It felt like a Castle!
I can't recommend enough the Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island!
My wife and I just finished our second visit (August 2005) and the experience was top-notch. We've stayed twice in Beach House rooms, and will probably do the same when next we visit. You are a short walk/drive from the main building (where the restaurant is located), which gives you a little more privacy, and great access to the beach (private beach ... uncrowded).
The breakfast is included with the cost (ours was $699 per night!), and what a breakfast! Pastires, and your choice of about six amazing breakfasts. Enough to eat for most people to skip lunch.
Loved Castle Hill!
We stayed at Castle Hill Inn for a romantic weekend away before the holidays and were not disappointed! We stayed in the chalet suite and were very impressed with the room as well as the beautiful view of the harbor from the windows. The fireplace and jacuzzi tub made the room even more romatic. The staff was extremely helpful. We were given everything that we could have asked for, including martini glasses and a bag of ice...our suite had a fridge and wet bar in the sitting room. We booked a special fall package which included 2 weekend nights as well as dinner at the restaurant one evening and 2 tickets to tour a mansion of our choice (although only a few are kept open year round). The food was some of the best that I have ever eaten and the service was impeccable. Dessert was included with dinner, but we were too full to eat it right away so our server wrapped it for us and included 2 cloth napkins and silverware. My only small complaint about the restaurant was that we were seated next to a radiator and it was extremely warm, however we didn't really want to move because our table had a georgeous view of the harbor and bridge all lit up. The included breakfasts were also delicious and there was an extensive menu which could be enjoyed in the dinning room overlooking the water or in your hotel room as room service. Newport itself was fun to walk around in and we ate dinner at another good restaurant our second night there. Overall, I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a romantic, relaxing weekend away at a small hotel with a friendly atmosphere.
First Class all the way!
My husband and I stayed at The Castle Hill Inn for our honeymoon in one of the beach houses. We arrived on Monday night and the attendant at the front desk was very helpful. He was able to get us a dinner reservation at a restaurant in Newport where there was good food and casual dress along with a map and directions of how to get there. We followed him to the beach house where he brought our luggage in and showed us all the amenities in the beach house. Radiant flooring, gas fireplace, 2 person jacuzzi tub, great cookies and he reminded us that upon turn down service, we get chocolates on our pillows... oh sooo good! The beach house was extremely clean and very warm and inviting. We actually stayed during the remnants of hurricane Wilma and we still loved the view! Overall, we were extremely impressed with everything and it was well worth the money to stay. We didn't want to leave and we are definitely going to be back! Highly recommended!
Great hotel; highly recommended
We recently returned from a few nights at the Castle Hill Inn during Xmas week. We went with our two children, agest 10 and 9. The hotel is terrific, particularly its setting and the service provided. We stayed in a beach house room with a view directly towards a small, essentially private beach. The room was very clean, large, well equipped (with what appeared to be a completley servicable small kitchen), a fireplace and jacuzzi. Of note, while the fireplace is a great addition, it is gas operated and doesn't really give off much heat. The room has a nice deck with two rocking chairs and, no doubt, during the summer one could likely ensconce themselves in the room and never leave the property. The room is stocked with magazines and top shelf British bath products. For the off-season price we paid, it was a bargain.
Breakfast at the CHI is a large affair in a beautiful windowed room, with lots of options and good food - lobster hash with poached eggs, creative waffles and french toast, various home made baked goods and fresh juice. They also serve an afternoon tea and it too is excellent and relaxing.
Service at the hotel couldn't be better. Erica at the front desk went above and beyond and seemed genuinely interested that we had a good time while there. It is not surprising that the CHI is booked for many weddings in the summer months - we saw picture books of those affairs and they all looked beautiful and memorable.
Newport at Xmas was intersting. Although the town is decorated nicely, it really is very quiet - for both the good and the bad. Thus, parking and strolling was easy but, a number of stores and restaurants were closed and there is not a whole bunch to do other than the mansions. (The skating rink is enjoyable, but very small.) The mansions are certainly worth the visit and, one comes away wondering why there was never a revolution 100 years ago. Dozens of similar homes are still lived in today and those too are a sight to see. The locals were very nice and, all in all, we would likely return, although probably not in winter.
As for dining, the restaurants we visited were pretty good, though certainly not exceptional. It did not appear to us that Newport is a town one visits for the dining. Sardella's, an Italian spot, was very good. We also went to the Black Pearl, someplace we had been years ago and it seems the food, unfortunately, went a bit downhill. Their famous and memorable chowder was, this time, over salted and missing clams. Yet, the service couldn't be friendlier.
For those heading to Newport from the south (via I-95) one suggestion: 95 heads right through New Haven, a city deservedly known for its pizza. We stopped on the return trip at Modern Apizza, on State Street, which was right off the highway. (Call them from the road, apparently so many people do, that they give you exact simple directions to follow.) The clam pizza was probaly one of the best pizzas we have ever had anywhere, and the regular cheese was also outstanding.
Beach House Suite #30- beautiful!
I stayed in Beach House Suite #30 for 2 nights, the night before my wedding, my girlfriends and I stayed there together (large king bed and pullout) and my husband and I stayed on our wedding night. It is beautiful! Everything in the suite is very nicely decorated in a classic New England style. The suite has a small kitchenette area with a counter, dishwasher, fridge and stocked cabinets, a bedroom area with a large 4 poster bed, and a small sitting area with a leather couch and chair and a small table with 2 chairs. From there, there is a deck with a table, umbrella and 2 chairs. The suite looks out onto the beach and from the deck you step right onto the sand. It looks exactly like the website's photo. There are lots of windows for great lighting. Bathrobes are there for your use in the large closet nex t to the fireplace. The bathroom was nice as well, with a large jacuzzi and shower. Gourmet breakfast was included for us and was delivered to us for $5 extra to eat on the deck. It was great. I would highly recommend Castle Hill to anyone who likes elegant, upscale, romantic Inns. It would be nice for children as well since there is a small beach, but it is definitely geared towards adults. It is a short drive to downtown Newport.
The beach Houses are fantastic
We stayed for 7 nights in Beach House 36, for our honeymoon. The setting couldnt have been more romantic, and the beach houses are so pretty and well equiped, even down to remote control log fire! We were thrilled. The food however, for us, was the only downside. The portions were huge, far to big, to be considered fine dining, and the dishes had too many sauces going on, for instance Haddock, with strawberry puree and sage and butter sauce. Also Guests are not guaranteed tables for lunch or dinner, on several occasions we were turned away for lunch! The waiting staff were also a little loud for us! (friendly but loud).and discussed menu's in such loud voices that it got on your nerves, hearing the same stuff repeated to each table!. The afternoon tea was always fun, as Leeta, the lady who does it, is such a lovely character! Well worth going just for the chat! If they changed the chef, it could be absolutely fantastic! On the whole though, it was a great place to stay for honeymoon, although be warned, loads of people stay with their children in the beach houses, and it can be noisy, we had very noisy children next door to us, and it can spoil the romantic atmosphere! especially when they walk into your villa by mistake, when you have the patio open!!
My husband and I stayed at the Inn Beach House Room for one night and I have to say I expected a more luxurious room. Indeed the view was spectacular. Toilet bowl seat was chipped, brass hardware on the bathroom was rusted, living room small rug was frayed and the fringe looked dirty, the blow dryer cord had grease on it. The jacuzzi tub ,fireplace were wonderful. Others have talked about the great chocolate chip cookies they provide. ONE SMALL COOKIE PER PERSON. I found it insulting to make a big deal about it by leaving a card stating they will provide you with a complimentary glass of milk by calling an ext. for One small cookie per person. I thought that was a bit stingy escpecially for all the money one pays. We had breakfast delivered to our room which is 5$ extra per person. The breakfast was delicious but the staff who delivered was not friendly at all. If you are a light sleeper Be aware that there is a lighthouse close by which makes a continuous fog horn noise all night long. The afternoon tea was good but You sit in two very small rooms in the inn which feel cramped. Overall the location is great but I don't think worth all the money you pay.