Hotel Viking

Rhode Island, New England

The hotel

The Viking opened its doors to the public in the roaring 20s and has since played host to a multitude of guests, including famous dignitaries and celebrities. You’ll feel pretty special too from the moment you arrive, revelling in its unique blend of style, comfort and modern amenities. There’s an indoor pool to splash about in or head to SpaFjor where exotic Balinese Spa experiences and Thai body rituals are combined to banish everyday cares. The Top of Newport Bar is a great spot to enjoy a cocktail – Peachy Keen anyone, or a Sailor’s Delight? You can accompany it with the ever popular Lobsta’ Roll or a selection of fresh oysters, shrimps and clams. For more delightful eats but this time in a more formal setting, head to One Bellevue – the Garden Patio is much sought after in the warmer months with coveted views of world-famous Bellevue Avenue.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the heart of Newport, Rhode Island. Just over a ten-minute walk from Long Wharf Mall Shopping Centre.

Hotel information

209 rooms. All of which are air-conditioned with satellite TV, telephone, complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee maker, mini-fridge, hairdryer, safe, iron and board. Newport Rooms with 1 king-size or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

One Bellevue Restaurant (breakfast, lunch and dinner – also serving Afternoon Tea). Top of Newport Bar. Indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. SpaFjor*. Fitness centre. Complimentary WiFi. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Limited room service*. Self-parking or valet-parking $15 between 1st Nov–31st Mar and $35 between 1st Apr–31st Oct plus tax per day (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

  • Location Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Sleep Quality Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Rooms Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Service Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Value Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Cleanliness Image of the Tripadvisor rating

Traveller rating

  • Excellent (1245)
  • Very good (730)
  • Average (344)
  • Poor (238)
  • Terrible (142)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Hidden costly charges and noisy small room, would not recommend this hotel

Sep 19, 2019 barb b

The staff and valet was cordial and polite. However, the corner 3rd floor room was noisy, next to the ice machine and entrance to the roof top bar/room. No coffee maker in room and room service wanted to clean the room in the late afternoon. But most importantly, there were many hidden charges we found out at checkout. $40 per day valet… Read more
The staff and valet was cordial and polite. However, the corner 3rd floor room was noisy, next to the ice machine and entrance to the roof top bar/room. No coffee maker in room and room service wanted to clean the room in the late afternoon. But most importantly, there were many hidden charges we found out at checkout. $40 per day valet parking service and a $30 per day hotel fee to use the pool and other amenities whether you wanted to use them or not. Better hotels and better rates in the area, last time staying at the Viking, overpriced, not clean, understaffed. Big waste of money for a small noisy room. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Hospitality

Sep 15, 2019 jerseydr12 Ridgewood, New Jersey

Stayed at The Hotel Viking for a family wedding. The staff is outstanding. The food for lunch was delicious and the bar is a great place to meet for before or after the festivities. The rooms are very small but the amenities and cleanliness is top rate. The only downside, the do NOT carry Coca Cola products!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating What a dump

Sep 15, 2019 BandBlovers09 NYC

For the price point a complete miss. Tired, dirty, understaffed, poorly maintained. An exploitation of location that ought not to be sustained. From an unexplained late check in to a rusty bathtub to nonexistent WiFi this was a two star experience at a four star rate.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lost rental car from busy valet

Sep 15, 2019 Steve R

Valet lost our rental car. We made plenty of time before departing for a wedding & they made us wait 2o min before telling us can't find auto- luckily the wedding offered shuttle. We called & instructed front desk to inform us when auto found- we needed to depart early for morning flight. Later that nite on return, we were told they found our… Read more
Valet lost our rental car. We made plenty of time before departing for a wedding & they made us wait 2o min before telling us can't find auto- luckily the wedding offered shuttle. We called & instructed front desk to inform us when auto found- we needed to depart early for morning flight. Later that nite on return, we were told they found our rental car. Next morning staff gave a weak "sorry". Follow up is very weak, as staff was overwhelmed. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating We were looking for a luxury experience - this one fell short of mid-range.

Sep 14, 2019 Landrovah New York City, New York

We paid $1,300 to stay here for two nights. It was supposed to be just over $500 per night and we were okay with paying a higher price for a luxury experience. However, I travel extensively and, after staying here, I would not consider this a luxury property. The Hotel is an historic Newport landmark but we found the service lacking and the rooms… Read more
We paid $1,300 to stay here for two nights. It was supposed to be just over $500 per night and we were okay with paying a higher price for a luxury experience. However, I travel extensively and, after staying here, I would not consider this a luxury property. The Hotel is an historic Newport landmark but we found the service lacking and the rooms to be less luxurious than many mid range hotels. First the good: the hotel is very conveniently located and, in my view, this is part of what you are paying for. The restaurant is also quite good (breakfast was fantastic and reasonably priced) and I'll give a shout out to the bartender who was amazing. I have been a frequent visitor to Newport for over 20 years (used to vacation there annually, got married there) and have always wanted to try The Viking. Issues: we had a few. First, it is an old hotel which is supposed to have been updated. However, the fixtures in the bathroom were literally the same ones I had in my first cheap college apartment. Peeling paint and mildew also detracted from our experience. For over $600/night, I was expecting something similar to the pictures on the website but our room was mediocre, even by basic hotel standards, topped by a view of the parking lot. Additionally, we got locked into our room when the cheap electronic door lock failed. This was only for 30 minutes or so but it was an unnerving feeling for my wife and daughters (not me though, I swear) and we received no apology from the hotel staff. Maintenance was called and they were also unable to open our door. I finally got my credit card out and was able to free my family from our room. There is fruit infused water in the lobby, a nice bar, and a pool. However, these were really nothing special and I get those pretty much everywhere I go. Although, Hyatt, Marriott, Four Seasons and others I frequent also offer free Starbucks in the morning. At the Viking you’ll need to pony up $4 for a medium drip coffee in their cafe. Upon checkout, I received a bill for over $1,300 for our two night stay. A review of the bill revealed that valet and resort fees moved our cost higher than expected. I'm still not sure what resort fees were for. There was not much here that you wouldn't get at a standard hotel and there really is no 'resort'. In fact, usually when we check into a luxury property, we typically get a run down of all a property has to offer, where to find everything, and how to make the most of our stay. None of that with The Viking. After explaining that I had parked on the street (street parking is easy to find - but they don't tell you that), that we had been locked in our room, and that they lacked the amenities to support a 'resort fee', I was shown a bill for $1,150. But when I received my credit card statement, I found we were still charged over $1,300. I’ve asked what happened but am still waiting to hear back. For true a luxury stay in Newport, I’d recommend Gurney’s, Fourty 1 North or Castle Hill instead. Read less