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
We visited Newport for our anniversary, and stopped at The Lawn on our last day. The waitress was pleasant, but forgot our order, to bring napkins, etc., and happily agreed the food we ordered was terrible. I stopped in the hotel to ask if they had a gift shop to purchase coffee mugs. The desk clerk was rude and disrespectful, asking if I wanted to buy “bugs” several times, he seemed to find that amusing, and then waived us away with his hand. The restrooms are very odd, we were directed by our waitress “to the back”, and walked around the main building to an outdoor building which, while very clean, was not what you expect in any restaurant. The parking valets were very nice, and the view is pretty, but the overall experience was a terrible disappointment.
My wife and I rented a superior ocean cottage that had its own beach and spectacular view of the ocean and all the ships, sailboats and other vessels in that vicinity. The cottage was incredible and while small the amenities and layout was outstanding. A plus is it had its own sink, microwave, refrigerator and small kitchen area. every luxury that could have made our trip wonderful was included, even a portable night light for exploring the beach after dusk. The hotel was roughly a quarter mile walk , the paths are stunning and the lighthouse walk was incredible. The only rooms with decks or balconies were the cottages located on the inlet side of the grounds or the ocean side. Breakfast was incredible and the staff was top notch.
The outdoor patio ( reservations required) is a perfect place to have lunch overlooking the Newport Harbor. The lobster rolls are fabulous with the slight touch of tarragon creme fraiche. The prices are expensive so view it as a treat.
We went to Castle Hill to celebrate my aunt and uncle's 33rd wedding anniversary. We decided to sit outdoors on a beautiful July afternoon on the adirondacks that overlook the sea. We're ordered oodles of delicious seafood and a bottle of Champaign! The lobster sliders are truly heavenly! We all greatly reccomend this wonderful place.
Hubs booked this as sort of a last minute getaway for the 4th. We had no real expectations either way. So glad he stumbled across this hotel. We had an amazing time. The views from the property are spectacular . This Inn sits at the beginning of Narragansett Bay so you gets of both the ocean and the bay. The grounds were immaculate, the staff friendly, knowledgeable and attentive and the location was superb. You can take a water shuttle to downtown Newport or use a car service like Uber. We stayed in the Bridge Room and had amazing views of the bay. Beautiful way to wake up and watch sail boats. Need a recommendation? Ask the staff. They gave us lots of great tips. This place is not cheap, but worth every dollar.