Mill Street Inn
What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast and afternoon tea are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Great location, just blocks from the bars and restaurants of Thames Street
- Historic building with modern interiors, exposed brick walls and super comfy featherbeds
- Waterfront views from the roof deck
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Marble bathrooms offer Aveda products and have high-pressure rain showers
- Pets up to 50 pounds are welcome for a $50 nonrefundable fee, plus a $150 refundable deposit
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Built by the same carpenter who crafted many mansions on Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive, the Mill Street Inn is a woodworking mill-turned boutique hotel. The stately brick façade and original blue front doors — though whimsical — should allude to stuffy interiors of brass headboards and tired period furniture. But instead, refurbished interiors are still fresh from a 2007 renovation, with exposed brick walls, steel- and wood-framed furnishings and high-tech mod-cons.
Bed & Bath
Style trumps sentiment throughout the 23 rooms and suites. Featherbeds with padded headboards and 400-thread-count Percale linens encourage nesting in the cozy bedrooms, and living areas have exposed brick walls, taupe sofas and flat-screen TVs. Lather up with Aveda products in the marble bathrooms with high-pressure rain showers.
The dining room offers a free morning spread of cereal, oatmeal, fruit salad, smoked salmon platter, plain and assorted Greek yogurts, bagels, breads, muffins, pastries, fritatta, fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee and Nespresso.
In the Area
In the center of Newport’s historic district, Mill Street Inn is a stone’s throw from the superlative mansions. Surfers bob year-round on the swells at Easton’s Beach at the foot of the Cliff Walk, where you can rent boards and wetsuits. Savor the massive flapjacks and omelets that are as big as your head at Gary’s rowdy diner, Handy Lunch. Flex plastic at the boutiques on Thames or at off-the-beaten-path shops like Vintage to Vogue and Closet Revival on lower Broadway. Afterward, channel your inner robber baron with a two-course lunch a killer bar special of three local oysters and a glass of champagne at Castle Hill. Grab a pint at Pour Judgement, which has a rotating selection of seasonal local brews, or for a more relaxed vibe, bring your own brew to pair with the comfort food at Thames Street Kitchen
How to Get There
We stayed for 1 night and it was a great location close to downtown and includes parking. It is only a few blocks walk to downtown which was convenient. Our room had a separate king room and living room and bathroom. We didnt spend alot of time in the room, but think it was nice with the brick walls and comfy bed. The complimentary bottled water, chocolate covered pretzels and nuts were a nice touch along with fruit. The breakfast that was included in our stay was amazing. It is downstairs in the basement, but it is set up so cute with a hot chocolate bar with all the fixings, bagels, muffins, pastries, eggs and sausage. I was very impressed with the breakfast and thought it was a nice touch. We wanted to walk around after we checked and the staff said it was fine for us to leave our car there after we checked out. The front desk staff were very nice and welcoming. I highly recommend this hotel.
My husband and I just came back from a quick getaway to Newport and were lucky enough to stay at the Mill Street Inn. We stayed in a townhouse suite room which was great. Downstairs had a couch, tv, fridge, seating area. Upstairs had a king size bed, full bathroom, tv, closet and balcony that overlooked the ocean.
Breakfast and afternoon tea was great to have as an option and delicious. The location is superb. One block away from Thames street with a bunch of restaurants and a block away from Bellevue Avenue.
We utilized the free on site parking but can see where those spaces will fill up quickly during peak season.
Book Mill Street Inn. You won’t be disappointed
We were visiting for a birthday/anniversary and the Mill Street Inn did not dissapoint. It was in a beautiful location and the unique charm of the inn was very charming. We instantly felt like we were at home. The breakfast which was free is fantastic. They had a great variety from artisan pastries to individual packaged smoothies. Overall we were very pleased with our experience at Mill Street Inn and look forward to coming back in the summer.
A special thank you to Courtney, Nikki and the woman who takes care of the breakfast (did not get her name) and the people responsible for making up the room. Everyone is just so wonderful and helpful. They went out of their way to make our stay here again very pleasant. Room, bed and other amenities are outstanding. The breakfast and tea items are delicious. Amazing how excited they were to finally get a kitchen installed last year (after we left) - eyes lit up when I asked about it. Looking forward to going back again next year.
We travel a lot. We go to lots of hotels. As a small, boutique hotel, the Mill Street Inn is a true gem and one of the best hotels of its type we have visited. It is an actual converted mill, on Mill Street, with exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and an industrial rustic feel. We stayed one night. The biggest compliment I can give a hotel is the following: We felt like guests. I am so tired of going to a hotel only to feel like we are doing them a favor or only to have to pay for every little amenity. I like being appreciated. The staff that we interacted with, both Courtney and Katrina, were very friendly while taking the time to chat with us and answer our questions. We saw lots of staff buzzing around in the morning and every detail was attended to. It was in a great location within a short walking distance to Thames Street and the Wharfs. It was in a quiet neighborhood away from the crowds. We appreciated all of the little touches like the afternoon snacks downstairs from the lobby - the chocolate chip brownie/blondie was really delicious. Also the complimentary drink making station in the lobby. They provided all the mixers and garnishes for cocktails, you just have to bring your alcohol. The room was spacious had everything you needed. A bottle of water, as well as cashews and chocolate covered pretzels were provided in the room for a snack. They define complimentary. There was a small refrigerator, ironing board, hair dryer, all the toiletries you could need, including Q-Tips. We forgot a toothbrush and toothpaste and the front desk provided this at no additional charge. Complimentary. Wifi service was great. We did not use the television, but it had many channel options. Turn down service was provided and chocolates were left on our pillows. A personalized note was left upon check in and at turn down service. Continental breakfast in the morning offered many options. We enjoyed the coffee/hot chocolate bar with the chocolate chips, little caramels and marshmallows. There were also an array of options for tea. The smoothies were great and there were more than enough delicious items from fresh fruit, cereals, and pastries, to bagels, sausage and little egg omelets on the buffet.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Mill Street Inn. We wish that we stayed more than one night and we cannot wait to return in the warmer months, so we can make use of the roof deck.
The only things that could be improved with this hotel is the temperature in the room and availability of parking. We were able to find a spot in their lot before checking in, but we could not after returning from dinner that evening. We found a nearby spot on the street. The Inn is in walking distance to many restaurants. If the weather was a little warmer, we probably would've left the car and just walked to the restaurant. The temperature in the room was around 72 degrees, which was a little warm for sleeping. We were able to open the window, which made it a more comfortable temperature. (We didn't ask the hotel about the temperature and I am sure they would have jumped to help us.) I would not let these two points prevent you from enjoying this gem.
It is clear the owners genuinely care about the hotel and their guests. The attention to detail was particularly impressive. Even without meeting the owners/managers, it felt like we felt their presence. We come to Newport often. We won't be staying anywhere else. Bravo.