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The Attwater
22 Liberty St, Newport, RI 02840   |  
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Yonkers, New York
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“Very nice stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I brought my mother to the Attwater for her birthday trip. We had a wonderful time! It was quiet and comfortable. The staff went out of their way to help me make it special - ordering flowers for the room and giving us great advice about Newport. We had a problem with the tv in the room and it was handled while we were out. We returned to a note from Rob confirming that it had been taken care of. It was nice to be off the busy main streets and in a peaceful area within easy walking distance.

Thanks to all the staff at the Attwater who made our trip special!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Dawn H, Guest Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
It was lovely to have you and your mother visit for her birthday. It's such a joy to be part of family celebrations! We are glad we could make the visit special and delight you with our service and amenities. Please think of us again the next time you celebrate - or just need a getaway!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I stayed here with my 4-year old daughter when we were in Newport to attend the Folk Festival in June. Apologies for the belated review, but we had such a wonderful stay, that I felt it deserved our accolades, even if it's a bit delayed. Although, I appreciate the charm of a traditional B&B, I was thrilled to find this more modern option in the historical town (it doesn't get much more modern than iPads in each room!).

I was a little apprehensive about staying in a bed & breakfast with a young child, as I know some B&Bs frown upon it (which I understand) and even have a minimum age limit. However, the owners made us feel quite welcome and offered recommendations for child-friendly restaurants as well as ensured my picky daughter was happy with the delicious breakfast in the morning (offering an assortment of pastries, yogurts and cereals, since she wasn't interested in the fresh egg dish).

The king bedroom was quite spacious for the two of us and although the bathroom was rather small, there seemed to be enough dresser and desk space in the bedroom to put any make-up and supplies that didn't fit on the pedestal sink. My daughter and I both loved the modern flair of the decor throughout the B&B (she especially got a kick out of the modern furnishings in the lounge downstairs) and the king bed was soft and quite comfortable...like sleeping on a cloud. :)

The location was perfect for us as well. Once we parked the car easily at the B&B, we didn't use it for the rest of our stay. The Attwater is within walking distance to the downtown shopping, restaurants and piers (10-15 min with a 4 yr-old...less for an average adult!) and we easily walked to the ferry each day, which took us to the concert venue (Ft. Adams State Park). Yet, despite the proximity to downtown Newport, the Attwater was on a quiet street and we slept soundly and uninterrupted each night. One evening, when we were forced to walk back from the pier in a downpour, we arrived drenched at the Attwater. Not wanting to venture back out in the rain, we looked to the owners for suggestions. They placed an order for us at a local pizzeria, which they then delivered to our room (again, most appreciated, when traveling with a youngster).

This was a wonderful and welcoming B&B and will be the first place I check for availability next time I come to Newport.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Dawn H, Guest Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
We are thrilled we made such an impression that you wrote a review 7 months later! Thank you so much for staying with us and for your kind comments. We truly appreciate detailed reviews such as yours. It's always great to hear that folks love our super-comfy beds and enjoy our bold modern decor. Your daughter was a joy. We are always open to welcoming children with well-behaved parents! We look forward to your next visit.
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Milford, Connecticut
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

My husband and I had a wonderful stay in Newport. The Attwater's location is within walking distance to all that the city has to offer. The rooms & decor are both hip and comfortable. We were very happy and will definitely be back for another visit.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Dawn H, Guest Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
So glad you found us "hip and comfortable!" We look forward to your next visit to Newport and The Attwater!
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Just returned to the UK from the Attwater, Rob and his team met and exceeded all aspirations.
Friendly, helpful, nothing too much trouble. We were on a flying visit from the UK and not knowing the area Rob helped us enormously. Decor was very boutique'esque, room was compact and very functional. The ipad was very useful to help us through.........we don't all take them on holiday with us. Breakfast freshly baked and created a wonderful smell to come down to. As a base for a trip to Newport it ticed all the boxes........Well done Attwater

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Dawn H, Guest Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
It was so nice to have you visit us from across the pond! Thanks for your kind review. It's truly lovely to know that we made your special time away so relaxing.
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

My boyfriend and I have decided to start some new traditions which now include spending my birthday in Newport, RI. Last year we stayed at the Chandler which was magical. This year we stayed at the Attwater. We made our choice primarily based on price and reviews on Tripadvisor. At first glance I was worried that we had made a mistake, but it only took a few seconds in entrance way to realize that we had made the PERFECT choice. The decor in the sitting area on the first floor would give any boutique hotel in South Beach a run for their money. Pops of color and the different textures took my breath away. We were greeted in the cafe/reception area by the owner who was very friendly. Even though we arrived 4hrs before check in we were promptly shown to our room. Before giving us directions to our room we were offered a light snack and a choice of herbal tea or coffee. Infront of us was a choice of freasly baked muffins and scones that were just made and wafting through was the odor of a freshly baked quiche that the owner/husband had made. The short walk up to our room (there is no elevator) was worth it.

We had reserved a king room which was a nice size. There was a sitting area with a fireplace. A small desk in the corner had a hand written note welcoming us to the Attwater, a bag of local treats and a bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge. Two bottles of Poland spring water were complimentary. There was also a Keurig coffee maker with an ample supply of regular and decaf coffee. Next was the bedroom area that was adequate size and a king size bed with a padded headboard that reflected the modern decor in the lower level sitting area. We later found it to be as comfortable as it looked. There was an iPod docking station in the bedroom.

As other previous guests had reported the bathroom was a bit small, but when all I really care about is a clean shower and toilet, this was not bothersome at all. The retro black/checker board patter was fun. The water pressure was a bit lot but it got the job done. The toiletries included smelled divine and we had a more than ample supply of clean towels.

We later discovered that there was a deck area leading out from the second floor that in warmer weather would be wonderful to have breakfast or any meal. There were also small siting areas on floor where you could sit and have a snack, read comfortably or search for restaurants ornthings to do on the iPad provided free of charge by the inn.

If anyone is looking for a small, intimate, quiet, well run, beautifully decorated inn in Newport that is within 5 to 10 mins of anything you would like to do, the the Attwater is the place. Will definitely be going back next year.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Dawn H, Guest Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you so much for celebrating your birthday with us and for your very detailed review! We are so glad that we were the "perfect choice" (as you put it) to enjoy your special occasion. We very much appreciate the thought you showed in describing your experience with our amenities and services. Please do come visit with us again the next time your travels bring you to Newport!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We recently stayed at the Attwater for two nights for a weekend getaway (without the kids) from CT. Looking at probably one hundred options online, we had struggled to find a place that felt like "us" as most of the B&Bs in town felt very Victorian (what we call "Grandma's Guest Room").

We were thrilled when we found The Attwater, which just completed a full renovation/makeover and was extremely modern and well designed. We stayed in a regular King room and found it delightful - very comfortable bed, ample dresser space for unpacking everything from our bags, very modern conveniences (iPad for the room, Apple TV, etc). Very interesting choices for some materials - the sliding bathroom door was really unique, and the bathroom checkerboard pattern was a surprising design feature. Reminded us of the converted urban loft we used to own (prior to having kids).

Surprisingly, we found ourselves spending a bit of time at the end of each evening in the hotel's lounge area - enjoying it's modern design, gas fireplace, and background music. There looked to be a charming outdoor area as well, but there had been heavy rain for the days prior to our visit and that area was still a bit waterlogged.

Food in the morning was great. We had been a bit worried about the ticket-punch system rather than just having an open breakfast buffet, but the three items per person were more than enough and the food was top-notch.

Only things we would have liked to have seen would have been a bit more hanging space for the closet (mini fridge was under the closet bar, making full length clothing a bit awkward to hang) and stronger water pressure in the shower, but I suspect that's an issue across most of Newport.

The location was fantastic - a nice walk west to the wharfs for dinner or to shopping on Thames, a nice walk south and east to the mansions and cliff walk. Also were able to park on-site.

Hosts were great, super friendly, and really helpful - providing maps, walking instructions to get to where we wanted to go, and giving recommendations around where to eat.

All in all, a great trip. Would stay at The Attwater again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Dawn H, Guest Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
We are so thrilled you found us and came for a visit. We certainly ARE NOT "grandma's guest room" - as you say! We appreciate your thoughtful and detailed review of our services and features. We are proud of our design, amenities, location and particularly our creative and scrumptious breakfasts and are so glad you enjoyed them. We will give some thought to how we might restructure the closets a bit. Thank you for commenting. Please do plan to come again - with or without the kids!
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

For the last night of our trip driving around New England, we decided to treat ourselves! I originally saw the hotel on the Hotel Tonight App and thought it looked rather good! Sadly, on the night we were in town, they weren't included in the apps offering but, in hindsight, I'm really pleased! We decided to go for a suite and it was fantastic!
Check-in was a really relaxed experience, very friendly staff and they were happy for us to have the room, even though we were a little early, as it was ready. We were given loads of suggestions of places to go in town. Getting the iPad to use in the room was a real bonus! As the room was so comfortable, we weren't really inclined to go out for dinner so, we used the iPad to find a good local restaurant with take-out!
The breakfast was superb!
I wish we had been able to stay longer as I really wanted to go for a walk along the coast - the beach bags which the hotel loan to residents were lovely! Sadly, we had to get back to Boston for our flight home.
I really hope that we will be able to visit The Attwater again and, next time, stay longer!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Dawn H, Guest Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
We are happy you found us on Hotel Tonight and then also decided to splurge on one of our 520-square foot suites! These spacious rooms truly are a great deal and a great fit for a long visit. So, please do come back and stick around for awhile. There is so much to do and see in the Newport area. Thank you for your lovely review and recommendation.
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Address: 22 Liberty St, Newport, RI 02840
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Location: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Newport
#2 Spa Hotel in Newport
#3 Romantic Hotel in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Steeped in Newport’s nautical history — yet with a bold touch of the unexpected — you’ll experience our most original Newport accommodations in stylish comfort.Discover a more personal lodging alternative to big box hotels — yet with a chic, modern edge elusive to most B&Bs. Find exceptional rooms and amenities; a clever, all-day coffee cafe; the latest tech amenities; and attentive service when you want it (privacy when you don’t).As one of the first hotel properties in Newport, the Attwater is set on a quiet street just a block off Bellevue Avenue in the central historic district. All of Newport’s sights, sounds and tastes — sailing, tennis, night life, restaurants, beaches, history, mansions — are all only a short stroll away. In fact, our newly renovated boutique hotel is merely three blocks from Newport Harbor and an eight-minute walk to First Beach. ... more   less 
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