It hasn't been a bad 10-year anniversary year for The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I., an AAA Four-Diamond winner for its hotel and restaurant. The historic mansion-turned-hotel was recognized by editors and readers at Conde Nast Traveler (top hotel in New England in latest Reader's Choice List which just came out); Travel + Leisure (one of three Rhode Island hotels named to its Top 500 Hotels in the World list last December); U.S. News and World Report (The Chanler finished 93rd in a list of 164 hotels, and was the highest ranked in the state); and Bon Appetit (which last spring ranked The Chanler among the 40 Best Hotels for Food Lovers, naming the hotel's eatery, the Spiced Pear).
The Chanler was built during the Civil War as a summer home for John Winthrop Chanler and his wife, Margaret Astor Ward, great-granddaughter of John Jacob Astor. Over its history, it has hosted the likes of President Theodore Roosevelt and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and in later years was used as a girl’s boarding school, an apartment building housing naval officers, and summer home to Bishop Francis Patrick Keough. The current owners bought it in the early 2000s, and renovated it into a hotel, opening in 2013. The Chanler is the only hotel in Newport to be located on historic Cliff Walk, and as a result, is a pretty pricey place in season. But during the colder months, cozy rooms with fireplaces to ward off the chill, can be had starting around $300 a night. For information, visit www.thechanler.com.