The Hotel Viking opened in May 1926, and the two wings of rooms were added in the 1960s and 1970s. In 2003 the Viking Ballroom and neighboring spa were renovated at the cost of five million dollars. The hotel is located just a few, easy walkable blocks uphill from the Newport Harbor. Rooms are expensive, usually started at $300 a night in the summer.
We visited Hotel Viking for a wedding in 2011. The hotel was great, and the staff professional. The ceremony took place in Kay Chapel, located next door to the hotel and owned by the hotel. Afterword, we had cocktails in the courtyard, then dinner in the Viking Ballroom. It was a great venue and the food was surprisingly good. Perhaps the biggest negative was the cost of drinks--$7 for beers and $10 for wine?
It is a very elegant and not too big hotel, one of the best of Newport. It is located in an ancient red brickstone building, 3 floors only, nice spa and swimming pool. They have a guests' parking, but costs 28 USD for 24 hours!!!!! Anyway less expensive than leaving your car in a public parking lot (moreover I do not know if it is permitted to park for more than 2 consecutive hours)
Directions: It is located on the "mansions" avenue
Decent Hotel in the Heart of it
This is one of the Historic Hotels of America.
It is a nice hotel that depending on your room is showing its age. We were in 2058 which is a double double bed room because all the king rooms were more than double the price that night. A wedding was in the hotel and we assumed had most of the choicest rooms taken. But no big deal.
The common rooms of the hotel were quite nice and I must say the restaurant is rather well renowned.
Unique Quality: The desserts from room service were the highlight of the stay. We ordered in two desserts somewhere about 11pm. Creme Brulee and a Chocolate Lava Cake with vanilla ice cream. Both were fantastic and if we use this hotel will be part of our future stay.
Avoid the Viking like the Plague
This was the most disappointing vacation experience I have ever experienced. As a point of reference, in a period of 4 nights, we spent $2,400 at the Hotel Viking.
The hotel rooms are seriously outdated and need major renovation. This could be overlooked if the staff members were courteous -- they are not.
The staff (with the exception of the bell, spa and housekeeping staffs) were incredibly rude. The Restaurant staff deserves special mention in the rude category .... at a (supposed) 4-5 star restaurant, we were treated so poorly (plates slammed down in front of us, salad thrown on the floor, told we could not have any bread with our $35 entrees because it would need to be cooked!)
The Front Desk staff is inefficient and clueless in serving customers.
Unique Quality: The pool and spa are beautiful. The rooftop view is wonderful.
The extreme rudeness of the restaurant staff, unfortunately, overshadows these positive qualities.
Directions: Prime location on Bellevue
Comfort - at a price!!!
Large hotel, centrally located with all the extras - pool, exercise room etc.
This hotel is not cheap but it has more character than a lot of the chain hotels and has pretty much everything you could ask for. The food's pretty good too!
Unique Quality: The hotel has 2 distinct parts - old & new. Personally I preferred the charater of the old part however the bedrooms here tend to be much smaller than those in the new part and the bathroom in mine was tiny so if you like your space ask for a room in the new section.
Directions: Directions are on the hotel website:
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Address: One Bellevue Ave., Newport, Rhode Island, 02840, United States
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Amenities at Hotel Viking
- Swimming Pool
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Fitness Center
- Business Services
- Shuttle Service
- Bar / Lounge
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