Historical Traveller Reviews of Francis Malbone House Hotel
We returned to Newport after having lived there 40 years ago. The City has changed greatly over the years. But we found a bit of nostalgia with our
stay at the Francis Malbone House on Thames Street. The original house has been beautifully maintained and the new addition is in keeping with the original architectural structure. The food and service was excellent! Flowers on my breakfast tray. Afternoon tea with tenderloin bruschetta etc.
I highly recommend a visit to this lovely home.
Something was missing from our room
from A TripAdvisor Member
Our stay at the Francis Malbone House was very lovely until check out time. I realized that a purchase that I had made on the first day of our stay was missing. My husband and I shared a lovely room - the Stillhouse Room - in a small historic house adjacent to the main inn. On Saturday, we shopped Thames Street and purchased two watercolor paintings of flowers from the Gerardi Gallery - which the seller had framed. I left the shopping bag containing the prints in our room over the weekend. When we were packing the car to go home on Monday, I realized that the shopping bag was missing. I reported the loss to the manager, Ann Marie, who promptly told me that nothing like that had ever happened at the Malbone House in 60 years. She questioned the staff but could not find the prints. I suggested that perhaps someone thought the bag was trash and threw it away but Ann Marie said the staff was trained not to touch anything. Well, we went home without our purchase and feeling a bit upset. Ann Marie said that the owner, Will, would call us the next day. Will's phone call was very upsetting, clearly stating that we must have misplaced the "picture frames." The value of the prints was only $60.00 but the fact that someone had removed the prints from our room and that the management was placing the blame on my husband and I was very upsetting. I would not go back to the Francis Malbone House.
Just back from 4 nights in Newport, RI. Where we stayed: Francis Malbone House. Overall a wonderful experience. Stayed in room C8, in the new section, called Newport, room 8. Wonderful king size bed, plenty of space overall. Breakfast and afternoon treats were amazing, each day was better then the day before. Very fresh and a wonderful selection. All hotel staff were great. Will, Anne Marie and Darryl went out of their way to make us feel like we were their only guests.
Just short of perfect...
We arrived midweek for 3 nights to celebrate wife's 50th birthday. Parked in the FREE lot and went to the desk...check-in was smooth and Darryl helped us in with the bags. We stayed in one of the "Newport" rooms in the newer section of the inn. The room was very good-->a little small to be called outstanding. The bathroom w/ double jacuzzi was excellent. Water pressure was fine. Everything was very clean and well maintained. The kingsized bed and linens were good. Furnishings were antique reproductions--very nice. The pillows were weak-->we asked for more and they were provided. Nice robes and towels. The air-conditioner in the the room was a little noisy. The staff were all excellent. Breakfasts in the dining room were excellent and the service was impeccable...they even provided a silver tray for me to bring breakfast up to the lazy birthday girl. Ice, glasses, trays, etc. also available in a common kitchen area. Afternoon tea was a nice touch...savory and sweet snacks plus hot/cold beverages. Everything is made on the premises and it's all very good. NY Times, Boston Globe, USA Today amd Financial Times all complimentary...a real pleasure to take papers into one of the lovely common rooms with coffee and simply read!! Lovely courtyard/gardens with tables (cigars permitted). LOCATION IS PERFECT. Right in the middle of harborside Thames Street. Very easy access to many shops and MANY restaurants (casual and fancy). There is an honor bar and the prices were very reasonable. Newport rooms are in the back, so street noise was not an issue. We went to Fort Adams, took a harbor cruise, went to see the mansions, went to the Yachting Museum...all good. There was a website coupon, so our rate was $291/night. This is a little pricey for us...but good for Newport, especially when you consider the amenities-->so it was worth it. We saw a few of the other rooms...they also looked nice. The innkeeper (Will) was friendly.
Final Grade: A-
from A TripAdvisor Member
I have had bad experiences with hotels and B&B. The Francis Malbone Inn is one of the finest places I have ever stayed. My husband and I travel the east coast for vacation and would definitely stay here again. The staff was outstanding, friendly, attentive, and could not do enough to please us. They immediately responded to any request I had and helped me plan my daily excursions. The food (which is included) was fantastic. The breakfast and afternoon tea offered many different varieties.
perfect weekend getaway
We've stayed in a number of different B&B's in New England, and the Francis Malbone House rates near the top. In addition to being generally well appointed, we found that the owners did a great job of making sure all the little details were also taken care of. In particular, one bonus stuck out in my mind: a top notch breakfast (I think they called the dish "eggs on the grassy knoll," and it rivaled food prepared by professional chefs). Would definitely return...
Beautiful Room and semi private courtyard.
We loved the room (and the bathroom)! And they provided us with soft and comfy terry robes. I also remember the comfortable and cozy king size bed. Breakfast was tasty and afternoon tea was lovely. We didn't speak to any of the owners since we arrived late and checked out early the next day.
We stayed at this inn on Easter Weekend 2005 in a Gardenside Room. The room was small, but it was perfectly clean and nicely decorated (not gaudy). We loved this inn. The staff was very helpful and accomodating and friendly. We peaked into a number of the rooms which were open and they were all impeccably clean and nicely decorated. There is a parking lot, breakfast was great, there is a lovely tea time available in the afternoon. This is the perfect inn...it's reasonably priced ($149 a night on an off season weekend) and I would definitely stay there again!
fabulous find in the off-season
My daughter and I stayed here in March after reviewing the TripAdvisor information for a get away weekend from her college in Providence. We were so pleased by both the staff and B&B. First, the home has been metiiculously restored and each detail has been thought of for your comfort. There are VHS players in the rooms with tapes available at the reception desk. Your personal fireplace is stocked with logs and new magazines are scattered throughout the hotel. A lovely library, complete with books is at your access. We were shown the entire 20 rooms upon request and stayed in one of the harbor view rooms on the 3rd floor. These rooms (2) have 2 beds, which is rare for a B&B- a queen and a single. The perfectly pressed linens were so inviting and the recently renovated bathroom, although small, was very nice. A nice touch was the rubber ducky in the bath! Only potential improvement- more water pressure.
Anne Marie, the lovely Irish manager, and Will, the owner were so helpful with restaurants, touring, etc. Had a great seafood dinner at Scales and Shells. I highly recommend this hotel- especially in the beautiful off-season.
a nice getaway
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I just returned from a wonderful weekend at the Francis Malbone House. We were both pleasantly surprised at the decor of the inn and the professionalism of the staff. The rooms were very nice and the beds were quite comfortable although the shower was lacking in water pressure the fireplace made up for it. The common seating areas were very cozy and inviting during tea time. We met some lovely people at breakfast in the charming dining room and the food was very good also. We would definitly return and highly recommend the inn.
Top Local Tips for Newport
If you like the Mansions, then don't miss Rough Point. Eat @ the v. special White Horse Tavern! The West Deck was surprisngly V. good. Maxfield Parrish @ Museum of American Illustration was amazing to see in person.
Fun way to get around
Be sure to rent a scooter or a tricycle Suntrike scooter that seats two to sightsee all around the city,. It was a blast!!!
Make sure you visit Rough Point - home of Doris Duke. It was great!