Grace Vanderbilt Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection
Newport, New England, United States of America
At a Glance
An elegant Gilded Age mansion with soothing contemporary interiors
Stay in the heart of Newport surrounded by the colorful historic houses which are some of North America's oldest
A boutique hotel with first rate facilities: indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and choice of restaurants
Priceless artwork throughout - the Normal Rockwell illustrations are particularly striking
Best time to Visit
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Fall is Rhode Island's most glorious season, though spring and summer are pleasant as well. These times bring in healthy-sized crowds due to favourable weather and special events. Weather usually remains warm throughout September, while cooler temperatures in October bring out the colorful foliage. Winter lasts too long for most people's tastes, stretching from December to April. During this period, visitors can expect temperatures below freezing and plenty of snow.
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The epitome of Newport elegance, the Grace Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection was originally built as a summer residence for the Vanderbilt family. A century later it is now a luxury hotel and the perfect base for exploring Newport & Rhode Island.
As you walk into the Grace Vanderbilt with a glass of champagne in hand, you are immediately transported to Newport's Gilded Age, with all its splendour and opulence when impeccable service and taste were the norm. This after all is the Rhode Island resort famed for its fabulous summer mansions, commissioned in the early 20th Century by some of Americas elite families such as the Astors. As its name suggests, the Grace Vanderbilt was originally built in 1909 as a private house by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt. A century on and after a serious facelift the Grace Vanderbilt is now one of Newport’s finest luxury boutique hotels blending the building's original Beaux Art features with elegant modern design.
The hotel features 33 luxuriously-appointed rooms and suites, decorated in soft hues which enjoy views of the Historic Hill neighborhood, Trinity Church, Thames Street or Newport Harbour. A pillow and even fragrance menu come as standard and the minibar can be pre-stocked with your tipple of choice. Some of the rooms and suites interconnect which makes them ideal for families.
Food is a real treat at the hotel. From the champagne breakfast or lingering over brunch in the sunlit Conservatory to light lunch or an al fresco cocktail in the Garden Terrace to the more formal gourmet restaurant, Muse by Jonathan Cartwright, guests will enjoy fantastic service and the best of New England produce. In summer head to the rooftop deck to soak in the stunning 360-degree panorama of the city and yachts in the harbor, or enjoy one of the outdoor cinema nights, with old classics accompanied by bowls of truffled popcorn. After dinner the cocktail bar comes with a dash of Gatsby-esque glamour, and where better to shoot some pool in the wood-panelled Snooker Room.
Other facilities at the Grace Vanderbilt include a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools and a relaxing spa.
With its enviable location in the heart of historic Newport with its chic boutiques, restaurants, galleries and markets, why not see how the other half lived and tour the island’s many splendid period mansions along the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk. Newport’s allure hails from the sea, and this is a sailing town through and through, with sailboats crowding the harbor in summer. There is the Tennis Hall of Fame and a number of notable music and food festivals throughout the year. Across the bridge are award winning wineries and further along the coast explore the Mystic Seaport with its museum that recreates the atmosphere of America’s maritime past.
Grace Vanderbilt has a selection of 33 suites and guest rooms. Rooms have views of the Historic Hill neighborhood, a king or queen size bed, a kitchenette, minibar and coffee machine. Some of the suites are two-bedroomed, providing the ideal accommodation option for families. They, in addition, feature a spacious living area, views of either the Garden Terrace, Trinity Church, Newport Harbor or Thames Street.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Grace Vanderbilt. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel. Baby cots and extra beds can be added to the larger rooms. There is no children's menu at the restaurant but the chef will help to cater for the younger one's tastes.
The outstanding award-wining Muse restaurant is found at Grace Vanderbilt. The menu offers traditional European cuisine using local produce to give them a taste of Rhode Island. The bar has selection of fine wines, spirits and cocktails to offer in a elegant environment. The bright and airy Conservatory provides a more casual atmosphere for lighter meals.
Grace Vanderbilt has a wonderful spa with a stunning indoor swimming pool, fitness center, treatment rooms, saunas and steam showers. You can talk to the spa manager to work out an individual treatment plan to help soothe and rejuvenate. In summer an outdoor pool is also on offer.
The Grace Vanderbilt is located in the heart of the historic Newport town renowned for its mansions, beaches, museums and marinas. The 3.5 mile cliff walk takes you around the natural beauty of Newport and gives you an insight into its architectural history. At the downtown waterfront you will find the majority of the shops, museums and wonderful dining options.
Throughout the summer there are outdoor concerts and movie screenings, polo matches and local baseball matches and the hotel can arrange boat rentals to explore the coast. Tennis fans will love the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and art lovers the National Museum of American Illustration and the Newport Art Museum.
Camilla Swift (Staff)
The Grace Vanderbilt, located a few minutes walk from town and cute Butlers Wharf, is a handsome Gilded Age red-brick mansion which exudes bygone-day charm. Rooms are all a little different in terms of style and layout due to the historic building but cater well for both couples and families. My favorites were the Master Junior Suites due to the open plan space and high ceilings - perfect for couples (but also have a sofa bed), and the Admiral One Bedroom Suites, which work really well for those traveling with children due to the closed off living space and sofa bed.Staff go the extra mile to make guests feel welcome, and the hotel has a wonderful buzzy atmosphere in the summer. There are two pools an indoor lap pool (originally YMCA) downstairs by the spa, and a smaller pool out on the terrace with loungers.
Location & directions
Newport, New England, United States of America
Grace Vanderbilt is located right in the heart of historical Newport, just a short walk down to the wharfs where you find lively restaurants, boutiques and can charter a yacht or motorboat to explore Newport's beautiful coastline.
How to get there
It is a 7-hour 30-minute direct flight to Boston's Logan International Airport with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. From Boston it is a drive of about 2- hours to Newport, Rhode Island.