We stayed at the Middleton Residence Inn for three nights while exploring the Newport area. Our two bedroom/two bath suite was super clean, spacious, and comfortable. But lets face it: Chain hotels in this class are generally cookie-cutter properties with little to distinguish one from the other. What makes this Residence Inn different is the attentive staff that lifts the Hotel to a higher level. Everyone we encountered (front desk, breakfast bar, and maintenance) was friendly, professional, helpful, and genuinely interested in improving the quality of our stay. They were all excellent.
The only negative is the Hotel's location, which is clustered with several other chain hotels of the same class about 2.5 miles from Bowen's Wharf in downtown Newport. Although there is a shuttle bus ($5 each way) that runs from and to the hotel every 30 minutes on the weekends, the trip can take 30+ minutes depending upon the time of day and traffic. (That's still better than trying to find the ever-elusive parking space near the Wharf.) Other than the Applebee's at the end of the Hotel parking lot and Coddington's Brew Pub .5 miles away, there are no dining or entertainment options of note within walking distance of the Hotel. Despite this negative, we would definitely stay there again given the reasonable price, comfort, and most importantly, and high level of service.