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392 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6604
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 07/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 93 B&Bs / Inns in Newport
Travelers' Choice
The Francis Malbone House offers a splendid retreat in the heart of Newport's harbourfront district. Step outside our front door to Newport's fabulous restaurants, variety of shops and of course the highly acclaimed mansions on Bellvue Avenue. Our 1760 luxury Colonial Mansion boasts twenty beautifully appointed rooms with private ensuite bathrooms and all the modern amenities needed. Since opening, the inn has been featured in Bon Appetite, Yankee Magazine and Country Inns. We are most recognized for our excellence in hospitality, our gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea and our prime location. The Francis Malbone House is registered on the National Registry of Historic Places and a 5 Star Award Winner in Hospitality. We welcome you to the Francis Malbone House and assure a wonderful experience for each guest visiting.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Writerontherun wrote a review Aug 4
New York14 contributions1 helpful vote
This was our second time staying at the Malbone House and it was total perfection. The rooms are so clean and comfortable, the location is absolutely ideal -you can walk to everything- and the impeccable service is second to none. The breakfast and tea are just spectacular, bringing so much value to your stay. The owner, Will, and his attentive and welcoming staff are top-notch, making your stay absolutely lovely. We are already planning our fall visit!
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Date of stay: July 2020
Room Tip: All rooms are great... the ones in the back are quieter.
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Traveler20132014 wrote a review Jul 2020
United States11 contributions11 helpful votes
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Another perfect visit! First the elephant in the room - vacation in the time of covid. I have taken the crisis seriously since the get-go and been meticulous the entire lockdown period. Zero socializing, zero outings, no visitors, double masks and gloves at the supermarket. We only get in the elevator in our apt building if we can ride by ourselves (which means trips for the mail can sometimes take all afternoon!). I am not playing around with this stuff. However, my summer getaway to Malbone is a tradition and I couldn't bear to skip it this year. I saw from their emails updates that they too were focused on safety so I decided to stick with my visit. All concerns about safety evaporated the minute I walked in the door. They had wipes and hand sanitizer (the strong stuff!) right at the door, of which I eagerly availed myself having come from outside. These were provided throughout the inn and you could wipe down/disinfect to your heart's content. The inn has always been very clean but now it is IMMACULATE, as other readers have noted. Scrubbed to perfection. The guests while I was there were all safety minded and no one had to be reminded to wear a mask. Extreme social distancing is possible at all times. Most people in Newport were also wearing masks and those who weren't were easily avoided. There is plenty to do that is safe and outside. Did all these precautions make it feel like a vacation in a sterile syfy movie? Not at all. It was still a complete paradise escape. The pleasure and relaxation was not dented at all. The breakfasts and tea were as lavish and delicious as ever and it is possible to enjoy hours in the beautiful garden safely. I look forward to the time when afternoon tea can once again be served in splendor on the dining room table but for now, the good stuff is all still there to dazzle and delight and the food is served behind a very safe partition. You can still sample everything. Location of inn is perfect - a hidden, peaceful gem on the inside and when you open the dor, downtown Newport at your feet. It is absolutely worth it to go - you will still enjoy. Everyone at the inn is wonderful. Seems only people with perfect personalities work there. If there is anything they can do to make your stay feel more safe or more enjoyable, they will. I usually ask for the same list of things every year in connection with the room I have. This year I forgot a couple and the amazing folks who run the place and work there still saw to it that those details were attended to as well - they reminded me what I liked! They are running a fabulous summer 2020 special and with the value of food thrown in and central location where you can walk to most places, it is an incredible deal. Go with friends or family, spouses or partner or even on your own (let's face it, lockdown after a while can be hard even when it comes to your most nearest and dearest). However you do your trip, you will love it!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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pemdoc613 wrote a review Jul 2020
New York City, New York7 contributions1 helpful vote
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Francis Malbone House for three nights. We were so happy that the house had its own parking because finding parking in Newport can be a headache, so that was a huge plus! Our room was great, we had A/C and a full bathroom, overall it was spotless. Breakfast each morning was honestly the best, there were two options for hot options each morning such as eggs benedict, which was delicious. In addition, there is an afternoon tea, which includes drinks and small appetizers, which is nice after coming from the beach. I hope we can stay here again, it was a very nice stay for a weekend trip.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Molly K wrote a review Jul 2020
Boston, Massachusetts2 contributions2 helpful votes
I have stayed at the Francis Malbone a few times before, but this was the first time I brought my husband. Once again, I had a terrific experience. We came to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. From the time we booked through checking out, the service was first-class. Given that our trip was during COVID-19, we were hesitant about visiting, but the team ensured top-notch cleanliness and safety measures that we were so impressed with. My husband spoke with Kevin and I spoke with Will ahead of time - both gentlemen were exceptionally helpful in recommending restaurants and activities for us, and booking everything on our behalf. The inn itself was so clean, and the breakfast and afternoon tea services were executed with care and safety in mind. This is an absolutely enchanting place in the middle of a lovely seaside town - so romantic and historic. We did not want to leave. Thank you for making our first wedding anniversary so special!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Kerry B wrote a review Jul 2020
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Our entire experience exceeded any expectations we had from start to finish! The entire staff was friendly, professional, and accommodated any request. The grounds were beautiful and impeccably manicured. The food was out of this world and breakfast was a highlight every day. Last but certainly not least our room was well appointed, charming, and always meticulously cleaned. We have nothing but the highest praises and cannot wait to return.
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Date of stay: July 2020
Response from Will Dewey, Owner at Francis Malbone House Inn
Responded 3 weeks ago
Wow! Thanks Kerry for the kind words. So glad you had a perfect stay at the Malbone House. We look forward to hosting you both again.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Francis Malbone House Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Francis Malbone House Inn?
Nearby attractions include St. Mary's Catholic Church (0.1 miles), Bannister's Wharf (0.3 miles), and Bowen's Wharf (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Francis Malbone House Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Francis Malbone House Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Francis Malbone House Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Francis Malbone House Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Francis Malbone House Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurant Bouchard, Jo's American Bistro, and Kilwin's.
Is Francis Malbone House Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Newport.
Are there any historical sites close to Francis Malbone House Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Elms (0.4 miles), Touro Synagogue (0.5 miles), and Rough Point Museum (2.0 miles).
Is Francis Malbone House Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.