What We Love
- Easy access to Newport’s sights, from the waterfront to art galleries
- The Vanderbilt signature massage, with warm aromatic compresses
- Muse restaurant serves New England favorites like clam chowder
- Indoor and outdoor heated pools
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What To Know
- Evening cocktails on the Garden Terrace are popular with guests as well as locals; arrive early
- Valet and self-parking are available for $20 per night
- Pets are allowed but an extra fee is required; see Details for more
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
It’s hard not to be drawn in by the steamy history of this elegant mansion. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt commissioned the building in 1909 for his mistress, Agnes O’Brien Ruiz, wife of the Cuban attaché. The soul of the hotel is its history, but the personality is all Peter de Savary. This well-known yachtsman took over the hotel and refurbished it with great flair. Now operated by upscale hotel group Grace, the property still has de Savary’s collection of original American illustration art, from cheeky pinup girls to New Yorker covers and other humorous early 20th-century works.
Bed and Bath
From the Beaux-Arts front room, grand pillared staircases lead to the 33 rooms and suites. In contrast to the polished Gilded Age style downstairs, guestrooms have a more contemporary look, with white paneled walls, sash windows and a successful mix of fabrics in sherbet shades. Even Deluxe Rooms are a spacious 300 square feet, and all have flat-screen TVs, coffee machines and free WiFi. The are luxe touches, too, from the king-size beds dressed in Italian linens and cashmere throws, to the ample marble bathrooms stocked with Penhaligon amenities.
Opened in 2011, Muse restaurant dishes up New England favorites with a decidedly French twist: venison medallions with a blueberry reduction, pheasant and braised red cabbage, oysters and clam chowder are just some of the tasty sections. As for evening cocktails, there’s no better spot in the hotel (or Newport, for that matter) than the breezy Garden Terrace, with its sea-foam-green wicker chairs and general New England aura of lazy summer afternoons. The Vanderbilt Grace really shows its luxe side in the on-site spa. Take a dip in the indoor heated pool, followed by a couples massage in a candlelit treatment room. The spa uses Yon-Ka products from Paris, which are holistic, handcrafted and heavenly.
In the Area
Just down the street is the historic Newport Tower, as well as sailing and fishing tours in the harbor. Next door, the Newport Art Museum hosts outdoor movies and documentaries. In the summer months, take a sailing tour on one of the champion vessels manned by 12 Meter Charters (many are winners of the America’s Cup) or see the small city on two wheels, with bike rentals from Newport Bicycle. If you have time for only one mansion tour, make it the Breakers for its spectacular platinum walls, and don’t leave without a meal at the Lobster Bar. Get there early to score a front row seat for the sunset.
How to Get There
When you book a loft Suite in a Vanderbilt property you would expect an element of Sophistication ,Style and Comfort.
Sadly not at the Grace Vanderbilt Newport.
Our Suite was Tiny ,Cramped and Dark !!
The bathroom could only accommodate 1 person at a time.
Our view from a 3’ x 4’ skylight window was an old car park.
All for the Grand price of $648.00 per night
It gets worse. You then have to pay.
Room tax sales $28.35 per day
Room tax occupancy $24.30 per day
Resort Fee $54.50 per day
That equates to $755-15 per night and that doesn’t include Breakfast!
I now know why the Castle Hill is always busy.
We keep coming back to the Grace Vanderbilt Hotel for many reasons: The spacious rooms with light airy decor and all the amenities of a luxury hotel. Great location, walking distance to restaurants, shops, bars, and ferry service. Staff is exceptionally attentive, courteous and friendly. The rooftop bar has fantastic sunset views of the entire harbor.
Amazing is all I can say. From the rooftop bar with great cocktails to the impeccable service, the Grace Vanderbilt is a destination. We had a terrific weekend made even better with the highly trained, attentive staff. Thank you all!
Jill and Jim
If you want to view a Newport sunset, the rooftop bar is the place to be! It is breathtaking! Also, the cocktails are delicious as well as the small plates on the menu. Best of all, the service was outstanding! Lara was our waitress and she was attentive and made sure we enjoyed our entire experience. You don’t have to be a guest at the hotel in order to enjoy the rooftop. We would definitely return!
Had a great visit over the 4th of July with our dog. We chose this hotel because it is pet friendly and they were more than accommodating.
Our dog was treated like a valued guest and the staff were quick to offer her water or treats during her stay. We loved being able to dine outside with her on the hotel grounds and she was welcome to chill in the lobby areas. She received her own bowls and pet bed as promised in the room and housekeeping always made sure she was out of the room before coming to clean.
Breakfast was great, dinner was average (HUGE portions).
Also had a chance to enjoy an amazing massage at the spa, I believe it was with Lisa.
Will definitely return and recommend to others visiting Newport.