In July I went to Newport, Rhode Island for a few days and stayed in a lovely boutique hotel called the Mill Street Inn. It was one of those kinds of hotel experiences that makes you love traveling all the more. The hotel is unique, particularly for Newport, in that it’s modern and close to the waterfront. It’s also extremely relaxing. Spend a few days here and you’ll be revitalized, I assure you.
The hotel is located in a nineteenth century mill, just one short block from Thames Street and the waterfront in the elegant Historic Hill neighborhood. It’s also near a number of historic landmarks and good restaurants. Parking was a bit tight in their designated parking lot, so I was very happy to leave my car there and walk to a number of places on my agenda, including an exploration of Touro Synagogue, Trinity Church, and the Old Stone Mill.
Upon arrival, I was warmly welcomed by the front desk staff and shown downstairs for afternoon tea, where I was able to sift through leaflets and maps, planning my first afternoon and subsequent few days. Walking to my room, I was struck by the zen feeling of the hotel. The warm palette and modern decor stuck a chord. I was greeted by small bags of chocolate in the room, I put my feet up, and took a rest.
I was given a deluxe suite, located on the second floor, which is one of the hotel’s 23 renovated suites. It was spacious and comfortable, with a living room and private bedroom, perfect for a traveling family. It has a king-sized feather bed with a big flat screen TV and a beautiful marble bathroom. Amenities include bathrobes, a high pressure shower and complimentary newspapers, as well as a complimentary breakfast that consists of homemade breads and jam.
I must tell you more about the breakfast. It’s served on the rooftop deck, with views of the water and church steeples. It’s the most delicious setting, and the breakfast is equally satisfying. They have everything from fresh fruit juices, coffees/teas, pastry, toasts, jams, broiled grapefruit, prosciutto crostini, small omelet sandwiches, and so much more. It was really unexpected to have such a lovely morning before embarking on an exploration of Newport.
All in all, I loved my stay at Mill Street Inn. I was with my mom and the two of us felt invigorated and inspired by our visit. Newport is a simply sublime to visit during the summer, regardless, but our stay at the Mill Street Inn made it that much more interesting.
Disclosure: I received a media rate for my stay at the Mill Street Inn, but all opinions are my own.