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The Chanler was originally used as the summer retreat of New York Congressman John Winthrop Chanler, whose wife was a member of the prominent Astor family. Completed in 1873, the mansion is a gracious structure that nods to its elegant past with features such as high ceilings, large windows and fine finishes.
The mansion has gone through many changes over the years, with its most recent in-depth renovation taking place between 2000 and 2003, when the current owners purchased the estate. They were able to salvage the original parquet flooring and ornate mantle in the lobby, offering a peek into the mansion's initial lavish design style. When planning the guest rooms of the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel, the owners took great care to choose furniture and fabrics made to look authentic to each room's historic time period (Victorian, for example) or theme (Mediterranean). Lush gardens and a charming cobblestone walkway help escort guests into the Newport hotel's lobby, which is exquisitely appointed with golden-hued chandeliers, sconces and mirrors that give it a distinctly European feel.