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Rhea's Inn by the Sea
Ranked #1 of 9 Middletown B&B and Inns
Connecticut
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Just amazing...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2011

Can't wait to come back. Owner is great. Amazing value......

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Milford, Connecticut
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for one night in July on a mini-trip to Newport to see the Mansions. I scoured the internet for quite a while trying to find a reasonably priced hotel that looked halfway decent near the mansions. While a bit nervous since I had never stayed in such a small place before (it's like 9 rooms total, basically a house but turned into separate hotel rooms with normal amenities) I went for it because it was a great location, had pretty good reviews, and the price was right! About $150 compared to 300 plus at most nearby places. When we arrived around 5 pm, I was pleased immediately. I rang the bell at the front desk and the manager came running from the shop behind the hotel immediately and was very pleasant ( I guess there is a coffee shop and pizza shop that the family also owns as well as another Rhea's inn in town). We had room #9 on the 3rd floor (please note there are stairs, didn't see an elevator) and there was a nice little sitting room (couches, coffee table with local brochures on it) as soon as we got to our floor. The manager did immediately offer to help with our bags, so that was nice but we only had one bag so it wasn't necessary. Our room was around the back corner (viewing the parking lot). This was fine with us, a bit more private and quiet since it was a corner type room. There are 3 rooms on each floor I believe. When the hotel is busy, the manager leaves the front door unlocked and you just lock your room doors. When it is less crowded, you use the front door key that came with your room key to get into the building, so remember to take your keys with you if you run out to the car so you can get back in- he lets you know if that's what he is doing. The manager is there from about 7 am -9am typically he said. The free breakfast was GREAT- hats off for having a really nice mix- fridge with cranberry juice, milk, orange juice, butter, cream cheese, yogurt. Hot and cold water available. Instant oatmeal, poptarts, nutragrain bars (various types), 3-4 different types of bagels, whole wheat and white english muffins, probably 8 different kinds of cereals, prepackaged cinnabuns, mini-muffins, etc. I was impressed that it covered pretty much every cold breakfast option rather than just having a box or two of cereal and some milk or something. The ice machine was also right there as is a sink, toaster and microwave. It is self serve and always set up so whenever you get there is fine. There is a tv in this sitting area, couch, and coffee table with the day's paper and various magazines. This is located right near the main desk, so my husband (he's a talker :) ) enjoyed chatting with the manager about his business, got some tips about going to the mansions and cliffwalks, etc. The area is pretty small though so you may want to take your food and eat back in your room if others are already sitting there. The manager is SUPER nice and a great guy. Our room had a king sized bed, room air conditioner, desk, bureau, tv, nightstand, etc- the usual. The bathroom was a decent size too, shower, toilet, and path to the sink right by the door. There is a parking lot and it was about a 5 min drive from the mansions. Restaurants like applebees and chilis were also a less than 10 min drive, if you're looking for your basic chains. Obviously, you are not paying for a super luxurious place, there was no pool, etc which I knew going into it and was fine with- we were looking for a place to sleep and use as home base for breakfast-- arrived at 5 pm, went out to dinner, came back, relaxed and watched tv, slept, got ready, ate breakfast, checked out and spent the day at the mansions. Would definitely stay there again- really nice family business and cute place!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lisadetoro
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2011

Was looking for a cheaper place to stay in Newport. All other good hotels were asking $300 - $500 per night. Got this room for $220 on the busiest weekend in Newport. Great value in comparision to what the Marriott was charging. VERY clean and had a great spread for breakfast that was included. Bed was a little hard, but wasn't expecting a "heavenly" bed to begin with. Within walking distance to the beach and ABC. Great location for younger adults looking to head to beach and get back easily then cab it to main Newport area for dinner & drinks later. Would def stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank NickiPitt1234
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2011

My husband and I went away for a short getaway and I am so relaxed it felt like we were away for longer. Tony the manager was extremely polite, courteous, and very hospitable. To me that says alot in a the place you run. We had the room with the jacuzzi and the balcony it was small and looked at the wall of the next building but that was ok it was raining that night we arrived anyway. The room was very clean bed was comfy and the bathroom very spacious. We would definitely return in a heartbeat and bring the kids! Great spot we did the cliff walk and ate at Atlantic beach club which was great (get the early bird special) I also liked the fact of the small lounge area in the lobby where you can enjoy some snacks! I have to say first impressions truly count and this surely was a great one!

Thanks Tony for running out in the rain so we can have ketchup!!!!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Nurseedna
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2011

My wife and I spent one night there. It' is a small, comfortable and cheap hotel with Wi-Fi and continental breakfast. The stuff is nice and attentive, the room is clean.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Alex200_10
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Florida
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2010

EXCELLENT! Great location. Room was spacious, super clean and comfortable. Staff, organized, competent and accommodating. Safe and easy free parking. Nice complementary breakfast included. By the way, the office does stay open until at least 9PM, after that, you have your own key, to let yourself in the building. Very good experience, with return to this Inn, every time I'll visit this area.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank AquariusBusyBee
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Northampton, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2010

Not luxury, but a great value. Furniture isn't the best but Rooms are in great condition. Staff (appears to be a family business) is friendly, though office is closed after 7pm. Baffles the street from Eastons beach, 10 minutes from downtown Newport. Breakfast is self-serve continental but good variety of cereal, fruits and juices. Very good price, compared to nearby lodging. Would absolutely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Ascegan
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Property: Rhea's Inn by the Sea
Address: 42 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI 02842
Location: United States > Rhode Island > Middletown
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Middletown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Rhea's Inn by the Sea 2*
Number of rooms: 9
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