one night here for the first time and can’t wait to go back. This hotel is charming, romantic, cozy and luxurious. Plus the food is incredible. When I opened the door to our beach house room and saw the view of the waves crashing on the beach, I turned to my husband and told him I was never leaving. The room was modern with a small kitchenette, a large tub and a fireplace. I had a fabulous massage at the spa. Our dinner was exceptional and the service was excellent. On the downside the hotel does not have a gym. Otherwise it was love at first sight.
We held our daughter's wedding here, and let me tell you, it was fantastic. It's a perfect venue for all sizes of weddings. And a plus is the property and the restaurants are amazing. We had guests stay in the beach cottages, and they loved every minute in them. We also love the patio and lawn areas. Terrific place.
From the moment we walked in and met Nathan and Lulia...we knew this would be special! They are great! We loved our room, we loved our cocktails on the lawn and we loved our dinner! Anthony and his team ran the dining room beautifully. We have already told friends and family about our wonderful stay. We look forward to returning.