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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 101 Newport B&B and Inns
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Great comfort; great service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Sought a quick overnight getaway to Newport, RI for the long weekend. Had a wonderful stay at this B&B with great service, convenient location, helpful hosts, delicious breakfast, and a very clean and comfortable room.

Room Tip: Stayed in the suite - fantastic to have the extra space, especially in the winter to accommodate sno...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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, February 21, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your winter getaway to the inn. Newport has something to offer year round, we hope to see you again!
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  • Rooms
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Ansonia, Connecticut, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Our trip was this past summer in August, so this review is a little over due, but I had to write about the great building & hospitality my boyfriend & I received. We had never been to Newport and I love the ocean so I decided a quick 3-day trip would be perfect! The Samuel Durfee house was walking distance to all restaurants & shopping areas downtown. Our room was in the front of the house so we were able to look out our windows in the evening to see the sunsets over the marinas. The house was in great condition and the hosts were more than willing to help at any moment. The afternoon tea & cookies/brownies were especially welcoming after a long day of walking around so we could recharge for the evening. My boyfriend is a bit of a foodie, so that is one of the reasons I chose the Samuel Durfee House after reading some reviews and we were not let down! The first morning we had Belgian Waffles with a warm fresh berry topping and Pecan Muffins. The second morning we had Eggs Benedict Crepes which were to die for! The hosts gave us some great recommendations on places to go and things to see while we were there. I would definitely stay here again and have already told some family members to stay there on their next trip!

Room Tip: Our room on the front of the house on the second floor (on the right, above the dining room - forget...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, February 21, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your experience at our inn with others!
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New Jersey
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

I just returned from a 2 night stay at the Samuel Durfee House. My boyfriend and I spent our birthday weekend together. The location was wonderful. One block up from the restaraunts and bars and a few blocks from Bowman's and Bannister's wharf. Off the street parking. Room was great. We asked for the Ida Turner room which also had a private balcony which was perfect for a brisk fall morning. Bed was comforable, room was spacious. Michael and Heather are wonderful. Baked goodies in the afternoon were a treat when coming back to the room to relax before heading out for dinner. Excellent coffee. Innkeepers provided us with directions and information on resturants and things to do, directions. The were very friendly and their son, Jaxson, was also a great host with serving breakfast. Breakfasts were fantastic! Normally, would have kept us full to dinner, but we were on vacation and eating and drinking well beyond normal. A special treat was that Heather and Michael left cupcakes in our room and a birthday message for us on our second day. So sweet. Can't wait to come back here and will recommend to all family and friends. Convenient, charming, and great hospitality.

Room Tip: We had the Ida Turner room which was in the back of the house..very quiet. Not sure about the front...
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  • Stayed November 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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St. Catharines, Canada
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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.

Room Tip: While the rooms at the back of the house are quieter, despite having a street facing room at the fro...
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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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Needham, Massachusetts
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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

Room Tip: We loved our room-Doris Duke-very comfortable-love the pillows. Friends who stayed for 7 days had th...
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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
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4 helpful votes 4 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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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 101 B&Bs / Inns in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Samuel Durfee House 3*
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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