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Getting Wooed By The Artisanal Lobby At Forty 1 North

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  Site Where: 351 Thames Street [map], Newport, RI, United States, 02840
November 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM | by | ()

Sad to say, but summer fun—and with it, DJ parties, al fresco dining and outdoor weddings—at Forty 1 North has come to an end. Though we stopped by the hotel during uncharacteristically warm low 60s weather, the three outdoor spaces (Pavilion Deck, Gallery and Courtyard, all located below the lobby) are pretty much out done for the season.

But! Don't let that stop you from a panoramic long weekend in New England's prettiest oceanfront town, Newport, Rhode Island. The LEED-certified hotel, which opened in summer 2010, has found a way to balance that colonial, harbor town feel with a kind of Morgans-esque beauty that feels more state-of-the-art than other properties in the area. Small details, like Italian glass tiles on the floor and pillars, and inlaid wood pieces in the Oval Bar, make the lobby scenic in its own right. And that's before the sun even sets...

The large, oblong lobby contains two public drinking spaces (The Library and Oval Bar)—plus a private wine room—for plenty of drinking options. Downstairs, the three other spaces (listed above) are mainly seasonal. When in season, though, the Gallery, Pavilion Deck and Courtyard are all available for private rental in the $5,000-$10,000 range per space. We loved life-size chess board and banquet table in the Gallery. Late afternoon tea party on the water? Yes please—maybe next summer!

As for the rooms themselves (rates range from $299 to $549), harbor-view rooms are the winners. Based on dates at the end of November, $349 a night gets you a soaking tub, water views, a spacious alcove and a fireplace. Not to mention the free iPads, which come with all the rooms. We say skimp on the "city-facing" rooms, as the only view you get with those is of the parking lot!

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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