- Style Blue-blooded beauty
- Setting Rhode Island harbourside
In the lovely Historic Hill neighbourhood of Newport, Rhode Island, Vanderbilt Grace hotel is a handsome red-bricked Gilded Age mansion that recalls a bygone era of stately elegance. That said, the interiors are refreshingly modern, with bright white rooms and modern design touches. It’s a lovely retreat, with a wonderful spa, two beautiful pools, an impressive collection of illustrative art and beautiful views of Newport Harbour.
Need to know
- Rooms 33, including 29 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $275.00, excluding tax at 13 per cent.
- More details Rates include a Continental breakfast, and an à la carte menu is also available.
- Facilities Gym with steam showers, sauna, spa with treatment rooms, library of books and DVDs, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, minibar, coffeemaker, kitchenette with mini-fridge and microwave, Penhaligon's bath products.
- Poolside There are two heated pools: a lap pool indoors, and a little plunge pool lined with deckchairs near the terrace outside.
- Check–out 12pm, but flexible, subject to availability and, sometimes, a half-day charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Under-10s stay free; beds for older children are $75 extra each per night. Free baby cots can be provided in the Junior Suite 46sq m and larger rooms. There’s no kids’ menu, but the chef will prepare special child-friendly dishes on request.
- Also In-room spa treatments are available. Furry friends are welcome in designated pet-friendly rooms, for a fee of US$50–US$100, based on size.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The airy Vanderbilt Suite has a fully equipped kitchen brimming with cocktail gadgets, cooking utensils and everything you could possibly need to whip up a feast. The dining table seats four, and there are sofas and chairs aplenty. Room 203 is our favourite of the Junior Deluxe Suites, with gleaming hardwoods and a high-ceilinged lounging space. Some rooms have bath tubs – request when booking.
- Packing tips A mini spyglass to scan the shoreline for coves to explore. Leave enough room in your bag for seashells and maybe a model yacht.
- Also Judy and Laurence Cutler of the National Museum of American Illustration have curated the American illustrative art collection – full of wistful watercolours and drawings – one of the most valuable in America.
Food and drink at Vanderbilt Grace
- Hotel restaurant The log-fire-warmed dining room in Muse is sophisticated with a gorgeous grand piano. Chef Jonathan Cartwright has devised dishes such as saffron risotto with butternut squash and baked goats cheese, and medallions of local venison with roasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes. The casual Terrace Grill serves seasonal, simple fare.
- Dress code Great Gatsby glam, pearls and drop-waist dresses and tailored suits for dinner; don’t forget sweaters and wraps for chilly evenings.
- Top table In cooler months, pick a table closest to the fire. When it’s warm opt for a terrace table near the pool.
- Last orders Breakfast is 7.30am–11am; lunch is 11.30am–2pm; and dinner is served up 6pm–10pm, after that there’s the minibar to crack into. Cocktails are shaken until 11pm on quiet nights and 1am on weekends.
- Room service Order from the Muse or Terrace Grill’s Americana menus between 7.30am and 10pm.
- Hotel bar Soundtracked by a live ivory-tickler or gentle jazz, the bar in Muse is a quiet spot to sip a cocktail – staff can shake up anything you can name, but try the Grace – a zingy blend of vodka, fruit juices and lemongrass.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details