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What We Love

  • A daily small plates breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Central location next to the art museum, steps away from Newport Harbor, restaurants, shopping and more
  • Preprogrammed guest iPads loaded with travel recommendations

What To Know

  • The bathrooms are smaller than average, but have waffled kimonos
  • No elevator, and there are no rooms on the first floor
  • The hotel is closed for the month of January
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  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Spa
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Historic B&B turned contemporary hotel in Newport, RI, with an all-day cafe and impressive tech amenities

The Look

Once a Bavarian restaurant and later a B&B, the Attwater has been welcoming visitors to tony Newport since the early 1900s. After a fresh, contemporary upgrade in summer 2012, there’s nary a lace doily or brocade pillow in sight. Instead you’ll find a funky mix of graphic mod patterns, a bright palette of lime, coral, cobalt and chartreuse, and a playful Jonathan Adler–esque vibe. There are also subtle nods to the area’s nautical heritage, from rope mirrors to sea coral to sailor’s knots adorning tables.

Bed and Bath

Guestrooms are equipped with a full suite of tech amenities, including iPod docking stations, Apple TV, free WiFi and sleek gas fireplaces (in suites). Most have sliding wood doors that reveal white tiled bathrooms with a separate shower area. Waffled kimonos hang in the closets, and oversize beds with designer linens ensure a soothing night’s sleep.


For relaxation outside the room, there’s a patio and downstairs lounge. The small café serves a tasty small plates breakfast such as caramelized onion and walnut bread with bacon jam. It’s easy to linger over the free gourmet breakfast of scones, biscuits and muffins, but the hotel’s real perk is its central location close to all of Newport’s attractions.

How to Get There

The Attwater
22 Liberty St
Newport, RI 02840 United States


4.5 Very Good 454 Reviews
Nice Hotel But I Wouldn't Stay Here Again
Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I stayed here a couple weeks ago and were excited about our stay due to the great reviews. In my experience staying at smaller boutique hotels, they really have excellent customer service and make the customer feel like they are a guest in someone's home. At the price this place is charging, I did have high expectations.

I wouldn't categorize this as a bad stay, but I would say that I was underwhelmed in almost every way.

- Room- The room is nice, but the bathroom is small and the shower is literally the size of a coffin. Due to the size of the bathroom, the room feels smaller as a result. Overall nice room, but the bathroom situation was definitely not ideal
- Location- Really great location on a quiet street. Walking distance to cliff walks and restaurants/bars
- Service- Let me say that overall the service was good, but not great. I would equate it to anything you would find at a Hilton or Marriott. A couple things rubbed me the wrong way, specifically one night when I was on the back patio having a glass of wine with my wife, one of the gentlemen at the front desk (the one with the beard), came around to put up the patio cushions, and literally pulled the cushions out from under us. I was beyond dismayed that someone in the hospitality industry thought this was ok, much less a boutique hotel that should pride themselves on outstanding service.

Overall- Nice hotel but I'm confident there are better options in Newport for the money

Happy Anniversary
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Attwater for the last couple of day and it was great. The bed was super comfortable. The decor was really great. We stayed in the Jr suite at the Urban beach house building. It was on the top floor and there is no elevator but that us clearly stated when you book at the hotel. There isn't much of a view but I didn't book this hotel for the view but for the close proximity to the wharf. It was about a 8-10min walk to Thames St, wharfs and all the popular locations. We had beautiful weather so it was well worth the walk. The owners and staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. They also provide a very nice complimentary elegant breakfast for all to partake. I would highly recommend the Attwater and hope to return soon.

Welcoming boutique hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Attwater was the perfect location for us - easy to walk into Newport or out to do the coastal walk then gawp at the rich people's houses - with some bars and restaurants nearby. We were made really welcome The breakfast is a refreshing change from the usual hotel fare and delicious. We were made very welcome. Apparently the Attwater is part of Lark Hotels - a small local group. Highly recommend

Excellent in Every Way
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Attwater was just what we envisioned - the perfect blend of "quaint" and modern. We booked the Lark Suite for a three-gal reunion in Newport, RI. The suite configuration was fantastic and comfortable. The sofa bed even slept comfortably! The décor was delightful, linens perfect and plentiful, and the room was spotless. We enjoyed the compact kitchen area with convenient countertop, refrigerator and microwave. You'll love the "small plate" breakfast - so inventive! But NOTHING can top the staff. Pleasant and professional and obviously well trained in hospitality. They treated us like royalty, providing concierge service, folding out the sofabed each night, and generally taking care of anything we needed during our stay. If every Lark brand hotel is like this, I'll be looking for them. Made our stay in Newport memorable. Yes, we'll be back!

Charming Boutique Hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hip boutique hotel in the heart of Newport. Its a very easy walk to the restaurants and stores on the harbor. Rooms were spacious, clean and hip decor. They provide a very nice breakfast in the morning with fresh baked scones and biscuits that were hot out of the oven. Staff was very welcoming and friendly. Parking available which is important in Newport. They have a fitness facility but I didn't get a chance to check it out. I would definitely stay here again.