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Great Stay at Francis Malbone House - Perfection!

Just got back from a 3 night stay at the Francis Malbone House. My husband had a conference at the Marriott, but we wanted someplace to stay that was more intimate. I had researched all the inns/B&Bs in Newport, and finally settled on the Malbone due to it's location, price, and reviews. To say we were not disappointed is an understatement. This was perfection, in every way. From the congenial staff - Darryl, Christine, and especially Will, to the beautiful, tasteful, and spot-on period furnishings, to the full-blown gourmet breakfast and "tea" in the afternoons (this was not tea, this was truly another gourmet feast), to the great location... My husband and I have traveled all over the world, and been to many inns, hotels, and B&Bs. This inn put the best all together beautifully, and as always, it is the small details that sets it apart, making it one of our, if not THE favorite. Will is an outstanding innkeeper, and walks the very tricky and fine line between being helpful and friendly and being intrusive superbly. We were provided with great restaurant recommendations, menus for all in the area, and the reservations taken care of. It was my birthday while we were there, which we mentioned in seeking a nice restaurant for dinner, and the day of my birthday, Will remembered, wishing me a Happy Birthday, and the staff presenting a muffin with candle - very sweet. Although we had one of the least expensive rooms, it was beautifully decorated, quite large, with a huge bathroom. There was a fireplace in our room, but we were told they were not yet in operation. Lo and behold, on the day of my birthday, we found we could use it! I think perhaps that was not a coincidence, but an innkeeper going above and beyond to please a guest. We peaked into other rooms while we were there, and each is unique and beautiful in its own way. The "common" rooms, or which there are 3, were a great place to unwind and read, or have a cup of tea. There is a TV in one of them, and a library of books to borrow. There are also newspapers, videos (for your room), a refrigerator, an honor bar, umbrellas by the door to borrow, great, great magazines both in the common rooms and in the rooms. The location on Thames Street is perfect - right in the thick of things, but quiet. Upon our return home, we received a "Thank You" note from Will - just another example of those "small details" that count. For all you get, this inn is by far the greatest value in Newport. It is historic, elegant and stately, yet welcoming, intimate, and warm. Simply sublime!

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