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My daughter and I stayed two nights here. Based on the ratings and the Artful Lodger website, we thought we were in for a treat. We were wrong. We contacted the hotel 24 hours prior to arrange check in time, but upon arrival we could locate no one. We rang every bell several times with no response. We left. We called a couple of hours later to see if anyone had shown up. No one had, but the manager said he would meet us there. He said the assistant must’ve just been upstairs or maybe the bells weren’t working. He showed us in and told us there was lemonade, tea, and water available. When we went to look for the drinks, there was a college sized fridge with jugs of water and tea (no lemonade), but it was unclear if this was for guests or not. The lobby was strewn with days of mail, and boxes that needed to be unpacked. Our room was ok, but tired looking like the rest of the property. There was a singular hanger for us to share, but in their defense we didn’t request more. The shower was filthy. The plastic liner had a foot of pink mildew all across the bottom. There was a fan, but no switch to turn it on. No one came to clean our room the second day, so we rang all the bells again to get housekeeping and to inquire about the mildew in the shower. No one came, so we called the manager again. He said the assistant had to go to go the hospital, so he would come to the property to help us. He said he knew the week before about the icky shower and had meant to replace the liner, but hadn’t gotten to it. I am not sure why we were knowingly assigned a dirty room. He replaced the plastic liner with a doubled up cloth one, took our trash and gave us towels. It was really a shame, because with a little sprucing up and care, it could be a nice place.

What a charming place just a couple blocks from the action. Quiet, relaxing with comfortable rooms and beautiful views. And the breakfast, what a treat! Freshly made muffins and some wonderful menu options. We will visit here again and recommend.

Had a lovely 3 nights at the Artful Lodger. Upon arriving Phil met us in the parking lot and showed us a choice of 2 rooms, Estella and Haversham. Both were nice, but we chose the latter. As other reviews have stated, breakfast is wonderful. The daily muffin and home cooked meal make going up the stairs to the top floor well worth it. And the view is wonderful. Went up one evening to go out on the deck to watch sunset. Stunning!!! The location was perfect. Walkable to everything, Cliff Walk, Thames St, mansions, shops, grocery, etc. Thank you Phil and Ron for a wonderful vi ssd's it.

Stayed in Anne's room during the week of July 4th. When we arrived and tried to check-in there was no-one working. There was a note in chalk directing us to call “Phil’s cell phone”. Another couple was also in the house trying to figure out how to check in. When we reached him on his cell phone he explained, “because it was a nice day outside his daughter wanted to go the park so he took her there” Not sure why he wasn't working during normal business hours, but okay, no big deal After a long drive we wanted to shower. Sadly, the water pressure in the shower was next to non-existent. I understand when some old homes or even hotels have weak pressure.... this was not weak; this was barely functioning. After the first night he asked if he could skip the housekeeping duties because he was short staffed. It put us in an awkward position as we didn't want to seem rude, so we obliged. With that said, a large reason we chose to stay here and not an air B n B is that we wanted daily housekeeping so we were slightly perturbed. The next day we noticed he didn’t clean again and since we didn’t want to confront, we made a point to him that we were leaving our room, (we were gone most of all the days by 9 am – thus it was not as if we were staying in the room all day). As we said goodbye for the day he said “let me know if you need anything I’ll just be here watching the women’s world cup”. Much to our displeasure when we returned from our second day, he had not serviced the room. Two days with no housekeeping and him essentially skirting the duties of running a business. When we did see Phil working, he was often dressed inappropriately, an undershirt with stains. While we don’t expect him to wear a tux, a clean polo or even clean t-shirt would suffice. The fridge in our room was also extremely dirty. I think my college dorm mini fridge was kept in a nicer condition. The ice machine on the first floor is something you’d see for a personal room, not for the entire house to use. The place smells like your grandmother’s house riddled with mothballs. The front door is also always open. There is an electronic door lock but we were never given a code, random strangers can come into the house as they please. We have stayed in thousands of hotels, numerous bed and breakfasts stateside and abroad and this probably takes the cake as the worst B&B/hotel we’ve ever stayed in. Let us not forget it isn’t exactly cheap either. We would feel somewhat better about the situation if the price was reasonable and this was considered a budget motel, but it certainly is not billed as such (no pun intended). Lastly, strange that all the 5 star reviews of this place come from random reviewers who only review this property and no other restaurants or hotels.... makes you scratch your head doesn’t it?

The location is good; there's parking, and the inn keeper staff is friendly and helpful. Breakfast is good; real cooked food at a communal table in a sunny dining room with excellent views, comfortable room, things work.

Stayed here for one night to celebrate our anniversary. The location was perfect and in walking distance of the pier, shops, mansions, the historic district, and the Cliff Walk. The sheets and mattress were delightfully soft, and the neighborhood was quiet. I had the French toast for breakfast, which was top notch. I appreciated that lemonade was always waiting for us in the communal fridge, especially after several hours out in the hot sun - a caring touch. We would definitely stay here again!

My boyfriend and I stayed here for one night to enjoy two days in Newport. It was our first time to RI. Phil, the manager, is amazing. He was very helpful and knowledgeable to the surrounding area. He has even compiled a lovely guest book for the rooms with history and local recommendations. Phil also made sure to call us prior to our arrival to check in on us. He even allowed us to check in and settle in prior to the window for check in on my reservation confirmation, which was convenient when coming from 4 hours away. We did have one minor issue with our room which Phil personally dealt with, and he went way beyond what was necessary to accommodate us. As for the B&B itself, there was ample parking for all guests. There are multiple outdoor seating areas and gazebos/coverings, as well as a water feature near the rear entrance. Several of the outdoor areas have soft lighting available for the evening. The foliage/gardening is definitely more than just an afterthought, between the leafy shrubs, flowers, the gorgeous 200 year old magnolia, and the creeping vines on the trellis. Our room was on the second floor, on the way to the breakfast observatory. As other reviews have mentioned, the staircase is a bit narrow. However, as two people on the younger-side-of-the-hill, we did not have difficulty getting to our room or the observatory. Our room was nice sized. The air conditioner and overhead fan kept the room easily at a comfortable temperature. The bathroom was decorated nicely with light colors to make it airy. There was ample lighting above the mirror when getting ready for our evening out. There was not a towel rack or hanger, so we did have to put our towels over the shower curtain rod to avoid placing them, damp, on furniture and risk damaging it. Otherwise, the shower can definitely put out heat, there was a hair dryer available if needed, air freshener, Artful Lodger toiletries, and the decoration was nice. Our bed was King sized, soft, with clean, soft sheets. There was a television as well as fire place. We did not utilize either of these, so I can’t comment on quality or ease of use. The other furniture items and decor where a quirky yet coordinated combination, including a small sitting table and chairs, dresser, vanity, and two other small surface stands. There was also a mini fridge and iron available, suitcase stand, and I highly appreciated the night lights available in the bedroom and bathroom (as someone who wakes up at least once in the dead of night). Altogether, our room was cozy with all the trappings of vintage that a B&B should have. The breakfast observatory is fantastic. Again, it is upstairs, which was not a problem for us, but may be to some. The observatory is a high ceiling, well lit, more modernly decorated room, with a fantastic view. All of this attached to Phil's well stocked kitchen. Our breakfast was great. We did not have any specialty requests or needs, so we ordered from the prepared menu. The ingredients including the bread are locally sourced, which is always noticeable and appreciated in quality. The other guests were interesting people, and breakfast conversation at the large communal table was enjoyable. The inn is nicely located. We were able to walk to many different shops and dining options with ease. There is even a picnic area and park near the water within a five minute walk. There is a corner store and gas station a block over that seemed to stay open late. Altogether, between location, grounds, amenities, and Phil’s apparent dedication to both the inn and his industries of hospitality and cooking, I would definitely recommend the Artful Lodger to anyone staying in Newport.

We stayed for 2 nights and overall we were happy with the experience, however there were a few let downs. This is an old building so you must accept that it is a little bashed up in places, however we felt that it really needed a good clean and tidy to get it up to standard. The facilities for guests are a little basic and could do with more in the way of providing coffee/tea and even just a few cookies in the sitting room if nothing else. The guest information book had several pages extolling Phil's experience and training as a chef but we found the breakfast choice to be a little basic, even down to one of the guests at breakfast being told they couldn't have their choice of waffles for breakfast as there were none left. However the best thing is the location, as there is great parking and it is ideally situated for all the main attractions and is within walking distance of the Breakers and all of the big mansions as well as being close to the harbour area and all the restaurants

The Artful Lodger Inn is charming and in a great location. There was easy parking and delicious home made breakfast everyday. We stayed in suite 6, the air conditioning worked well, it was quiet, but not super clean. Ron and Phil were friendly and kind hosts. Shout out to Ron who went above and beyond to accommodate my food allergy. I recommend the Artful Lodger Inn for someone looking for a classic B&B experience with a budget.

The location is close enough to the touristy waterfront heart of Newport yet sufficiently far to provide tranquility. The room was predictably small, befitting a home of this vintage but thoughtfully and thoroughly appointed. Phil accommodated my unusual height by matching me with a bed and shower that fit. Breakfast was very good from the birdseye view dining room. Parking was great and we felt very welcomed. If you are especially rotund the stairs that we climbed to the dining room may make you feel like you’re in a submarine but there may be another wider staircase that we missed. Overall...I’d certainly return.

Spring Street Newport RI

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Newport Mansions and International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Located in Yachting Village, Artful Lodger is within a 5-minute walk of Newport Mansions and within 15 minutes of other popular attractions like International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. This 5-room bed & breakfast welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast.


Guests can enjoy cable TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Hair dryers are also available.

Property features

Guests of Artful Lodger enjoy free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and a terrace. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. Staff members can answer questions about accommodations, and also provide concierge services. This smoke-free bed & breakfast also has a garden.

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Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

81.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 234 reviews

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