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
We loved our stay at Gilded for our mini-moon! The staff was informative regarding weather updates, places to go, how to navigate, etc. The iPad was also a great way for use to find amazing places to eat and adventures to take! Oh, and the breakfast - mmm, mmm, mm. Also, there is a bike rental right on site. We still talk about how we wish we were still there.
We were extremely excited to stay at the Gilded because of the proximity to downtown but our expectations fell short. This is not a hotel by any means, it really is a bed and breakfast, so if you are expecting even a 3 star experience, go elsewhere!
1. You can hear EVERYTHING happening outside of your room. Footsteps, door slams, people talking. The light in the hallway is so bright and shines right into the room
2. The AC in our room was not working, we opened the window which cooled it down, but it was a bit noisy in the morning
3. The breakfast was the biggest disappointment for us. We were expecting a variety of hot plates, tapas as they note on the site. But instead were met with only a few options, almost all pastries, and everything was cold.
For $350 a night in the offseason, it was extremely underwhelming. I would never stay here again or at another "Lark" property.
The marketing of this hotel is very well done but when you arrive it woefully under delivers. A charming renovation and decor concept was demolished by utter lack of management attentiveness. The insides of rooms are unfinished and or not maintained to basic hotel standards by any measure. Out side of the rooms is less obvious a concern, notably the breakfast was the one positive highlight, however they ran out of coffee twice during the breakfast time period both days we stayed (simple attention would have prevented this basic oversight). I cannot recommend this hotel as is now, but if management can take aggressive action to correct ongoing, I believe there is still potential.