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Architect's Inn - George Champlin Mason House
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   2 Sunnyside Place, Newport, RI 02840   |  
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Ranked #29 of 101 Newport B&B and Inns
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“Really nice place to stay - great innkeepers!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

Just came from a weekend stay in Newport at the Architect's Inn. Beautiful Victorian inn (built 1873) with nicely appointed rooms. We stayed in the Perry Suite which was two rooms and a beautiful private bathroom. I had an opportunity to see two other rooms - and each looked really nice.
The innkeepers were really helpful with their knowledge of Newport and made great recommendations when we were undecided about how and where to spend the few days we had.
Being an historic property, the owners ask you not to wear shoes inside the house - so it might be helpful to know to bring slippers or something - but I was not at all put off by this and once you see the beautiful floors in the house, you'll no longer wonder why they ask this of guests.
Since parking at the mansions in town is plentiful and they are fairly far from the inn, it's advisable to drive to the mansions, but then park at the house for dinner in town as parking is difficult - and expensive. The walk back to the house is short - and beautiful.
Breakfast each morning was delicious and they offered a selection of juices and coffee / hot water for tea.
Really enjoyed our stay in Newport - and I'd highly recommend the Architect's Inn. I checked other places on the island and they were outrageously expensive. This was a really nice place to stay, very comfortable and a great value for the quality of the house, rooms and breakfast each morning.

  • Stayed October 2011, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011

My husband and I spent a weekend at this inn for our 35th anniversary and were disappointed. Except when breakfast is served, the inn has no visible staff. To reach a manger, you have to call his cell and wait for a return call. The common rooms were dark and the small porch was pretty shabby.

Although the Inn knew it was our anniversary, there was no acknowledgment, such as fruit or flowers, that we have usually received. We stayed in the Perry suite, which was fine, except cots and other items were stored at the end of the hallway of the suite.

Shoes are required to be left at the Inn entrance, which gave off a sort of funky smell after the first day.

We bought the package with an extra each day, like a massage or boat tour, but would have paid the same or maybe a little less had we just paid the room rate.

On the plus side, the Inn is within walking distance of town, the breakfasts were spectacular, as were the cookies left out in the afternoon. The masseuse who comes right to the room was marvelous.

Newport itself was great but we would not choose this Inn again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Pipersville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

My husband and I chose Newport for our first vacation in 3 years, and we wanted to stay somewhere special for our 5-day trip. We were not disappointed! We stayed at the Architects Inn in the Belmont Room, which was beautifully decorated, clean, comfortable, and charming. It made us feel like went back in time. The bed was incredibly comfortable and we slept soundly for the most part. What we really appreciated, aside from the general atmosphere of class and Victorian charm, was the attentive, warm service we received from both the owner and the housekeeper. They were always on hand to answer questions, help with activity suggestions, and give directions. Breakfast was elegant and tasty, and we really enjoyed the extra touches like the afternoon snack and spring water on hand. We also enjoyed relaxing in the lower level of the house and the nice garden outside. What we really liked was that the B&B was within walking distance of pretty much everything we wanted to do in Newport, including the beach, mansions, and shops--which saved us money on parking! It was definitely a much-needed fairy-tale getaway and worth every penny.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2011

My family and I visited the Mansion during one of their Murder Mystery Weekends and I must say it was GREAT!! The whole extravaganza was so well put together and the people (which include the Mansion as well as the Murder Mystery company) put a lot of thought into the event. Every single detail was thought out and worked perfectly with everyones interest and personality!! It was so much fun. The Mansion was well very well kept and the food was great even the vegan/vegetarian dishes were to die for! The owners/innkeeper Nick, David and Brian are very accommodating, hospitable and funny, I love them. I would definitely recommend this place!

Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2010

First of all I would like to say that this Inn was the best place we have stayed in a very long time. We travel quite a bit and most places just hand you a key and want you to leave. We were only staying there a couple nights but there was enough information provided to stay a week or more. My husband was just amazed at the time the innkeepers put into making sure we were informed about the area regardless of what silly guide books say. I liked that they were also very talkative when we wanted but never hovered about like other live in guesthouses you typically find. I felt comfortable and it was never a bother. Breakfast smelled terrific though we never got up to eat in time because of the time change. We left with a smile and well rested.

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

This B and B was a real nice experience.This is my second time staying here,and both times were very nice.The two hosts are two very nice guys.They can tell you alot about the town of Newport and went out of their way to make sure we had a nice time,while staying there.We have stayed, over the years at many B and B's, and the owners are always nice, but it seems here, at this place, they go a step further.We enjoyed just sitting in the library and chatting with Brian over drinks.He seems to be a real likeable guy and we enjoyed his company.Nick, the other host is also funny and charismatic.I want to return to Newport for Christmastime,and will no doubt chose this place again,as I could not find one thing wrong with the place, it is a beautiful mansion with beautiful rooms with a fire going in each fireplace, and there is a fireplace in every room, including the guestrooms...that must be real nice in the colder months.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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Somerville, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2010

We rented the entire inn for our family vacation to Newport this summer. When we arrived (three sets of grandparents and two children included) it was raining, and we were asked to wait outside in the rain (after 1:00 in the afternoon) because they were still cleaning the rooms. We were not even permitted to sit inside in the library or sitting area. We also had asked ahead of time if we had access to a grill, but when we arrived, the gas tank was empty and could not be removed. This was nearly two months ago, and we have yet to receive our security deposit back. The rooms are lovely, but the owner, Nick, was less than helpful during our stay and has been more than negligent and even became insulting (ignoring emails and phone calls and calling me "a piece of work") now that he owes us our deposit. There are better places to stay where you won't have to tiptoe around a house whose owners are very unwelcoming.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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InnBliss, Owner at Architect's Inn - George Champlin Mason House, responded to this review, October 26, 2010
This is a very animated, complicated story to tell but here are the basics.... There are two indidivuals which I am not allowed to name. The first person booked the reservation and paid for it. The second individual complained the entire time and was the one posted this review.
Here is the full story...The Architect's Inn was rented for 3 days as a house rental NOT as B&B for nearly half the normal price. The idea was that I would not have to provide staffing, cleaning, food, and I could give myself and my staff a few days off from a very hot summer. This also gave them exactly what they were looking for which was a getaway and ability to do whatever they wanted. It was also a midweek rental so it was a win win for both of us. It was the most beautiful perfect summer ever in Newport in terms of weather. The day they arrived the rain started. It was pouring rain the entire time. I took that as an omen!! the rain stopped the day they left, oddly enough.

As instructed, they called before arrival and I told them the house would be ready at a certain time. They said they could go to lunch and come back. What happens....Of course they don't go to lunch, they come right to the inn...early... and all standing on the front door, in the pouring rain, waiting for us to answer the door. We don't answer right away because we are scrambling to try to clean up the house so that we could be ready for them. We had the whole Inn full the night before so cleaning all those rooms to accommodate their early arrive was nothing short of a miracle. Anyway, I answer the door and told them I can give them their keys and they can go for a spin around town and come back in half hour. They decide to sit in the library waiting for the house to be ready, which is of course very hard to clean with kids and adults shuffling around, asking questions about where to go, what to do, looking for bathrooms, piling luggage everywhere, opening wine bottles, etc, etc. We were not expecting so soon because they told me they were going to lunch. If I was snippy it was because I was trying to juggle housekeeping, cleaning and the fact they just dropped in. They were not working with me to get to the common goal….a clean, presentable house with a comfortable, relaxing check in process. I do have to say at this point, I actually liked the family. Everyone seemed amenable and pleasant except for the second individual who seemed to be running the show even though it was the first individual who booked and paid for it. I figured as ringleader, she was stressed in the moment but probably was a very nice person in real life.

So, house rental means they are on their own, right? I guess not! I've rented houses before and if there is something you need, you provide it yourself. It is not uncommon to make a trip or two to the grocery store to pick up supplies. However, we supplied them with the basics but the basics were not enough for this group. I had to make at least three stops at the house during their stay for little stuff. They needed speciality pots and pans, additional cooking utensils, lighters, trash bags, paper towels, platters, paper napkins, etc. We had everything but they needed THREE of everything which for a four burner stove, doesn't even make sense.

The most annoying part of their requests was that they booked knowing there was NO outdoor grill. I know this because the advertisement they saw has a check box for Grill and it was not checked off. They called several times asking if there is a grill because they really wanted a summer cook out as part of their vacation. Sympathetic to their cause, I told them each and every time they called or emailed that we don’t advertise that we have a grill. However, we have a grill but we have not used it in a very long time. I don’t know if it works but there seems like there is gas in the tank. You are welcome to try but I can’t guarantee anything. Sooooo, they arrive and its raining cats and dogs. They call me the second day of their stay saying that the gas tank in the grill has only a little gas and not enough to grill with. They want me to go get a gas tank OR replace the grill entirely. My assistant, not knowing that I already had this conversation with them several times, offered to help. Now, obligated, we found ourselves spending over an hour in the pouring rain trying to replace the gas tank on the old grill because the old grill tank was rusted to the grill and we had to pry it off….in the pouring rain. Then we had to clean the grill and make sure it worked with the new tank….in the pouring rain. Then we had to go find grill utensils and position it in a spot that wouldn’t burn the house down yet was not in a puddle of water….in the pouring rain. All the time thinking….what kind of person wants to have a bbq in torrential rain? This screamed scenes from the Tom Hanks movie The 'Burbs!! It wasn't as if the weather forecast showed any hope of sun!! So me and my assistant, left them with a working grill at our expense and us freezing cold and soaking wet.

Okay so three days of wind and rain go by and they are checking out. They tell me, as they leave, that they accidentally broke a glass table in the third floor and that I can deduct it from their damage deposit. My housekeeper goes up to clean the room and the glass is still all over the floor. This family didn’t even bother to clean it up and the crazy part of that is that the children of the family were sleeping in this room. I was shocked they let their children walk around with big chucks of glass on the floor!!! Of course because of this, my housekeeper cuts himself because he was not expecting shards of glass all over. I go through the house and start seeing other damage that they didn’t tell me about such as chipped plaster walls, broke tea cups, hand prints on the walls and dents in furniture.

So a month goes by and they are looking for their security deposit back. I mistakenly did not write down their billing address off the check they originally gave me. So when they contacted me I asked for an address to send the check to. I send a check but it returns. Of course I didn't write down the phone number of the second individual because I was dealing with the first individual months ago. She contact me again via nasty nasty emails asking where the check is and I told her the situation. She accused me of lying to her about the returned check and not having their phone number but then she gave me another address. I send out the check.

They continue sending nasty emails quoting me phrases from the Rhode Island State Law books (in obnoxious 25 point font on an email) pertaining to returning security deposits for renters. Of course, if she only read what she quoted me those laws only apply to long term renters like an apartment on a monthly or yearly lease. She started threatening me with small claims court. At this point I was annoyed beyond belief with her. By the way she was talking, you would think she was going to get millions of dollars back. It was only a couple hundred dollars deposit!!!

She must not be very bright because after I emailed her that the check is in the mail, she replies with even more nasty emails!!! I replied to the nasty emails with a very good suggestion....I told her that she really shouldn't start insulting me until AFTER the check clears. I said I could put a stop payment on the check and not refund your deposit at all considering that I did not charge her for all the damage they actually caused. Which is the truth!!! In actuality they deserved nothing back between the broken glass, the chipped walls, additional wallpaper cleaning charge and the furniture.

So there is the whole story. In the grand scheme of things I've had worse customers but I believe she exaggerated the story probably because she was upset her vacation was ruined... not by me....but by mother nature sending a hurricane during her holiday.
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Address: 2 Sunnyside Place, Newport, RI 02840
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Location: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 101 B&Bs / Inns in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Architect's Inn - George Champlin Mason House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
History, Art, Architecture and Antiques adorn this fabulous Guesthouse. Located directly in the center of Newport in the sophisticated "Top of the Hill" neighborhood where the oldest mansions are still thriving as private homes. This mansion has quaint tourist rooms to large gorgeous romantic rooms. Something for everyone and a great breakfast to make your trip perfect. Massage therapists can come to your room for a relaxation session. Wireless printer and WiFi make it great for working while you enjoy tea in your room or on the verandah. The Innkeepers are born Rhode Islanders who can advise you to all the best restaurants that are off the beaten path. In the shoulder season, become a child again and play in Interactive Murder Mystery Weekends (all inclusive) where you are a character that gets wrapped up in a crazy, murderous plot as if you were in the movie Clue. Whatever the occasion, this Inn will sure be leaving an impression and warm memories to share with friends and family. ... more   less 
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