Standing atop the Historic Hill neighborhood in central Newport, Rhode Island, the Hotel Viking is elegant and affordable, and the perfect combination of modernity and timeless class. Essentially, it's what you want in a property when visiting this part of America. Opened in 1926 and named by a town vote for the Nordic settlers of the area, the hotel is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation that will add a fresh feel to its charming hallways. Here's our review:
Budget Level: Upscale ($100+ per night)
Lodging Type: Large hotel (208 rooms and 24 suites)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Famous past guests include Ella Fitzgerald and John and Jackie Kennedy – and it’s not hard to see why. The high-ceiling lobby is flush with charming features that include an original 1926 brass letterbox and a fireplace in the lounge area, brightened by windows that overlook Bellevue Avenue. To the left of the lobby sits a modern bar that serves as the entrance to the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, One Bellevue. Standard rooms are the epitome of luxury, with diamond-patterned walls and Egyptian cotton sheets.
With crooners and big band wafting through the speakers in the chandelier-adorned lobby, the hotel surely provides an air of romance; however, plenty of families with young children will also be sighted roaming the halls, as Newport is a favorite for family vacations.
Who Will Love It
For those who want an enchanting, upscale getaway with 20th-century charm, this property is ideal.
Who Might Not
Those who are looking for a romantic experience far away from families with young children, couples may not like sharing the indoor pool with toddlers.
The Spa Fjör and indoor heated pool are both notable highlights of the property. If visiting in a warmer season, be sure to check out their signature rooftop area, the Top of Newport Bar + Kitchen. This spot opens in the spring and provides unparalleled views of the town. Enjoy a cocktail and fresh seafood while you soak in the sights from what's stamped as the highest viewpoint in Newport.
Generously sized shower and bathroom toiletries along with maid service, are included.
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About
The $25 resort fee allows access to many amenities at the hotel, including WiFi, entrance to the pool and fitness center, car service to downtown Newport, a welcome beverage station, and hotel events such as weekend morning yoga and ice-cream socials.
Parking is valet only, and run $40 nightly in peak season (April-October), and $20 in the off-season (January-March, November-December).
How to Get a Deal
Staying in the winter off-season will definitely save you some bucks, as prices generally go up in the spring and summer. The hotel also offers various packages and deals throughout the year, which can be found here.
In the Neighborhood
Hotel Viking is in a prime location on central Bellevue Avenue. Turn right from the hotel and you're within walking distance to the harbor, plenty of shopping, historic churches and other landmarks. Also nearby are the Newport Art Museum, International Tennis Hall of Fame, and the Elms Mansion. Still walkable, but slightly more convenient by car are landmarks including the Newport mansions, the Cliff Walk, Easton’s Beach, and Ocean Drive.
The T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) is just a 30-minute drive from Newport. An Uber will get you to the hotel from anywhere between $36-$47.
THE BOTTOM LINE
With classic décor, upscale accommodations, and a prime location in the heart of the town, Hotel Viking provides a quintessential Newport and New England experience. Romantics and families alike will enjoy a stay at this affordable yet posh property.