Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina

A nautical Newport escape

Surrounded by water, docked sailboats and a clear view of the famous Newport Bridge, Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina affords a relaxing getaway on Goat Island.

The luxury hotel, which sits on an old naval station, cleverly embodies its nautical roots at every turn. Enter an open lobby filled with natural sunlight and outfitted with rope-netted chairs and well-thought-out details, like a ship’s binnacle compass; enjoy outdoor dining at each of the resort’s restaurants (including on-boat service, should you choose to dock your vessel onsite); and dive into the only outdoor hotel pool in Newport (saltwater, no less).

With a sister resort in the Hamptons, Gurney’s Newport, purchased from the Hyatt in 2016, has been undergoing renovations — floor-to-ceiling windows, new carpets, upgraded rooms and more — all of which are expected to be complete in April 2018.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Gurney’s Seawater Spa has more than 40 indulgent services inspired by the sand and sea. We love how the de-stress factor extends beyond the treatments to a dimly lit indoor relaxation lounge with sofas, fruit-infused water and hot tea as well as an outdoor wraparound deck overlooking the pool area.
  • The property includes three restaurants — the noted Italian eatery Scarpetta, headed up by chef Jorge Espinoza; The Regent Lounge, serving cocktails, seafood and American fare on a three-tiered patio; and The Pineapple Club, a poolside dining option with an outdoor bar.
  • Gurney’s offers complimentary bicycles as well as guided bike tours, making for an easygoing jaunt to downtown Newport, just minutes away.
  • Grab an Adirondack chair on the north lawn after dinner. Overlooking the bridge and situated next to a fire pit, it’s easily the best place to watch the sunset.
  • The Newport hotel’s nine poolside cabanas are prime real estate, especially when the DJ is spinning. Each fits up to 10 people, includes a full-service attendant and is one of the few amenities also open to locals not staying at the resort.

Things to Know

  • Book your reservation at the year-round hotel early for the summer season, especially during the Newport Folk Festival (late July) and Newport Jazz Festival (early August).
  • Though Scarpetta has a total of 240 seats between its indoor and outdoor dining areas, reservations are highly recommended as early as a week in advance. And make sure to order something from the pasta menu — every strand of spaghetti is made fresh onsite.
  • Complimentary fitness classes (like yoga) take place on the outdoor waterfront pavilion, one of the best views in the house, during the warm-weather months.
  • As part of the property’s renovations, the fitness center, which provides cool eucalyptus towels and extra headphones, will be expanded with equipment facing the connected indoor pool area so that you can take in a unique audiovisual experience with movies projected on the wall.
  • The Newport hotel runs a shuttle to downtown.

The Rooms

  • Each room and suite — all with serene views — ties nicely into the resort’s nautical theme with bright lighting from large windows and crisp white linens against blue and gray accents.
  • Details are everything, and the barn-style bathroom doors are not only cozy but provide good use of space.
  • With a Nespresso machine and iHome stereo and docking station in each room, you’re sure to begin each day well caffeinated and energized.

Nearby Attractions

  • Enjoy a wine tasting at Newport Vineyards, which sits on 60 acres, sets up lawn games and is home to chef-forward Brix Restaurant.
  • No trip to Rhode Island would be complete without visiting at least one Newport mansion. While each of the available-to-tour historic homes has its own architectural delight, we highly recommend The Breakers.
  • The Newport Cliff Walk offers a three-and-a-half-mile trail of sprawling coastline and outside views of the area’s famed mansions. Soak up the salty air and one of the best vistas in New England, but make sure to wear sneakers.
  • A three-minute drive or 20-minute walk from Gurney’s, Bowen’s Wharf is an iconic Newport hub that’s filled with world-class shopping, restaurants and art galleries.

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Getting There
1 Goat Island, Newport, Rhode Island 02840
PVD  (36 min)   BOS  (1 hr 20 min-1 hr 40 min)  
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