I have mixed feelings over this property...
My wife and I stayed here this first weekend of October 2012; we were in room 8 on the first floor.
It is very close to downtown Newport; allowing quick access to the Ocean Drive and The Cliff Walk.
There is ample parking for guests.
The area it is located in is very quiet and calm; not a lot of huge trucks and loud vehicles coming by because it is not on a main road.
Free WiFi internet.
The bathroom was very spacious as well as the main living quarters.
There were two huge windows that you could open if you so desired; we didn't because it was cold outside.
There were a lot of pillows available on each bed; 4 per queen bed, we had a double queen room. There were a few down filled pillows (for those that like softer pillows) and a few cotton filled pillows (for those, like me, that like stiffer pillows).
The internet was incredibly sluggish at times, the speed and signal was all over the place.
The windows that I mentioned where not locked when we first arrived. I had to wrestle with one of them for a few minutes to get it to lock because it wouldn't slide all the way up into its channel. The windows seemed unreliable at best...I kept my laptop in the trunk of my car as we traveled around town feeling that was safer than leaving it in the room.
While there were a lot of pillows available for sleeping, the beds where both very firm...so firm that our backs where aching terribly...perhaps we should have slept on the pillows...
There were spots of mold in a few of the corners of the room and bathroom...not good for people with allergies; I was sneezing almost non-stop.
The floor (carpet) could probably use a good shampooing or nine...along with an upgrade to the vacuum because the carpet felt oily (for the lack of a better word) and dirty. My wife and I were joking about us bringing in our Dyson and sending a bill to the hotel for our services.
Because it is an older building you do hear the footsteps of people above you, though you cannot hear their voices which makes it not all that bad.
The breakfast was down and dirty (zero preperation effort):
There were prepackaged breakfast sandwiches (Jimmy Dean: Sausage, Egg, and Cheese) which you put in the microwave...yuck.
There were an assortment of plain breakfast breads and toppings; along with two different cereals (cheerios and raisin bran).
The only thing that was gluten free (for my wife) was the hard boiled eggs and the fruit (apples, oranges and bananas).
There was a large variety of beverages though...three different coffees, four different teas, OJ and AJ, milk (2% I think), hot cocoa...
Also, they charge you $1.50/day for the safe that is in the room...if you don't use it, you can tell them that at the end of your stay and they will remove the charges.
All in all it was a decent hotel for the cost and duration of stay.
- Also Known As:
- The Carriage House Inn, An Ascend Collection Hotel Hotel
- The Carriage House Inn, An Ascend Collection Hotel Hotel Middletown
- Clarion Middletown
- Middletown Clarion
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