My husband and I just got back from a long weekend at The Francis Malbone House. This is our second trip there, and it has fast become our new "home" in Newport.
Sometimes you become enamored, and go back a second time, and things are not as great. Not the case here, not by a long shot. In fact we are even more smitten.
Never mind the "to the detail" perfect decorating, the great central (but not noisy) location, the absolutely scrumtuous gourmet food, beautiful public rooms (that you can actually feel comfortable using), the great magazines, the honor bar,the helpful restaurant suggestions (and reservations with good tables secured, mind you), the stash of local menus, the gorgeous charming period rooms loaded with 20th century comfort, the fires roaring in each public room where you can curl up and read the morning paper with a cup of tea. It is the people that run this inn that make it extra special.
Will, the innkeeper greated us warmly, as if we were old friends, and made us feel extremely welcome and appreciated. He is the consumate professional with just the right touch. The weekend we arrived was a big NFL playoff weekend, and we were invited to join the crowd to watch the game in the parlor. Of course we also had our own tv in our room.
The next day we met Anne Maria, who took time to sit with us in the parlor and chat while we had our tea and savored a lovely apple cake. I raved about the cake and she promised the recipe. She also offered to help relatives make plans who are traveling to Ireland soon. It was obviously a very busy day at the inn, but we were made to feel important enough to spend that time. The next day the recipe appeared as promised, with hints on how to use the web site.
We stayed this time in a Courtyard "room" which really was like a suite. As with all the rooms, the decor was perfect, but this room was special. You entered into a sitting area, where an easy to use gas fireplace was flanked by two chairs. The trademark blue and white china adorned the lovely soft yellow walls, while double french doors opened onto the main courtyard. On the dresser was a tv and dvd player. The second part of the room contained a lovely queen four poster bed, and beyond, was an enormous bathroom, almost as big as the room itself. The bathroom contained an enormous 2-person jacuzzi tub with an overhead light and window for plenty of light. Soft robes hung waiting in the closet for relaxing by the fire after the soak. Special bath crystals were provided as well as a selection of toiletries.
You will be pampered and spoiled here, and trust me - you'll never want to go elsewhere. Breakfast is a feast with homemade scones, cereals, yogurt, juice coffee, muffins, and then you are offered a selection of two hot dishes. We were so full we had to skip lunch! A "tea" is served at 3pm, which rivals the breakfast. Coffee, tea, cookies, breads, cakes, warm apple crisp, crackers and dips - all homemade overflow on the dining room table. How lovely to be able to get a cup of tea and sweet, curl up on the sofa near a roaring fire, grab a magazine you've been meaning to read, and feel completely at home. As one guest put it while we were there - "How nice to not have to be couped up in your room" (although they are great rooms to be "couped" up in!)
This is has it all - if you want to relax, and want to stay at the best place in Newport, the Francis Malbone House can't be matched. Nothing comes close. My husband commented on our first night there - "I don't think we've stayed anywhere nicer than this". We've traveled all over the world, but I second that.
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