Heidi and her team were amazing hosts over the busy July 4th weekend. I don't think the inn was fully booked which was nice and made us feel safer in the pandemic. We couldn't hear any other guests around or at night in our room. I don't think there was anyone else on our side of the house actually. Each morning we got fresh hot breakfast which was delicious! Chef made the most perfect scrambled eggs. We hardly saw another guest the entire time we were there and didn't feel unsafe or worried about COVID. Breakfast includes fresh warm baked muffins each day, slabbed with butter. Each day was a different flavor, our weekend we had banana nut, oatmeal raisin, and blueberry, they were amazing! Breakfast choices are all on the sweet side aside from eggs any style or the daily bagel. Each day you get a nice little yogurt and granola starter with your muffins. The coffee was strong and the OJ was DELICIOUS!
The inn is old and there are a lot of stairs. We stayed in the Havisham Suite with jet bath Room 6. – Breakfast Included. FYI, if you do stay in this room, breakfast requires a small work out of going down the steep and narrow stairs then up 2 more flights to the observatory where the kitchen is. Clearly the old house has its quirks and I don't envy the owners for having to schlep groceries up 3 flights of stairs. Once you make the trip up the stairs, the view is worth it! They even have a little odor porch to eat outside up there as you take in the breathtaking views of Newport and the harbor.
There is a mini-fridge stocked with bottled water and tea available on the first floor. There is also a micro ice machine and our room had a mini-fridge. Our room had a fireplace and a love seat couch. The bathtub with jets was huge and we enjoyed a nice soak one night. The room even came with some bath salts and bubbles! The bed was made and the room was also perfectly tidy (even if we left messes around...like some empty bottles of rose) neatened up each day. The bed was very comfortable and the AC worked well. Wifi worked everywhere, including outside in the garden.
There was a window in the bedroom side of the room that you couldn't open unfortunately and you do get a strong smell of the disinfectant when you walk in but we didn't mind because it went away quickly and if the air is circulating you forget about the smell in moments.
Aside from the odor our stay was perfect! We spent a lot of time in the garden which had plenty of bug spray to use. We blasted music loud and no one cared. Heidi and her team were so hospitable and kind! They went above and beyond to make our stay amazing and memorable. It wouldn't have been as pleasurable without Heidi and her knowledge and guidance of Newport.
The inn is perfectly located away from the mayhem and crowded downtown streets. Everything is walkable and every meal we had we walked to within 15 minutes. We would recommend Liberty donuts, Shells and Scales, Winner Winner, and TSK at the revolving door. Make sure to go to food early to grab outdoor seating or make reservations in advance. Second Beach is the best beach! So clean and perfect! Food stand and Dels at surfers end.
We will definitely return again!