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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Beaux-Arts beauty with a destination spa and French-inspired restaurant in the heart of tony Newport

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Grace Vanderbilt
41 Mary St
Newport, RI 02840 United States

Reviews

Top Notch in every category
Sharon C

This is a great boutique hotel. Yes it is pricey but worth every dollar. It's in a great location, only a long block from the harbor. It is lovely inside and the rooms are spacious and comfortable. The pool area and outdoor patio dining is a great place to relax (and to have breakfast). The roof top bar has nice views and a good place for a drink. We loved everything about it.

Horrible
bgmong

I thought because this was an Auberge property that it would be nice. It was Horrible.
I tried to reach out to the manager on numerous occasions, and the hotel was not a nice hotel. The staff is unfriendly ,the room was not ready until after 4:30 with a three o'clock check in time. The rooms were not nice and over priced and not clean.

Felt like Newport elite
kittyliddell

We loved pulling up to the beautiful Vanderbilt property tucked on a quiet street in the midst of Newport RI. Walking in to check-in felt more like being welcomed to someone's special and gracious home rather than a hotel. We loved the history of the property and especially enjoyed the pool area with the brick fence and lovely flowers. The location could not be better; it was a short drive to the beach and Cliff Walk and we could easily walk around town to all the shops and restaurants. The roof deck was a special bonus and we enjoyed a drink and watched all the boats on the bay.