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Wyndham Newport Onshore
Ranked #14 of 21 Hotels in Newport
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Reviewed December 25, 2011

These units definately need updating. There were holes in the bathroom that were spackled but not painted. When the elevator was use it sounded like it was in our unit. The location is great. Right on the water(we had a nice view of the Newport bridge), and right on Thames St.(stores and restaurants in walking distance). I am a Wyndham owner and have been to a number of their resorts. This one could use some attention

Room Tip: Don't get put in the North Wind building with a room # in the 400's. Loud elevator
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 12, 2011

My wife and own timeshares in western Massachusetts and Virginia Beach and have also traveled to quite a bit over the years. From the time of check in and throughout our entire stay here we have been very impressed. The staff at the front desk were very friendly and helpful making our check in very smooth. I was very pleasingly surprised also to not get the typical "meeting offer to tour the resort" to give us a sales pitch. I am now figuring out it is most likely this is one of the few resorts that are so great that they are completely sold out. My wife and I have been exploring Newport everyday so we haven't yet used the resorts amenities but the 2 bedroom condo we are in is perfect. From "both" balconies we have wonderful views of the bay and they are absolutely breathtaking. The decor in the room is very nice and the appliances are all updated. I do not usually write these reviews but I am so happy with our stay I felt the need to share our experience here. Even though we came in December there is still plenty to see in do, today we are going to hit the cliff walk and a mansion or two to see the "Christmas" decorations.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Mike B
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

We had a one bedroom for the two of us and it afforded us plenty of room. We were on the top floor, the only unit on that floor...so private and quiet. We had a lovely deck and the unusually warm weather allowed us to enjoy every morning and evening out there. The view of the marina was calming and peaceful. The indoor pool looked clean and well kept, but we never made it for a dip. We were able to walk to a local coffee shop right out of the '50s for a great, affordable breakfast. The staff there were friendly and the service was as good as the food. It was restaurant week and we took advantage, having several wonderful dinners at a bargain price. And again, we were able to walk to all of them. Yes, some of the furniture needs replacing and the bathroom could use an update, but everything in the unit was clean and comfortable and in good working order. The carpet could use a steam clean, but no stains on any of the living room furniture or dining room seats. The kitchen had everything we needed for a quick breakfast (when we didn't go down the block) or an afternoon snack before dinner. If we had wanted to cook a complete meal, everything was there, including the dinnerware, pots, pans, baking dishes, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and a blender. There was a dishwasher with detergent and soap if you wanted to hand wash the dishes. We had a washer and dryer in the bathroom closet and again, the detergent was provided. Several packs of coffee and popcorn were in the basket on arrival. Bathroom amenities included shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hand and bath soap, as well as facial cleansing bars. A hairdryer was under the sink. Plenty of paper towels, tissues and toilet paper were also provided. All you really need to bring is your food and beverages. The icemaker in the full-size refrigerator provided plenty of ice...no need to take an ice bucket out in search of a machine. We walked almost everywhere. There are plenty of shops right there on the same block and the Brick Alley area and shopping outlet is a pleasant 15 minute walk away. There is a great armory filled with antique dealers right next door. We did take the car out for the 10 mile drive (it treated us to spectacular views along the beaches with glimpses of some of the mansions) and to take a short hop to the two local vineyards. Again we lucked out...there was a Harvest Festival at the Greenvale Vineyard with a terrific jazz trio. A ten dollar tasting gave us 5 samples and we got to keep the glasses. We learned that the musicians often play the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan where there is a $60 cover charge and we got to hear them play three sets for the price of the tasting. It was an inexpensive and most enjoyable afternoon. The Newport Vineyards also have a good tasting (and you get to keep the glasses there, too--more to add to our collection...) but the setting is not as enjoyable as Greenvale (and no live music the day we visited). We took the short drive over to the Newport Casino, but were disappointed. It seemed sort of dark and dingy and there wasn't much action. Only slot machines...lots of machines for folks on a budget (penny, nickel and dime machines were in the majority). The bars were closed in the daytime and the cafeteria style food venue left a lot to be desired (both the buffet and the snack bar inside the casino itself). All in all, the Onshore is in a great location and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a "touch up" service on the third morning---clean towels and all of the garbage was removed---so can't complain about the service. And we were told if we needed clean towels at any time all we had to do was call the desk. We are returning in December with my partner's teenagers and they were able to tell us which unit we would be in...a 2BR/2BA unit...and it's even closer to the water! We are looking forward to seeing the mansions all decked out for the holidays (the desk clerk gave us a coupon to use that will save us $5 per person whether we order ahead online or wait until we return). We really enjoyed ourselves and found the Onshore a nice place to return to after long days of sightseeing, shopping and wine tasting. There is only one parking spot per unit which probably poses a problem when the place is completely booked. Spots are assigned according to the location of your unit and some of them are pretty tight. I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee and it was a squeeze, but not impossible. They did tell me that I could ask for another spot if I didn't like it, but we managed (and you stepped out of the car into the doorway of the building where our unit was located...nice on the really windy nights). I, like several other reviewers, would have given the full five stars except for the need for some updating.

Room Tip: The closer to the water, the better. If you are booking the one bedroom, the top floor unit is very...
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank NYNurse70
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

We went to Newport, RI for a girl's weekend away. The staff was wonderful. They made sure we had everything we needed and went above and beyond what we expected. We had a three bedroom condo and there were 8 adults-plenty of room. We hope to return next year!

Room Tip: Try to get a room away from the elvevator service closet. It made some noise during the night whenth...
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

Newport on Shore is in a great location on Thames St. in Newport. Within walking distance to most everything. Brick Market Place, Bowens Warf, shopping, and great places to dine. The staff was excellent and friendly. The condo units were a good size, 2 baths, full kitchen and washer and dryer. Very clean and well stocked. The only negative is the the place needs to be updated. The furniture is worn and the TVs need to be replaced. Dining room chairs were wobbly. Really minor since I don't spend a lot of time in my room on vacation but there is room for improvement. There are 2 small decks that offer great views and a fireplace for chilly nights. Would stay here again. Would also give this location an excellent rating once it was updated. Also has indoor and outdoor pools but didn't use the pool. Very heavy chlorine smell.

Room Tip: Northwind units have great harbor views
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

I would have given this timeshare rental 5 stars had it not been for the condition of the furniture and room. We had a 2/2 and yes, it was clean when we arrived. But the chairs in the living area were stained, stained, and stained some more. We covered them with spare sheets before we sat on them. Should have been replaced long ago. That pretty much sums up the entire unit right down to the single dishcloth that needed replacing a year ago. The beds were comfortable but needed replacing. I kept rolling to the middle due to the sag in the mattress.

The bottom line is that everything needs updating/replacing and the unit reminded me of my younger days when I could only afford a $40.00 a night room.

Newport Onshore is a Wyndham property and we expected more. The carpet had a large stain and the walls needed painting. This property is right down town and within walking distance of a hundred restaurants and two hundred shops. Right on the harbor and we had a great view. Close to the mansions and everything you need is within one mile.

The staff were professional and there was amble security. We loved the free wifi and paper every morning while having coffee on the patio over looking the harbor and adjoining marina.

If you stay here be prepared for disappointment in the condition of the rooms. Otherwise, a great place to stay in Newport. If at all possible fly into Providence Airport. It is a short 27 miles to Newport vs. Boston Airport which is about 73 miles.

We flew into Boston Logan because the rental car was a $120.00 dollars cheaper and the airfare about the same. However, the traffic in and around Boston is a nighmare. Took us two hours 15 minutes getting back to the airport from Newport and that was between 5 am and 7:15 am. Our GPS said it would take 1 hour 20 minutes. I hate to think of what it would have been like after 8 am, on a Friday or Saturday. It was bumper to bumper once you get within 15 miles of the airport among some very aggressive drivers who would rather crash than let you merge. Took 35 minutes in line to get through security. Our adult children flew out of Providence and it was an easy drive to drop them off and they said a breeze through security.

They discourage more than one car for parking at Newport Onshore but if necessary will try to find room for two even if that means parking behind one another. Parking is free at Newport onshore and we generally left the car there and walked. Keep in mind parking anywhere downtown is a chore. Many one way streets with limited parking and almost NO free parking.

Take in the Cliff Walk if you are healthy enough for a 3.2 mile walk one way. If you have two couples drop one at the end of the cliff walk on Ocean Drive. Then you drive down to the beach starting point and start your cliff walk. You will meet along the way as it is narrow path and hard to miss one another and give them the keys so they can drive back and pick you up. Otherwise you have to count on the bus or trolley. The trolley is so slow I walked faster and the bus is like once every hour. We wound up walking the 3 miles back to our car. Also do the Mansion tours. Most have free parking and it well worth and less expensive joining the Newport preservation society and getting the yearly pass to all of them rather than paying for one at a time. We also drove to Falmouth about 75 miles,(woods hole) and took the Ferry across to Martha's Vineyard. ($16.00 round trip per person) Check out Oaks Bluff, Edgartown, and Vineyard Haven. Leave the car at the ferry terminal parking area ($10.00 per day) because it is expensive to ferry it across and there is no parking available most of the time anyway. The ferry service will bus you down to the dock and Ferry free. The bus service once on the island is great and a day pass is only $7.00 per person. Seniors $3.50 per person. You can catch a Ferry from Newport to the Vineyard but it is expensive. We arrived early and spent a long enjoyable day there. Last Ferry back was at 9:30 PM but it varies based on the month you visit.

NEWPORT WAS A GREAT TRIP AND ONE NOT TO MISS

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the building along side the marina and bay. There are several buildings in a u sha...
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

Have been coming here every Sept. for over 12 years. The weekend is shared with family and friends and the rest of the week is for the two or us. Location is fantastic -close to many restaurants, bars and stores. 2 bedroom condo with full kitchen, washer/dryer and 2 decks. Sleeps 6 with sofa bed. Unit is clean but dated -stains on the living room chairs and sofa. An update on the furniture would qualify this resort for an excellent rating. Love watching the activity in the harbor from the decks. Staff is very accomodating. Complex has an indoor/outdoor pool and a small gym.

Room Tip: Resort is shaped in a U. Try to stay in rooms on left or right wings closest to the water for a bet...
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank iristraveler
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Address: 405 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6603 (Formerly Fairfield Newport at Newport Onshore)
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Location: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Green Hotel in Newport
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Price Range: $182 - $473 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Wyndham Newport Onshore 3*
Number of rooms: 62
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