We stayed here for one night last weekend. My wife and I have traveled all over the world and stayed in the full gamut of hotels from awful hostels (in our younger years) to five star hotels varying from Chateaux and Relais properties to Rosewood Group resorts. I have never stayed in a hotel room that was more out of sync with the price paid for it. I am not exaggerating when i say that my wife and I literally both burst into laughter when we walked into the room, fortunately we dont take ourselves very seriously. And we were told, verbatim: If you want a bigger room you can pay more for one. We had no interest in that as it was already 3pm and we intended to spend no time whatsoever in our room.
First the price: $450/night including tax. I do not have an issue with the rate if the quality is commensurate.
Our room felt like an attic. We were along the roof line in a tiny room. There was a television set from the early 1990's and an alarm clock (unplugged) from the same era. The wood floors and bathroom looked like they hadnt been touched in several decades. The smoke detector had been ripped off the ceiling leaving just the exposed wires and there was a piece of cardboard covering the skylight. The carpeting in the hallway are all stained.
I could barely fit in the shower it was so small and i am no giant. I had to turn sideways to get underneath the approximately 8 individual sprays of water coming out of the shower head.
There was not a single amenity offered in the hotel, not even a bottle of water left in the room. I think there might have been a breakfast but no one told us about it upon checking in.
Once we checked in, if we had any choice in the matter I would have been out of there immediately and demanded a full refund. But on a Saturday night in Newport in August, there is truly nowhere to go. Clearly the proprietors of the Admiral Farragut know this and Fully Take Advantage.
As a matter of comparison so the readers know that this price paid is not in-line with where they should be in Newport given the quality, our friends were staying on the same night directly across the street at the Vanderbilt-Grace Hotel (they were booked when we tried getting in). Their room was $600 + tax. Their room and the hotel was beautiful, updated, full amenities, all new furnishings, lovely staff, etc. If our room at Admiral Farragut was truly worth $450 including tax, their room should have been $5,000.
The proprietors of the Admiral Farragut should be embarrassed. I would have expressed this to them directly but my wife (not a fan of confrontation) literally would not allow me to go back in upon checkout. Its OK the charge this much for a room, even in an old Inn, but at least put some money into your rooms and provide some level of quality to justify the price.
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