The Viking Hotel is located on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. It is actually not too close to where the mansions are, its number is #1 and for comparisons sake, The Elms is 367 just to give you an idea of distances. It is a very attractive brick building and you pull into a half circle driveway to check in. Valet or self-parking is offered, the charge is the same. Either way, staff will greet you and offer to help with your bags. Check in is handled quickly and soon you will be headed toward your room. We were given room 2025. This is on the main floor but just about as far away from the desk and restaurant as you can get; the last room at the end of three long corridors.
The rooms was beautiful, two large windows offer an abundance of light. Rooms in this section have either one king size bed or two queens. This was one of the lower priced rooms so is somewhat smaller than the more expensive rooms and it may very well explain what seemed like a mile long walk. WiFi is offer free of charge and was plenty fast and strong. The bathroom is in two parts, the sink is in a separate room from the toilet and tub. Everything was immaculately clean.
A Keurig coffee maker comes with 4 K cups. There is also a basket that includes some Starbucks coffee if you are willing to pay $2 a cup. Bring your own bottled water as well, the bottles of Fiji in the room are $5 and there is no place in the hotel to buy water or soda except the restaurant or your mini-bar and a $4 Coke is not all that appealing.
Sound proofing is non-existent. Being in the room below what seemed like a room filled with constantly running children who also seem to drop things often lost its charm after an hour or two. When the front desk was informed they immediately assigned a new room with no one above, a peaceful stay was had. To get to that room however we had to carry our luggage down a small set of stairs. The staff member who brought us our new key did offer to carry our bags however we declined not realizing there were stairs involved.
The tub has dispensers for shampoo, conditioner and shower gel on the wall. This is a personal pet peeve and is something that smacks of a motel to this writer. It implies that guests are not to be trusted with the little amenity size bottles, smacks of tacky. My friend Irene pointed out that it is a green choice which I had never thought of but still, I prefer not to get my shampoo and shower from a dispenser which many people have placed their hands on.
We had afternoon tea and dinner in the hotel restaurant and loved it. We also had room service for breakfast and it came quickly and was warm and just as ordered. The food was excellent on all occasions. There was live entertainment in the bar during supper. The hotel also has a spa and a gym. There is a small store as well that sells handmade items. Since it was December, the hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas and is extremely charming.
This was a girlfriend’s getaway and this was just about the most perfect hotel we have ever chosen. At the end of the day it cost us about $150 each for tips, parking, three meals and a very nice room. The staff members are all amazing and ready to help us with anything that might come up with a smile. We loved this place and I highly recommend it for just about anyone.