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“Wonderful small hotel” 5 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
Needham, Massachusetts
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“Wonderful small hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We recently stayed at the Attwater as part of a friend's wedding party and had a great time. The rooms were clean and uncluttered and the shared spaces were nicely decorated. We had a great time on the deck and the breakfast scones were incredible. The beds were incredibly comfortable. Definitely recommend!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dawn H, Guest Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review and recommendation. We are so pleased that you had a great stay for your friend's special day and look forward to your return to The Attwater. We'll have more incredible breakfast scones waiting for you!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We recently stayed at the Attwater for a friend's wedding along with SF0772-- the couple rented out the entire hotel for the wedding party and close friends. As a result, there was a bit of a "summer camp" atmosphere (e.g., many of us kept our doors open, there was lots of excitement and hanging out late night in the hallways). I did not notice any excessive loudness or noise related to doors closing or wind blowing, and I strongly suspect much of SF0772's description of the Attwater as "loud, not peaceful or relaxing" was influenced by the unique circumstances of this weekend (e.g., as part of wedding group who rented out the entire facility). This is my first Trip Advisor review, but I wanted to qualify the comments because I think it would unfairly influence someone's decision to stay at this chic hotel.

My own review:

The Attwater is a gorgeous, boutique hotel. The decor is fun and modern, the staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating, the rooms were spacious, and the location is steps away from the heart of Newport (great shopping and restaurants within steps of the hotel). The bed was also one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in at a hotel! All of the bed linens, towels, and toiletries were top of the line. There are also some great outdoor areas-- a large deck off the second floor that is perfect for enjoying a good book with some coffee in the morning and a set of rocking chairs on the front porch of the hotel. If asked to sum up the Attwater in a few words, I would say it beautifully straddles the line between being upscale, luxurious, and fashionable, while also feeling comfortable and approachable. My only complaint was that the wifi signal is fairly weak in the rooms on the second and third floors.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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, Public Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
We greatly appreciate your review and its clarification to a previous review. We were honored to have your group stay at The Attwater for your friend's special day, and we are thrilled that you enjoyed our location, the comfy bed, the top-of-the-line toiletries, and, most of all, our hard-working staff's service. Your description of The Attwater as "it beautifully straddles the line between being upscale, luxurious, and fashionable, while also feeling comfortable and approachable," is exactly what we are trying to achieve. Thank you again for your recommendation and kind words. We hope to see you back at The Attwater in the future.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I recently joined a wedding party staying at the Attwater Inn - This precious hotel was the ideal host of a weekend getaway, complete with friendly, attentive and passionate inn keepers who did their best to give us all a truly perfect experience - Designer accents, complimented by the softest sheets, lovely products and a simply delectable breakfast (recipes made fresh each morning from a favorite Boston Bakery cookbook called Flour) all contributed to a guaranteed return. Located centrally off of Bellvue Avenue, a short walk to the harbor front, walk/shopping Thames Street, and of course, the breathtaking Mansions of Newport... I highly recommend this lovely experience. Thank you Attwater!! p.s. There's a great deck in the back, perfect for catching morning/afternoon sun with a lovely musical playlist to complete the ambience - They don't skip a beat!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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, Public Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Thanks so much for your recommendation and thoughtful review. Calling us the "ideal host" for your friend's wedding party means a lot. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our designer decor, soft sheets and yummy breakfasts. We hope you will return to our Newport boutique hotel the next time your travels bring you to the States.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stayed at the hotel on our honeymoon. It’s a charming boutique hotel and very clean and modern. The location is excellent – we walked to Thames St., the pubs on Broadway, the Tennis Hall of Fame, etc. Free parking, too. The staff was very helpful. Brad was able to get us a reservation on a sunset sail that was excellent! There is a nice back porch where we had a picnic dinner one night. The breakfast included has some of the better pastries we ever had and the chocolate chip cookies at the front desk in the afternoon are to die for! All-in-all, a great stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dawn H, Public Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
It's wonderful to hear that you had a great stay and enjoyed our proximity to Thames Street, pubs and the Tennis Hall of Fame. We were honored to be a part of your honeymoon, and are very pleased that you enjoyed the sail, our decor, our breakfasts, and, of course, our killer chocolate chip cookies! We look forward to your next visit to our Newport boutique hotel.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This small boutique hotel was the perfect place for our Newport getaway weekend. The decor is very modern and everything is new and clean. It was in a great location, we could walk everywhere. They also recommended a great company to take us sailing which was the highlight of our weekend.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dawn H, Public Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
It is great to hear that you loved your sail and that you enjoyed your stay at our "cute boutique hotel." We hope you'll visit The Attwater again in the future.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Loved this boutique hotel for our weekend in Newport. Clean spacious room with comfortable bed. Great amenities including large bottles water/ipad to use customized with local info. Delicious home-baked goods for breakfast. Able to walk to both town and beach (but good 10 min walk). Front desk very helpful- provided beach chairs/towels even to use the day we checked out!

Only issue- breakfast was scarce on first day with just some baked goods. Asked later about other options and learned there was also yogurt/fruit and a quiche- which were all present and perfect the next morning. Just seemed odd that this was not there or mentioned that it was available to us the morning prior by the woman working at the desk. Otherwise, great stay! Beware of no elevator but good workout for us haha!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dawn H, Public Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and took full advantage of our quiet, "walk to everywhere" location. So glad you enjoyed our cafe breakfast, as well, despite the protein shortage on your first day. Never hesitate to ask about additional breakfast items. Meg, Brad and the entire staff at The Attwater is ready and willing to help with anything! We hope you come to stay again at our Newport boutique hotel.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We found the Attwater online, whilst looking for a Newport Hotel that wasn't chintzy, overtly historic or too grand. This hotel was perfect for us - I described the design as 'mod meets Jonathan Adler' in a lovely 1920s building. The bedrooms were comfortable and a huge sitting room downstairs was a great place to relax after sightseeing.

The young, friendly staff were really happy to help, including bringing a great cup of cappuccino out to the tiny front terrace or to the sitting room.

A downside for some, the hotel isn't on the waterfront or just off the main street, but this also meant the area was quiet and it's very close to all the Newport Mansions.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dawn H, Public Relations Manager at The Attwater, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our "ungilded" Newport boutique hotel. We are proud of our unconventional decor that embraces the nautical heritage of Newport in new and unexpected ways. Sounds like Brad and Megan took great care of you -- bringing you cappaccinos to our guest lounge and to the rockers on our small front terrace. We look forward to your next visit to The Attwater.
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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 Best Value Hotel in Newport
#2 Spa Hotel in Newport
#3 Romantic 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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