The Hotel Viking is one of the nicer hotels in Newport. It is a historic hotel and has quite a bit of old world charm. I have stayed at this property several times over the past few years and am pleased to say that the property has continued to improve over the years.
As you arrive at the property, you drive up to what looks like a stately old English manor. The front porch is adorned with rocking chairs which are well positioned for people watching.
The property does have bell staff and valets, however during the busier times (e.g.: summer) you may have to wait a little while for service.
The rooms at this hotel are nice, but small. There are two wings. The main building has rooms that are more unique and historic in nature. The conference side wing which is a bit newer, has more of standard hotel room setup. I have stayed in both wings in the past few months.
Our first trip room was on the conference wing on the main floor. It was a small room (apps. 250square feet). The bathroom was tiny and only had a tub and toilet. Adjacent to the bathroom was a closet and sink. It was more of a European style setup. The room looked like it was newly renovated and while small, was still comfortable. The view was overlooking a small courtyard internal to the hotel and it was really quiet.
Our second room was a suite in the main building wing. It was a 1 bedroom suite. The room was renovated to a more historic style (not as modern, but still comfortable). It was clear that the hotel was trying to keep the original charm of the structure. While the room was nice, there was not really much of a view...we looked out over the mechanical equipment and could easily have opened up the window to walk right out onto the roof. From a safety and security standpoint, this was a little unsettling, especially when I came home to find the windows unlocked. The one item with the room that I did not find acceptable was the cleanliness of the bathroom shower. There was no tub (only a shower), which made for a challenge when trying to clean small children. The shower was also covered with mold and looked like it needed a good scrubbing. By our second day this seemed to have been taken care of. One strange thing about this hotel is that they don't provide the traditional bathroom toiletries. They provide machines installed in the showers with mass quantities of shower supplies...think college dorm room. It worked, but was a little strange for a hotel of this standard.
The hotel does have free wireless and the code is provided at the front desk. That being said it is not too speedy and the code does not always work.
We had drinks at the bar across from checkin which were good. The atmosphere is charming and inviting. We also had breakfast in the main dining room. The atmosphere is great if you eat on the back patio (although not a lot of shade) or in the glass porch room. Service depends on the day of the week. Our first meal during the week which was less busy, was served quickly. Our second meal over the weekend, took forever. The quality of the food was good ... not great ... but acceptable.
The location of the hotel is good. It is not on the water, but set a few blocks up. It is a quick walk to the waterfront and to the historic parts of town. If you are looking for great views or to be right next to the water, this is not the hotel for you. If you are looking for a good historic hotel that is centrally located, you might want to check this out.
There is a small indoor pool and spa at the hotel that looked nice, but we never used.
Overall, this is a nice hotel. If it were anywhere else in the world, I would probably give it 3 stars, but given that this is at the top end of what Newport has to offer, I am giving it 4 stars. It is not the most luxurious hotel that you will find, but it is nice and the staff do a good job at providing local hometown style service. It is a great place for a weekend getaway where you will be exploring the town. This is not the type of place where you go to relax and make the hotel the destination.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Combining our iconic Newport landmark with local focused events and exceptional service, a new era of hospitality awaits you at the Hotel Viking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Viking Hotel Newport Ri
- Hotel Viking Newport