My husband and I have been coming to Newport for the past 5 years. Recently, we had the opportunity to stay at the Francis Malbone House for July 27th and 28th. It was exactly what we had wanted and expected from reading the other reviews. In the past, we have been disappointed with some of the hotels being not as clean or as updated as they should be for the price of the rooms. I wanted something a little different and special but most of all, I did not want to be disappointed. After obtaining quotes from other hotels and establishments, I soon discovered that the Francis Malbone House was a well-kept secret. The cost of our room was the same as at the hotels except that we also received free-parking and an unbelievable breakfast in the morning. If that was not enough to convince me, there was also the afternoon tea time with colds drinks and the most delicious homemade pies, cookies, along with fruit, cheese and crackers. The minute that we walked into the house we knew that it was going to be great! Since parking is a big problem in Newport, we were able to park our car in the large parking lot behind the house which was so convenient. We stayed in the new section which was very clean and decorated according to the time period of the house. But, I would not hesitate to stay in the original section. Our king size bed was very comfortable and high so there was a step-stool available to climb into bed. It was also interesting being able to walk through the rest of the house or to sit in one of the rooms to relax. Each bedroom did have an air-conditioner and a fireplace which must be awesome in the winter. As other reviewers have stated, the gourmet breakfast was amazing. Every morning we had the choice of two creative hot selections (eggs, pancakes, etc.) and there was cereal, homemade scones, and yogurt with fruit. We ate our breakfast in the courtyard filled will beautiful planters and a small water fountain. After eating such original tasty homemade food, it was rather disappointing when we went out to other places and did not find the same quality. But, what makes this a wonderful place to stay is its location. It is perfectly located near the harbor and all of the action. I do plan on returning in October with another couple. This is obviously not a place for young children but a place that any couple can enjoy. I know that the owner Will and the staff will do everything possible to make sure that you have a wonderful time in Newport!
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- Luxury Colonial Mansion in the heart of downtown Newport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Francis Malbone House Hotel Newport