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
I stayed here for a weekend trip with my husband. The hotel itself is historic and designed with a modern fit out. The rooms are spacious, staff are friendly. They have a BYOB cocktail hour from 4-6pm and small interesting plates for breakfast in the morning. It’s located a little ways from the main downtown district (about 3-4 min drive) - that’s why I gave it 4 stars versus 5. I would recommend checking it out as an alternative to the traditional options in the area.
Just had an overnight stay at this cute boutique hotel. Eclectic contemporary design with pleasant service. Comfortable beds and accurate thermostat for a good night’s sleep. Creative and tasty continental breakfast of mini scones, muffins, muesli. Highly recommend for a unique stay in Newport.
In October 2018, my husband and I spent 4 nights at Gilded. It was the perfect home base for our visit to Newport. It's within walking distance to restaurants, shops, and mansions. What clinched it for us was the free, on-site parking - a rarity in Newport.
As for the hotel itself, the entire property is well-maintained. We loved the unique decor and bold colors. The bathroom was small, the bed/bedding was comfortable. There's a cute, well-kept, nicely-landscaped courtyard with comfortable patio furniture and gas fireplace where we spent afternoons unwinding after a day of sightseeing.
Before you make a reservation, join their “On a Lark” Club - it's free. It's not about earning points for staying at Lark hotels so much as becoming eligible for a FREE guestroom upgrade (if available). We reserved a Queen and were upgraded to a Queen Suite. The extra room was nice!
We really enjoyed our stay at Gilded. The room was so nice, comfy bed, clean and we very much enjoyed the pool table and breakfast! It was nice and quiet too and close to restaurants in tow, you can walk to the main area in Newport. Highly recommend!
This hotel is like nowhere else I’ve stayed! The decor is truly special. The staff is also very friendly and accommodating. I like how they give you an iPad organized with different genres of restaurants and things to do. Very helpful. The breakfast included different interesting dishes and was very tasty. I liked how they had cookies, snacks, and drinks out at all times of the day. We stayed in the King Deluxe room and were very satisfied with the cleanliness and size of the room. Thanks for an amazing and unforgettable stay in Newport!