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

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Terrible Experience

Jul 20, 2021 Steve H

This hotel charges exorbitant rates and fails to tell you in advance that they provide very limited housekeeping services. We had to beg to get our room cleaned once over a 5 nite stay and then the room was barely cleaned. Our friends stayed here as well and they had blood on their sheets and experienced the same issues we did. The staff lacks a… Read more
This hotel charges exorbitant rates and fails to tell you in advance that they provide very limited housekeeping services. We had to beg to get our room cleaned once over a 5 nite stay and then the room was barely cleaned. Our friends stayed here as well and they had blood on their sheets and experienced the same issues we did. The staff lacks a service culture and pretty much the answer to any question is "no". Good location but I would never stay here again and would not recommend it to anyone. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Overpriced, outdated property with poor customer relations.

Jul 19, 2021 327nannettew

Hotel Viking desperately needs a complete update and guest relations training. For the room price, one would expect a first-class luxury experience. The location of this 95-year-old hotel is great, but the food is average (however pricey), guest rooms small, sparce, and outdated, and guest services terrible. Bathrooms and showers have not been… Read more
Hotel Viking desperately needs a complete update and guest relations training. For the room price, one would expect a first-class luxury experience. The location of this 95-year-old hotel is great, but the food is average (however pricey), guest rooms small, sparce, and outdated, and guest services terrible. Bathrooms and showers have not been updated even though the website proclaims that it is. The lobby is the only space that has been updated. Hotel Viking was an overall disappointment and waste of money. Here are some specific examples: Room: The small room had many scuffs and marks on the walls and was almost bare except for the one piece of art work. Hardly warm and inviting. Minimal dresser space. We called the front desk three times requesting additional hangers. Each time we were told someone would bring them up and each time none were delivered. Only two paper cups were provided in the bedroom. I went to the front desk and asked for two glasses and was told there are none. The room desk had two areas where the wood veneer had pulled off. My wife snagged her shorts on the rough edges. The chair pillow was tattered and dirty. The security lock on the door was pulling off the door. The screws – pulled half way out of the door – hardly would stop someone from trying to get in. The bathroom was bare and uninviting, minimal towels, sans the extra roll of toilet paper and the fan so loud a conference call in the bedroom was impossible. The bathroom trash bin had trash in when we arrived in our room. In addition, the glass shower door scrapped on the tile step-over when it was opened and closed. The glass door had to be pulled so hard to open we were afraid it would shatter as it scrapped along the tile. Eventually, we left it ajar even though shower water would soak the floor. Housekeeping: When checking in we were told to “ask for anything.” On day two we call at 10:00am requesting our room be freshened up before 2:00pm – clean towels, garbage emptied, and bed made. We returned at 2:15pm and the room had not been touched. We called again repeating the request. Finally, at 4:30pm housekeeping arrived just as we were changing. On day three of our stay, we called at 7:30am and asked for our room to be refreshed. We told them we were leaving the hotel and would return at noon. Upon returning at 11:45am the room was untouched. We called immediately and then again at 1:30pm with the same request. We left the room for the at 3:15pm and the room was still not refreshed. They claimed they were coming later. Absolutely ridiculous. What "luxury" hotel doesn’t have someone to clean your room? What “luxury” hotel lies and says “someone is one their way” when clearly, they are not. Front Desk Staff: The front desk staff were unwelcoming when we arrived and unhelpful and unknowledgeable throughout our stay. Simple questions such as directions or dinner recommendations or transportation suggestions could not be answered. We were told several times “we do not have a concierge.” The front staff almost seemed bothered when you walked up to the desk. No acknowledgment of your presence or desire to help. Not even a “welcome back” or “have a nice day” was ever uttered. Holiday Inn Express has more welcoming staff than Hotel Viking. A gift bag was left on Thursday morning for us. We received it when we left on Saturday morning. Front desk staff said they left us a message, however checking our cell phones and room phone no messages were found nor a missed call indicator. It’s unclear to me why the front desk didn’t hand deliver the bag to our room. They do have keys for our room. Valet: Rude, unhelpful and slow. Not once did the valets greet us, say good bye, answer our questions, assist with luggage, open the hotel front door or our car door or even smile at us. Charging $40 per day is very high especially when receive subpar service. At one point, my wife went to talk to the three valets at the valet stand. She stood there for several minutes before anyone even addressed her. Frustrated, she walked away. Stairway: Instead of using the elevator, we choose the stairs for speed and exercise. However, at Hotel Viking it is not a pleasant experience. Old, severely stained, dirty, faded, torn red carpet is not representative of a “luxury” hotel. The walls and banister are also in desperate need of repair and paint. Honestly, we have never been so thoroughly disappointed with a hotel stay. It was terrible and we will never go back nor would we recommend it. Service, accommodations and amenities are dreadful. Hotel Viking is poorly run, inadequately staffed and over-priced. Read less
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Jul 18, 2021 Mrcela Split, Croatia

Lobby is the only thing that looks decent. Hotel needs an update. It’s is nice to stay in a 95 year old hotel like they proudly say, but you can still keep it nice. I can’t believe what mattresses, pillows and sheets they are using in a hotel like this. Bathrooms and showers have not been updated probably since originally built. I’ve stayed all… Read more
Lobby is the only thing that looks decent. Hotel needs an update. It’s is nice to stay in a 95 year old hotel like they proudly say, but you can still keep it nice. I can’t believe what mattresses, pillows and sheets they are using in a hotel like this. Bathrooms and showers have not been updated probably since originally built. I’ve stayed all over the world and always look for a nice place but must admit this hotel was a disappointment overall. Location is great and food is average. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Overpriced, Old Rooms, Rude Staff

Jul 18, 2021 bwhitthudson Florida

I know hotel rooms in Newport in the summer will be steep. But this was crazy for the quality of the room. I would never have spent this amount if I had known how bad the room would be. So small not even a full size sink in the bathroom. Dirty, tired, old. Plus…on our last night my wife and I were having a drink at the bar with one of her female… Read more
I know hotel rooms in Newport in the summer will be steep. But this was crazy for the quality of the room. I would never have spent this amount if I had known how bad the room would be. So small not even a full size sink in the bathroom. Dirty, tired, old. Plus…on our last night my wife and I were having a drink at the bar with one of her female friends who was waiting for an Uber home. When the Uber driver arrived my wife stayed at the bar and I walked outside with her friend to make sure she was comfortable with the Uber driver (it was after midnight). The bartender followed me outside and harassed me to make sure I was going to pay my bar tab - which was two freaking drinks. She was amazingly rude and inappropriate. Do not stay here. It’s a pit of a hotel and way overpriced. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Way too Expensive for what you get..

Jul 10, 2021 Meghan C

I’ll start out by saying it’s a beautiful location and convenient for sure but that’s the end of the positives. Room was a shoebox with the strangest layout & barely any amenities- you get more in your room at the Holiday Inn. The restaurant in the hotel was very understaffed. We had breakfast there and there was one larger party but overall not a… Read more
I’ll start out by saying it’s a beautiful location and convenient for sure but that’s the end of the positives. Room was a shoebox with the strangest layout & barely any amenities- you get more in your room at the Holiday Inn. The restaurant in the hotel was very understaffed. We had breakfast there and there was one larger party but overall not a big crowd, we waited and waited for everything we ordered, waitress was so frazzled and the plate of food given to me was different than it was presented when I had it the day before. Getting more milk for your coffee was a 20 minute wait. I got a massage at the Spa in the hotel as a birthday gift and I felt terrible having to tell them that the massage was AWFUL. My 11 year old could’ve done a better job, I would’ve gotten up and left in the middle of it but couldn’t bring myself to be rude. Overall I think the hotel is in need of more staff, better service, updates in the rooms and a live person to field complaints. 3 people in my party called and wrote emails to express their concerns during our visit and not one Hotel staff member responded to any of the concerns. Check your credit card Bill also for extra fees tacked on. So expensive and not worth the price! Read less