What We Love
- Daily breakfast (think baked portobello stuffed with quahog clam cake and an open-face pulled pork and egg sandwich) is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The croquet lawn is the perfect spot for the BYO-booze “G and Tea” time: You bring the hooch; the hotel’s staff has all the mixers you need
- Designer Rachel Reider's fun, sly style
What To Know
- The hotel opened in May 2015
- Each of the 17 brightly colored guestrooms and suites is unique
- Prime location near Thames Street
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With its lingering Gilded Age glory, storied sailing scene and sophisticated jazz festival, Newport has long been the preferred destination for New England’s elite. The latest boutique by Lark Hotels adds another reason to love this coastal haven, taking a cheeky approach to the rococo, Beaux Arts and Victorian styles pervasive during Newport’s heyday. Designer Rachel Reider piled on plenty of modern grandeur in details such as a stairway filled with gold mirrors; colorful butterfly print wallpaper; bold purples, reds and yellows; and lots of lacquer, including a sleek black billiards table. Each of the 17 guestrooms and suites is unique, exploding in bright hues and ranging in size from a petite 144 to 411 square feet. All are teched out with 40-inch flat-screen TVs, iPads preprogrammed with local intel and free WiFi. Breakfast is served in a sunny dining room brimming with color and vigor — the perfect start to a day spent gallery hopping or jamming to live jazz. The small plate offerings are innovative, farmers market–driven delights, including dishes such as baked portobello stuffed with quahog clam cake and an open-face pulled pork and egg sandwich. This perch is intended as a jumping-off point for Newport’s myriad charms, so there’s no restaurant or bar on-site. A pleasant amenity is the croquet lawn, the perfect spot for the BYO-booze “G and Tea” time: You bring the hooch; the hotel’s staff has all the mixers you need.
In the Area
Enjoying your stay in Gilded’s restored mansion? Check out some of the other choice homes in a tour of 11 Gilded Age mansions covering more than 250 years of American social, architectural and landscaping history. This new hotel is also close to the dramatic views and pristine seaside flora and fauna of the Newport Cliff Walk, a must for first-time and repeat visitors alike. You can’t leave town without going sailing, and whether you’re interested in beginner classes, two-hour excursions or a full daytrip, Sail Newport is your one-stop for all things nautical.
How to Get There
What an amazing place to stay. Not only is the decor fun and unique the hospitality was first rate. The location is perfect...close enough to walk to the wharf but far enough that it was still quiet at night. The breakfast was amazing...served tapas style with small plates allowing you to sample several of the different offerings. They even put balloons in our room for my boyfriend's birthday. Providing an ipad at check in for each guest loaded with apps highlighting local restaurants and things to do was a great touch for first time visitors to Newport. Highly recommend.
The B&B is in a terrific location, within walking distance of downtown Newport's highlights but tucked away so that it's off the main drag in a quite neighborhood...we slept with the window open. The inn is well decorated, cozy and fun. The garden space is tranquil and beautiful. The small plates breakfast is outstanding and Heather is a gracious host. Tight but sufficient parking between the spaces behind, and on the side of, the building. Recommend and would stay again.
We had a great stay at Gilded for just one night in April. Our room perfectly clean and the bed was superb. The mattress and bedding was so comfortable that it was probably my favorite part of our stay. Our room had a nicely updated, contemporary bathroom with extra-large shower and there were plenty of outlets, even though the building is an older house that's been updated in certain ways.
The wide, pine wood floors are beautiful, and the furniture in our room and all around the common areas of Gilded was all in perfect condition. There was a pool table in one room near the lobby and breakfast was served in a long, rectangular room with windows that look onto a patio that occupies the space between the two buildings that make up the hotel.
Speaking of breakfast, it was wonderfully prepared and not what you'd call a western-style bacon and eggs offering. Instead, breakfast was served on small plates which were there for the taking on a counter in the lobby. (Note the gorgeous light fixtures featuring realistic models of birds that look as if they're flying around a bird cage.) The staff kept bringing out newly plated food choices as guests picked up plates of hard boiled eggs with chopped asparagus, sliced grapefruit, assorted small pastries, and other kinds of interesting options. The coffee was great and I took one to go.
The only thing keeping me from rating this 5 bubbles is that I just tend to notice things that need a little maintenance, wherever I stay. On the outside of the building, some of the wood trim needs a bit of attention, which can be expected of any wooden house. The purple paint on the outside of the building looked great but some of the trim, like a piece of molding on the steps to the second building needed to be fitted back into place. New England winters can make upkeep a challenge but spring is here and it's time to get after those little details.
We would stay here again. Oh, and I almost forgot about the music playing during breakfast. I'm not sure who the artist was but she was singing fascinating covers of 90s hard rock songs. It definitely fit with the Gilded vibe and I enjoyed it.
We stayed at the Gilded Hotel in Newport for one night. It's a fabulous hotel. I would highly recommend. The staff are so friendly and really helpful. We got some great indormation on Newport and what to visit. Fabulous breakfast and scrumptious home made cookies on arrival. The room was fabulous - beautifully decorated. The whole place was amazing. Only regret that I had booked one night only. Would have loved to have stayed longer.
Just returned from a lovely weekend in Newport. Very pleased with Gilded, the inn we stayed at. We arrived early and Peter was kind enough to make sure our room was ready so we could check in right away. He was extremely helpful with restaurant recommendations and walking directions. Gilded is in a great location, making walking and Ubering a breeze. The inn was very clean and provided some extra touches that really made us feel at home, such as freshly baked cookies, hot tea and coffee, as well as a cocktail mixing station (you provide your own alcohol and they provide mixers and garnish) available throughout the day. Since my husband and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary, they surprised us with a small bottle of Prosecco, a box of cookies and a handwritten note in our room for us to enjoy upon arrival. We can’t wait to come back!