A hundred years ago, Newport, Rhode Island was the favorite summer resort for high society New Yorkers. Today, everyone can enjoy the lovely climate, ocean breezes, and beautiful setting, too. We just finished a stay at the Wyndham Inn on the Harbor, and here's what we found.View from the rooftop deck at Wyndham Inn on the Harbor in Newport
A little about Newport, Rhode Island
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Downtown on the waterfront
Newport is a historic city on the coast of Rhode Island. Walking through town, you see historic homes everywhere, marked with dates of construction centuries ago. The picturesque harbor is full of boats during the summer season, from small racing sailboats to mammoth mega-yachts. On a sunny day, the center of town is lively, with thousands of people wandering by shops, and enjoying the multitudinous restaurants.
During the "gilded age" around the start of the 1900s, Newport was the favorite summer resort for the ultra-wealthy social set. They vied with each other to see who could construct the grandest, most opulent mansions. Since they were only occupied during the summer, these palatial residences were oddly referred to as "cottages".
Several of the Newport mansions are currently open for public tours, and it's well worth taking a look. Two of the most extravagant are the Breakers and the Marble House, both built by members of the Vanderbilt family. They used tons of marble, gold, crystal, full rooms imported from France then reassembled, even platinum leaf on the walls. Conspicuous consumption was the order of the day, and a tour of these homes is mind-boggling.Breakers - One of the famous "cottages" in Newport, RI
What's the Wyndham Inn on the Harbor like?
One-bedroom timeshare units, right by the harbor, in the heart of historic downtown Newport. Clean, comfortable, and the rooftop deck has the best views in town.
All of the units at the Inn on the Harbor are one-bedroom suites, with some minor differences in configuration. Some units face the harbor directly. Ours had a partial water view, which let us watch boats come and go.
We had a bedroom, bathroom, and living room with a dining area. The partial kitchen had a 2-burner stove top, a microwave, and a full-sized fridge. There was no oven, no dishwasher, and no gas grills on site. The counter and sink were small, but unlike some places, there was ample storage for our food and other belongings.
All in all, the kitchen was serviceable and the unit was comfortable. It's not a luxury resort, but we enjoyed our time there.
Upsides of the Wyndham Inn on the Harbor
- Great location. This property is located right by the waterfront, in the heart of the downtown historic district. It's a great location! There are dozens of restaurants within a few blocks, and lots of shops. We were able to walk to almost everything we wanted to see and do.
- Rooftop deck. The rooftop deck here has the best view in town. You get a beautiful vista of the harbor, stretching past Goat Island over to Jamestown. It's a great place to watch the sunset.
- Harbor shuttle stop. The harbor shuttle (water taxi) stops at a small dock right behind the property. You can use their hop on / hop off access for touring spots around the city, or ride around the full loop for the cheapest harbor tour in town. It's much more fun than driving!
- Free parking. On a busy day, the traffic in downtown Newport can be slow and parking is expensive. Fortunately, the resort has free parking. We left our car there for most of our stay, just walking and taking the harbor shuttle instead.
- Free wifi. My favorite amenity! 🙂
Downsides of Wyndham Inn on the Harbor
- Limited facilities. Aside from that rooftop deck, they don't have much in the way of facilities. There's no pool, spa, or exercise room.
- Only one-bedrooms. If you're looking for a larger unit, you'll have to try somewhere else.
- Noisy bar downstairs. Friday and Saturday nights were lively, with the bar on the ground floor going strong until late at night. On the 5th floor, we were able to sleep with earplugs, but it could be pretty loud if you were closer to it.
We had fun in Newport, and I'd love to go back again. There's a lot to see and do there, and a week just wasn't long enough. The Wyndham Inn on the Harbor made a good base for exploring, with its ideal central location. Personally, I don't mind the lack of a pool - I can lie by the pool at home. Sipping a glass of wine on the rooftop deck, watching the sun set over the harbor, more than made up for that!
Newport travel tips
- Best time to go? Summer is peak season, with the most activities. Highs are in the 70s from June to Sept. Winters are cold and the harbor is empty - all the boats leave for the winter. See Newport weather averages...
- Things to do? The Newport mansions are a big attraction. Fort Adams has a fascinating tour that takes you down into the tunnels beneath the fort. There are beaches and wildlife preserves near the city too.
- Harbor shuttle. You can take this water taxi / tour service from the small dock right behind the hotel. How convenient is that? It goes to Fort Adams, too.
- Discounts on mansions. You can purchase a pass that gives you admission to 5 different mansions, and the check-in desk can give you a discount coupon to save a bit on the price. If you're really keen, you can get unlimited admission if you join the preservation society.
Other Wyndhams in Newport, Rhode Island
Wyndham is big in Newport, with a bunch of resorts to choose from. Aside from the Inn on the Harbor, where we stayed, here are some others you could consider.
- Wyndham Newport Onshore - This is right next door to the Inn on the Harbor. It offers 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units, and has an indoor / outdoor pool.
- Wyndham Long Wharf - Not too far away, this property has 1, 2 and 3-bedroom suites. It's on the waterfront, and has an indoor / outdoor pool.
- Wyndham Inn on Long Wharf - Right beside the other Long Wharf property, this place has all 1-bedroom suites.
- Wyndham Bay Voyage Inn - This one is across the bridge in Jamestown, a short drive or a ferry ride from Newport. All 1-bedroom suites.
- Wyndham Newport Overlook - Also on the Jamestown side of the bridge, this property is all 2-bedroom suites.
Have you stayed at the Inn on the Harbor, or any of the other timeshares in Newport, Rhode Island? Any tips or recommendations for others? Drop a line in the Reply section below, and let us know!