By Jennifer Pelaez
On the coast of the small yet majestically beautiful, ocean-gripped Rhode Island, Newport recalls the splendor and opulence of the Gilded Age, the perfect blend of natural beauty and culturally rich architecture and history.
It is no wonder some of the wealthiest families in America chose to build their summer mansions here; among them, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt’s summer home was built in 1909. Now known as Vanderbilt Grace, this historic and elegant brick mansion has been restored to its former glory and one of the proud few private homes of the era that successfully operates as a fully functioning top boutique hotel.
Perfectly located in the lovely Historic Hill neighborhood, the Vanderbilt Grace, is tucked away on a delightfully quiet and private street, yet also centrally situated and just minutes from the stunning waterfront and numerous cultural attractions. Boasting beautiful high views of Newport Harbor, guests can unwind after a long day of sightseeing with a cocktail at the Garden Terrace to take in the glorious ambiance or relax at the indoor and outdoor pools. And for spa connoisseurs, a luxe treatment at the sumptuous spa must not be missed.
While maintaining a true sense of authenticity, Vanderbilt Grace has also evolved with the time, harmoniously blending the traditional with the modern. The public open spaces retain their historical character while the 33 rooms and luxury suites range from classic to contemporary in style. The interiors are refreshingly updated, with bright white rooms and soft tones, an overall modern design aesthetic. The deluxe amenities and details, from the king-size beds dressed in Italian linens and cashmere throws, to the ample marble bathrooms stocked with Penhaligon products ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay.
The hotel features two restaurants including Muse, a fine-dining restaurant helmed by one of New England’s most decorated chefs, Jonathan Cartwright. This award-winning restaurant prides itself on sourcing the best local ingredients prepared and presented in a most imaginative menu, which changes throughout the year. The dining room, romantically warmed by a log fire, maintains an air of elegance and sophistication and perfectly decorated, complete with a gorgeous grand piano on display. For a more casual dining option, The Conservatory restaurant offers contemporary cuisine and also opens for breakfast and lunch.
Vanderbilt Grace’s acclaimed hospitality, exceptional staff and accommodating concierge, along with their fascinating story and history set the stage for a picture perfect holiday retreat amid the classical splendor of the glamorous and historic city of Newport. So step back in time and experience the glamour of the Gilded Age, when leisure, luxury and elegance were paramount.
41 Mary St.
Newport, RI 02840