Newport, RI, has the crisp New England charm of Katherine Hepburn’s accent. At times, especially along mansion-lined Bellevue Avenue, it feels refined; at others, as while looking over the sparkling, choppy Atlantic, it is without pretension. Castle Hill Inn, set above the mouth of Narragansett Bay, achieves a similarly charming high/low balance between luxury and ease—and a distinctive identity that hews closely to its magical location at the water’s edge.
The mansion, turreted and shingled and angled toward the sea, was built in 1875 for Alexander Agassiz, who found his fortune in copper mining and his passion in the study of marine biology. Agassiz filled the house with a wealth of art and furniture that he’d collected on travels through Asia, including an intricately carved wood piece above the lobby mantel. Built in the same era in which the marble-and-gilt mansions in town were being constructed, this building enjoys a warmth and depth of character they often lack.
The 33-room inn retains the feeling of a gracious home. Its location, secluded yet just a few minutes’ drive from town, allows guests to feel cosseted yet not out of touch. Service is calm, friendly and professional (Castle Hill Inn is 70% employee-owned so those welcomes come from the heart). The lobby enjoys views of the bay and the warmth of the fireplace in cool weather. The variety of romantic accommodations—from elegant Turret Suite to barefoot-friendly Beach Cottage—fits all manner of getaways. Relax, you’ve found your safe harbor in New England.
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Rhody Bar minibar featuring delectable snacks and drinks from Rhode Island and Southern New England; Flat screen television with cable; Charging station featuring additional power outlets and USB ports; Geneva Model S Bluetooth-enabled Sound System; Complimentary bottled water; Twice daily housekeeping service
Farmaesthetics local herbal bath amenities; Luxurious bathrobes and slippers; glass and marble showers, soaking tubs in most rooms
Located on the second floor of the Agassiz Mansion, the Mrs. Agassiz Room features a panoramic view of the Narragansett Bay, a king size bed, gas jet fireplace, loveseat and chairs in front of a bay window. The bathroom offers a second fireplace, two-person soaking tub and a separate gas and marble stand-up shower.
The Bridge Room is located on the third floor of the Agassiz Mansion, with a beautiful view of the Narragansett Bay and Newport Bridge. Renovated in January 2012, the Bridge Room features a king size sleigh bed, and a chaise lounge by the gas jet fireplace. The bathroom offers an antique vanity, two person soaking tub and a separate glass and marble stand up shower.
Mary Walsh Room
Located on the west end of the main mansion on the second floor, the Mary Walsh Room features a full view of Narragansett Bay.The Mary Walsh Room offers a king size bed with writing desk, and table and chairs, as well as a gas jet fireplace and hardwood floors. The bathroom overlooks the East Passage and features a two-person soaking tub and a separate glass and marble stand-up shower.
Located on the third floor, the Lighthouse Suite is one of the most spacious accommodations in the Agassiz Mansion. It offers distant ocean views and limited views of the East Passage and the Narragansett Bay. The Light House Suite offers a bedroom and sitting area, separated by French doors. The bedroom features a king size bed, a gas jet fireplace, and an oversized soaking tub overlooking the grounds. The sitting area offers a queen size pull-out sofa, circular table with four chairs, and an additional television. The bathroom features a glass and marble stand up shower with steam options.
Located on the second floor of the Agassiz Mansion, the Master Bedroom has a full view of the East Passage and the Narragansett Bay. The Master Bedroom features custom décor, a gas jet fireplace, writing desk, sitting area, and a king size sleigh bed. The bathroom has an oversized whirlpool tub along with a glass and marble stand up shower.
The Rose Room is located on the second floor of the Agassiz Mansion, with a beautiful view of the Narragansett Bay. Renovated in January 2012, the Rose Room offers a gas jet fireplace, hardwood floors and paneling, writing desk, and a king size bed. The bathroom features a large whirlpool tub/shower combination in a custom marble bath.
Located on the third floor of the Agassiz Mansion, this is a bi-level suite in our historically renovated turret with a panoramic view of the Narragansett Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Castle Hill Lighthouse. The Turret Suite offers a king size bed on the first floor along with a gas jet fireplace, hardwood floors and an oversized soaking tub overlooking the ocean. A custom wood spiral staircase leads to the second level where a circular sitting room features a working telescope and high-powered binoculars with accompanying books on astrology and local points of interest. The bathroom features a large marble walk-in shower with a full front glass door, an oversized flat designer shower head and separate body sprayer heads.
Located steps away from the private beach front at one of the best places to stay in Newport, approximately 250 yards away from the Agassiz Mansion, the Beach Houses feature a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and feature a king size bed. Each unit has a living room area with leather furniture and a queen size pullout sofa, a gas jet fireplace, and beautiful French doors that open onto a semi-private deck overlooking our private beach front. These rooms offer radiant heated floors as well as a fully equipped galley kitchen with a two burner stove, small fridge, microwave, and espresso maker. The bathroom offers a two-person stand-up glass and marble shower, along with a two-person whirlpool tub. Superior Beach Houses offer the added privacy of an end unit, as well as wrap around stunning Newport, Rhode Island beach views.
Located on our private beach front, approximately 250 yards away from the Agassiz Mansion, each Beach Cottage has a small wet bar with a sink, microwave, subzero fridge, and espresso maker. Each features one queen size bed and a small sitting area with a flat screen TV. Some cottages also offer a gas jet fireplace. Either the main entrance or additional French doors open onto a semi-private deck that overlooks the ocean and our private beach front. Heated floors complete the bathrooms in these units, which vary, offering either a whirlpool tub and shower combination, separate shower and tub, or a stand-up shower. Superior Beach Cottages offer additional space, while the Premier Beach Cottage is the only free-standing guestroom at Castle Hill.
Located above the event space in the historic Chalet, the Chalet Suite looks over the Chalet Tent to the Narragansett Bay, while the Chalet Room has an exclusive view of Castle Hill Cove. The bedroom of the Chalet Suite holds an elegant queen platform bed beside a gas jet fireplace. The adjacent sitting room complete with its own wet bar, offers a double pull out sofa. A cast iron double whirlpool tub and separate marble shower in bestow the final touches of luxury.
In the Chalet Room, the hardwood floor, oriental carpet and queen platform bed create a graceful retreat. A cast iron double whirlpool and shower combination in the custom bathroom invites the weary traveler to relax in refined elegance true to Castle Hill Inn. The Chalet Suite and Chalet Room can be connected to create a two-bedroom suite, but they are primarily offered as separate accommodations.
Sitting on a cliff with panoramic views of Narragansett Bay this charming respite is sure to please. Each Harbor House features a queen size bed, gas jet fireplace, espresso maker, and fridge. Hardwood floors and custom décor complement the cozy setting. French doors open to a semi-private porch with Adirondack chairs and a view of the Newport Bridge. The Harbor House rooms overlook a rocky enclave where actress Grace Kelly used to famously sneak down to the water’s edge; a staircase was built so she could climb back up from her secluded hideaway.