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Adele Turner Inn
Ranked #26 of 95 Newport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Newport, RI
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42 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

When I booked the Harbor View suite I was looking forward to a romantic stay at what I thought was a reasonable rate. Although $219 for a private hot tub on your deck seems great, pay the extra money to stay at one of the other luxury inns or hotels in the area. The room was tiny, even by b&b standards. The temperature control was awful. It was either incredibly hot or incredibly cold, no matter where set the thermostat. The storage is awful, barely a place to hang anything. The bathroom was in need of a rehab, badly cracked tiles and a very pungent odor coming from the shower stall...mold perhaps? Breakfast was disgusting. Processed food and not fresh barely edible fair great you in the morning. I had such high hopes for this stay...never again. The view from the deck was gorgeous, but that's where the charm ends.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

We booked the Tycoon Suite based on the description provided. It lived up to it's description, if a little smaller than expected. Once we removed the top of the bedpost we had a clear view of the TV from the bed. The TV in the sitting room was fine for viewing from the lovely wing back chairs, and sitting in front of the fireplace was very relaxing. The whirlpool tub was generously oversized and provided a wonderful time. As stated in a previous review the water pressure in the steam shower could be improved upon. We loved the view of the beach from the bedroom window. We arrived in time for the Saturday wine tasting and on the way home we visited the winery and purchased a few bottles. The breakfast menu was limited but the food was excellent and the cook was very accommodating. All the staff we met were pleasant and helpful. The location was perfect, close enough for everything and a quiet neighborhood too. We did manage to see some of the other rooms and they were all lovely. The Wi-Fi signal was weak in the beginning but it picked up while in use. We will most likely return.

Room Tip: The tycoon suite is lovely as long as you don't mind climbing 3 flights of stairs. The great Gat...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2014

Absolutely beautiful! My boyfriend and I went down last week for two nights to celebrate our anniversary. We had originally booked the Great Gatsby Suite, but when I called to confirm the morning of we were told that there were renovations going on in the room and we had been upgraded to the Tycoon Suite. When we arrived, we were greeted by Simon, the son of the owner, Harry, who runs the Victorian Ladies Inn on Memorial Boulevard. Harry has owned the Adele Turner for 4 years now. Simon was so polite and accommodating; because we were the only guests in the Inn for our stay, he asked when we would like Tea Time. We told him what time we would like, and went upstairs to relax and unpack. The room was incredible!! There were two information packets in the room, giving the history of the Inn and other things in Newport, as well as recommendations for our stay. There was quite a view from one of the windows, Fort Adams can be seen, as well as the bridge lit up at night. We came down for tea at 3:30 and were greeted by Harry, the owner, who spoke to us while Simon finished preparing tea and snacks. Simon had already set out scones and cookies, and soon brought out the hot water and offered coffee, which my boyfriend preferred. We made very good use of the jacuzzi tub, gas fireplace, and steam shower. The only downside was the water pressure in the shower, but we did just fine! The jacuzzi was beautiful and so relaxing. The next day we met DaNeal? the innkeeper, and Kristin, Simon's wife. Simon and Kristin moved to Newport last week and are taking over running the Adele Turner while Harry and Daneal run the Victorian Ladies. She made us a wonderful breakfast. I am amazed at some of the comments that the food at the Inn was not good, and am so glad I did not listen to those reviews! At checkout the next morning, after an equally enjoyable breakfast prepared by Kristin (her first at the Inn), we were sent off by Simon, Kristin and Daneal. We were so pleased with our stay at the Adele Turner, and will absolutely be back!!!

Room Tip: ~Keep in mind, the Harborside Spa Room, Hall of Fame, and Tycoon Suite are all on the top floor and...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2014

I'm very, very behind in writing this review, and so unfortunately I cannot write in the detail that I should. We stayed at the Adele Turner Inn in June -- about 7 months ago.

We thought the Inn was lovely --very laid back, which we appreciated. The rooms and bathrooms were small, but very cozy and perfectly clean.

The breakfasts were great, staff was friendly, we appreciated there being a tea/coffee station available 24 hours a day, the beds were very soft, the location was fantastic . . .

The only negatives that I can remember is that on-site parking was tight (though the lot up the street really is close by, so it wasn't a big deal), and the armoire in the room was lacking in depth to a degree that it was difficult to hang clothes (we were in town for a formal wedding, and had a lot of dress clothes with us, so this was sort of unfortunate).

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Cod
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We visited this inn on a special getaway the weekend after Christmas and were very disappointed in our experience. When making the reservation, we told them we would be attending a matinee in Providence but still hoped to arrive by 6 (end of their check-in time). We walked up to the front door at 6:02 and it was locked up tight. Our greeting was a key in an envelope and a form letter. Okay, fine, they leave at 6, but it was barely 6 and they knew we were coming. Not only that, but the next day at breakfast we were blithely told by (I think, she never introduced herself) the innkeeper, when I mentioned we just missed her, that she was "out of here way before that!” Her distaste for her job continued to be clear...she barely spoke to anyone at breakfast, and when one couple asked when the mansions opened, she said "I have no idea." (We provided the information for them.) It was therefore good we had researched our plans around town well, and made reservations. I did this online after writing to the innkeepers twice and finally getting half an answer to my questions, Another couple was not so lucky...they had come specifically for an event at the Breakers and when they contacted the inn were not told they needed advance tickets (it was sold out when they got there). Our room was okay, unless you count the tiny bathroom, but very drab and cold feeling, and not all that clean. There were stains all over the rug and a thin layer of dust on everything. I believe this came from the fireplace; it was gas, and when we turned it on, the dust on the logs burned off and smelled terrible. We have this kind of fireplace at home and you have to run it occasionally to prevent this...probably the room had not been rented recently and no one bothered. There were some comfortable chairs in our room (although you can't see the fireplace from any of them), which was a good thing, since the inn has no real common area. There is only a small dining room crowded with tables where breakfast is served, so if you want to relax, it's your room or nothing. And speaking of breakfast...another letdown...the food is nothing like pictured on the website and is the same menu every day, plus a sideboard with store bought pastries, a couple little bowls of cereal, commercial yogurt containers and canned orange juice. We had omelets the first morning, which were pre-made flat egg pancakes (probably frozen) with a couple little mushrooms and some barely cooked spinach and sort of melted cheese inside. Nothing else was on the plate. The next day was equally rewarding…slightly burned, dried out French toast. We chose this inn over another for the breakfast description, and for the afternoon tea. Another major misrepresentation. The picture on their website shows a tea table laden with goodies, and says how their afternoon tea is so great that non-inn guests can pay to attend. When we rushed back to partake, we found water heating in a small electric teapot, a little plate of very old cut up flatbread, and another plate of store bought cookies combined with the morning pastry. The other reason we chose this inn over another (the Francis Malbone)was for the Saturday night “wine-tasting.” This goes from 5-5:30. The guests come in the kitchen and stand around a butcher block and receive a glass of local wine. There is also a plate of stale crackers, old cheese, and some shriveled grapes to snack on. But you better get there right at 5…I went to check it out at 5:15 and found a group of guests chatting and having a lovely time, but as I walked in, the innkeeper said, “Do you want a glass of wine? If you do, I have to pour it now because I’m leaving in 10 minutes.” Sure enough, despite the wonderful conversation, everyone had to gulp down their wine and leave at 5:30 on the dot. And of course, there was nowhere else to gather and chat, so that was that. I have been aware for a while that Newport is a “there’s plenty more guests where those came from” kind of place, but it is sad that the innkeepers don’t have more pride in their places than this. We ran an inn for 10 years, and not only would never have misrepresented ourselves to potential guests in this way on our publicity, but always put hospitality at the top of our list of priorities. If you can’t do this, you need to look for a new line of work!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Had a great experience here a few months ago. We stayed in the library room and really enjoyed it, although the bathroom was drafty and the water pressure in the shower was not very strong. The bed was very comfortable and the inn is well kept, clean and quiet. Breakfast was included and very good. The staff was very helpful and friendly. Be sure to get your mansion passes through the hotel for a discount!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Arlington, Vermont
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60 reviews
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Adele Turner has a lot going for it. The rooms are attractive and decor interesting, the location is fabulous - within walking distance of downtown and the sites near lovely Touro Park. However, the food photos on their website are deceptive. For instance, the photo of Eggs Newport with poached eggs on top of crab cakes? You actually get one, not two - on a small dry crabcake.Tea time? We had these tiny slices of a home made sort of white pizza...tasty, but not the charming little finger sandwiches and glorious fruit tarte pictured. There was no milk for the tea. Wine tasting? Overly sweet local wines for the most part...bits of cheese, a few grapes, and bits of chocolate. Not that I mean to complain about these complimentary perks, but again, the photos on the web make it all look so grand.
We had the smallest room at the Inn (Thomas Pelham), and I found it charming, clean, good bed, good shower pressure...no complaints really. Just a bit too pricey even at the height of season for a small room with a tiny bathroom.I appreciated the room darkening shades on the lovely large windows. Thankfully, the A/C unit worked well. The dining room, however, was absolutely sweltering on a beautiful sunny October weekend. The windows were tightly closed....we just didn't get it. So, we rushed through breakfast and tea. 'Staff was friendly enough - except for one grumpy breakfast chef who had to do checkouts while preparing breakfasts- who could blame her? Yet, there is a certain charm to this large old Victorian, and some of the rooms make us want to give it another try.The main thing I look for is QUIET at night, and this was. There are always quirks in these old B&B's of Newport. If you want a luxury hotel- look elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Adele Turner Inn
Address: 93 Pelham St., Newport, RI 02840-3131 (Formerly Admiral Benbow Inn)
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Location: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #26 of 95 B&Bs / Inns in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Adele Turner Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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