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Crow's Nest at Seamen's Church Institute

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  • Average7%
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Located on America’s Cup Avenue at Bowen’s Wharf, the Crow’s Nest is central to everything in downtown Newport and offers an affordable alternative to local B&Bs. The inn occupies the third floor of the Seamen’s Church Institute, a National Register of Historic Places building. Although all guests are welcome, the non-profit Seamen’s mission is to provide a safe haven for men and women who make their living from the sea. The inn’s nine rooms and two shared baths are quaintly-decorated, clean and comfortable with in-season air conditioning, free WiFi and spectacular views of Newport Harbor, Trinity Church and the new Maya Lin designed Meeting Room. The building has an elevator and is completely ADA-accessible. Discounts available for mariners and military. All funds raised from the Crow's Nest goes back to Seamen's and the community. The Aloha Café on the ground floor is open daily from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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100Great for walkers
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78Restaurantswithin 0.25 miles
44Attractionswithin 0.25 miles
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

This is a hidden (and humble) gem right on the harbor. The building is stunning. Expect to be able to unwind and relax with no television. Internet worked well. Shared bathrooms are generous and clean. Read the parking signs thoroughly as we got hit with...More

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Reviewed June 20, 2018

There’s really two parts to the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI), the institutional part on the main and second floors and the aptly named third floor Crow’s Nest residences. The mission of the Institute is to provide “....a safe haven for whose who work, live, and...More

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Reviewed May 27, 2018

Small room with Twin Bed idea for single guests or someone just needing a place to crash. No A/C so we had to leave the window open to keep the room cool. Fine if you don't mind some noise. As this was a holiday weekend,...More

1  Thank Aiden M
Response from Rebecca P, General Manager at Crow's Nest at Seamen's Church InstituteResponded May 31, 2018

Glad you enjoyed your stay, Aiden! And sorry you caught us on the first warm day of summer - A/Cs go in this week!

Reviewed September 11, 2017

This truly is a hidden gem of a bargain, as others have said. The location is ideal, the staff is friendly, the rooms clean, the beds comfortable. They offer maritime types a discount, but all are welcome to fill the rooms and provide income for...More

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Reviewed July 25, 2016

This is not fine dining but it is service with a smile and tasty fresh food. You can't beat the location whether you are on a boat or walking in the inner harbor. We had breakfast there a couple of times and thick, delicious sandwiches...More

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October 1, 2014|
Response from mizzenman2 | Reviewed this property |
Just a visitor myself. Very friendly staff, very reasonable rates.
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"Better option in the off-season"
May 27, 2018
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"Room 9 or 10 have the largest size (queen) bed"
Mar 27, 2015
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"Facing the harbor side might avoid festival activities in Bowden Square."
Oct 19, 2014
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"Views of the pier ;)"
Jul 14, 2014
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