Francis Malbone House

392 Thames Street , Newport, RI 2840 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


Circa 1760. Newport, during the 18th century, was one of the busiest harbors in the Colonies. The Francis Malbone House is the proud recipient of the 5 Star Diamond Award. The only inn in Newport to have this recognition. Fine furnishings fill the rooms, most of which offer a fireplace. Twelve rooms includej acuzzi tubs. Our location, on the harborfront, is another wonderful feature. The breakfasts, heralded by Bon Appetit, include entrees such as pecan waffles with maple whipped cream or eggs Benedict with a roasted red pepper hollandaise. Guests are sure to be busy exploring Newport with its abundance of historic sites and spectacular mansions.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

A brilliant B&B in Newport, RI

4.4 on June 24, 2014

Newport, Rhode Island is a lovely city, with many old buildings, and there are several hotel and B&B options. Fortunately, we chose Francis Malbone House. This historic property was comfortable and interesting, with high ceilings, period furniture and convenient parking. Every member of staff was friendly, efficient and conscientious. The location was excellent, in the centre of the main area for shops and restaurants, close to the docks, and within walking distance of the famous mansions around Belleview Avenue. The Inn is built around a charming central courtyard open to guests and there are several communal rooms in which to read and relax. The Innkeeper and staff were very hospitable, and extremely helpful with recommendations for restaurants and places to visit. Breakfasts were delightful, with various options available, and we also enjoyed the varied afternoon teas – well worth getting back for before selecting the evening's restaurant. We were there for five nights and enjoyed our stay immensely. We would definitely recommend Francis Malbone House as the perfect place to stay in Newport.


5 on October 21, 2013

Robust, quality, surroundings, staff and service

Romantic Garden Spot

4.8 on October 16, 2013

Beautiful, romantic garden spot on main drag of Newport. Great hot breakfast and full service afternoon tea. Restored bedroom with deep beds, fireplaces, french doors and well appointed bathrooms.

Amazing, quaint, caters to you

5 on September 04, 2013

Loved my stay. Immaculate room and house. Vegan and GF taste-buds satiated by Inn - how did I never stay before? Going back!


4.8 on August 15, 2013

Consistently well run property with excellent staff, authentic historic ambiance.


4.8 on August 15, 2013

Great staff, wonderful accommodations, super clean and friendly. Central location.

Romantic History

4.4 on August 12, 2013

Coming to Newport for 15 years and Francis Malbone is our favorite. Historic Inn is essence of the city. Best location near all activity. Will and staff go beyond to make the stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Annual Winter Visit

4.8 on June 12, 2013

Wonderful place, outstanding staff. Relax, unwind. No better way to start the new year.

A great escape!

4.6 on February 20, 2013

We are repeat guests and will return again. The rooms are pristine, welcoming and comfortable. Fireplaces throughout. Delicious breakfasts and treats with afternoon tea. The innkeepers and their staff could not be nicer or more accommodating. Love the location right in the heart of the waterfront.

Consistently Outstanding

5 on January 19, 2013

We were introduced to the Francis Malbone House Inn by friends about 10 years ago, and have been returning each year since. The Inn and it's staff provide us with every amenity we could ask for. The breakfasts are outstanding, as are the afternoon high teas. Both are complemented with burning logs in fireplaces, and spacious sitting rooms to relax and be pampered. We always look forward to our return visits.

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Rooms & Rates

Gardenside Room

Each room is carefully decorated with antique's and period furnishings. The original "wide plank board flooring" adds additional warmth and charm to these beautiful rooms. Bedrooms offer a queen size bed, tv/dvd/cd player and two gardenside rooms have fireplaces.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $185 - $295

Counting House Suite

The Counting House Suite is the "grand dame" of the inn. Built in 1860, it is a separate building attached to the main house through the library. This private suite offers a King size bed, large sitting area with queen pull-out sleep sofa, and a large double jacuzzi bath with a separate marble shower. A gas fireplace completes this room with 18'ceilings and tv/dvd player.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $345 - $495

Harborside Room

Two of our Harborside rooms featuring a queen size bed and a twin bed. Each room offers a seasonal gas fireplace and a view of Newport Harbor across the street. Bathrooms have been recently updated with granite counters and large showers.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $240 - $355

Harborside Room

Spacious and charming rooms with a distant view of the Newport Harbor.These king size bedrooms have seasonal gas fireplaces , 12'ceilings and tv/dvd's. The bathrooms have oversized marble showers- very popular rooms!!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $240 - $355

Courtyard Suite

The Courtyard Suite sleeps two in a beautiful king size bed with a gas fireplace and sitting area with two winged back chairs. The room features a tv/dvd and French doors leading to a semi-private garden. The bathroom features a single tub jacuzzi and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $295 - $450

Courtyard Room w/ Garden

These beautiful rooms,located on the first floor, are large rooms with jacuzzi's, gas fireplaces and TV/DVD's. All thoughtfully decorated with antique's and period furnishings, and french doors which lead out to a semi-private garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $260 - $395

Newport Room

Second floor Newport Rooms offer same amenities as w/Garden. Spacious rooms with Jacuzzis', fireplaces, A/C, CD players and TV.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $260 - $355

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Location Type

Harborfront, Downtown, Oceanview


10 miles miles

Directions to property:

DIRECTIONS TO NEWPORT FROM T.F. GREEN AIRPORT - follow signs to Rte 95S to exit 9 9Rte 4S - left hand exit. Follow Rte 4S to end and merge onto Rte 1S. Take Rte 138E and proceed over the Jamestown and Newport Bridges. Take Scenic Newport Exit to reach downtown Newport. FROM PROVIDENCE - follow Rte. 195E to Rte. 24S via the Sakonnet River Bridge to Rte. 138S (East Main Road) into Newport. FROM BOSTON - follow Rte 128S to Rte 24S via the Sakonnet River Bridge to Rte. 138S into Newport. FROM NEW YORK - follow Interstate 95N to Rte 138E and follow blue signs to the Newport Bridge into Newport. (Scenic Newport Exit). DIRECTIONS TO THE FRANCIS MALBONE HOUSE VIA RTE. 138 SOUTH Continue on Rte. 138S until you reach Bank of America (on your right). Take a left on Rte. 138A south toward Newport Beaches. At second set of lights, bear left and continue on past the beaches and up the hill. At the fourth set of lights (bottom of hill), turn left onto Thames Street. The Francis Malbone House (#392) is 3 blocks down on the left. To reach guest parking area, turn left onto Brewer Street (the third left off Thames Street) into the first driveway on the right. VIA THE NEWPORT BRIDGE Take a right onto America's Cup Avenue at second set of lights. Follow to sixth set of lights and turn right onto lower Thames Street at the Perry Mill Market/Newport Bay Club. The Francis Malbone House (#392) is 3 blocks down on the left. To reach guest parking area, turn left onto Brewer Street (the third left off Thames Street) into the first driveway on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Beach, Casino, Historical interests, Museum, Nature area, Newport JVC Jazz Festival, Ben & Jerry's Folk Festival, Newport Music Festival, Newport Winter Festival, Newports Annual International Boat Show, Regatta's, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Movie library, Parking, Secretarial services, Videos, Washer/dryer , Caring, informative innkeepers, Off-Street parking, Located in the "Heart of Newport"

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Horseback riding, Kayaking, History of Newport Museum, Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport Art Museum, Tour Historic Mansions, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside in the Courtyard
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited We welcome children over twelve years of age.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 3 nights on weekends, June-October. 2 nights on weekends, 11/15 - 4/15
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full Night for single night reservations, 50% deposit for multi-night reservaitons.
  • Cancellations: If reservation is canceled 21 days prior to arrival we return deposit less a 10% cancel fee. If a reservation is canceled within 21 days of arrival, guest we would deposit, less a 10% cancel fee, ONLY if we are able to re-rent the room.
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Will Dewey,Anne Maria Duprey, Mary Ellen Sullivan

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  • Time Served: 8:30am to 10:00am
  • Serving Location: Outside on our garden terrace, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten free, Vegan


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