It continues to baffle me that so many ocean-side destinations have such mediocre accommodations. I'm looking at you, too, Ogunquit and Nantucket.
The Newport Marriott tries hard enough. We stayed here in a King room (city view) this Monday night. All my interactions with staff were friendly and professional. The lobby is nice enough; the nautical theme makes sense, although I don't think it's that great.
Location: Excellent. A 5-minute stroll to Bowen's Wharf and the heart of Newport.
Views: Right on the water, so I imagine a water view room would be nice.
Service: Just fine.
Value: Ugh. I'm happy I stayed on Marriott Rewards points (40k points for one night, Category 8 hotel). AAA rate for the same room the same night would have been about $250. Not terrible for Newport, but this was for a Monday night and still before the heart of the season.
Room: Fairly standard Marriott room. Our "balcony" wasn't anyplace inviting to hang out on. I thought the bed was fine, but my wife was uncomfortable. A/C didn't keep the room as cool as we would have liked overnight. Biggest problem: you can hear plenty from other rooms and the hallway. I mostly heard water running....like all night long. Bottom line: not a great night sleep.
I can't comment on the food, as I didn't eat anything in the hotel.
If you're a Marriott Rewards member, make sure you check for discounts on different fees. I got valet parking for $25 instead of $30. In-room Internet fee of $12.95 also waived. Late checkout to noon (instead of 11am) was accommodated without a problem.
I guess I'd stay again, but mostly because there just aren't any really good choices in Newport. And I'd bring ear plugs next time.
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