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Grace Vanderbilt

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Great location; and the hotel itself has really great character. Charming heritage and all that... Probably best hotel in Newport area with generally large suite rooms (equipped with pantry) Service is also quite good.

We thoroughly enjoyed our three-day stay here. This Hotel is every bit the thrill and quality that it's name professes. Loved everything, from the fabulous sheets, to the fantastic breakfast in the solarium, to the stunning harbor views from our room and the thrilling rooftop deck at night. It doesn't get any more romantic that this! Dining and roaming along the waterfront are both relaxing and exciting treats, even for those of us already used to the ocean smells. This is a special place, not to be missed at some point in everyone's least those of us who love history, harbors, fish, and quality hotel & dining adventures.

The Grace Vanderbilt is in a stately, classic building that has an interesting history. It was built by a Vanderbilt for his mistress, became a YMCA, and now is an elegant boutique hotel. It is centrally located in downtown Newport, within walking distance of the harbor, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, a wonderful Starbucks, and countless restaurants and shopping venues. The entrance is somewhat inconvenient in that there are steps up to the lobby level, which is difficult with luggage, especially if one arrives by cab or Uber. The staff, however, makes up for it by being very accommodating and helpful. The place is charming, with nice artwork and decorations, and with uneven floors in the hallways. There are indoor and outdoor pools and a rooftop lounge/bar from which there's a beautiful view of Newport harbor, especially during sunset. The price during the summer season is high, perhaps too high, but there is much value if price is no object.

The staff was very accommodating, professional and friendly The entire hotel was decorated beautifully We reserved a junior suite it was very clean and spacious our suite was elegant and well appointed. The food was very good it was an absolutely wonderful experience

A lot of hotels in town are exciting. However...if you want things a bit more quiet and be catered to.... or as they say these days a bespoke experience....this hotel is for you. To be honest, it needs a facelift, BUT if you can deal with a well worn product, the intimacy, service and personnel are at the top of the food chain. Roof Deck is amazing! Green House is amazing! Garden is amazing! Tell them you read my review and you will get flowers in your room! So now you just have to GO! DJ

We were lucky enough to know about the High Tea offered at the Grace Vanderbilt Hotel. However, we were not aware that there was a 24-hour hour notice requirement. Not to be deterred, we instead made Lunch reservations. Imagine our surprise when they called back and said that the Chef had said that by all means, if we still wanted High Tea, s/he would be happy to provide it! Needless to say, that created a very positive impression and we were certainly not disappointed. The entrance to the hotel is gracious and lovely; we were greeted warmly and shown to the airy Atrium to be seated. Our server, Cathy Anne had a wonderful soft Irish accent and was extremely attentive and helpful. There is a large selection of teas which are brewed on order. High Tea also comes with a Mimosa, a Bellini or a glass of sparkling wine. The 3-tiered serving dish was a picture. The savory level included cucumber and cream cheese tea sandwiches, smoked salmon and cream tea sandwiches and a tiny pastry cup with crab mousse (and perhaps avocado?) with finely minced chives on top. The middle layer was a riot of sweets: tiny chocolate chip cookies, little rectangles of pastry/chocolate and toasted almonds, blueberry cream cups and tender and light cranberry scones. The top layer had bowls of clotted cream and strawberry jam along with a dark chocolate truffle and chocolate-dipped strawberries with white chocolate drizzle for each of us. One of the staff members, Edward, gave us a delightful, funny and detailed history of the Vanderbilt House including family scandals and the eventual restoration of the building to the lovely hotel that it is now. We explored a bit and the grounds, outdoor pool, indoor pool and spa all looked wonderful. We will definitely return on our next visit. Thank you for such a special afternoon with special friends!

Overall I rate very good. This could be an excellent hotel, but it is not 5 star and the main issue is service. White everyone was very nice and tried to be accommodating, most didn't seem to know how to offer best in class service - which makes the difference between a good or great hotel. One example: We ordered tea in one of the public rooms and had to ask the server to remove various dishes lying around in the sitting room. The same service issue extended to my twice request for a massage. No one got back to me and no one tried to offer any alternative suggestion. This hotel says "and spa" - but that kind of treatment does not attempt to accommodate. I saw a review that said "a nice place to pamper yourself"???? Pros: Beautiful dining rooms; bar and atmosphere. In town location. Large, clean rooms. We stayed in 209. Comfortable and large beds. TV in bedroom and living area. Cons: Poor quality service overall. No tub in the bathroom. Tired furniture in the living room part of the suite. I admit that when I travel I enjoy quality service with attention to detail and stay at Relais & Chateau properties when I can. In fact, the fellow at the front desk told me it was but it wasn't. This was certainly a better value than that but for $600 a night I expect better - plus I had a view of the parking lot. I will probably try The Chanler upon my return.

My wife and I stayed at the Vanderbilt Grace for three nights and loved it. The staff was so accommodating and Professional, location is perfect and the hotel was clean and beautiful. Couldn't be happier!

This was our first time at the Vanderbilt and it lived up to my expectations. There are loads of options in Newport and I've stayed at some of the best and this hotel deserves a place on that list. An attentive and experienced staff and a super comfortable room. A great bar with Adrienne making some really excellent and creative cocktails! Can't wait to go back this summer to try the rooftop bar.

Although their website promotes this as a refurbished mansion, it was never a residence, it was built as a YMCA with Vanderbilt money, hence the name. They have done a good job of renovating and the public rooms and restaurants are gracious and elegant. This Y MCA. building is in the book about Newport by Thornton Wilder "theophelis North". Food is good and service fine. Haven't slept there, only had Meals and tea. But to be honest they should stop making visitors think they are sleeping in one of Newport's fabled houses.

41 Mary St Newport RI

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Touro Synagogue and International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet parking
  • Onsite dining

Grace Vanderbilt places you next to Touro Synagogue and a short stroll from other popular sights like International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. This 4.5-star hotel has 33 guestrooms and offers conveniences like 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. It's in central Newport and also close to Naval War College Museum and The Breakers.


Enjoy dining at Muse, one of 2 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge. Full breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7:30 AM to 11 AM.


Grace Vanderbilt's 33 rooms provide iPod docks, microwaves, and refrigerators. TVs come with DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, designer toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Other amenities include minibars, coffee makers, and free local calls.

Property features

At Grace Vanderbilt, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a health club. There's free valet parking and limo/town car service. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a sauna, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Junior Suite (Cove)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Loft (Capitain's)

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Suite (Commodore)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 616 reviews