The Gilded Hotel is a 17-room boutique hotel in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island. Inspired by the Gilded Age of architecture, and by the curves and gold detailing of the 18th century rococo period of art, The Gilded Hotel is a feast for the eyes.

Rooms and common areas are decorated in bold colors, with ornate mirrors and picture frames, plush carpets and sofas, bright wallpapers, envelope-pushing color combinations, lacquered surfaces, and gold accents. Rooms are sumptuous, gorgeous, and fun. With direct access to Newport’s famed Cliff Walk, The Gilded Hotel is the best place to enjoy a Newport vacation.

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1.Guest Rooms

Guest Rooms  

The Gilded Hotel has suites, rooms, and common areas. The latter includes a lavish billiards room featuring a black and white pool table crafted from white lacquer and black velvet. A patio provides lounging space, and guests can watch or participate in croquet matches on the hotel’s green. The guest lounge offers 24-hour coffee service, and the front desk is open around the clock as well.

All rooms and suites of the hotel include a delectable breakfast in the morning. Bedrooms offer pillow-top beds with custom-designed padded headboards and luxury linens. Guests can use one of the hotel’s iPads, loaded with local information, to plan their excursions in town, and iPod docking stations and USB outlets are available in each room. Free Wi-Fi and 40” LED Smart TVs help guests stay in touch with the world outside the hotel. Each room or suite is filled with necessities such as wine glasses, corkscrews, hair dryers, waffle kimono robes, and top-notch bath amenities. Rooms get complimentary housekeeping daily, and a concierge is on hand to help fulfill every guest’s needs. Beach bags and beach chairs are also on hand for those who plan to make the seashore a focus of their stay.

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2.Luxury Suites

Luxury Suites  

The Lark Suite is the largest room in the hotel. Vividly decorated in deep purple, turquoise, and jade, this stunning room on the third floor features a king-sized bed in the bedroom, a private bathroom with a shower, and a living room with a queen sleeper sofa. There is a television in the bedroom and another in the living room, which is furnished with comfortable chairs and a coffee table.

The Gilded Suite on the first floor is decorated in cool blues and greys, with rich dark red accents. The bedroom has a queen-sized bed, while the living room has a television, a queen sleeper sofa, armchairs, a coffee table, and a writing desk. The luxurious bathroom contains a soaking tub, perfect for relaxing tired muscles.

The Queen Suite is configured in similar style to The Gilded Suite, with the exception of its décor, which is white, orange, and sage green. The Queen Junior Suite is smaller, is pure white with hints of orange, and its sitting room has club chairs and a coffee table. King Deluxe Rooms and Queen Deluxe Rooms have lovely architectural details, fine draperies, lavish wallpapers, plush beds, and private bathrooms with showers.

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Breakfast is included for every guest of The Gilded Hotel, and it might be the highlight of the stay. The meal consists of curated small plate entrees and homemade baked goods. Guests wishing for baked goods are spoiled for choice; some of the offerings include chocolate brioche; lemon-ginger scones; hot chocolate scones; sea salt and cracked pepper biscuits, and caramelized onion and walnut bread. Fresh baked goods are available all day at The Gilded Hotel.

Small plate entrées are all-you-can-eat, and include breakfast pizza with arugula, goat cheese, and prosciutto; open-faced pulled pork and egg sandwiches; baked Portobello mushrooms stuffed with chorizo and clam cakes; melon balls and cucumber with a mint drizzle; oatmeal with coconut and currants; and honey-roasted pineapple with blueberry sauce.

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4.What's Nearby

What's Nearby  

The Gilded Inn is in the heart of Newport, Rhode Island, which is full of activities to suit the tastes of any guest. The Newport Mansions, grand homes with palatial rooms and outstanding gardens, can be toured daily and are an eye-opening glimpse at what life was like for the super-rich. Two of the homes, The Breakers, and Marble House, were owned by the Vanderbilt Family. There is also a Servant Life Tour, designed to show what life was like below-stairs in these mansions.

The Cliff Walk takes its walkers through a National Historic District, past the gilded mansions of Newport, and along the spectacular shoreline. Wildflowers border the route, and the variety of seabirds that come into view along the way will gladden the heart of any wildlife lover. The Cliff Walk has been designated as a National Recreational Trail, and runs about 3.5 miles along the Newport coast.

The Newport Art Museum houses approximately 2,300 works of American art dating from the late 19th century to the present, with a special focus on Rhode Island and Newport artists. Those interested in the development of modern American art will find this museum a fascinating place to visit.

Beach lovers couldn’t find a better place to vacation than Newport. There is more than just Atlantic swimming in Newport, and every beach has something interesting to offer. Easton Beach, called First Beach by the locals, has a carousel, a playground, a skateboard park, a snack bar famous for its lobster sandwiches, and seasonal concerts, carnivals, and beach volleyball tournaments. Sachuest Beach, usually called Second Beach, is a quieter place, perfect for beach chairs, blankets, swimming, and building sandcastles. It is right next door to the Norman Bird Sanctuary, and bird sightings are a regular occurrence among beachgoers. Mute Swans, Great Egrets, Green Herons, the Sharp-Shinned Hawk, and Gray Catbirds are regularly sighted at Second Beach.

Sailing is an important part of Newport life. Guests with their own watercraft will find berths here, and those new to sailing can take lessons from skilled teachers. One of the best ways to see Newport, its cliffs, and its fine mansions, is from the water, and charter tours are available for interested tourists.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame makes its home in Newport, and is a great place to learn about the sport. The museum traces the history of tennis, from its roots in 12th century England to the present, and offers interactive multimedia activities, videos, memorabilia, and even a holographic Roger Federer!

The Rhode Island Red Food Tour is a three-hour walking tour that supports Newport owned and operated eateries, by giving tourists the chance to sample local food and to understand the important role that food plays in Rhode Island and Newport culture. The tour takes groups into six local bistros, and explores a historic part of Newport that most tourists never see.

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5.Dining in Newport

Dining in Newport  

Newport is a wonderful place to eat. With restaurants inspired by the sea, and others encouraged by Newport history, there is a perfect restaurant for everyone who visits.

Casual but delicious lunches are to be had at Rosemary and Thyme Artisan Café. It’s tiny, so patrons will want to arrive early enough to get seating and first pick of the delectable sandwiches and salads on offer. The Luxembourg Sandwich is made of ham, date and honey goat cheese, aged Gouda, caramelized onions, and fig jam, all put together on a baguette. The traditional Cuban sandwich gets its own twist at Rosemary and Thyme; it’s made of roast pork loin and adds to that ham, Swiss cheese, Genoa salami, Dijon mustard, and mayonnaise, and is served on a grilled panini. Lovers of Outlander and all things Scottish will love the Highlander Sandwich, made with real smoked Scottish salmon, English cucumbers, herbed goat cheese, hard boiled eggs, red onion, baby arugula and dill, all on a ciabatta bun.

The Rosemary and Thyme Café also has a bakery with to-die-for baked goods. Mouth-watering tarts, muffins, croissants, pain au chocolat, brownies, and pies fill the shop windows and invite people passing by to indulge and leave their diets behind.

For dinner, the best food in town is at the Restaurant Bouchard. In a stately home, this fine establishment serves French cuisine, with a focus on seafood and beef. In the candlelit dining room, patrons can enjoy appetizers of cold shrimp and brussels sprout slaw in three sauces; thinly-sliced beef with truffle oil and caper berries; asparagus and lobster in puff pastry; or escargot flavored with garlic and parsley in a Mousseline sauce, and oven-browned.

Main courses include Dover Sole with a sauce of sorrel; roasted squab with a peppercorn and currant sauce; filet of beef with a port wine demi-glace, and slow-poached salmon with herbs. There are delightful desserts on the menu, sure to please the palate. There is a chocolate cake served with chocolate ganache, chocolate mousse, and chocolate chips; homemade fruit sorbet; and vanilla bean custard with a burnt sugar crust.

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23 Brinley St., Newport, RI 02840, Phone: 401-619-7758

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