The Castle Hill Inn Legacy

A Historic Hideaway

Presiding over historic Newport for decades, Castle Hill Inn has long been captivating the hearts and minds of its treasured guests – and today holds sway as one of the most beloved Newport, RI beach hotels. Join the likes of actress Grace Kelley and playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder as you step back in time to the 19th century when the gracious home was commissioned by local marine biologist and naturalist Alexander Agassiz of Harvard University. With its vantage point on the ocean and the sea life found within it, the Inn was – and still remains – an inspiration for all those who have the pleasure of experiencing it.

Two chairs inside wooden room near wooden table overlooking ocean at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI

Through the Years

During the great hurricane of 1938, the waters of Castle Hill beach and cove became one, cutting the peninsula off from the mainland. Mrs. Maximillian Agassiz, daughter-in-law of Alexander, became so frightened that she refused to return. During World War II, the Castle Hill mansion served as an impromptu base for naval officers. At the end of the war, the residence morphed into a summer hotel catering to cognoscenti craving a peaceful place to unwind. Eventually, all accommodations were winterized, making Castle Hill a year-round retreat for those who sought its beauty, grace and solitude, while still retaining its old-world charm.

Large house exterior at winder with snow falling at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI

Today, Castle Hill continues to carry on its storied legacy while elevating its guest experience. Book your stay to experience the legend in person.

Unparalleled Stay

Carrying on Tradition

Castle Hill Inn has lovingly carried on the traditions and gracious hospitality of yesteryear, earning entry into the prestigious Relais & Chateaux family in 2008, the first Rhode Island property to do so. Relais & Chateaux recognizes independently owned hotels such as Castle Hill that masterfully combine a stirring sense of place, one-of-a-kind accommodations and exceptional cuisine.

Two people walking in forest on dirt pathway near Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI
Bicycle in front of fence in front of house on sandy road near Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI