Newport, United States

Castle Hill Inn

Rates from (ex tax)$345.00

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 (USD389.85), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Luxe lookout point


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

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


Photos Castle Hill Inn facilities

Need to know


33, including 2 suites.


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


Double rooms from $345.00, 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 (USD389.85), via, 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Photos Castle Hill Inn location
Castle Hill Inn
590 Ocean Drive
United States


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.


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.


If arriving by boat, slips are available through Newport Marina ( 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 ( 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 (, 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 ( 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.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Rhode Island and unpacked their Farmaesthetics potions and Thomas Tew Rum, a full account of their luxury coastal break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside/postcard from Castle Hill Inn in Newport…

We are thoroughly charmed by the idea of summering: spending three months in a great house overlooking the sea, with only leisure on the agenda. Just like railroad barons and fabulously wealthy families once did on craggy New England islands or picturesque peninsulas, such as Newport. Castle Hill Inn, a shingle-style pile with a private beach allows us to channel our inner-Vanderbilt – or, Alexander Agassiz, the marine biologist and naturalist who commissioned this summer cottage.

Contemplate sailboats bobbing in the harbour from the rocky point where a lone lighthouse stands, skip stones at the Grace Kelly beach (the actress stayed here during the filming of High Society) or grab a Thornton Wilder tome from the library (the author and playwright was a frequent visitor) and stake your claim on an Adirondack chair. Yes, we could become quite proficient at the summering thing here… 

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



Stayed on 12 Oct 2016

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