The Gilded Hotel in Newport brings the Age of Opulence
to the 21st Century
Newport, Rhode Island-In a world where we have access to almost all of the same sources and stores, creating something different is the definitive in luxury. I love what designer Alexa Hampton says, “When details are done right, they don’t stand out, but they draw you in.”
That is exactly what Gilded Hotel, in Newport, RI, does… its gold is in the details and it charms you into one of the most memorable experiences this side of the Gilded Age.
The most delightful details take into consideration both the past and present. I could think of no better example of this than what the lovely managers, Dave and Emily, give you upon check-in: an Ipad full of Newport information & itinerary suggestions and A REAL KEY to your room! Like the made of metal, heavy to the touch, turn and unlock key.
The hotel is a renovated historic home in a lovely neighborhood in Newport; allowing its guests to really feel like you are living in the seaside town of Cliff’s walks, marble mansions, and cobblestone streets. Each of the 17 spacious rooms is stocked with its own unique design, luxury linens, LED Smart TVs, bathrobes, and free wireless. Our room even had a jacuzzi tub that I spent an hour each night in relaxing and reading one of my “summer fun books” The Knockoff.
Our room’s beautiful light fixture.
A modern twist on breakfast was a treat to wake up to each morning. Gilded does a “tapas style” spread with some traditional choices like coffee, egg frittatas, and danishes to basil-strawberry water, assorted cheeses with fig jams, and pear & arugula salad. I woke up excited to see what the day’s choices would be (and ready to take pictures so I could use this idea for my next party!)
The Gilded Hotel and its details are so alluring that it was a struggle to leave each day after breakfast to tour Newport. That’s what good hosts create for us… a comfortable feeling like we are home, planned details with the intent to delight, and an escape from the everyday. And that is true luxury.
For more details on Gilded Hotel’s summer rate specials, check out their crazy great mid week deals.
All photos, unless noted (the first one), are mine.