Castle Hill Inn and Resort, Newport, RI, is located at 590 Ocean Avenue, just off of the famed Ten Mile Drive or Ocean Drive that winds past many of the local tourist attractions in this seaside resort town. It is some 40 minutes from Providence. The hotel sits on its own 40 acre peninsula on the west side of Aquidneck Island in the Narragansett Bay.
Accommodations have a homey feel in the Victorian style mansion. The secluded hotel offers a private beach and even a lighthouse on the property which dates back to 1890. There are beach cottages, harbor houses, a separate chalet suite and a two level suite in the turret of the main house. The turret has 30 foot high ceilings and a view of all sides of the building.
The house, designed by the Boston architect Robert H. Slack, was initially built as a summer home for Alexander Agassiz the explorer and scientist in 1874. In 1877 he built his laboratory here for Marine life study in a structure reminiscent of Swiss chalet style architecture.
Castle Hill Inn and Resort, Newport, RI offers dining with a seaside view for lunch and dinner throughout the week. Sunday brunch is accompanied by live jazz music. The menu is seasonal, specializing in fresh fish and meats with lighter fare in the warm months and heartier offerings for the cold. Over 500 choices fill the wine list.
The restaurant accepts reservations and has a business casual dress code recommending jackets for men. The restaurant asks diners to refrain from cell phone use in its facilities.
Jonathan Cabra is the head chef since 2006. The restaurant he runs has a tradition of Mediterranean spices in its food.
Several spaces are available for private dining parties of between 12 and 35 guests.
The Castle Hill Inn and Resort, Newport, RI, rents space for meetings and events with a function room and terrace available at the chalet.
Wedding and corporate packages are available as well as periodic specials on lodging that are offered throughout the year.
The hotel is owned by the French company Relais & Chwteaux, which holds a collection of gourmet restaurants and hotels in 55 countries around the globe.
It is managed by the Newport Harbor Corporation, an employee run hospitality enterprise founded in 1979.
The hotel s uses environmentally friendly cleaning products in housekeeping and also donates it used cooking oil for conversion to bio-diesel.
Gift cards are sold by the hotel, which makes it possible to make lodging or meals here a gift for special occasions.
There is no fitness center or spa at the Castle Hill. It is near the Yacht marina and easily serves as a departure point to arrange for fishing charters and other water sports activities.