This beautiful boutique hotel is tucked away on quiet Mary Street. While driving up to The Grace Vanderbilt hotel, you feel like you are driving into a private home with a lot of interesting history. This mansion was built by Alfred Vanderbilt in 1909 for his mistress. Can we say scandalous! Now, it is a gorgeous boutique hotel with 33 rooms and luxury suites. Centrally located in downtown Newport, within walking distance to the harbor, Starbucks, endless restaurants and shopping. If you don’t feel like taking a walk, the hotel offers bike rentals.
The common areas of the hotel are just beautiful: a large piano in the dining area, beautiful artwork, and even a game room with a pool table. If you head downstairs, they offer a heated indoor pool which is great if you are staying in winter time as well as a wonderful spa and fitness center. In addition to the indoor pool, the hotel also has another outdoor pool next to a beautiful garden area with lots of lounge chairs and a cushioned couch for lounging around.
My room was number 314 and was very spacious and stylish. A large bookcase divided the bedroom from the sitting area, with a TV on either side. There was a work desk, a large sofa and a few comfortable chairs. A small kitchenette was behind wardrobe doors and included a wet-bar, fridge, microwave and a Keurig coffee maker. The room was also stocked with complimentary coffee pods and mini water bottles. They offer free wifi so make sure to ask for the password. We had a nice king-size bed with fabulous silky sheets. I like to use a lot of pillows when I sleep so I was really happy to find that there were a ton of extra pillows stowed away inside of the book case. You can also customize the scent of your room by choosing the flavor of aromatherapy that you would like to be in the diffuser next to your bed. The bathroom shower had a double shower-head, which might I add was just magical and the toiletries were from Molton Brown, which is one of my favorites. If you have a fur baby, take them along on your trip to Newport. They are a pet friendly hotel that even offers a dog room service menu.
Breakfast was available daily in the solarium. The hotel features it’s signature restaurant, The Vanderbilt Grill which uses locally sourced ingredients. Book a reservation for High Tea in the garden room on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Head downstairs between 4-5pm for complimentary sparkling wine and canapés. Or how about a signature cocktail at the rooftop lounge, which offers 360 degree views of the Newport harbor. You’ll definitely want to head up for a drink during the sunset hours. It doesn’t get any more romantic then this.
They want you to truly enjoy your stay while in Newport so before your stay, you will be sent a bespoke form which lets you choose certain aspects of your room like the scent of the room as mentioned before or the pillows you’d like to use. Another section of the form will let you select activities that you would like to do such as cooking classes and custom sailing. There are a lot of hotels in town to choose from but if you are looking for more of a personalized experience, this is the hotel is for you. The service and experience they offer is top notch.
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Arrive at least a half hour before sunset and get a good spot to just sit and relax. This is absolutely the perfect spot to watch the sunset in Newport. There was plenty of seating from tables to the bar to adirondack chairs so you’ll have an easy time finding a place to sit. It is opened Monday through Friday from 4pm to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 10pm. They offer a list of specialty cocktails as well small bites to eat. We ordered The Mistress which had Grey Goose la Poire Vodka, Pear Puree, Rose Water, and Prosecco. We also tried the Truffle Fries with chipotle aioli and Hummus with spiced pita, almond and olive oil. I highly recommend the truffle fries. We could have eaten 10 orders of those!
On our last morning we enjoyed breakfast at the beautiful Garden Terrace. We ordered Eggs Benedict on top of crab cakes and two eggs with a side of bacon.
There is always something happening at Grace Vanderbilt. They offer mixology classes every Saturday at 2pm, until August. This is great for a bachelor or bachelorette party. You will learn how to master the art of mixology with the Grace Vanderbilt Mixology team and learn how to prepare signature cocktails from their current Summer Menu. For $35 per person, you can take this class, which also includes 2 cocktails and a small plate. We had the pleasure of taking a Mixology class where we learned how to make a Old Fashioned BBQ and Thyme for the blues.
Old Fashioned BBQ
2 ounces Maker’s Mark 46 Bourbon
2 dashes house made chipotle bitters
1 pineapple segment
1 Barspoon of sugar in the Raw
Muddle cherry,pineapple segment with brown sugar and bitters. Add Bourbon and stir over ice. Strain over new ice into a rocks glass, garnishing with brown sugar.
Thyme For The Blues
1 ½ ounces Bombay Sapphire Gin
½ ounce Becherovka Liqueur
2 Sprigs Thyme
Muddle the blueberries and thyme. Add all liquors over ice and shake. Fill the bottom of highball glass with thyme and blueberries. Add shaken cocktail, fresh ice and top with tonic water.
Diegos is more affordable over the other waterfront restaurants on the wharf. There are plenty of upscale restaurants in the wharf area that serve fine dining but at twice the price. We went for lunch on a Monday afternoon. I would recommend if going during the busy season to make a reservation. If you like Mexican food, this is a spot you definitely want to visit. We ordered the Braker’s Guac and the fried chicken tacos. You definitely won’t regret trying both!
Address: 11 Bowens Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
We stopped in for lunch on a Sunday and were seated right away. Since this restaurant is on the water with an unreal view, the prices were a little bit higher. We had the short rib tacos ($12) Honey sriracha braised, pickled onions, corn relish on a flour tortilla and a lobster salad roll ($22) with dill, lemon, celery, and light mayonnaise. This is a good place for an average lobster roll.
Address: 30 Bowens Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
I recommend a reservation if heading to this restaurant. We went in on Monday at 7pm with no reservation so we weren’t able to get a table, but we were able to sit at the bar instead, which was right next to the window with an amazing view of the sunset. We had the grilled vegetable tart ($12), Deep fried asparagus ($9), and the crostini ($7).
Address: 41 Bowens Wharf, Newport, RI 02840