Built in 1874 as the summer "cottage" of marine biologist, naturalist and copper mine millionaire Alexander Agassiz, Newport, Rhode Island's Castle Hill Inn is the charming city's most magical address. After its conversion into a boutique hotel shortly after World War II, the property has been the escape of choice for the world's most elite travelers, including the iconic Grace Kelly.
A member of the prestigious Relais & Château group, Castle Hill Inn is nestled in a 40-acre peninsula located on the western-most tip of Newport, just at the entrance of Narragansett Bay in the vicinity of some equally spectacular private residences.
Castle Hill Inn offers nine guest rooms and suites in the original Agassiz Mansion, which still retains some of the antique furnishings and objets d'art collected by Alexander himself.
A short walk from the mansion, guests can opt for one of 24 private, waterfront accommodations in the Harbor House, Chalet, Beach Houses and Beach Cottages.
The Beach Cottages are a little slice of heaven, located on a perfectly serene private beach. The spacious cottages offer modern amenities seamlessly integrated into the classic style of the rooms, including a bluetooth-operated sound system, Nespresso machines and heated bathroom floors. The white and aquamarine "beach chic" decor alongside every cottage's private beachfront deck give guests every reason to not leave the property during their stay. Who needs to sightsee, anyway?
Castle Hill Inn's four dining rooms are spearheaded by a group of award-winning chefs, serving delectable New England-inspired dishes such as White Asparragus Soup, Broiled Native Cod and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Soufflé. A three-course prix fixe menu - along with suggested wine pairings - are available for guests to delight in.
In the same dining rooms, complimentary breakfast and a traditional afternoon tea service ritual is served featuring outstanding service rarely found on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
There's also the ultra-relaxing Lawn and Terrace Bar, where guests can lounge on oversized chairs and take in the gorgeous bay views with a cocktail and small plates in hand.
If lounging on the lawn or private beach is too sedentary, Castle Hill Inn offers plenty more reasons to stick around. The hotel has a short and lovely nature walk, which culminates in a visit to a historic lighthouse built in 1890. There's also an extensive social datebook, which outlines a list of bespoke activities taking place year-round including a summer clam bake, bonfires, stargazing and what is arguably the best spot to watch the Newport to Bermuda sailing race.
A grande dame who has been witness to Newport's golden age and more, the relaxed property welcomes guests to a life of privacy and understated elegance ideal for escaping 21st century reality.