My fiancee and I stayed at the Vanderbilt Grace during our visit to Newport in the beginning of January. When we arrived, we were promptly greeted with excellent customer service by Konstantinos. Before we sat down to check in, another employee took our bags to our room, and we were each offered a glass of champagne. Konstantinos answered all of our questions and recommended a few places to visit, which was extremely helpful considering how quiet the town is during the winter months. After checking in, we were walked to our room by the same employee who took our bags. To our surprise, we were graciously upgraded to a master suite on the second floor!
Although any room in the Vanderbilt Grace is probably beautiful, the rooms on the second floor that are part of the original mansion are stunning. The ceilings are very high, the bed was extremely comfortable, there are two bathrooms, and the general living space is very well decorated and furnished. Most importantly, everything was spotlessly clean and the amenities were well chosen and comforting.
Also, the location of the hotel is perfect. While it is not on Thames Street, it is right off of it and is in a quiet area. Thus, you get the best of both worlds, being close enough to where everything is, but far enough to feel secluded from the busyness of the day. Breakfast is offered in The Conservatory for a fee, but we did not eat there. Instead, we walked to Starbucks each morning, which, when leaving from the back of the hotel, is no more than one minute away. A plethora of lunch and dinner places on Thames and Broadway are also within walking distance.
Because of its reviews, we also made sure to make reservations at MUSE by Jonathan Cartwright. Emulating the customer service that we received during check in on the first day, Alex, the head waiter, greeted us by first name from the moment that we arrived to the moment that we left. First, when we arrived, we were given the choice of where we would like to sit. Once seated, we were offered the dinner menu as well as the wine list. Alex was very knowledgeable about each plate and wine that we asked about. From the gin poached shrimp to the stuffed french toast souffle, everything was delicious.
When we returned each evening, we were welcomed by a turn downed room and a note from staff that describes the weather for the next day and a list of events happening in town.
The Vanderbilt Grace is a wonderful establishment that played a large role in making our stay in Newport relaxing, fun, and comfortable. Though it looks a bit pricey during the peak season, it is well worth it. We look forward to staying at other Grace hotels and hope to return to the Vanderbilt sometime in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 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