A Circa-1873 Boutique Hotel in Newport Lists for $4.5M Near the Cliff Walk

When people come to Newport, Rhode Island to eat seafood, explore opulent mansions, or hit the beach, there are many cute hotels and rentals to choose from. But, what about running one? This circa-1873 Victorian mansion on Old Beach Road just listed for $4.5 million, currently operating as a boutique hotel or whole-house rental. These days, you can even book “Murder Weekends” here where the dramatic rooms become a backdrop for a Clue-like game.

Located near the iconic Cliff Walk and town, the idyllic hotel is known as The Architect’s Inn. Cue storytime. The structure itself is called The George Champlin Mason House after George C. Mason, a famous architect of the area who made it his private estate. More quaint than how the Vanderbilts lived nearby on Bellevue Avenue, it is traditional and charming without being flashy.

The 23-room Victorian has changed purposes over the years and may again, but the good bones remain through it all. Greeted by a gable-ended porch, the façade is a fairytale. The main level has been restored, shining with its Swiss chalet-style filigree wood trim, carved fireplace mantles, and parquet flooring. And what architecture lover couldn’t stare at the foyer’s staircase all day?

Outside, the grounds continue to enchant with gardens and specimen trees. Steps away from restaurants and Easton Beach, it’s certainly a romantic spot to make the most of Newport.

Kylie McCollough of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.