I have stayed at the Sanford-Covell Villa Marina whenever possible for more than two decades. Right off, it is not for everyone. This is not a "hotel like" environment, and for business, well, only for those of us who know how to mix type B when traveling into our otherwise type A personalities. If you like or love the Newport Mansions and have ever wondered what it would be like to stay in one, here is your dream - there is hardly an inch of the huge home's interior that is not a feast for the eyes, from inlaid exotic hardwoods to antique huge chandeliers, wide plank flooring, filigreed wood tiles etc. etc. The owner is lovely and staff are at your service, though this is a typical (if oversized) B&B so there are generally only one or two around at any given time. Some rooms are definitely more attractive than others, some rooms (especially basement) will be a bit "musty" on a very humid day, hence the thoughtful dehumidifiers referred by others. Personally, after a sip or three on the large varanda watching the sun set over the Newport Bridge, light-house and sailboats, and a long lingering float in the salt water pool, I find it difficult to leave till the wee hours so I I spend little time in the rooms, which are quite comfortable and rife with pillows, linens, etc. Tis true, the home is old and again, it is not for everyone. Complaining about the lack of good WiFi (that they have it at all is amazing!) is like complaining that the Hyatt does not have a grandfather clock in the hall. If you need the Hyatt - Goat Island is right across the causeway (until some thoughtful person tears it down anyhow!). So far as I know, there is not another direct waterfront INN in all of Newport, much less the opportunity to sleep in a historical landmark of epic proportions. Sanford-Covell Villa Marina is not for everyone, but for those of us for which it resonates, well, it does not get any better!
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