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“A Great Inn ... It's What a B&B Experience Should Be” 5 of 5 stars
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Samuel Durfee House
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   352 Spring St., Newport, RI 02840   |  
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Ranked #7 of 99 Newport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
St. Catharines, Canada
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32 hotel reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“A Great Inn ... It's What a B&B Experience Should Be”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

The Samuel Durfee House is an historic building, that has been refurbished and is in lovely condition. Your hosts are charming and helpful and put on delicious breakfasts - one day sweet, the next savoury. The Inn is convenient to downtown attractions and shopping and the sea-side mansions of Newport are only a very short drive away. The Inn provides off-street parking in their own lot. Over the nights that we stayed our fellow guests included an Australian couple at the end of a 5 week visit to the USA, a couple from Brooklyn, with accents to prove it, an English couple from Surrey and two couples from Colorado. Each breakfast brought convivial conversation and delicious food and drink. Coffee is available during the day and cookies are set out for an afternoon snack. It was exactly the kind of experience that makes us inveterate patrons of B&B's. The bed and linens were of fine quality and the rooms (we peeked into many) all seemed as lovely as our own. The ONLY complaint I could make is that the shower curtain was set so low that it flopped onto the shower's floor, which I find an annoyance.

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Needham, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We have been converted to true belivers in the B&B! Heather & Michael are wonderful, warm, caring, and informative hosts. The Inn was impeccable, spacious, and beautifully decorated.
The breakfasts were over the top, definitely not a granola bar B&B!! Food was delicious, ample, and attractively served. Nothing could have improved our stay and hope to send many friends there for the wonderful and relaxing experience.
Thank You Heather, Michael and Jaxson.
Jon & Gloria

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed at the Samuel Durfee House for 4 days. Michael & Heather are very special people who make staying at their B&B comfortable, enjoyable, and informative. The house is kept spotlessly. The room was very comfortable. Each breakfast was unique and fastidiously prepared (thank you Michael.) Each afternoon baked goods and beverages were provided (thank you Heather for baking the cookies, brownies, etc.) Conversations with the other guests during breakfast and in the late afternoon were always interesting as we traded information about our sightseeing in Newport as well as our other travels. Michael & Heather always answered questions about the Newport area and made suggestions on where to have dinner, what to see, etc. Without a doubt, if (when?) we return to Newport, we will definitely stay at the Samuel Durfee House.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Middle Village
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

First time to a Bed and Breakfast! The location was great for walking into town and to dinner, also close to the Newport Mansions & Cliff Walk that we really enjoyed. The breakfast in the morning was delicious and filling, thank you Michael!!! Hope to come back next year in the fall and stay in the Ida Lewis Room next time.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3beachgoers, Owner at Samuel Durfee House, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Thank you for sharing your photos and comments about your stay with us. Make sure to book the Ida Lewis Room early as it is very popular! We look forward to seeing you again next year!
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Pepperell, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Great hosts, great location, great Inn. Heather and Michael were so kind and informative, making our stay just perfect. Our room " the Samuel Durfee " was spacious and very comfortable. Breakfest everyday was delicious and plentiful, and allowed us to skip lunch. The location is within easy walking distance of the harbor and most restaurants, as well as some of the museums and mansions. Looking forward to going back next year.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3beachgoers, Owner at Samuel Durfee House, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
We look forward to seeing you again next year and are glad you enjoyed your stay in the Durfee room and your time at our inn! Thanks for sharing!
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6 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We selected this wonderful B&B because of how highly it was rated by tripadvisor members, and our expectations were greatly exceeded. Before moving to the Midwest 30+ years ago we used to frequent Newport and decided to go back to celebrate our 35th anniversary so the place had to be special -- and it definitely was. Samuel Durfee House is charming, clean, beautifully decorated and chock full of all the amenities you could hope for, but most importantly it has Heather and Michael. This wonderful couple genuinely wanted to make our stay as pleasant and memorable as possible and did everything in their power towards that end. From cheerful advice as to where to dine and what to do, to gourmet breakfasts, they never failed to excel. Cannot wait to return.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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3beachgoers, Owner at Samuel Durfee House, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your 35th anniversary trip back to Newport and that we could help make your stay so enjoyable!
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London, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

The home was built in the early 1800's so you should like antiques. The floors creak etc. but the rooms are furnished with with lovely antiques and the bed linen is superb. Couple this with great hosts who provide great info and a marvelous breakfast and you have an excellent place for a holiday

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3beachgoers, Owner at Samuel Durfee House, responded to this review, September 4, 2012
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience about our inn (which was built in 1803)! We hope to see you again!
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Address: 352 Spring St., Newport, RI 02840
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Location: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 99 B&Bs / Inns in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Samuel Durfee House 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An elegant 1803 Federal period inn located downtown in Newport's Yachting village, just a block from the harbor. A full gourmet breakfast and afternoon refreshments are served daily. Enjoy the ambiance of an historic building with modern amenities. All rooms are uniquely decorated and feature television, small fridge, robes, beach bag with towels, CD player, iron, and ironing board. Complimentary parking and wifi are provided. ... more   less 
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