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Mainstay Hotel & Conference Center
Ranked #18 of 21 Hotels in Newport
Rockville, Maryland
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15 reviews
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“Decent, Economical Hotel”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

I've stayed at this hotel several times while visiting the Newport area. It is located close to the bridge and other areas, and it is definitely the right price. Everything is very clean and comfortable, and the staff is friendly. This trip, we were upgraded to a larger room, and it was very nice, separate living space from the bed area, lots of space. The bed and linens were EXTREMELY comfortable. Slept wonderfully. The reason this hotel only gets a 3 is really because of 2 factors. One is that it's a bit outdated. Some of the amenities and structures have never been updated, older TV, thermostat, etc. The other reason is comfort. While the bed and the cleanliness were excellent, the temperature of both the room and the water is very hard to control. This visit (and all previous visits) were in cold climates and when we arrived the heater was not on in the room, so it was frigid in the rooms. You have to crank the heat as you fall asleep and then wake up sweltering. The AC/Heat unit is old, so it's hard to control. I'm sure it saves money (and therefore costs) to keep the heat off, but perhaps they could warm up a room if they know a guest is going to arrive? This has happened on several visits. Also, it takes a long time to get warm or hot water. I'm not sure if this was distance to the water heater or age, but we had to let the water run for several minutes so it wasn't freezing. Not ideal on a 40 degree day. Once it warmed up, it was fine, but it's definitely not the most modern of conveniences. Again, this is a very decent, clean hotel and a great way to save money for other things, but not a top of the line place if that's what you're looking for.

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Best Western Mainstay Inn, Newport, Rhode Island.
Perfect place to stay, close to family, easy to find. Very clean, restaurant in hotel. Great deal for what we got.

I gave it an overall average rating, because it was basic. However, for under $50.00 a night it was an excellent choice.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

This hotel had one of the best rates for the Newport, RI area. The rooms were clean and the bed comfortable. The wi-fi which is free was not working, The hallways are dirty, and look old and worn. No breakfast is served because they have a restaurant on site that is over priced. The people at the front desk were always to busy to try to be helpful. Despite the price, I would not stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Milford, Connecticut
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

This hotel offers good value to Newport visitors. The trade offs: you cannot easily walk downtown and the rooms feel a bit tired. The benefits: The hotel offers shuttle service to the beach and downtown plus the room rates are more reasonable than other hotels in town. This hotel is convenient for cyclists who want to tour Ocean Drive and Bellevue Avenue.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

We were happy and surprised when we arrived because we had been upgraded to a "suite" which had a sitting room separate from the bedroom. We had a beautiful view of the bridge. The mattress was a bit soft, the room was clean and quiet even though it's close to the casino. The location was quite convenient for touring Newport. Staff was very helpful with check in.

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West chester, PA
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

I have stayed at many Best Westerns and this was just OK. A little run down, especially the carpeting. My major complaint is that the internet in the wing I was in is absolutely AWFUL and I had to sit in the lobby for several hours to complete my work. I was offered to move but no one could guarantee that access would be any better on the other side so I didn't spend the time to repack and be re-annoyed. There is no smoking in the building so people stood outside the entry door smoking and I had to walk through a cloud of smoke every time I entered and exited. People were very nice and they do have a restaurant which is convenient. Quick access to the Navy Base is the primary plus.

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Additional Information about Mainstay Hotel & Conference Center

Property: Mainstay Hotel & Conference Center
Address: 151 Admiral Kalbfus Rd, Newport, RI 02840-1310 (Formerly Best Western)
Location: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 21 Hotels in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mainstay Hotel & Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only one mile from Newport, Rhode Island's historic waterfront, Mainstay Hotel and Conference Center offers convenient amenities and relaxing facilities in a great location. Across the road from Newport Grand Casino and half a mile from Newport Naval Station, we are just a few minutes drive from historic mansions, beautiful beaches, a bustling harbor and many other area attractions and activities. Our 200-room facility offers complimentary parking; seasonal shuttle service (surcharge) to downtown; ATM; fitness center; seasonal outdoor pool; self-service laundry; complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as conference and banquet facilities to host your private party or corporate event for up to 150 people. North End Steakhouse, our restaurant, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, and until 10:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with bar service daily from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. We offer casual, friendly dining for all tastes, with a special accent on signature steaks and great seafood featuring Steak Night Tuesdays, Rib Night Wednesdays, Seafood Thursdays with changing lunch, early bird and dinner specials. ... more   less 
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