Bannister's Wharf Guestrooms - Newport, RI

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Hotel at a Glance: Bannister’s Wharf Guestrooms

Bannister’s Wharf has been central to life in Newport, Rhode Island, since the mid-16th century, when citizens came to hear news from the incoming boats and buy food, cloth, and other necessities. In 1813, crowds gathered on the docks to welcome Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry back after his victory in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. Bannister’s Wharf Guestrooms is located right along Newport Harbor, so guests can easily walk along the marina, hop on to their boats, or browse the wharf’s art galleries.

  • Room with a view: Two-double units open onto a shared deck with views of the harbor.
  • Spacious suites: On the 2nd and 3rd floor, two-bedroom suites include ample living space and a wet bar (no balcony or harbor view).
  • New England eats are at the Clarke Cooke House, which serves seafood in an 18th-century home on the wharf. Frommer’s says that “for many, this is the quintessential Newport restaurant.”
  • Go shopping at a handful of specialty shops and art galleries lining the wharf.
  • Driving time to Boston: about 90 minutes

Newport, Rhode Island: Harbor Town with World-Famous Mansions

Newport sits on Rhode Island’s Aquidneck Island, just 30 miles south of Providence and 70 miles south of Boston. With its picturesque cliffs running along the rocky coast, Newport understandably attracted America’s upper class at the turn of the 20th century. The prestigious Astor and Vanderbilt families joined other captains of industry in building their summer “cottages” here—sprawling estates that epitomized the Gilded Age’s glitz and glamour. You can sign up for mansion tours at the historic The Elms, Marble House, and The Breakers, a 70-room Italian Renaissance–style palazzo commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt II in 1893 and inspired by the palaces of Genoa and Turin.

Year-round, the Cliff Walk is one of the most popular activities in town. From sunrise to sunset you’ll find visitors strolling the 3.5-mile path, ensconced between the beautiful Newport shoreline and the spectacular mansions. If the conditions are ripe, you might see surfers catching waves on the ocean breakers.

The city slows its pace in winter; find time to shop on Thames and Spring Streets or visit the city’s many museums. The town is home to the National Museum of American Illustration, which features works by Saturday Evening Post artist Norman Rockwell, as well as the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.

The ocean is easily accessible from Newport’s western, eastern, and southern coastlines. It’s often referred to as “the Sailing Capital of the World,” and in the summertime, fishing boats fill its harbors and beachgoers flock to its shores. Easton’s Beach (or 1st Beach if you’re a local), the largest public beach, sits catty-cornered to the Cliff Walk’s stunning homes. Back on land, the city hosts a variety of festivals, including the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Kite Festival, held in the ocean-facing Brenton Point State Park.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a two-double room, or stay for four in a two-bedroom suite
  • Dates into January 2016

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 15-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are nonrefundable.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

Amenities

  • Seafood restaurant
  • Shared deck with harbor views (two-double rooms)
  • WiFi
  • Marina

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 15-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points.

Other Details

Room Details

Two-Double Room

  • Two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $50 per night for each additional guest

Two-Bedroom Suite

  • Two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 5
  • Adding occupants above standard: $50 per night for each additional guest

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 2 p.m. at 1 Bannister’s Wharf Office, 3rd Floor (just above Newport Mansions/Onne van der Wal Shop); After 5 p.m., check in at Clarke Cooke House Restaurant Host station
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for no additional charge; subject to availability
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $25 per pet per night.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available
  • Two-bedroom suites do not have harbor views or decks

Getting There

  • Nearest airports: T.F. Green Airport (PVD; 27 mi) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS; 74 mi)
  • Distance from Boston: about 71 miles

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