Accomodations ~ Hotel Viking, Newport

Hotel Viking
1 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, Rhode Island

photo: Trails.com

I arrived nearly half an hour before the Night in Newport Tweet-up. It was my own fault... the bad weather had me worried that I'd be late, so I left much earlier than I needed to. Bonus! The extra time gave me the opportunity to look around the hotel a little.

Hotel Viking opened in 1926 as a way to house the guests of Newport's famous "cottages." The mansions are big, but they really don't have a lot of bedrooms. The brick exterior is architecturally interesting, without some of the Victorian flounce of the mansions. It's...stately.

Once through the big, heavy brass door, you can see some of the building's history in both the decor and the photographs of events that adorn the walls. There are lots of brass fittings and appointments, a big make-an-entrance staircase, elegant sitting area and lovely glass-walled reading room. There are ten Mansion Suites, designed to "capture the essence" of the famous Newport Mansions. I'd love to get inside to see!

Lobby sitting area Sitting area Downstairs hallway staircase reading room

The staff are obviously well-trained to greet everyone with a smile. I passed one guy who was on his way out, either for a break or the end of his shift. Even though obviously off-duty, he smiled and asked how I was. Likewise, the service was excellent, and the appetizers and cheese were delicious. Everyone raved about the chicken salad.

Thanks again to Hotel Viking for hosting the Tweet-Up. If anyone is looking for a luxury hotel in Newport, I would send them straight to you!

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