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Wayside Guest House
Ranked #35 of 96 Newport B&B and Inns
Reviewed 25 February 2012

Attending my class reunion out of town, I booked a room at the Wayside Guest House in Newport. I wanted to be able to walk to all the local attractions and still be in the middle of history. I checked it out on line and made the reservations. Upon arrival, it was just as I expected, a grand old home right on Bellevue Avenue. The room was not a room, it was a huge magnificent stateroom complete with Huge Center fireplace, four poster canopy bed, fit for a (well) Queen! Breakfast was served in one of the old dining rooms. It really was a stay I will long remember, yoou can't beat Newport Rhode Island and I will gladly stay at the Wayside Guest House in the future. It was so much beeter than the now too familair commercial hotels and it provides a small glimpse of what it must of been like in it's hay day.

Room Tip: Ask for the room on the first floor, it's magnificent!
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

My husband and I went to Newport for Labor Day weekend in 2011. The trip was just beyond amazing and we loved staying at Wayside Guest House. I read some comments that the house is 'old' but you would only expect that from a place that was built in 1800's! The innkeeper is a great guy, very helpful, knowledgeable about the area, he gave us a bunch of great tips on sailing tours and places to eat.
The room was immaculate, breakfast was really good, great coffee, muffins, fruits and variety of cereals.
We never needed a car, we walked to Cliff walk, then on to the mansion tours. The Elms mansion is straight across the road from Wayside, can't beat that!
We have already booked a room at the inn for our summer vacation this year!

Room Tip: Library is the best room but they charge a little more for it because it has private access to the p...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

Although staying in a mansion has a unique appeal, this property needs a lot of work. The website photos are very deceiving.

We noticed that sad fact as soon as we pulled into the driveway - peeling paint, shabby front lawn, and a dark entrance - which killed our enthusiasm. When we entered the lobby area, the house was dark and seemed deserted, most of the floor and stairway were covered with a hideous and dirty green rug, and there was a musty odor.

We rang the bell as a note instructed and Don, the Manager, appeared. He was friendly, we chatted briefly, and he had some tourist information available. He pointed us to our room and we went upstairs.

The room door did not quite fit the doorway but were able to close and lock it. The room and bathroom were quite large so that was a nice feature and it was relatively clean. It did not have the same musty smell as the lobby. The bed seemed new enough and the mattress was comfortable. The windows had old shades that did not work well and were dirty and half shutters which did not stay open.

The room had an old tv with some cable channels. It worked fine but my boyfriend did not like the fact that it was a pre-remote control-era tv. The rest of the furniture was appropriate for the setting but the bathroom also needs a facelift. There was a large, antique dresser in the bedroom but when I opened three of the drawers, I saw trash - used wrappers, receipts, etc - that had been left by other guests.

The location of the property is a good one if you would like to tour the mansions or visit the Tennis Hall of Fame. It is conveniently located on Bellevue Avenue which is just far enough away from the craziness of downtown but a pleasant walk to restaurants, the Cliff Walk, and First Beach.

The next morning, we went to the dining room for breakfast but this was also disappointing. I have read the other reviews about the great coffee and breakfast here but cannot imagine it is the same place. Although Don popped in to chat with everyone, the coffee was terrible, the breakfast was an assortment of cereal that is left in containers (we saw it the night before), and there were a few bananas and a bowl of cut-up fruit that was past its prime. The dining room itself was spacious and had that mansion feeling but the huge windows looked out into the backyard which also needs a lot of work.

We felt no need to linger in the room so we checked out and that is when we learned that this property only accepts cash payments. We were not told that when we made the reservation and I do not recall seeing that on the website. There are ATMs in the nearby shopping center but I found this to be quite odd and inconvenient.

I cannot recommend this property. There are so many nice inns and hotels to visit in Newport.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

Every time when we come to Newport we stay at this Inn. It has everything one would dream about:: convenient location, large air conditioned comfortable rooms with really good bed and a delicious breakfast. We like that we can walk to the downtown harbor area , beaches , restaurants and mansions or we can just hang out at the pool . The innkeepers, Mr. and Mrs. Post , make us feel welcomed and at home while staying at the Wayside. It is a privilege to spend a vacation there.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

We picked this bed and breakfast because it was a converted mansion on "Mansion Avenue". Built in the late 1800's, it had a lot of the details of the time -- you could see what it might have been like to live in that time. There were high ceilings, huge rooms, beautiful moldings. It wasn't a fancy place, and it definitely isn't state-of-the-art, so if that's what you want, find something else. But it was charming, and the owners couldn't have been nicer. We'll definitely be back!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Wayside Guest House

Address: 406 Bellevue Ave., 406 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840-6914
Region: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in Newport
Price Range: $199 - $258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once home to Governor Elijah Dyer, Wayside is on Bellevue Ave. between the Cliffwalk and lower Thames Street. ... more   less 
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