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.
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My husband and I chose Gilded based on their online offer. The hotel is set in a great location. Front desk was prompt, personable. An IPad is offered to each guest to use during their stay which my husband enjoyed. The Deluxe King #203 was disappointing. The ceiling appeared to have had a leak from the floor above and it was repaired but not painted. The bathroom was through a door with steps to go down to it. Not enough counter space or places to hang your towels. The decor was charming, the bed and linens were wonderful. AC worked well, The 'small bites" breakfast is such a great idea and delicious. Unfortunately, due to the age of the house, there is a very musty odor in all the hallways which is a turn off. Nice place but its not guilded.
The Gilded Hotel is a wonderful combination of both a hotel and a bed & breakfast. Anyone familiar with B&B’s will understand that old homes that are converted to inns will not always resemble standard hotel layouts. The unique size and shape of the rooms only adds to the eclectic vibe and quaintness of the home. The rooms are all completely unique from one another. Our room was cute and stylish with a beautiful old fireplace, a comfy queen bed, private full bath, and was neatly turned down each day. We didn’t notice the sounds of other guests during our stay but that can usually be expected with B&B’s, where walls are not designed with the intent of hotels. In days where customer service seems to be non existent, it was a pleasant surprise to be treated so well by the entire staff. Heather, the inn keeper/ concierge, was fantastic! She always greeted us with a smile and made us feel special. She even took time upon our arrival to draw all over a map for us noting sightseeing areas, shopping districts, beaches and even restaurant recommendations. Her husband makes beautiful small plate breakfasts that you’d swear were catered in by a high end restaurant. We were hard pressed to have any
complaints. Of course the bathroom is a little crammed, but again I was just impressed they were even able to install full baths in all of the old homes bedrooms. For a couples getaway this is really a great choice. Comfy, private, great food and sweet people. Newport itself was a pleasant surprise also. Being used to Florida and the Caribbean, the beaches really surprised us. It’s a perfect town for a romantic getaway. Thumbs up!
This hotel is made up of two Victorian houses connected together. The decor is very modern and fun, with nice areas for sitting, both inside and out.
We arrived after a 3 hour trip and were told there was no bathroom, as it was prior to check in. We were forced to take the 8 minute walk to their "sister" property to use a facility. This did and does not sit well with me.
The rooms are quite lovely, small, but anyone well traveled doesn't not expect a city hotel to be large. The bathrooms, however, are tiny. There is no way anyone over 6' or 200lbs would fit in the bathroom or shower we had. It is nicely appointed with comfortable chairs, bed, pillow and a gas fireplace. Because of the age of the property, there are large gaps below and above the bedroom door. Bring a noise machine because you hear everything in the hallway. While we were here, the front door did not work/close properly (humidity, perhaps, but come on).
The complimentary breakfast is varied and tasty, with a beautiful presentation. It is really a 15 minute walk to town, honestly just right for us. Lots of parking and away from the hustle of downtown Newport.
Nice place to stay, just not quite 5 stars for the money we paid. I travel frequently and would have expected a little more for the price.
Lovely, eclectic bed and breakfast in the heart of Newport. Art Deco decor and bold color accents in all public areas. While very comfortable with good mattress and soft linens, the room was a bit small but very clean. Small bathroom with stall shower was also very clean. Towels were amply provided and were very soft. Breakfast consisted of many different small plates almost like tapa, such as yogurt with fruit, oatmeal with blueberries, fresh fruit, muffins, etc. While there were no made to order breakfast items, there were sufficient other choices to satisfy most everyone. Convenient walking distance to the wharf area of Newport. Exceptionally helpful and friendly staff that provided a programmed iPad with what serves as the traditional book of hotel policies, things to do in the area, restaurants, etc. A nice, modern touch! Overall, a wonderful stay. Highly recommended!
My husband and I were so pleased with our 3 nights at the Gilded Hotel. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The whole hotel was very colorful and eclectically decorated but it wasn't cluttered at all. The room was great sized (King Deluxe), well-decorated, and very clean. The beds were extremely comfortable. You could hear some noise from the hallway but otherwise it's a very quiet stay on a quiet road. It's nice to be a little bit away from the busy downtown but it's a short walk to most things. The breakfast was unusual but a pleasant surprise. Although it's served tapas style (small portions of different items), there were plenty of options and it was quite filling for a day of walking around town. The only other challenge with this hotel is that parking is quite limited. We were fortunate to get a spot in the tiny lot and didn't move our car for our entire stay, opting to walk around and use an uber at one point. We highly recommend this hotel and hope we can return again someday!