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Newport: Hyatt Regency Newport

Goat Island

Reviewed by: Colleen from CA, review #2801

When: February 2010

Comfortable rooms, great views, and welcoming staff make this waterfront hotel a great spot for a stay.

My room, photo by Colleen!

I stayed at the hotel for almost a week as part of a conference, and was very comfortable.

My room (#408) had two double beds, flat screen TV (not very many channels, and no CNN or MSNBC - only Fox News!), small refrigerator under the TV console, desk and chair, and a short padded chaise under the window.

The hotel offers wi-fi for a fee. There's a Starbucks stand inside the little gift shop in the lobby near the elevators. To the left of the lobby are a fitness center and a spa. (I didn't use either. :D )

The bed was very comfortable, and the linens were soft. Several lamps in the room offered plenty of light. I liked the frosted glass windows between the bedroom and the bathroom. I don't like too much light in the mornings, and they let in just enough to ease me into the day.

My room was at the end of a short hallway around the corner from the elevators. It had a view over the lovely harbor ... and a little bit of the parking lot. It snowed our last morning there, and that was a pretty sight to wake up to.

We didn't have a great experience at the Windward restaurant. They were short staffed the night a group of us ate there, and the server wasn't very friendly or accommodating. We didn't ask for anything special - just wanted to order the advertised prix-fixe dinner. She did everything she could to dissuade us, including telling us we needed to sit next to each other if we ordered it! Sheesh. The food tasted good, but everyone's soup and entree arrived lukewarm. Disappointing.

On the other hand, the barmen at the Five33 Lounge were great. Friendly and chatty, they and the helpful desk and driver staff made up for the poor restaurant service.

The hotel is a short drive or ~15 minute walk to downtown Newport. It's really a perfect location for touring. I wish I'd had time to get out more, as the town looked charming. Next time!

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