Newport is hands down one of the most stunning cities in Rhode Island. Once nicknamed a playground for the rich and famous, Newport is home to stunning clifftop views, a vibrant atmosphere, and beautiful colonial architecture. Visitors flock to the city for its sought after attractions including the Rose Cliff Mansion, Brenton Point State Park, and a beautiful selection of beaches.

Its luxurious reputation can sometimes cause confusion amongst visitors, and make budgeting in Newport a challenge. Despite previously being known as a lavish location, Newport has progressively opened up to a larger range of visitors with a new contemporary feel drawing in a wider selection of younger and more laid back tourists.

To help you out, we’ve created this guide on where to stay in Newport, Rhode Island. It breaks down the four best neighborhoods in the city for any travel style, so you can find the place that’s best for you. Check it out!

Where to Stay in Newport

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our best recommendations for places to stay in Newport, Rhode Island.

Best Bed & Breakfast in Newport – Newport Waterfront 1 Bedroom

Newport Waterfront 1 Bedroom

Located in the sought-after neighborhood of Newport Marina, this beautiful townhouse has spectacular views overlooking the docks of Newport Harbor. The immaculately decorated bed & breakfast is said to feel like a home away from home with a cozy and warming atmosphere.

Best Hotel in Newport – Pelham Court Hotel

Pelham Court Hotel Newport

Located in the heart of Newport’s center is the beautifully renovated carriage barn which dates back to the 1800s. The extensive renovation turned, what was once one cottage, into a seven-bedroom hotel with a relaxed yet elegant environment.

Best Budget Accommodation in Newport – The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina

The Newport Harbor Hotel Marina Newport

Whilst Newport isn’t known for having an array of budget-friendly accommodation options, there are a few cheap hidden gems scattered around the city. The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina provides guests with reasonably priced rooms that directly overlook the harbor. Guests are provided with spacious rooms along with an onsite restaurant and an indoor heated saltwater pool.

Newport Neighborhood Guide

FIRST TIME IN NEWPORT, RI
Elms Mansion in Newport RI
FIRST TIME IN NEWPORT, RI

Downtown Newport

Without a doubt, the place to be if you want to be right amongst the hustle and bustle of Newport’s charm. Located in the center of the city and just a few minutes away from the harbor front, you’ll find a great host of charming colonial architecture, chic bars, and some of the best alfresco scenes.

ON A BUDGET
Newport Vineyards RI
ON A BUDGET

Middletown

The laid-back neighborhood of Middletown is just a short drive away from the center of the city and has a slow-paced atmosphere with lots of appeal in its own right.

COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
Newport Harbor RI
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

Newport Harbor

Newport Harbor is undoubtedly one of the coolest places to stay in the city with its beautiful waterfront condos, swanky restaurants, pristine sailing yachts, and cute pockets of greenery.

FOR FAMILIES
Prescott Farm Newport RI
FOR FAMILIES

Easton Pond

If you like being amongst nature and spending your vacation doing outdoor activities then the neighborhood of Easton Pond is for you. It’s one of the best places to stay in Newport for families due to its offers a great mix of outdoor activities to keep the kids entertained.

The sought-after city of Newport has been widely renowned for its glamorous waterfront homes, spectacular colonial architecture, and a plethora of dazzling yachts. With each neighborhood offering something different for each traveler and their budget, it is important to make the right choice for your wants and needs.

Downtown is the obvious choice if you’re looking to base yourself amongst the hustle and bustle of Newport. You will find the largest selection of shops, restaurants, and cafes. It is also a hugely popular location amongst tourists due to its convenience, and a great selection of accommodation options!

If you’ve mentioned visiting Newport to someone who’s already been, you would have probably heard that it isn’t the cheapest city to visit. This can mean accommodation prices in the downtown region can set you back a fair few dollars. However, if you venture out of the city center, you will have more luck finding budget-friendly places to stay and eat. One of our favorite areas to stay in Newport if you’re on a budget is Middletown, it is just a short drive away from the city center and has its own unique charm.

If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway, then look no further than Newport Harbor. Living up to Newport’s sought-after reputation here you will find lavish yachts, chic cocktail bars, and beautifully decorated waterfront condos.

Finally, if you’re heading to Rhode Island city for its outdoor activities, then you have to stay in Easton Pond. The small but cute neighborhood is in a prime location to explore Newport’s spectacular natural beauty, including pristine lakes, white sandy beaches, and luscious hiking trails.

Newport’s 4 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

No matter what you’re after, there’s a neighborhood in Newport that’s ideal for you. Here are the best neighborhoods in Newport, broken down by interest.

Downtown Newport – Where to Stay in Newport for First Time Visitors

Elms Mansion in Newport RI

Without a doubt, Downtown Newport is the place to be if you want to be right amongst the hustle and bustle of Newport’s charm. Located in the center of the city and just a few minutes away from the harbor front, you’ll find a great host of charming colonial architecture, chic bars, and some of the best alfresco scenes. For this exact reason, along with being the home to lots of the most popular attractions, downtown is our top pick on where to stay in Newport if you’re a first-time visitor.

You won’t struggle to find the right accommodation option for you in the buzzing district. Downtown Newport is home to a vast selection of hotels, B&Bs, and apartments. To help you out, below we have listed three of our favorite accommodation options in the neighborhood, all of which offer something unique to tailor to different visitors’ wants and needs.

Best Bed & Breakfast in Downtown Newport – Apartment in the Heart of Newport

Amazing Heart of Newport

This sunny, victorian apartment is full of character and is perfectly located in the heart of Newport’s downtown neighborhood. It is within walking distance to a great host of chic bars, restaurants, and cafes, along with downtown’s top attractions.

Best Hotel in Downtown Newport – Pelham Court Hotel

Pelham Court Hotel Newport

Located in the heart of Newport’s center is this beautifully renovated carriage barn which dates back to the 1800s. The extensive renovation turned, what was once one cottage, into a seven-bedroom hotel with a relaxed but yet elegant environment.

Best Budget Accommodation in Downtown Newport – Admiral Fitzroy Inn

Admiral Fitzroy Inn Newport

Being ideally located in such a sought-after city can pose challenges for finding budget accommodation, with many of the downtown options offering lavish facilities and high prices. The Admiral Fitzroy provides a charming atmosphere just a few minutes’ walk from downtown with budget-friendly prices. Perfect for couples and small groups, the Inn provides a variety of en-suite colonial rooms.

Things to See and Do in Downtown Newport

Touro Synagogue Newport RI
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Middletown – Where to Stay in Newport on a Budget

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The laid-back neighborhood of Middletown is just a short drive away from the center of the city, and has a slow-paced atmosphere with lots of appeal in its own right.

Along with it having a decent selection of restaurants and shops, there are also plenty of regular buses and taxis allowing easy access to the city’s top attractions.

Due to its slightly further out location, Middletown has a great selection of budget accommodation options.

Best Bed & Breakfast in Newport East – Beautiful and Spacious 4 Bed House

Beautiful and spacious 4 bedroom 2.5 bath house Newport

This spacious and elegantly spacious four-bedroom home is perfectly located near some of the city’s best beaches, and is just a short drive to downtown Newport. Equipped with a beautiful terrace patio looking out over luscious views of the nearby greenery, it is a perfect place to unwind and relax.

Best Hotel in Newport East – The Carriage House Inn Newport

The Carriage House Inn Newport Ascend Hotel Collection

This fully renovated Victorian-era home has been transformed into a boutique hotel that embodies a historic charm. With modern amenities just outside of the city center, it is an ideal base to explore Newport. A variety of rooms makes it the perfect hotel for families and couples on a romantic getaway.

Best Budget Accommodation in Newport East – Rodeway Inn Middletown

Rodeway Inn Middletown Newport

A basic, but clean motel in the heart of Middletown, the Rodeway Inn offers guests a great location to explore at a steal of the price. There is a traditional interior with a variety of rooms, all of which are equipped with an en suite.

Things to See and Do in Middletown

Sachuest Point Newport RI

Newport Harbor – Coolest Area to Stay in Newport

Newport Harbor RI

Newport Harbor is undoubtedly one of the coolest places to stay in the city with its beautiful waterfront condos, swanky restaurants, pristine sailing yachts, and cute pockets of greenery.

Located just a short walk from the downtown area, this plush neighborhood offers panoramic views over a well-kept harbor whilst also having a bustling atmosphere.

Whether you love outdoor adventures or just want to take a stroll along the promenade to relax and enjoy a drink in the Rhode Island sunshine, Newport Harbor is the place for you.

It must be said that Newport Harbor isn’t the most budget-friendly area, however, if you’re looking to splash the cash it is certainly worth it!

Best Bed & Breakfast in Newport Marina – Newport Waterfront Townhouse

Newport Waterfront 1 Bedroom

Best described as a New England Seaport escape, this beautiful townhouse has spectacular views overlooking the docks of Newport Harbor. Immaculately decorated, this bed & breakfast is said to feel like a home away from home with a cozy and warming atmosphere.

Best Hotel in Newport Harbor – Newport Marriott

Newport Marriott

The Newport Marriott offers guests scenic views overlooking the shimmering Rhode Island waterfront. The hotel is equipped with nautical-themed rooms and luxurious amenities perfect for relaxing after a long day of exploring.

Best Budget Accommodation in Newport Harbor – The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina

The Newport Harbor Hotel Marina Newport

Whilst this isn’t exactly budget-friendly for all travelers, The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina provides guests with reasonably priced rooms looking directly over the harbor. Guests are provided with spacious rooms along with an onsite restaurant, and an indoor heated saltwater pool.

Things to See and Do in Newport Harbor

Goat Island Newport RI
  • Take a day trip to Goat Island
  • Go on a sailing adventure
  • Wander along the harbor promenade
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  • Have dinner with a view at Bluewater Grill
  • Live the life of luxury at Harborside Restaurant and Grand Ballroom
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Easton Pond – Where to Stay in Newport for Families

Prescott Farm Newport RI

If you like being amongst nature and enjoying outdoor adventures, then the neighborhood of Easton Pond is for you. It’s one of the best places to stay in Newport for families with its great mix of activities to keep the kids entertained.

With it being a short drive from the city center, it also means that there are a few more budget-friendly places to stay. Those looking to save some cash will love Easton Pond!

Despite not having as much of a bustling atmosphere, there is still a good selection of shops, restaurants, and bars. But of course, the key draw to staying here has been left to nature with the chance to try paddle boarding, hiking, and mountain biking.

Best Bed & Breakfast in Easton Pond – Charming Beach Cottage

Charming Beach Cottage with Stunning Ocean Views Newport

This charming cottage is just steps away from a gorgeous sandy beach, and has stunning views overlooking the ocean. The cottage is just a few minutes’ walk away from Easton Pond’s great selection of cafes, restaurants, and shops.

Best Hotel in Easton Pond – Atlantic Beach Hotel Newport

Atlantic Beach Hotel Newport

This large hotel complex is primely located with direct access to some of Rhode Island’s best beaches! Guests at the hotel can enjoy top-class facilities including a heated indoor pool, a health center and an on-site restaurant.

Best Luxury Accommodation in Easton Pond – The Sea Breeze Inn

The Sea Breeze Inn Newport

The Sea Breeze Inn provides guests with a luxurious and spacious home looking out to beautiful ocean views. The owners pride the property on being a home away from home with little touches that create an elegant yet homely atmosphere.

Things to See and Do in Easton Pond

Second Beach Newport RI
  • Enjoy watersports on Second Beach
  • Relax on the cream-coloured sands at Third Beach
  • Spot wildlife at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
  • Visit Prescott Farm
  • Go wine tasting at Greenvale Vineyards
  • Have a dip in Easton Pond

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Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Newport

Whether you’re trying to decide where to stay in Newport for its culture and history, or you want to spend your days exploring its fantastic landscapes, it’s important you choose the right neighborhood.

We hope this guide has helped make planning your trip that little bit easier so you can get on with enjoying your time in the sun, having a cocktail or two, all whilst also learning about Newport’s rich culture.

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