Wyndham Inn on the Harbor
A friend and I stayed two nights during the week at this hotel situated in the very center of Newport. We had a clean room on the 6th floor consisting of one bedroom, a small but complete kitchen (with utensils, pots, etc.), a bathroom (shower only) and a living-room with pull-out couch. We also had a great view of the harbor. The room was close to the elevator and we could hear its chime when it opened its door. Aside from that, we were not disturbed. Parking and daily newspapers were free. The staff was friendly and helpful. To find the hotel is not difficult but watch out for the driveway as it is wedged in between two buildings. Look for the Ben&Jerry's ice cream parlor and it is right after.
Newport is a nice play to stay for 3-5 days. The Information Center will provide you with a free map and all you need to know to enjoy your stay. You can make all your tour reservations and buy tickets to all events right there. The town's historical center (colonial period) and the mansions (with the beautiful gardens) are worth the visit. Each mansion offers free parking and has, of course, a little gift shop with some beautiful items. The bus service throughout the town is good ($1.50/ride). For a change, do the scenic drive to Brenton Point where you will find a good wind and plenty of space to fly a kite. It is also a good place for fishing if the number of men casting there is an indication. For those who like to walk, try the Cliff Walk (free) or one of the beaches ($10 parking fee during the day; free after 5 p.m.).
Boutiques and restaurants are plentiful. For an excellent gelato, go to Cold Fusion just down the street from the hotel and pick 2 flavors for $3.50. The restaurant Sales (a few doors beside the hotel) is o.k. but usually crowded and therefore noisy. Pickpockets Deli (near Brick Market Place) has good soups (to eat there or take-out).
-Lyncroft via TripAdvisor.com