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Where to Stay in Newport, RI to Feel Like Royalty

Luxuriating in the giant bathtub in our Hotel Viking room.

Luxuriating in the giant bathtub in our fantastic hotel room in Newport.

There are some vacations from which you need a vacation, and our whirlwind trip to India proved one of them. We returned to America from New Delhi jetlagged, dizzy, and greeted by piles of grading.

“We’ve got to go somewhere relaxing, close, and awesome this long weekend,” I wailed to my husband. “Somewhere we can eat like beasts, sleep like bears, and sightsee pretty things at a relaxed pace. BUT WHERE?”

The lovely hotel in Newport where we could relax at last.

The luxurious hotel in Newport where we could relax at last.

Twitter to the rescue! Upon re-wailing my question to the Twitterverse, a lovely woman from Discover Newport contacted me, and our Rhode Island adventure was born. A smooth 90 minute drive from Boston later, Colin and I pulled off of Bellevue Avenue, up to the historic Hotel Viking.

The lobby of Hotel Viking. Old World charm indeed.

The lobby of the Hotel Viking. Old World charm indeed!

Ladies and gentlemen, the Hotel Viking (click for availability and rates) is the place to go to feel like royalty. All morning and afternoon in Boston, Colin and I had taught middle schoolers (I even had to read my kids the instructions for a “Lockdown Drill”), and in our luggage lurked reams of essays to grade. But, I tell you, the moment we set foot in that Newport hotel, we smiled and relaxed. Luxury and beauty at last!

When a hotel greets you with this, you're happy.

When a hotel greets you with this in your suite, you’re happy.

The Hotel Viking was originally built in 1926 to house the guests of the famous Newport mansion elite during the summer season. Yes, the Vanderbilts, Astors, and other fancy folk caroused in the same halls that Colin and I now skipped down. We slipped our key into the “Mansion Suite” lock, and the door creaked open. Ooh, what joy as we first saw our home for the next two days!

This bed! And the bathtub adjoining the bedroom?!

This bed! And the bathtub adjoining the bedroom?!

On the glistening marble table, a welcome packet winked. In the living room, furniture worthy of a Newport mansion posed. The chandelier twinkled above the flat screen TV and fireplace. And the bedroom! We sprinted into the next room to feast our eyes on the most ornate, pillow-piled bed imaginable. The multi-room bathroom adjoined, replete with a tub straight from an Italian movie.

Will our students know we graded in this luxurious setting?

Our Viking suite did not disappoint. Will our students know we graded in this luxurious setting?

What a delicious hotel! Given its beauty, which other celebrities (besides us of course) have laid their heads on pillowy Hotel Viking beds? Word on the street is that Christina Aguilera, Will Ferrell, and President Kennedy were all guests at the Viking. As a rabid fan of “The Voice,” “SNL,” and America (in no particular order), this fact thrilled me!

We ate ridiculously amazing breakfasts...

The daylight meant breakfast… Yum!

In the morning, Colin and I did some grading, swam in the pool, then headed downstairs to the Hotel Viking’s fabulous restaurant, One Bellevue. I warn you, the next few photos may make you eat your computer. Restrain yourself accordingly.

Crab cake eggs benedict?!

Crab cake eggs benedict?!

For the first morning, Colin ordered the crab cake eggs benedict, and I ordered the lobster omelette. The next morning, Colin ordered the lobster omelette an I scarfed the crab cake eggs benedict. We are aware that there were other things on the menu, but… lobster and crab cake for breakfast?! You don’t say no to that.

Sooo excited to eat. Colin had a lobster omelette...

Sooo excited to eat our lobster and crab cake breakfasts!

I must add at this point how delightful the waitstaff at One Bellevue was. Not only did our waiter agree with gusto to take the goofy photo above (and three other versions of it), but each day he made our morning bright with his cheerfulness. The Food and Beverage Manager also stopped by to chat with us, and genially answered our questions amid our giant bites of food.

This crab cake eggs benedict put me in a luscious food coma for hours.

This crab cake eggs Benedict put me in a luscious food coma for hours.

So, did we do anything in Newport besides eating and sleeping? It was hard to tear ourselves away from the hotel, but yes, we did tour some astounding and famous Newport mansions on the Cliff Walk, and eat an exotic dinner out. But those stories and photos shall appear in a subsequent article. For now, just know that 230 Boston middle schoolers will have two totally refreshed and happy teachers tomorrow, thanks to the Hotel Viking and Discover Newport!

Thanks for a brilliant mini-vacation, Hotel Viking and Newport!

Thanks for a brilliant mini-vacation, Hotel Viking and Newport!

So what’s YOUR take, dear readers? Have you visited Newport or this hotel? Have you also taken a mini-vacation that has made all the difference? Do share!

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We were guests of the Hotel Viking and Discover Newport, but all views and pillow-squeezes are my own.

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Friday 18th of September 2015

[…] Lillie’s Pick: Hotel Viking “This is the place to go to feel like royalty!”  […]

Jasmine C.

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

I am so going there someday!

Jamie

Wednesday 30th of January 2013

Lillie, Just what the doctor ordered! I just said to my husband the other day that I want to book a weekend away in March...long & dreary! We are going to stay here...TY! This looks PERFECT :) Did they have good tea?

Lillie

Wednesday 30th of January 2013

Delightful! I didn't try their tea but I would assume (given the deliciousness of everything else) that it would be fabulous.

James Clark

Saturday 26th of January 2013

I had a friend who up until a few months ago lived on Bellevue Avenue. I have spend a few months there over the years and I would walk past the Viking often. So glad it's as good as its reputation. Happy that you got to stay there but a big boo that it wasn't when I was there.

D.J. - The World of Deej

Thursday 24th of January 2013

This is the second post on Hotel Viking I've read in just a few days. As a fan of the Historic Hotels of America, this one definitely makes my list!

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