I booked Artful Lodger on line because it is just across the street from the back-wall of the Elms mansion in Newport, which we wanted to tour. The neighborhood is great for walking. You can walk to several of the mansions, and to the restaurants downtown. You are not in the madhouse of the downtown Newport or harbor area, but don't need to drive if you want to see them. Parking on site was sufficient. But the place seemed worn and tired. The room was extremely small, and much more costly than it should have been for such a small room. The room for breakfast (or even ice from the refrigerator) is up a narrow, winding back stair to the attic level, not at all suitable for people with mobility difficulties. The breakfast was okay, but not great. The common room on the first floor was dark and uncomfortable. There was only one comfortable chair on the front porch. The room (Ivy) was so small that we had to put our suitcases on the bed to open them, then zip them up and stand them on-end on the floor. There was a single tiny chair in the room. Because I booked on line, we could not get into a larger king room even though there was only one other couple staying in the place. If you plan to stay here, I would definitely call and book over the phone and not use an on-line travel site to book this place. The hosts were nice and accommodating people, didn't force us out promptly at 11:00 AM (it was raining and Mike said we could stay as long as we wanted) and did not "hover," but I felt the overall level of attention to detail did not match that of some other B & B's I have stayed in. I really would explore other options if coming back to Newport. The convenient location is the main thing that I can recommend about this place. Again, if you get a king room, maybe it would be different. I will say that the bathroom in Rose wasn't as small as "closet bathrooms" in older house B & B's can be.
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- Charming Victorian with Harbor Views! Enjoy the Artful Lodger Inn! This Victorian Inn offers a variety of accommodations and a beautiful setting to just relax, unwind and enjoy. Neighboring The Elms mansion, we are an intimate treasure tucked amongst Newport's most glorious mansions as well as having close proximity to Newport's historic downtown. Each day at the Inn will start with a delicious gourmet breakfast. ... more less
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