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“Great location, otherwise a disappointment”
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Artful Lodger Inn
Ranked #15 of 95 Newport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great location, otherwise a disappointment”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

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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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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coastocoast08, Manager at Artful Lodger Inn, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Hi Terry,

Thank you for your input although it always saddens us when people don't enjoy themselves. Thankfully it is quite rare. You're right, the house is an 1840's Victorian. It has it's wear and there are a couple of lower priced rooms (by Newport standard's) that are not as roomy and have less amenities as the rest. Also correct is that it is always best to book through the Inn's Website so as to have more options to choose from. I seem to remember giving you a free upgrade and the option to upgrade further for an additional discounted rate. And we often allow for later check-outs to accommodate our guests needs, as we did for you. As far as our breakfasts are concerned, in 3 years, we have had nothing but rave reviews so we are very sorry you did not have that experience.
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

This morning I stumbled upstairs to be greeted enthusiastically by Lieza and Michael, InnKeepers. Michael custom prepared an Italian omelette which met my dietary restrictions and had the freshest basil, from the inn's garden. The coffee was local and delicious. The innkeepers shared charming anecdotes and even discussed networking help as I am a recent graduate. Lieza and Michael see to every detail personally throughout the day. The Inn had beautiful decor with fragrant fresh flowers. I recommend this inn to anyone with appreciation for personal service.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Bradenton, Florida
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

The Inn is a most excellent place to stay the location is central to many things an easy walk to the mansions and the Thames St attractions. The rooms are nice clean and tastefully decorated, we stayed in one of the 4 smaller ones on the first floor the Ivy room.

There are some suites on the second floor we didnt see them you can view them on the web site.

The 3rd floor has a beautful sun room for breakfeast and a small deck with a gorgeous sunset view. There are also a couple of outdoor sitting rooms that are tasteful and private.

The InnKeepers Michael and Lieza are fantastic and really aim to please. They both know the city and the attractions by heart and are very friendly and acomadating.

My wife was initially skeptical about the whole B+B concept but we will be back again in the future for sure.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ocean Grove, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2013

The Inn is an old 1840 building. The rooms are small and the room we stayed in had no closets. It is difficult to find room for your belongings. There is no place to put a small suitcase and we had to make do. The stairs going up are very steep and scary. If you have any sort of problem, you will not be able to navigate the stairs. I guess this can also seem charming because it is original. But......the diamond of the Inn are the wonderful inn keepers, Leizza and Mike. They make your visit wonderful! They cook a delicious breakfast around a beautifully kept room with an amazing view of the area and the harbor. They helped us with choosing restaurants and things to see. Kudos to them for making our trip memorable.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Was everything I needed. From the lovely essence of the Inn, to the hospitality of Mike and LIzza. Felt so much at home I wanted to wash the dishes and make my own breakfast. I have to believe that facilitating an Inn and hosting people is a hard job, and they did it with finesse and joy. The room was so lovely. From the bed, felt like I was in a cloud all night...to wine glasses waiting in the room for me. Everything about the room welcomed vacation and peace. I highly recommend the Artful Lodge and agree with all the other amazing reviews that this place was everything and more. For the couple of bad reviews that the lodge received, strongly disagree as the inn and host displayed above and beyond qualities to make sure that our stay was perfect and restful.

Perfect location to downtown Newport and a hop, skip and a jump to the cliff walk and beach. The room even had an electric fire, AMAZING!

Thank you so much for a restful, peaceful stay. Looking forward to the next time.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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coastocoast08, Manager at Artful Lodger Inn, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Wow Guys.....Thank you so much for the lovely review!! It was a pleasure meeting you also and providing you with a memorable experience. We are so grateful for the people that take the time to write their thoughts and are especially proud when those thoughts are so heartfelt, eloquently written and reflect our mission to make people smile. You certainly made us smile. Thanks again! ~ Michael & Lieza
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sydney
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

My husband, son and I were recently on holidays in the US and decided to take a short road road trip and drive from New York to Boston. We didnt really plan on staying the night in Newport and we certainly didnt know any thing about the Artful Lodger Inn but in one of lifes serendipidous moments we found both. While April is out of season and this particular April, cold even for the locals (for we Sydneysiders it could have been the Arctic!), we experienced a wonderfully warm welcome from hosts Lieza and Mike and had one of the most memorable nights of our US holiday. After showing us our rooms, Lieza invited us to join them and some friends at their local bar where everyone was friendly and we felt like we'd ended up at a friend's house party. It was certainly a night to remember.
The Inn itself is charming; the beds were incredibly comfortable and the ensuite was clean and well equipped. As others have mentioned the highlight of the Inn is the wonderful breakfast room with huge glass windows framing a magnificent view of Newport. Mike's breakfast was a delicious treat and we certainly couldn't have asked for more. Most importantly, the conversation and laughs flew freely and we left feeling like we'd met some new friends. And afterall, that's what travel's really all about.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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coastocoast08, Manager at Artful Lodger Inn, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Thank you to our new Auzzie friends. Getting to meet amazing people from all over the world is one of the perks that make this business so rewarding. Thank you for your kind words. We will never forget you. ~Michael & Lieza
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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Splendid!! A last-minute decision to spend Easter in Newport reminded us of meeting Mike and Lieza on a sailboat last summer. Our stay was made all the more perfect by the friendly chatter and laughs we shared with them. From the beginning their Inn's location, among quiet streets with ample parking within walking distance of the harbor ,was exactly right for us. Supper at Zelda's Cafe, Lieza's suggestion, was top notch, Not only was the food delicious but the piped-in music was also. A delightful culinary breakfast with fellow guests from Germany capped our lovely stay. We highly recommend the Artful Lodger and Mike/Lieza.
Linda and Joel

Room Tip: Ask for "Grace" - she's lovely (a corner room, large and sunny).
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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coastocoast08, Manager at Artful Lodger Inn, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Thank you so much Linda & Joel. Imagine our delight at seeing you show up at our doorstep. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay as we did with catching up with you two. Thank you for taking the time to review the Inn and we hope to see you again soon! ~ Mike & Lieza
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Property: Artful Lodger Inn
Address: 503 Spring St, Newport, RI 02840-6852
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Location: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 95 B&Bs / Inns in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Artful Lodger Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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