What We Love
- The Eco Escape Facial with organic treatment products at SpaTerre
- Sustainable seafood at One Bellevue
- Live local music and city views from the rooftop bar
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What To Know
- The pool and Jacuzzi area is open from 6 am to 11 pm
- A $15 per night resort fee (includes WiFi) will be collected at the hotel
- Valet parking is $10 per day from November 1 through March 31, and $30 per day from April 1 through October 31
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Newport’s Gilded Age celeb hangout dazzles with a pool, rooftop bar and eco-friendly spa
Nordic Runes nod to the hotel’s Viking name, but this 1926 charmer is all American, turn-of-the-century glamour. The Vanderbilts, Astors and Kennedys once sashayed among naval officers and movie stars in the building’s infamous old Skoal Room. Today, the debonair One Bellevue and its sunny garden patio draw Newport’s moneyed set with champagne, sustainable seafood and oysters on the half shell. Go for a drink with a view at the Top of Newport bar (open seasonally), then unwind with the Balinese- and Thai-inspired, organic treatments at SpaTerre.
In the Area
Located a few blocks from historic downtown Newport, the hotel is a prime base for exploring one of New England’s most treasured coastal enclaves and one of America’s most famous summer playgrounds. From the grand 1893 Breakers to boardwalk-style candy shops, there’s a pretty broad spectrum of sunny Americana. Head out along the coast-hugging three-and-a-half mile cliff walk for Atlantic vistas and Newport-mansion backdrops, or hop in the car for the 10-mile, historic Ocean Drive. Indulge in Tallulah on Thames’ 3-course prix-fixe menus with seasonal palate-pleasers like wild ramp gnocchi with buerre monte and spring onion.
How to Get There
I could write a novel about the poor experience we had at this property but will try to summarize a few key issues. Will say this is probably the worst combined hotel experience I can recall and I spend about 100 nights a year in hotels. Bell staff ignored us on arrival, front desk staff appeared overwhelmed and understaffed at our check in, housekeeping was inconsistent at best, room was left without towels, washcloths and hand towels daily - complaints to the managers on duty were met with blank stares. Took multiple requests over 9 hours to get towels on our second day. Guest “services” phone line not answered on 40% of our calls. Room service menu both print and on line are out of date - featured entrees not available. Issues with room temperature. Many in our group of 150 or so noted similar experiences. Only bright spot was good service at the rooftop bar and the lobby market. Sad to see such an important piece of Newport history so poorly managed. Won’t get a second chance from us.
Hotel Viking has always been a special place for my husband and I, as we were married there on
12/31/2013. With that being said we finally had a date day and decided to head to the roof top bar. We ordered two margaritas which were delicious followed by the charcuterie board. We waited over an hour for our board and it was not busy and asked the bartender who indicated he would check. When he came out with the board he indicated “they usually bring it to me, but I guess not today” The meats were warm and looked to the equivalent of a deli meat. The olives were literally from the large olive jar which we could see in the service bar fridge in front of us. We did tell the bartender the board was un acceptable and he simply took a picture and said he would inform the chef which is apparently new. This is not the standard of food and or service we expect from the Viking and are extremely disappointed with the entire experience. Disgusted is an understatement!
Great hotel with a wonderful location, just a half mile walk down to the wharf. The hotel having special features every night was fun, especially the s'mores! The rooftop bar is not to be missed either for beautiful views and great cocktails.