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“Really nice place to stay - great innkeepers!” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #34 of 100 Newport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“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
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
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Pipersville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 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
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
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Address: 2 Sunnyside Place, Newport, RI 02840
Location: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 100 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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