We had stopped in at Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island, in the Autumn of last year to attend a special mixologist event hosted by Hennessy Cognac and were smitten by the old-world elegance of the place. It really is a throwback to the Gilded Age, Newport's oldest luxury hotel AND situated right on iconic Bellevue Avenue.
So, when the opportunity came along to return for their 2017 Wine Festival, a series of more intimate dinners with the wineries who have paired the four course meal with wines we just knew we'd have to go back for at least one. We chose the Hedges Family Estate wine dinner and were not disappointed.
The quality is always in the details. We define a luxury experience as one where some of the niceties are provided even before one has to ask. Fresh fruit and ice cold water upon arrival is always a great way to start when arriving in town.
The other thing we really love when traveling are the unique, even retro, features that make the experience special, like your not just in any cookie cutter designed hotel that looks the same no matter where in the world it is.
The design elements here were clearly Gilded Age, ornate but comfy, classic without being over-the-top or gaudy.
The common areas, including the indoor pool, were always impeccably clean, yet another extremely important factor when weighing the overall quality.
Overall, it's hard to beat Hotel Viking if you are staying in Newport. The location makes just about everything within walking distance, the rooms are comfy, it's a great design, clean and the service is terrific. We can't wait to go back for rooftop drinks when we return in June.
One Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
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Our stay was provided by Hotel Viking without remuneration or any promise of editorial consideration.