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“Time flies when we were having fun” 4 of 5 stars
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The Attwater
22 Liberty St, Newport, RI 02840   |  
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Ranked #3 of 20 hotels in Newport
connecticut
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“Time flies when we were having fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

Brian and Jennifer were efficient. We were there just after St. Patty's weekend. It is snug at a corner of a one-way street. The furniture is so contemporary, chic, and artsy. We were mostly on our own, peaceful, and private. The weather wasn't agreeable but we did our cliff walk, shopping, and resting. It is not for elderly who can't do stairs. Be prepared to do stairs if you have more than a luggage. We don't see the limited parking spaces for more than 10 rooms occupancy.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

My husband and I were very warmly greeted and always felt welcome during our stay. The owners, Brad and Meg were very friendly and we appreciate them helping us with our bags. The petite queen room we had booked was more than sufficient for two and very nice, but we were offered an incredible upgrade to a HUGE king suite, which had a full living room, fireplace, full bathtub and loads of space! The rooms are awesomely decorated, brand new and clean. The Lather products for the bath all smell very good, whether it be mint, lavender or lemongrass. Waffle robes are always a nice luxury. Having use of an iPad that week helped us stay in touch more with family and trip planning-greatly appreciated. The cafe was very nice and they served delicious quiche, scones, fruits, oatmeal, etc. The mood music was very cool. The hotel is located just off the main strip in Newport and very close to several good restuarants and the Mystery Tower. Extra parking is available close by at the Art Museum. The beds are super comfy and the rooms can be adjusted heat-wise for comfort. There are several sitting areas available on each floor, numerous windows and the stairs were not a problem at all to navigate. We had a wonderful time of which we'll never forget and staying here was wonderful! We'd love to come back sometime when it's warmer out. Travelers will certainly get a lot for their money staying here, with very reasonable prices and The Attwater being well located-close to all of the Newport fun!

Room Tip: If you have a little extra money, go for the king suite, it's fabulous!
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  • Stayed February 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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Dawn H, Guest Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us in the quiet season. Our suites truly are spacious and fabulous and we appreciate you saying so! It is nice to hear that you appreciated the special amenities we offer (iPad, Lather bath products, all-day coffee cafe). We strive to be an oasis of modern luxury in a very traditional town! Please do visit us again the next time your travels take you to Newport.
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Yonkers, New York
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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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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
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Also Known As:
Attwater Villa Hotel Newport
Attwater Villa Hotel
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 Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Newport
#3 Family Hotel in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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