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One might carelessly develop the impression that all we care about is modern design, but the class of hotels on which both Tablet and Martha Stewart agree is perhaps a larger one than the casual reader might imagine. In the case of Vanderbilt Grace — on our part at least — it’s not out of a newfound affection for Gilded Age interiors so much as a high regard for authenticity, a quality which this century-old mansion possesses in spades.
Here authenticity means something quite different from museum-grade preservation. The former Vanderbilt Hall, semi-miraculously tucked in to a quiet street in central Newport, has evolved with the times — not in an anxious, trend-chasing way, but tastefully, confidently, so that the character of the place shines through. The building is still as it ever was, and the public spaces retain their historical aspect as well, while the rooms range from classic to contemporary in style — all, though, have been modernized where it counts, bringing them up to today’s luxury-boutique standards.
Often historic hotels suffer from smallish rooms, but this is a problem Vanderbilt Grace does not have. They start out big and only get bigger; some suites come with kitchens, others span two floors. And somehow there’s still room left over for a spa, a pair of pools, a fitness center and a number of social spaces — a billiards room, a bar, a garden terrace and Muse by Jonathan Cartwright, a restaurant helmed by one of New England’s most decorated chefs. Sounds rather as you’d expect from a 21st-century Vanderbilt Hall — which is, in our book, what authenticity means.
Please note: Vanderbilt Grace requires a four night minimum over weekends July-October and a three night minimum over weekends November-June.
- Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
- Complimentary daily breakfast per day ($25 voucher for A La Carte Breakfast is provided)
- One signature Grace cocktail, per guest, upon arrival (vouchers to be used at the bar work as well)
- A complimentary copy of "The Gilded Age"
- 33 Rooms
- Style: Traditional Elegance
- Atmosphere: Quiet
- 8 Guest Reviews
- Vanderbilt Grace
- 41 Mary Street
- Newport, RI, USA
Hotel amenities and services
- 100% non-smoking hotel
- 24 hour concierge
- 24 hour front desk
- Business center
- Central air conditioning
- Free wi-fi
- Indoor swimming pool
- Multi-lingual staff
- Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
- Pets allowed (charges apply)
- Rooftop terrace bar
- Self service parking (charges apply)
- Spa treatments (on request)
- Steam rooms
- Turkish bath
- Wake-up service