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
- Parking On Site
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
I really enjoyed my stay at the Attwater. The room was spacious and clean, and in a good location about 10mins walk from most of the sea-front attractions. The bed was huge and very comfortable, and the hotel was calm and quiet. There was a free car parking space next to the hotel. We were checked in by Peter who was very friendly and gave us plenty of local recommendations for local bars and restaurants. There is a simple breakfast provided although not really to our taste so we headed out to nearby places to fuel up for the day (try Annie’s just around the corner). My only slight gripe is that our room wasn’t turned over on one of the three days we stayed (even though we were out most of the day) – not a huge deal but it’s something I would have expected from a mid-price hotel.
The Attwatter was perfect for our one night stay. Comfortable bed and very quiet, located on a side street, but close enough that we could walk downtown.The various sitting rooms were very warm and inviting. A great variety of yummy small plates for breakfast. Not quite enough food for my husband, but plenty for me. We had one of the smaller rooms. I am not sure I could stay a week in that room, but a night or two is perfect. Loved the cookies at check-in and late night when we came back from a night on the town. Both gentlemen we encountered at check-in and check-out were very pleasant and friendly. Overall we enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back.
Our room was unique, different from any hotel we had ever stayed at before. Each room in the hotel is different. We had plenty of room. Hotel is walking distance to the mansions and Cliff Walk. Complimentary breakfast each morning was nice. Perfect choice when staying in Newport.