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
Stayed a night as a stopover on our way to Boston. The arrival was very welcoming explaining all the details. We were upgraded to a spacious suite. We ate both dinner and breakfast at the Dining Room. I have only good things to say about it. Superb dinner. The staff went out of their way to deal the minor food allergies my daughter has. The breakfast was one of the nicest hotel breakfasts I have had for quite some time. I really hope I get to visit the place again one day.
Fewer tourists , the mansions decorated for Christmas , shopping on the wharves , walks on beaches ( in coats of course ), the cliff walk , and the most amazing service , accommodations and food at Castle Hill Inn. What’s not to like ?
For my wife’s birthday I took her to r a brief 2 night “stay-cation” to Castle Hill Inn ( we live only 45 minutes away) and it was perfect . I surprised her with a massage upon our arrival (in the on-site spa in the mansion ). Our room was the turret suite , a charming two -level suite with magnificent views of the east passage of the Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Bay. The room has a gas fireplace and a soaking tub in the upper level with amazing views . The inn has rooms in the Agazziz Mansion ( where we were) as well as the chalet and some cottages on a small private beach.
( ok, for those accustomed to long sugary sand beaches in Florida or SC , this is New England . Small sandy beaches with seaweed next to rocky beaches are the norm . No, you can’t walk for miles in the sand, but you can find sea glass, and discover wild mussels in tidal pools on the rocks and crystal clear water and crazy surfers in wetsuits even in December . It’s charming, and Westerly RI near the CT border has some of the long sandy beaches if that’s really important to you).
Clearly this time of year is not conducive to cocktails on the lawn, but drinks in front of the fire work just fine. We had the 6 course chefs tasting menu the first night with excellent wine pairings . Our server and sommelier were both highly knowledgeable of the cuisine and the wines . The restaurant on premises is operated for the Inn by the Newport restaurant group which operates several outstanding restaurants in Newport , Providence and Tiverton , all with different themes . The group’s restaurants are known for fresh food and outstanding service . Castle Hill Inn is probably their smallest and most high end . It does not disappoint . One of the best wine lists in Rhode Island and an inventive and talented chef and top notch servers. Guests of the Inn also get a lovely full breakfast , including ( if you wish) house-made sausage .
Newport is fabulous too. If you’re not dining each night at Castle Hill ( and you could) we’d suggest the Clark Cooke House or Bouchard for dinner . If a steak is what you’re after , 22 Bowen is also excellent.
The 45 minute drive home seemed like a world away.
I stayed for a few nights at the beach cottages. The service and staff were always extraordinary, welcoming and accommodating. The location is marvelous. And the food was an absolute treat. One of the top locations I’ve stayed at.
This is a lovely historic property and our 'beach shack' cottages were lovely. We had mixed dining experiences- mostly fabulous but a very bad buffet. The thing I really did not like was that it felt chaotic rather than exclusive. There were always hordes of outside diners milling around.
As we left Mill Street Inn for dinner the desk clerk asked where we were going. When we said Castle Hill, she oohed and ahed. We had a decent buffet dinner amid nice ambiance. The problem was that we were charged $82 per person, plus drinks, & taxes. To say we were overcharged is an understatement. The buffet was about 20 feet long, plus a small carving station offering Turkey and Beef. They were both good and came with gravy. The cocktail type shrimp were good & large. Everything else was pedestrian. Meals in Newport are generally pricey, but this place stands out!