I spent many summers working in Newport, RI at the Newport Mansions, but surprisingly, had never traveled there with my kids. This spring, we had the opportunity spend two nights at the Hotel Viking, located just a short walk from the downtown shopping/waterfront area of Newport. After driving the hour and a half from our home in Massachusetts, we settled in on a beautiful spring weekend.
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Review of the Hotel Viking Newport
Location of the Hotel Viking
The Hotel Viking is located in the heart of historic Newport Rhode Island, right on 1 Bellevue Avenue. While you’ll need a car to visit the gilded age Newport Mansions, you can easily walk to the shops, restaurants, and activities in Brick Alley Marketplace and Thames Street.
Newport is about an hour and a half from Boston Logan Airport and about forty minutes from Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport. If you are planning to do a New England road trip, you can easily incorporate Newport into your plans.
Amenities at the Hotel Viking
The Hotel Viking offers valet parking, an on-site restaurant (One Bellevue), an indoor pool, hot tub, a full-service spa, a fitness center, and extensive event space, along with 208 guest rooms. We didn’t have the opportunity to use the pool during our stay, but it looked really nice. I’d definitely recommend bringing along swimsuits, even if you didn’t have any beach plans in your vacation itinerary.
The Hotel Viking Newport does charge a $30 resort fee, which covers some amenities. These include complimentary bike rentals, activities including s’mores making and yoga (offered specific days), complimentary newspapers, use of beach towels, and a complimentary shuttle service within a 2-mile radius (which covers much of the area).
The staff of the hotel, from the valets to the restaurant staff, was incredibly friendly and helpful. It’s a quick walk to the downtown area, where we shopped and ate most of our meals, and an easy drive to the famed Newport Mansions. We went to the Breakers (where I worked in college) and Marble House, and the kids loved them (separate post to follow). There were two different weddings going on during our stay, but we didn’t have any noise issues at all.
Rooms at the Hotel Viking
The Hotel Viking Newport offers 208 guests rooms, which includes 10 suites. These gilded age decorated suites are all different, and several of them are named for the Newport Mansions.
Other room types include the Manor guest rooms (the smallest option), Estate guest rooms, Newport guest rooms, accessible guest rooms, and estate fireside guest rooms. Rooms have been recently renovated.
Our room, which featured two queen beds, was extremely comfortable, although a bit small (comparable to other historic hotels). The room includes an honor bar, small fridge (stocked with honor bar items), Keurig coffee maker, hair dryer, and small desk.
While it was a small room, we really didn’t spend too much time in the room. Newport, as well as the hotel, has a lot to offer outside the rooms.
Food at the Hotel Viking Newport
There are several dining options at the Hotel Viking. The highlight is One Bellevue Restaurant. We had breakfast there twice and dinner once, and enjoyed the food, as well as the service. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as an afternoon tea. Menu items include American specialties as well as seafood.
In season, there’s also the Top of Newport Bar and Kitchen. This rooftop bar offers gorgeous views of Newport, as well as great drinks and light bites. I had the opportunity to have a complimentary meal there in the summer, and loved the experience. It’s a beautiful spot, if you are there in season.
The Hotel Viking also offers room service, and will be opening the Hill Market, which will offer coffee, pastries, and grab and go food.
Packages at the Hotel Viking Newport
While we were at the Hotel Viking, we took advantage of the “We are Family” package. The package, which starts at $189 per night ($409 in the summer), included the following:
- A disposable camera for the kids to take photos of their Newport adventure
- A fun family board game (We received Big Picture Apples to Apples, but the game is subject to change)
- Complimentary breakfast for children (with paying adults)
- A snack basket for the kids
- Hotel Viking coloring book with crayons
- A 10% discount at the Hotel Viking spa
The package is a great way to reconnect as a family. We played the game a bunch of times between activities, and the kids really enjoyed it.
While that package may not always be offered, the Hotel Viking Newport does have some other package offerings throughout the year. These include:
- Golf packages
- Newport Mansions packages
- Valentine’s Day packages
- School vacation hotel packages
- Spa packages
- Pet packages
We loved staying in the hotel – it’s such a beautiful place, and is so convenient to all of the activities in Newport