The Chanler at Cliff Walk
The Chanler at Cliff Walk (117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 401-847-1300, www.thechanler.com) oozes understated luxury. Overlooking Easton’s Beach, it was built around 1862 for New York congressman John Winthrop Chanler and his wife, Margaret Astor Ward. Its current design dates from a renovation around the turn of the last century. It still feels more mansion than hotel, with high ceilings, fabric wall coverings, and sparkling chandeliers. Winter rates start at $229 compared with $649 in summer. If the lovely Spiced Pear Restaurant is beyond your budget, at least stop in for a drink and catch the view of the Atlantic through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Note that in January the property is open only the last two weekends of the month; the regular schedule resumes in February.