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Rose Island, Newport, RI   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sarasota, Florida
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9 hotel reviews
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“Fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is such a unique experience. You can spend the week as the Lighthouse Keeper (you have chores to do, but get the upstairs apartment that has a kitchen and inside shower) which is pretty pricey or just spend the night. There are two bedrooms on the lower level as well as the fog horn room. There is an inside "john" in the kitchen area, but shower is outside (bags of waters are heated up on the sun) as are two other toilets. There is a library room and livingroom too.
We were lucky that no other guests were on the lower level. The barracks weren't bedrooms when we stayed there, so don't know what they look like. Island is fun to explore; lots of beach glass; kayaks available. Sitting out at night, wrapped in blankets, star gazing was priceless.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

My mother and I did a night away at the Rose Island Lighthouse this past weekend. We were brought to it due to it's appearance in "Ghost Hunters" and it's very detailed historical past. We stayed in the Barracks, the newest available room on the property, which was nice but a bit damp (due to humidity). We arrived on the Starfish at 10AM and lounged on the property all day after a brief tour by the property manager. For most of the summer, the majority of the island is "off limits" due to nesting birds, which was the only downfall of our timing (had to stay on local beach and yard- no exploring!). While this was a disappointment, we were thrilled to see that the preservation society displays an interest in the maintenance of nature. It was a beautiful island, simple, and stunning! We really enjoyed our stay (despite the lack of paranormal experiences) and recommend it to anyone looking for a simple and unique getaway!

Room Tip: The website portrayed the Lighthouse rooms perfectly- there is no exaggeration!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

You can only get there by boat. Rustic but very comfortable. We were right on the water in fog horn room not the lighthouse. We listened to the surf before we fell asleep. Our day and evening were wonderful!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Cleanliness. The light house is great and it is quite an adventure to visit and stay overnight. However, if you are a clean freak do not go here. I think there is dust from the day the lighthouse was built! Otherwise, the island is great. The rooms are fun and historic. The house has great period pieces and bits of history all over. There are kayaks and a fire pit. We had a great time.

Room Tip: The fog horn room is really unique and the new barracks (which weren't yet open) look like they...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

I got my boyfriend an overnight on the main floor at the lighthouse for Christmas – we ended up going in March, and we had such a wonderful time. The island is gorgeous. We really enjoyed walking around the beach and exploring. Had it been a little cooler we definitely would have spent more time outside, but that didn't hinder our experience at all. We spent the evening playing cards, drinking wine, eating snacks, listening to music and really enjoying the quiet relaxation. Restored to its original look from the early 1900s, there was something so special about feeling like you were existing in another moment in time. We can't wait to visit again and would absolutely recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Our Lighthouse hosts were welcoming and knowledgeable about the history of the island and the lighthouse. If you are looking for ultra-plush accommodations or require lots of scheduled activities, you will be disappointed. If however you are looking for a spectacular setting, authentic period lodging (depending on your selection, you may be using an outhouse) and great family time, this is it! We hiked, played around the beach, explored WWII era gun placements, made bonfires, grilled out. Our 2 young children (under 6) had an excellent time without once thinking about iPads or TVs. Also Newport is just across the bay. We will be back. Be careful to note your season... during the spring/summer bird nesting season, much of the island is off limits.

Room Tip: Upstairs "keeper's rooms" has full kitchen, wood burning stove and full bathroom. Down...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Because we visited in mid-March, there was no ferry. We were picked up by Chris, the caretaker, tour-guide and light-house guru. The trip was magical from the moment my kids stepped into the boat and strapped on their life vests. We had a beautiful view of the harbor as we approached the island and the views just kept on improving! The Rose Island Lighthouse is on the top of a rock, so it looks quite dramatic as we approach the dock. Upon arrival, Chris helped us settle in and then gave us a comprehensive explanation of the history of the building and future plans. The apartment had everything we needed. We had brought our own food, water and firewood. The kids were fascinated by the antiques like typewriters, old books and tools. Previous guests had added to the decor with their island finds like shells and rocks. The views from every window are stunning. We loved to look out and track the height of the tide throughout the day. The climb up to the lighthouse itself is rewarded by 360 views of the bridge and nearby towns. We were very lucky to have a full moon that night. We bundled up in our coats and sat outside marveling at the river of moonlight reflected on the water and the constellations above. My husband enjoyed using the wood burning stove inside, it kept us warm until sunrise. In the morning, we had our last round of shell hunting, checked on the latest tidal activity, and said good by to the birds. It was my older child's birthday and memorable for all. We can't wait to visit again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rose Island, Newport, RI
Location: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A stay at a 19-century lighthouse on Rose Island - be willing to rough it and pitch in with the chores. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Rose Island Lighthouse Hotel Newport

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