Newport, Rhode Island offers a number of great attractions in a small town arena, from museums to historic mansions to the gorgeous scenery along its famous Cliff Walk. But if you want to stay in Newport proper, you are going to pay for it. This Travelodge located in neighboring Middletown gives you easy access to all the tourist attractions of Newport at considerably less cost.
To start with, you can be in downtown Newport within 15 minutes by simply making a left out of the hotel parking lot and one more left turn a few lights down. Now, making that initial left can be a problem due to the heavy traffic on West Main Rd, but no worries--just make a right turn instead and make a u-turn via the shopping center a few hundred yards up the road, with a handy traffic light to help you. While the hotel does not offer a restaurant itself, there are several options from fast food to classier dining within a short drive (none really within walking distance), or choose from dozens of local eateries which offer delivery service...or, simply grab your meals in Newport proper.
The outer appearance of the hotel is not particularly impressive. While a lengthy access road moving off the main road eliminates the issue of traffic noise and there is adequate free parking available, during peak season it might be an issue to park near your room. There is a small pool located on the property, but it was not open when I stayed and looked far from impressive anyway. The property does not look run down, per say, but it is not exactly postcard-ready either and it does show its age.
The young man on duty at the reception desk was outstanding, and I'm sorry to say that I do not recall his name as a commendation is due. After quickly wrapping up the check-in of a couple ahead of me, he immediately launched into getting me into my reserved room with prompt, professional courtesy and answered all of my questions before I even got to ask them (room location, WiFi settings, etc). If the hotel management does read this, he would have been on duty at 3pm on May 11th, and so please pass on my thanks to him.
My room was in the "motel" portion of the building, but there is a small "hotel" style setup inside the area with the reception desk. There was a short walk from my parking space to my door along a paved sidewalk which skirted past the lawn, and which also contained a large ashtray for smokers (all of the rooms are smoke free) and a big, covered trash can which was handy for emptying the car of all the trash which piles up during a lengthy drive. The room itself was not large, but still provided ample space for a single traveler or couple (with a single king bed). Amenities provided in the room included a large flat-screen tv with well over a hundred cable channels, spacious modern desk & workstation with built-in power outlets, coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave oven, and digital alarm clock. The room was immaculately kept and the bed smartly made, with fresh sheets and blankets. A heater/air conditioning unit with individual settings was also present, and worked marvelously. The included WiFi connection was flawless and quite quick.
One drawback is that the rooms sit flush with the parking area and it can be a struggle to get the curtains completely closed, so those seeking more in the way of privacy should request a room either in the hotel section or on the second floor. The gap between the curtains was well under an inch, but some might be bothered even by that. A free breakfast is provided with the stay, but isn't available until 7am. I was thus unable to sample it as my day started before then.
Overall, a clean and well-kept option for far less than you'd pay just a few miles down the road, and well worthy of the cost.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy seaside living at our Travelodge Newport Area / Middletown hotel. Located in a charming small-town community less than 10 minutes from downtown Newport, our Middletown, RI, hotel near Norman Bird Sanctuary puts the beauty of the beachfront and lively culture at your doorstep. Gear up for a fun-filled day with free Bear Bites breakfast, and refresh in our seasonal outdoor pool. Enjoy a cold drink from your refrigerator and plan your day from the comfort of your spacious hotel room with free Wi-Fi Internet access. You must be 21 to book a room, and kids 17 and under stay free with an adult at our hotel in Middletown, RI. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Travelodge Middletown / Newport Hotel Middletown
- Travel Lodge Middletown
- Middletown Travel Lodge
- Middletown Travelodge