"Fabulous home in a beautiful neighbourhood"
The service was fabulous, Nick was very welcoming and helpful. Our room was lovely and breakfast was great, something different each day. The hosts knowledge of the area was great it helped us to make the most of our 2 day stay in Newport. I would definitely come back if I was in this part of the world againGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Beautiful inn, minutes from town center!"
My fiance and I had a wonderful weekend away at the Architects Inn. The inn itself is beautiful, quiet, and very clean. Our room had a fireplace which made for a romantic feel. Brian and Nick were very gracious hosts. We loved that in less than a 10 minute walk we could quickly get to the restaurants and bars on Broadway. It really is in a fabulous […] location! We definitely highly recommend this b&b and hope to visit again in the near future! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Nick and Brian made us feel very welcome. We ended up in a room in the basement with a nice fireplace and special shower. They brought breakfast down for us each morning which was s nice touch.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Just a few blocks away"
Overall our stay was excellent......Nick and Eric were excellent attentive hosts. All the information that Nick gave us about Newport was dead on correct. The restaurants he recommended were perfect for us.....Bravo you guys.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Just the bed, not breakfast"
Nice room in a good location in a pretty house. But it's not really a B&B as advertised. We presumed that a B&B would have a full breakfast, but were informed that our agent, whatever that means, had indicated we only wanted a continental breakfast. Checking the hotels.com site, there is no clear indication of such a choice. Continental breakfast was […] a small selection of fruit and some muffins along with coffee, tea, and fruit juices. Disappointing. Also, our room is too cold -- cold yesterday, last night, and this morning. Maybe it will warm up if it gets warmer outside. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"A Merry Christmas"
We spent the holiday at Architects Inn and it was exactly what we were looking for - beautiful, charming, festive, comfortable and the hosts were lovely.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Beautiful house in a beautiful neighborhood. Close walk to the waterfront. They have a great book in everyone's room that talks about restaurants and things to do which we found very helpful Unbelievably good breakfast and treats in the afternoon.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great B&B in the center of town"
This is a great B&B. Breakfast was so good!. Both owners gave a lot of personal attention, helping with picking proper tourist options as well as maps and restaurant recommendations. The location is ideal - you can park your car and don't need to drive and try to find parking at busy tourist sites. The room (single) was small but cute, well maintained […] and comfortable, and the bathroom was clean and fully functional. Best of all was the feeling of being in someones parlor. Cookies and tea set out at night, lovely ambiance. Highly recommended. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"GREAT LOCTION, LOTS OF RESTAURANTS, TOP INN"
WE WILL GO BACK ASAP...3 DAYS WAS NOT ENOUGH. NICK AND BRIAN ARE TOP NOTCH!!!!!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
We stayed in lovely large rooms on the 2nd floor decorated in period Victorian style. Skip the third floor servants rooms which were small and cramped. Breakfast was Delicious and beautifully presented. The inn was a charming place and peacefully located down a side street. I would try recommend it.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"close to all sights"
clean,comfortable beds,good breakfastGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Owner did his best"
Had to book in before a certain time which was not mentioned on Hotels.com site.Ended up in a room up a very tall steep flight of stairs. Considering the hotel was empty thought we could of have had a more favourable location. If you are older with big bags check! Room was cold. Again information on Hotels.com site not relayed to hotel informing them […] we were vegetarians. Owner did his best with short notice. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"something really special"
After a tedious and long flight from Munich to Boston, a 2 hour drive from Boston to Newport, and a short search I found the Architects Inn finally. It is not far from the center of Newport but located in a really quiet neighborhood. The location is simply great, it is only 10 min walk to the nearest beach and the same time to the waterfront. Architects […] Inn is ran by Nick and Brian who care not only for the house and the garden but were absolutely helpful to make my stay as relaxing and pleasant as possible. The rooms are clean and beautifully equipped with old wooden furniture and historic painting on the walls. The breakfast cooked by Brian is simply great. Each day a new surprise and all this arranged with lots of love and taste. I spent many hours on the spacious porch to prepare conference talks in the morning and to relax in the evening. I really recommend the Bed&Breakfast and hope to come back a future day. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A Wonderful Long Weekend!"
11/17/14 Enes C Douglaston, New York
My husband and I just spent a wonderful long weekend at the Architect's Inn in Newport. Our room was delightful and our host Brian couldn't do enough to make us feel welcomed and comfortable.. Since the Inn wasn't completely full Brian was able to join us for breakfast and tell us about the house, the town and the must do's ..incidentally breakfast was always scrumptious and the coffee was possibly the best I have ever had, and from a pot that never emptied! What a great way to start each day!! Having been to Newport over the summer we realized that off season would be a much better time for relaxing, sightseeing, shopping and dining...and we were correct - everyone was gracious and although the Inn is close enough to walk to town, when we wanted to drive we always found plenty of parking spaces, including at the Mansions! There was so much history and charm at the Inn and in the town that we plan on coming back early in 2015.
10/14/14 Cindy J Jacksonville, Florida, United States
My cousin and I typically take a cruise each year and this year, the cruise lines cancelled our trip the day before we were to depart! Since we already had tix to Boston, we decided to go anyway and visit Newport, RI, somewhere neither of us had ever been. It was serendipitous! For four days, we were pampered at the Architect's Inn by Nick and Brian, two of the finest proprietors for which one could ask. Each morning, we were served breakfast, cooked by Nick, which consisted of top quality fruits, homemade breads/biscuits, all organic and delicious. Coffee, tea, anything you desired was there for you. The sleeping accommodations were very comfortable. In our suite (the Perry Suite), there were two separate rooms, one with a queen bed and a fireplace and one with a twin bed. There was a nicely furnished bathroom with a very good shower. The location of the AI is a very quiet place. No street noise at all and I never heard any of the other guests. Another important item, it was VERY CLEAN. Perhaps the best part of the Architects Inn was conversing and getting to know the guests and the proprietors. Nick and Brian are perfect hosts. They will only join you at the table if you ask them to and I wanted them to every day! They are very knowledgeable about the island and the history and pointed us in all the right directions for eating and touring. Well, I could go on and on but you get the drift. It was a splendid four days and we intend to return again one day, hopefully sooner than later. And we will be staying at the Architect's Inn. Thank you!
"Pleasant enough, but missing that magic ingredient"
09/13/14 MIssDillie Oxfordshire
This is a B&B of many contradictions. The house is marvellous, especially if you like that cluttered late 19th century style, and clean as a whistle. The guys keep it beautifully and are obviously very proud of it. Our room was extremely comfortable, the bed and bedding was of excellent quality and the situation of the house is central and extremely convenient. But it's all a bit precious and so we never relaxed. First, you have to phone them to let you in as they don't answer the doorbell. This is not only eccentric, it's annoying as we had to phone via England on our cell phone so it was costly. We raised this with Nick who pointed out that he doesn't have the doorbell ring in all parts of the house because it disturbs guests - fair point - so I suggested he installs a flashing light. He took the suggestion well and who knows, soon you may be able to enter in a more conventional style! As you enter, you are told to take off your shoes to protect the floor. No shoes allowed. Okay, but it was an unexpected command and delivered in a slightly peremptory style. We were tired when we arrived, and said we'd like to take a G&T to our rooms while we freshened up. Well, we got a ten-minute dissertation on the draconian licensing laws of Newport and how they weren't licensed to sell alcohol. (Funnily enough, when we read their comprehensive guide in our rooms later, they said they served sherry - but no mention of sherry was made when we were actually talking to Nick, our host.) Guys, there are ways around this. An honesty tray in the living room and a 'tip bucket'? A complimentary bottle/glass of wine on arrival? It wouldn't cost much, and it would oil the wheels in a big way. As it is, it just made us feel rather tetchy and disappointed. Then His Lordship had to re-park the car making sure the car was EXACTLY opposite the reflective post… but we were the only ones staying… Breakfast is stylish and marvellously pretty - our cooked plate arrived decorated with flowers from the garden. However, there is no choice - you get what you get and if you don't like it, tough! On the first day, we had something called Festive Eggs and I had to send them back to be cooked again as I hate soft eggs. They came with fried sweet potatoes which I didn't like, but I didn't want to make a fuss again. On the second day we had French toast which I love, but it was covered in icing sugar - not to my savoury British taste - I'm a Marmite girl! But I didn't have the heart to send it back again. Their home baking is excellent - we were allotted three buns between the two of us - and the coffee was delicious. So again, it's a case of some things wonderful, some things not to our taste at all, but you get no choice. Lastly, in the bedroom is a long and thoroughly over-comprehensive guide to the house, the history, the house rules, and the personal aims and ambitions of Brian and Nick. In it is fairly naked plea for a tip - now we might have misread this, but we both thought this was a BIG hint for us to tip them. When I paid up at the end, Nick asked me if I'd like to leave a tip. I said I'd already tipped Denis, the Byelorussian guy who was there for the summer. Nick asked again if I'd like to leave a tip on the card. I repeated that we'd already tipped Denis. It seemed to me that we were being asked to leave a tip for the owners. It was an uncomfortable moment. Surely the price (an eye watering $699 incl taxes for two people for two nights) is enough? Both Nick and Brian seem like nice guys, and Nick was very informative and helpful in suggesting things to do in the area. It's so nearly a great place. I wish them well, but I also wish they'd relax. I've read some of Nick's long and defensive replies here - and his room guide includes a heartfelt plea to only leave good reviews on websites such as TripAdvisor, and to shut up if we haven't enjoyed the place. But that's missing the point of TripAdvisor. Seasoned users can spot reviews that are deliberately mean; responsible contributors review in order to advise and recommend honestly and fairly. Yes, it was only two days out of our life, but I'm certain we would have enjoyed ourselves better and felt less tense elsewhere.
08/29/14 Denis S
We stayed here with my friends for weekend and it was the most amazing weekend in this summer! House is so beautiful,our rooms were perfectly clean and cool. I don't want to be boring and repeat it after all reviews here but their breakfast was unbelievable great! They had very nice back yard with hammocks which is was my favorite place to relax) I'm bad story teller, but it's just fabulous place! Will be back definitely!
"Charming, comfortable and convenient"
08/02/14 Kate X
This is a gorgeous grand old home walking distance to downtown Newport restaraunts. Don't let the fastidious fact that you are asked to remove your shoes upon entering deter you, Nick is personable and makes you feel at right at home. He has a sweet sense of humor and is a wonderful host. Co-owner Brian - the quieter of the two- makes breakfast every day which is delicious and a work of art- each plate adorned with local flowers and greens. Their hospitality is welcoming and makes you feel very much at home.
"What a nice place"
07/17/14 Briana K
My sister and I ended up here after an exhausting run-around by a few hotels in the newport area. Fortunately, we stumbled upon this inn which still had a room available. Even though it was later in the evening, Nick, one of the owners dropped what he was doing to graciously show us the house and the suite which was available. It is an old home that has been restored beautifully. They offered assistance with our bags, coffee, tea, and baked goods for refresh,nets upon arrival. The bed was very comfortable and the suite was very spacious. In the room we found a very helpful guide book which had local restaurants, beaches, and other info which was written by the owners themselves. The next morning, we ate breakfast on the veranda which was delicious and homemade. We knew we wanted to go to a couple of the mansions that day and they took the time to give us a map of the good ones and how to get there. We wished we could have stayed a little longer and will definitely be returning to the architects inn the next time we stay in newport.
"Just like home"
07/03/14 JulieSageau Laval, Canada
I stayed at the Architect's Inn for a whole week with my husband and two children. Nick welcomed us like we were family. They had all sorts of little attention for us. For instance, they kindly allowed me to make a load of laundry in their machine. If you are looking for a warmhearted, welcoming and informal place to stay, handled by people who care, I strongly suggest Architect's inn, you won't be disappointed. About the location, everything was accessible by foot (beach, downtown, old port) even with little kids.
"Great location, looked like your grandmother's house"
Great quiet location with plenty of parking, walk to town in less than 10 minutes but quiet because they are not right in town or on a busy street. Decor is old and tired. Seriously needs to be cleaned of all the lace curtains and old lady nick knacks everywhere. My grandmother's would be in heaven, we were in hell. This is not a hip place. They need to take down the floral wallpaper and bedspreads and update the towels, sheets and mattresses. And hurry!
"Hidden information after confirmation."
06/29/14 IbiM Madrid
Be aware they have 3 different locations and rooms are extremely different. Before giving your credit card make sure what room you are paying for. We had the standard room and it was the last part of the atic, with no height, most of the time you need to be bow down, if you are a guy there is no way you can pee on your feet. There are lots of narrow stairs to get to your room; no bed light (you have to walk to the door to turn the lights on/off), no closet and NO SHOWER (very nice tub but prepare for your free pilates lesson), and don't worry about your shoes, you have to leave them outside. After you confirm they ask you to called them 2 hours before your arrival to tell you where your room is going to be (which of the 3 houses). We've e-mailed them aprox. 4 hours before and they didn't respond, we've pay an international call to know where to go. Unprofessional. On their behalf, I'll say the bed is comfortable and our location was good.
"Mixed review of very lovely Inn"
06/25/14 Traveler2005 New York
First the good - the Inn is lovely. The public area is beautifully decorated, very Victorian, very much in the style of an empty vertical surface is a challenge to be overcome. The negative - this is NOT a B&B if you book througth a reservation service, which is not clear from the booking. So we did not learn that our hotels.com booking was without breakfast - or even a cup of coffee - until arrival. Also, they have not sign up (or at least not when we stayed) and the Inn is on a corner, with the entrance on a different road than the street address, so may take time to find the first time. Good parking, very quiet location, a pretty 5 minute walk away from the nearest thing to see, and 10-15 minutes from the waterfront. Next, this was unlike any other B&B that I have stayed at in the past 30 or more years in the number of rules they ask you to follow. From when you try to enter to see a 'remove your shoes' sign, which was enforced even on the lovely, sunny day we arrived, and they did not want people to wear shoes in the Inn at all. Then the pamphlet, which in addition to containing useful area information instructed us not to turn off and on the lights except by the switches, not to unplug anything, so to and on and on and on. I would not stay here again.
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