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
My wife and I were on a road trip in New England and drove from Williamstown to Newport to the Grace Vanderbilt.
A fantastic experience!!
Pulled up the Mustang (hired) outside the doorman came and knew our names!
We were offered champagne on check in a really classy touch.
The room was unbelievable (room 101)
We went to the rooftop bar to watch the sunset over the harbour and drank some pre dinner wine and Alice the General manager took the time to came up to see if all was OK another classy touch and a taste of true hospitality.
We ate in the restaurant and I must say the steak was the best I have had in the US and the includes the Top of the Hub and Mandarin Oriental in Boston and the W hotel in Washington!
Style, Grace and Service in a manner that has largely been forgotten.
Well done to Alice and the team for a memorable stay and as McArthur famously said I Shall Return!
We stayed in a captains loft. Really comfortable bed and plenty of good pillows. Service was friendly and accommodating. However the room needs redecorating! Carpets were stained, furniture was uncomfortable. it was pretty noisy probably due to a big aircon unit. At that price level not acceptable
It is very price exclusive. I had to use my free night from my ten night stay with Hotels.com incentive program. Even with the $217.14 "redeemed night" it was still $538.72. So $755.86 is steep but the experience of getting welcomed into the highest class of Newport at the peak of the Summer season was significant indeed. I swam in the outdoor pool, worked out in the fitness center and swam in the indoor pool and enjoyed the Turkish bath. I played pool (the table cue ball game) in a room adjacent to the bar with a free Chardonnay in a fluted glass. This year I toured 10 different famed Mansion exhibitions of Newport Preservation Society. What a trip! Amazing!
This is a historic hotel in a lovely location to walk to the pier and shopping area. The bed was comfortable and the room lovely, but no WiFi for us unless we were in the lobby. Ask for a room where they know there is a WiFi signal. We called but no one showed up. I do not think being on the first level is good as there is a musty smell. Breakfast was fine.
This hotel needs a serious upgrade/renovation. The location is great, but our room was TINY and very noisy, the restaurant in the hotel was depressing and empty, and overall the place was just sad. The staff was very friendly and helpful, but the hotel has seen better days.