The Francis Malbone House is conveniently located right in the middle of downtown Newport. We brought our bikes and could literally appreciate everything Newport has to offer without ever needing our car. When we arrived at the house, we were greeted by the Innkeeper, Will, who was gracious and accommodating. In fact, the entire staff was friendly, helpful...and interesting. As a self-caterer, I was thrilled to discover the availability of a microwave and a mini-fridge in which I could store some of my special foods. We also loved the "honor bar" which offered good wine and beer at a very reasonable cost. The breakfast and afternoon tea were fabulous highlights as well. And this review would not be complete without mentioning the wonderful pillow top bed; if I didn't know better, I would have thought I was sleeping on clouds. The window air conditioning was also a nice bonus, especially for those who enjoy the sound of a fan while sleeping. I urge you to stay at the Francis Malbone House the first chance you get; you will not be disappointed. In fact, you may have difficulty leaving since the living rooms and outside courtyard are so inviting and homey. But when you do venture out, make sure to see the Breakers and some of the other "cottages," Cliff Walk, and Salve Regina University and its surrounding buildings. If you are a runner and like hills, take Thames to Memorial all the way to the Wildlife Refuge, on your way back make a left on Bellevue and pass the International Tennis Hall of Fame (9.5 miles total). I also recommend a long bike ride along Ocean Avenue (a drive would also be nice). For a fabulous seafood dinner, check out Scales and Shells. And if you enjoy self-catering like I do, the Stop and Shop is only a few blocks away!
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- Luxury Colonial Mansion in the heart of downtown Newport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Francis Malbone House Hotel Newport