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The Vanderbilt Grace
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   41 Mary Street, Newport, RI 02840 (Formerly Vanderbilt Hall Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Newport
Maplewood, New Jersey
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“Grace and Gracious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Centrally located but still removed enough from the bustle of Thames Street. Wonderful helpful staff, relaxing and tasteful setting, peaceful gardens. The Muse restaurant is eloquent with a menu that is pleasing to the eye as it is to the palette, The chef has a gift for both subtle and complex spices and pairing of offerings that are noteworthy. The Conservatory offers a less formal but relaxing venue. The rooftop bar and deck a perfect place to catch the sunset or read the paper in the morning

The complimentary breakfast is not a Spartan "continental" breakfast, rather, it is tasteful, fresh, produce and baked goods.

While the weekend rates are high, it is more than worth it. Tip, the weekday rates are considerably less. You must have the smoked lobster appetizer with a glass of champagne. Just go.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Claremont, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The welcoming and gracious staff, the lovely garden, the perfect location. Worth the price to stay in the midst of colonial-era Newport, within steps of Maya Lin's Queen Anne's Place, down the street from the Touro Synagogue, within earshot of the waterfront. All of this in a beautifully maintained architectural gem. Pools--both indoor and outdoor--are most welcomed during the hot and humid summer days. The only down sides are: smoking is allowed on the roof-top deck and room's a/c is incredibly noisy (making it nearly impossible to get a good nights sleep even with ear-plugs). Am fearful the Grace group's corporate concepts will diminish the exceptional service and joie de vivre of the staff!

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MarinaGrace, General Manager at The Vanderbilt Grace, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Dear GC,

Thank you for your generous feedback following your stay.

We are glad to hear that our team members looked after you and you particularly enjoyed our location. I’m sorry that you found the air conditioning noisy – this is something we are going to address in due course. I would like to reassure you that the Grace Hotels experience is very much about warm, personalized service (as you experienced) and celebrating the individuality of each of our boutique hotels and the destinations in which they are located. We pride ourselves on not being a corporate chain and have no intention of implementing the concepts about which you express concern. We very much hope you will come and visit us again soon in Newport.

Kind regards,

Marina Aslanidou
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We'll worth the prices. Wonderful three night stay in a clean, well appointed hotel. Standouts were the staff in all areas, especially front desk staff and valets. Roof top bar is a must for the view. Delicious lunch in garden. Complimentary breakfast is very very nice. We had loft suite with circular staircase and private door to rooftop bar.

Only downfall was the noise in this suite - rooftop bar door slams from 4-10. Conversations of guests while waiting for rooftop bar elevator were heard clearly in our room. And the emergency exit door at the other side slams from 730am thru all day. Naps or sleeping in were impossible. However, all other staff and amenities made up for this.

Will stay again only if guarantee these doors are fixed and that other rooms don't have the noise issues.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Spent a long weekend at the Vanderbilt Grace with my wife and toddler. Vanderbilt Grace lived up to the other reviews on TripAdvisor. We had a fantastic and relaxing time. Our room was impeccably clean (and very big), and the staff was warm and attentive. We particularly appreciated how welcoming the staff was to our toddler (who is just getting the hang of staying in hotels and using his inside voice!). We ate breakfast every morning (and dinner one evening) in the Conservatory, which had great service and food.

The hotel really was close to everything -- a few blocks from Thames street, and easy drive to the mansions, etc. Given that we drove to most places (it rained during our stay), we relied pretty heavily on the valets, all of whom were enthusiastic and very accommodating. Couldn't have picked a better place.

My one constructive feedback was that it felt a little excessive for the hotel to charge for parking when the rooms are already so expensive. Kind of puts a damper on the good feelings when you check out. Also, when we asked for a sparkling water at checkout (they gave us complimentary bottles when we checked in and a couple of times during our stay), they tried to charge it to the room. Again, given that we just paid several thousand dollars it seemed a little penny wise and pound foolish to try to charge us for the water.

Overall, though, I want to reiterate that this is the premier hotel in Newport.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cresskill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My girlfriend and I had dinner at the Vanderbilt Grace (Garden Terrace) during a summer weekend. The MOST impressive thing about this hotel is the staff. Everything regarding the service was perfect. The staff is young but they are extremely professional and well trained. Honestly, whoever trained these employees deserves a lot of recognition! Food (Salmon & Crab Cakes) and drinks were prepared to perfection and the atmosphere was elegant. After the sun went down, the staff wrapped us in comfortable white blankets and turned on the gas fireplace to keep us warm. On our way out, the manager gave us a friendly tour of their penthouse suite that overlooks Newport Harbor. Upon exiting the hotel, the doormen greeted us by our last names. How did they know?! Lastly, don’t forget to check out the view from the rooftop bar!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We stayed for 2 nights midweek in June. What a wonderful stay. The staff is so helpful and attentive and the location is extremely convenient to downtown Newport. We were in room 312, overlooking the patio and next to the elevator. It was a great room - big in size and quiet which is just what we wanted. The mattress was a bit soft for our taste but that's personal preference. The champagne breakfast was very nice (included in our rate) and our hot stone massage at the spa was pretty good. Overall we had a great stay thanks to the Vanderbilt Grace!

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I cannot say enough good things about this hotel, it is absolutely breathtaking. Every aspect of our stay was A++++
The staff is super friendly and helpful with their recommendations for restaurant and sites to see...

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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Address: 41 Mary Street, Newport, RI 02840 (Formerly Vanderbilt Hall Hotel)
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Location: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Newport
#1 Luxury Hotel in Newport
#1 Romantic Hotel in Newport
#2 Family Hotel in Newport
#2 Business Hotel in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Vanderbilt Grace 4.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vanderbilt Grace is a quintessential Newport mansion with 33 guest rooms and suites, full service spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness center, roof terrace with amazing views of Newport Harbor and two restaurants. Muse by Jonathan Cartwright, our newly renovated simply elegant restaurant as well as The Conservatory, our more casual a la carte restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Vanderbilt Grace Hotel Newport
Vanderbilt Hall Newport
Hotel Vanderbilt Hall

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