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“Unique Victorian Gem in Newport RI”

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The Carriage House Inn, an Ascend Collection hotel
Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Middletown
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“Unique Victorian Gem in Newport RI”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

Newport Rhode Island's key attractions include their fabulous mansions, landmarks of a bygone era. Two nights' hotel stay proved sufficient to take in the city's sights this summer, including dining seaside and watching sailboats cruise on what seemed an endless harbor. Selecting a hotel that doesn't charge Rockefeller rates takes some detective work but here's a recommendation...

The Carriage House Inn is actually located in Middletown, a few hundred yards from the Newport border, close to all attractions. Located in a residential area, this two story Victorian boutique hotel has seen many uses over its hundred and some years existence including use as a nursing home. Don't let that deter you however, because you reap a big benefit from each room's square footage...one room once served as a complete home for its occupant. Rooms are nicely decorated with period furniture with all amenities including wifi, continental breakfast, fridge and microwave. The property is non-smoking. A private rear deck allows for reading and reflection.
The Innkeeper freely offers the hotel's history, a story in itself.

As part of the Choice Hotel group's Ascend Collection, this Inn is one of about fifty national properties located mostly in smaller cities with proximity to larger metro areas. Access to Newport proper proved convenient, missing downtown congestion. A plus for us was finding one of Rhode Island's two licensed casinos within a ten minute pleasant walk from the hotel. Seaside restaurants are a ten minute drive with $$ discounted by the hotel.

All in all, this is a great value for money pick n an otherwise pricey tourist destination.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tega Cay, South Carolina
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Beautiful old building with nice and comfortable rooms and large sitting area with a nice continental breakfast. Located close enough to Newport,RI to be convenient without the high Newport prices. Stayed four nights which were peaceful and quiet. The only negative was one of the men at the front desk who was not at all friendly.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Moreno Valley, California
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

We have stayed here a few times and we really love this place. We were here last December celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. The staff was very helpful and put us in a very nice room, room 4 on the main floor. While they are located in Middletown it's no big deal to drive into Newport. I like that while they are a "chain" hotel it doesn't feel like it. The hotel almost feels like a bed and breakfast. I would highly recommend this place.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, PA
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

A lodging is usually easy to classify: it's either part of a chain, with efficient cookie-cutter value, or it's an independent, with (hopefully) a degree of unique charm. [I know there's also dumpy places, but we all try to avoid those]. It's either in the city, giving easy access to urban sites but with a higher price, or it's outside the city, lowering the cost but making access more difficult.

The Carriage House is difficult to classify with either scheme. It's definitely part of a chain, and is a good value. However, it's not a cookie cutter motel, having more of the "feel" of an inn. And, although it's not IN Newport, it's a ten minute drive into the heart of that city. Depending on your needs and budget, it might be just the place to stay while visiting this town.

Stayed here two nights for some romantic times in a lovely town. Our room featured a large comfortable bed, full bath, phone (charge for local calls), AC, small fridge, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & board, CD music player, and TV with 70 channels. The room was clean, surprisingly quiet, and well-maintained. Staff was professional and polite. Free amenities include parking, deluxe continental breakfast buffet, wi-fi, all-hours coffee, PC in lobby, and bath robes in the room. Pets and smoking are prohibited everywhere indoors. Although it only has two floors, the inn has an elevator.

The inn has the typical scam of charging a small amount for the safe in the room, although they note you can have this charge removed at check-out if you did not use the safe.

The breakfast room is a nice place to relax during the day, and opens to an outdoor veranda. Breakfast itself, although plentiful, has two problems: (1) there is not enough table space for everyone to set their food comfortably (note photos) and (2) the food tables are so wide that it can be difficult to reach the food placed near the wall.

This place bridges the gap between value and charming ambiance, and is recommended for couples who are looking for a little of both.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

Loved this quaint inn. Very clean and comfortable.

Room Tip: The rooms are not spacious but very clean. We loved the area. Very quiet and not crowded.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

Tired and dated decor, old noisy plumbing, water stains on the bathroom ceiling, poorly placed bed too close to the A/C unit (had to turn the A/C off at night and open the window), dingy room and common areas, road traffic noise, etc. etc. added up to 3 very unsatisfactory nights totaling almost $700 for a room with 2 queen beds. Could not wait to get out of this place. By far the worst part of the overwise a very lovely visit to Newport. In their defense, the beds were comfortable and the middle-aged woman clerk was extremely pleasant and informative. If I only had to stay one night and pay under a $100, I would have been satisfied but ... rumor has it this used to be a nursing home ... creepy! Next time, Holiday Inn Express, here I come!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Park City, Utah
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

Thx to all the TA reviewers as I chose this place from what I read. It was perfect for a one night stay. Front desk staff was very nice and breakfast was much better than I was expecting. The room was fine, bed comfy but we were on the front side and you could hear car noise on the road out front so if that bothers you be sure to ask for a room on the back side. Overall for the price we were very pleased.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Property: The Carriage House Inn, an Ascend Collection hotel
Address: 93 Miantonomi Ave, Middletown, RI 02842-5428
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Location: United States > Rhode Island > Middletown
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Middletown
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Carriage House Inn, an Ascend Collection hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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