Newport, United States

Castle Hill Inn

Rates from (ex tax)$445.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD502.85), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Luxe lookout point

Setting

Narragansett Bay overlook

Cast out on Newport’s western-most point, Castle Hill Inn hotel is a pristinely preserved19th-century summer cottage (a mansion, truly) with an enviable private beach and loads of 21st-century perks. Slip into your boat shoes and stroll the well-kept compound where you’ll find inviting Adirondack chairs on the lawn, charming cottages trimming the shoreline and a knockout of a chef’s tasting menu in the ocean-facing dining room. 

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A bottle of Prosecco and 2 tickets to the Newport Preservation Mansions

Facilities

Photos Castle Hill Inn facilities

Need to know

Rooms

33, including 2 suites.

Check–Out

11am; earliest check-in, 3pm, but both times are flexible, subject to availability

Rates

Double rooms from $445.00, excluding tax at 13 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD502.85), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a generous made-to-order breakfast with eggs benedict, Maine lobster hash and pancakes on the menu.

Also

Chat up fellow guests during the convivial afternoon tea that’s on offer daily from 3.30 – 5.00pm in the Agassiz Mansion.

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed annually January 1 through 16.

At the hotel

40 acres of grounds, private beach, bikes to rent, board games, lawn games and fishing gear on loan, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: a flatscreen TV, DVD player, a minibar stocked with locally-made snacks, tea and coffee making service and Farmaesthetics bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Fitted with rich dark wood panelling like the cabin of a spiffy sloop, the Turret Suite – with an ocean-facing soaking tub and telescope lookout nook – is a romantic roost within the original mansion. For more privacy, head towards the beach to either the Premier Beach Cottage or Superior Beach House. These classic New England-style cabins have quaint decks, tubs-for-two and are just a hand-in-hand stroll from the sandy swath of shoreline.

Spa

Castle Hill’s two-room spa aptly named The Retreat, offers custom treatments using the Rhode Island-based line of organic and natural products from Farmaesthetics. Target stress with a facial massage (what clenched jaw?) or detoxify with a lavender-infused saltwater soak.

Packing tips

Don’t weigh down your weekender bag with a bulky beach towel –simply snag one from the stack set out at the beach cabana.

Also

The hotel is completely non-smoking. There’s no fitness centre on site, but ask for the free passes to the gym and pool at the nearby Newport Marriott.

Children

All ages are welcome in the Beach Cottages and Beach Houses. Only over-13s are allowed in the Agassiz Mansion. Pack‘n’plays are available for free and the Beach Houses all have a pull-out sofa.

Food and Drink

Photos Castle Hill Inn food and drink

Top Table

Lounge in one of the high-backed Adirondack chairs with a Dark and Stormy in hand.

Dress Code

Nautical stripes and crisp sailor’s whites are always in fashion.

Hotel restaurant

There are two. Set in the mansion and open year-round, the Dining Room is an elegant white tablecloth spot for watching the yachts glide across the bay. In warmer months, take in those ocean views along with a savoury bite from an Adirondack chair at the Lawn. Executive chef Karsten Hart is committed to partnering with local growers and farms to source seasonal ingredients for dishes ranging from the sophisticated – roasted duck breast or lemon cured snapper – to local favourites such as creamy New England clam chowder or baked oysters. 

Hotel bar

Pop by the Mansion Bar (open 12noon­–9pm) for a signature oyster martini or a vodka cocktail with fresh blueberries before dinner. The bar menu – charcuterie, cheese plate, clam chowder – also makes this the ideal spot for an afternoon nibble. Watch the sky fade to pink from a table at the seasonal sunset bar open in the warmer months.  

Last orders

Breakfast is available for guests only 8am–10am; Lunch is served 12noon –2pm Monday to Friday, 11.30–3pm on Saturday and brunch is 11.30–2pm on Sundays. Dinner is served 5.45pm–8.00pm Sunday to Thursday and until 9.00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Room service

Ring up room service round-the-clock for breakfast, sandwiches, salads and dinner specials.

Location

Photos Castle Hill Inn location
Address
Castle Hill Inn
590 Ocean Drive
Newport
02840
Newport
United States

Planes

TF Green International Airport (PVD) in Providence is a 45-minute drive from the hotel. Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) serves most major cities – London, Los Angeles and Miami – and is a 85-minute drive away.

Automobiles

The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Newport’s downtown area, so a car would be handy for exploring Newport and the surrounding area. The hotel offers free valet parking and each cottage has a parking space.

Other

If arriving by boat, slips are available through Newport Marina (www.newportmarina.com) in downtown Newport Harbor, a 10-minute cab ride from the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Castle Hill Inn is only a 10-minute drive from Newport’s historic downtown, but it feels worlds away – and refreshingly so. You could be quite content to remain on property. Sunbath or hunt for shells along the sandy shoreline of Castle Hill’s guests-only beach and cove. Follow the footpaths that lead to the Castle Hill Lighthouse, a beacon built in 1890 that is often the start and finish line for regattas. Challenge fellow guests to a game of bocce on the expansive lawn or snag one of the Adirondack chairs and reflect on another ideal day with a sunset cocktail.

If you can’t resist the sea’s siren call, the concierge will help arrange an outing on a spiffy Hinckley Yacht. Zoom off to nearby islands for a picnic lunch or cruise over to the hotel’s sister restaurant in Tiverton, the Boat House, for a bite.

Take a peek inside some of surrounding High-Victorian, French chateau-style or Italianate mansions on a docent-led Newport Mansion tour (www.newportmansions.org). Like Castle Hill Inn, these grandiose dwellings were the summer cottages of America’s founding families and titans of industry.  

Downtown Newport is packed with boutiques. Be sure to stop by Egg & Dart at Bowen’s Warf, a gift and design shop with well-chosen decorative pieces, books, smelly lotions and soaps. It also serves as a showcase for the artwork of co-owners Chris Wyllie (large-scale paintings on found objects) and Kristen Coates (ceramics). If you can’t get enough of the herbal lotions and potions in your room, pick up some parting gifts at the Farmaesthetics flagship skincare boutique. 

Local restaurants

Here’s a tasty love story: two New York chefs fall in love with twin sisters and open a restaurant (two, actually). Their first venture is the popular BYOB Thames Street Kitchen (www.thamesstreetkitchen.com), focused on ultra-seasonal and inspired dishes – spicy venison tartare or a New York strip with smoked maple butter ­–­  which change weekly. They have also opened a hip burger and hot dog (falafel is on the menu for non-meat eaters) joint, Mission (www.missionnpt.com). The fries are hand-cut, the meat is ground in-house, and the burgers are topped with a savoury house sauce that blends aioli, ketchup, cornichon, capers, herbs, and brandy.

Reviews

Photos Castle Hill Inn reviews
Amelia Mularz

Anonymous review

‘First name’s Mo, last name’s Ney,’ Mr Smith tells me as I giggle over my breakfast lobster at Castle Hill Inn. ‘Or what about this?’ he continues, ‘hello, I’m Mr Man Shun. Welcome to my humble 14-bedroom abode. I’ll have one of my servants shake your hand’.

Ever since arriving in Newport the night before, we’d been trying to outdo each other’s impressions of extreme, mind-blowing, bank-account-brimming wealth. We didn’t pull into town until 11pm because we’d had a small snafu on the drive up from NYC. During said snafu, we sat at a rest stop in Connecticut for 45 minutes because we didn’t know how to start the rental car. Note for non-driving city dwellers: cars don’t need keys anymore! It’s amazing! They now operate just with buttons, key fobs and future juice. Ok, well, the future juice isn’t true (gas is still king), but the rest is.

Despite our late arrival, we could still see the outlines of mega-mansions, lit by the moon, looming large along the coast. I’d explained to Mr Smith that one of Newport’s biggest tourist attractions is the Cliff Walk – a three-and-a-half-mile trail that runs along the Atlantic Ocean and the backs of dozens of historic mansions from Rhode Island’s Gilded Age. ‘So it’s basically rich-people tourism, then?’ Mr Smith questioned. ‘It’s sort of like a zoo, but instead of animals they’ve rounded up incredible wealth and we get to stroll by and gawk?’. I pondered this, ‘Um… I guess, if you put it like that… yeah’.

Mr Smith had begun to fear an entire town of Donald Trumps; however, we pulled up to our boutique hotel Castle Hill Inn to find an approachable and smiling – naturally-hued – face (and not a comb-over in sight). The receptionist handed us two keys, each with a blue nautical-knot keychain, slipped on a fisherman’s hat and escorted us to our room – a beach cottage overlooking the water and just down the road from the inn’s main house (ok fine, it’s a mansion, but like a cool mansion… not the stuffy kind).  

Whatever romantic fantasies you’ve had of sea-salt breezes, oysters on the daily and a life where even your pets wear cable-knit sweaters and you have at least three friends who live in lighthouses, this is the place. Our cottage, with its white clapboard interior and oversized sea-facing window, was a mariner’s dream – that is, the kind of mariner that doesn’t actually do work… the fictional kind that counts staring pensively as a sport. As we inspected the cottage, we cooed at all the warm touches: seashell-shaped chocolates left on the bed, chocolate-chip cookies on a table, a stack of novels to borrow (complete with a synopsis of each book in an accompanying pamphlet) and a Sherpa blanket tied up with a ribbon.

That’s the thing  – for each bit of jaw-dropping grandiosity we encountered (yacht clubs, Lamborghinis, sweaters tied around necks), we also found memorable nuggets of modest joy. For example, we followed our lobster hash breakfast at the hotel (luxurious without a doubt) by taking the hostess’ recommendation and heading downtown for a few ruckus rounds of skeeball at the local arcade. After formal tea, we climbed the massive rock formations on the shore in front of our cottage. It’s worth mentioning here that Mr Smith told the tea expert that he cries easily when she asked if he had a sensitive palate, and he requested a spear when mini macarons appeared, so that he’d feel manlier. For dinner at Castle Hill, we feasted on rabbit and bacon balottine, quail and lamb, and then we returned to our cottage to catch Back to the Future on TV and listen to the waves crash against the shore.

We did eventually make it to the Cliff Walk, and as we ogled the impressive homes, Mr Smith insisted that he had very little interest in mansions and that he’d never want to own one. But then when I asked what he’d name his estate (if he were forced against his will to be wealthy), he didn’t miss a beat: ‘Wayne Manor,’ he answered, instinctively. Aware of his love for Batman and also of the Batman v Superman movie, I told him I’d call my hypothetical mansion Kent Korner. Later, though, I realized I’d need a jazzier name. ‘I’d go with Mimi von Tooter’s Emporium of Fun,’ I told Mr Smith. ‘Wouldn’t that look great on a gate?’

‘Yeah, it really would,’ he conceded, as he pushed the ignition button on our future car and we made our way back to NYC.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Castle Hill Inn’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Great views and characterful property. Love the outside bar with a view.

Don’t expect

...Noise

Rating

Stayed on 12 Oct 2016

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