Anyone familiar with Newport in season knows it can be a pretty noisy place. By the water gets particularly loud with open-air bars, crowded streets and music filling the summer air.
And that makes one of the city’s newer lodging entities, The Attwater on Liberty Street, a welcome alternative and respite. It’s close enough to be nearly in the thick of things, but just far enough away to get a break from it all. Snuggled on a side street near the historic and wonderfully quiet Redwood Library and Athenaeum, The Attwater is a block off Bellevue Avenue and an eight-minute walk to Newport’s First Beach.
The Attwater is two hotels in one with rooms and suites totaling 17, and rates reasonable for the city, running from $169-$589 depending on the season. The main hotel’s crown jewel is the Lark Suite, essentially a small apartment of 670 square feet with a king bed, 40-inch LED smart TV, gas fireplace, luxury bath, and a living room with a 60-inch TV.
The newest component of The Attwater is next to the main hotel, a refurbished building known as the Urban Beach House with four suites and one guest room. Rachel Reider Interiors of Boston did the work here, starting when The Attwater opened in spring 2012 and again with the Urban Beach House and Lark Suite, using bold colors, fabrics, drift-wood walls, modern furnishings and eclectic accents. Reider’s work helped earn The Attwater a spot in the 2013 Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot List.”
Deluxe amenities throughout both Attwater structures include designer linens, new generation iPads, Waffle Kimono robes, free wireless, beach bags, chairs and free breakfast in The Attwater Café, with fresh-made pastries and fresh-roasted coffee, among other treats.
The Attwater is part of the Lark Hotel family, a collection of boutique hotels in popular vacation spots set mostly in New England, lodging that is bright and bold and playful. Other Lark holdings in Rhode Island include the nearby Gilded in Newport and The Break in Narragansett.
If you’re looking for the noise of Newport summer but a quiet place to get away from that, The Attwater just might suit your peace-seeking needs. Check it out at www.theattwater.com
(Photos courtesy of Lark Hotels)