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 had a wonderful weekend at the Gilded. We were 10 of us. The staff could not have been nicer. The bed are very comfy, and the decor could not be any cuter.
My only criticism is the outside of the house could use improvements. When you arrive it’s a little disappointing, but as soon as you walk in,that’s all forgotten.
At first the idea of going into a “house” sounded strange (that what the hotel looks like from the outside). The moment you step inside you forget all of it and love the place. The staff is to say, at the least, friendly and very helpful, giving more information about the the town and the places to visit than a tourist information center.
The room is very clean, warm and one of a type.
Do not ever miss out on the breakfast, one of the most delicious and good tasting.
A must stay in Newport.
I was conflicted when I sat down to write this review. I recognize that Gilded may be the right choice for a particular traveler but as it turns out, Gilded was not the right choice for me/us. I am going to try my best to give an objective review of the property, recognizing that if your tastes align with mine you will likely be happier at a larger property with more amenities.
Gilded brands itself as a boutique hotel but I would think of it much more like a B&B. You feel like you are staying in a house, not in a hotel. It even smells like a house, not like a hotel, if that makes sense. There is not someone at the front desk 24 hours; every guest is given the key code for the front door. Room doors do not have a lock other than the one needed for the key. It is very homey and cute and the rooms are beautiful (the bed was very comfortable). When you come back from dinner/night you feel as though you are going back to your own home. It is also a real positive that there is no fee for parking. You can also easily walk from the hotel into town.
There is one negative that is worth mentioning. You can hear other guests walking in the hallways, opening and closing their doors, telephones ringing and even people talking from inside their rooms. Of course this made us self-conscious thinking people could hear us talking too. It was not the private retreat we imagined. Peter at the front desk was absolutely lovely helping us switch to a room with more privacy and we greatly appreciated his hospitality.
Suggestions for the property: Please lower the hallway lights at nighttime. The doors are not flush to the wall, so there was bright light coming into our room from around the door frame. Include decaf coffee with the coffee/tea bar. The common area carpets need to be redone - they showed signs of wear and tear. Similarly the common area hallways could use a fresh coat of paint. It would also be wonderful to add some sort of bathroom storage. The sink set up didn't leave much space to leave toiletries or even a toothbrush.