Hotel Providence

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Newport, RI (2024 Updated)

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Lesbiangaybisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United States have evolved in recent decades. However, LGBT Americans may still face some legal and many social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents, particularly in states with large conservative populations, such as in the Deep South; in rural areas; and in some Native American tribal nations.

U.S. federal law does not explicitly include protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity are included under “sex” as a prohibited ground of employment discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. state of Florida may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity became legal in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas on June 26, 2003, and same-sex marriage has been legal in the state since January 6, 2015.
Rhode Island is frequently referred to as one of the United States’ most LGBT-friendly states. Opinion polls have shown that a large majority of Rhode Islanders support same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.
Newport has a long history of being a  gay friendly town and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as One Pelham East or Gas Lamp Grille the most famous gay friendly bars in Newport, RI.
Newport is a city set on Aquidneck Island in the New England state of Rhode Island. Its yacht-filled harbor hosted the America’s Cup, a renowned annual sailing regatta, for many years. Newport is also known for the Gilded Age mansions lining Bellevue Avenue, some of which are now museums. The most famous is The Breakers, an 1895 mansion patterned after a Renaissance palace.

 Top attractions to visit in Newport

1. The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina  3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Newport

The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina

This hotel, located directly on Newport Harbor, boasts waterfront views, on-site dining, and an indoor heated saltwater pool. Historic Queen Anne Square is only a 4-minute walk.

The rooms at Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina include en suite coffee service. They are equipped with city or waterfront views, free WiFi, and cable TV.

Saltwater Restaurant, the on-site restaurant and lounge, offers waterfront and inside dining. Guests can use Newport Harbor Hotel’s sauna and adjacent marina.

Surrounded by historical cobblestone streets and renowned yachts, this straightforward, gay-friendly hotel overlooks Newport Harbor and is a 5-minute walk from the Long Wharf Mall Shopping Center and a 4-minute walk from the Block Island ferry.

The casual rooms with a maritime vibe are equipped with Keurig coffee makers, whirlpool tubs and flat-screen TVs with Blu-Ray players, plus free Wi-Fi and bottled water. Some have balconies and harbor views.

Amenities include a seafood restaurant, a marina and a heated indoor saltwater pool, plus a sundeck, saunas and laundry facilities.

The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina offers 133 beautifully-appointed guest rooms, all with views of the Newport Harbor, historic Queen Anne Square or Brick Market historic shopping district. Saltwater – Here you’ll find a casual atmosphere paired with locally sourced cuisine, affluent libations, and signature table side service. Friends, food, and ambiance combine to create a dining experience begging to be savored. Guestrooms are adorned in comfortable yet sophisticated furnishings and feature two double beds or one king with pillow-top mattresses.

Hotel is right on the Newport Marina giving great views all day. Sunset over the masts of sailing ships is glorious. Centrally located within easy walking distance of most places of interest. Surrounded by stores and restaurants of various price points and menus. On the water gave us choice of Bay Cruises. Staff was extremely helpful.

Lovely hotel, fantastic amenities and great location. Staff are very welcoming and happy to help. Lots of bars and restaurants within walking distance. An early morning coffee at the end the pier is a must, beautiful. Hot toddy on arrival was well needed and lovely.

This hotel was very clean and convenient. Free on-sight parking. Within walking distance of the visitor center and shops and restaurants on the wharf and Thames Street. A short drive to the mansions. The room was spacious and nicely furnished. We had a small balcony overlooking the marina, which we paid more for. It was a closed bottom balcony so you had to stand to view the marina and water. Not sure this was worth the upgrade.

Wish there was some kind of mirror in the bath for easy makeup application. The exterior of the hotel could use some sprucing up. Peeling paint in particular. Not sure if the breakfast voucher, 2 for 1 at over $20.00 was worth it for us. We are not big eaters, everything was on a buffet and the hot items got cold as soon as they hit the plates. There is an on site restaurant, but with all the options within walking distance, we did not dine here. We would recommend this hotel and would stay there again.

Gay Friendly Hotels Newport
Gay Friendly Hotels Newport

How much does a room costs at The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina ?

Prices start 150$/night for Double Room. The King Room with Harbour View is  135$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room features a flat-screen cable TV, work desk, seating area, coffee maker, and views of Newport Harbor.

Where to book online – The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina –  Gay Friendly Hotels Newport – you can find the best hotels deals in Newport during Newport Folk Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Newport on  or  or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. The Chanler at Cliff Walk 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Newport Rhode Island

The Chanler at Cliff Walk
The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Step back in time and experience authentic old world elegance at The Chanler, the only hotel located on Newport’s famed Cliff Walk. As one of the most historic properties in New England, it is surrounded by acres of manicured gardens and overlooks the sparkling waters of the Atlantic.

Twenty elegantly furnished rooms comprise The Chanler’s unique accommodations, each designed around a historical period or decorative theme. The rooms are accessible via stairs only. Indulge in extraordinary meals at one of the property’s celebrated restaurants as you relish ocean views and relax in an atmosphere of tranquil elegance.

With views of Easton Bay, this luxury hotel in an elegant 19th-century mansion is a 3-minute walk from Easton’s Beach and a mile from The Breakers (the Vanderbilts’ summer home).

Opulent rooms are individually decorated with rich fabrics and antiques, in themes ranging from colonial to Victorian and Louis XIV. All have flat-screen TVs, DVD players and free Wi-Fi; most offer fireplaces, wet bars, and stone bathrooms with heated floors.

Dining options include a sophisticated restaurant specializing in New England fare, and a casual terrace eatery. There’s also a wood-paneled bar serving cocktails. Valet parking and loaner bikes are complimentary.

hotel allows breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Easton’s Beach, setting the mood for a truly relaxing and enjoyable vacation. The award-winning Cara restaurant and luxurious in-room spa treatments combine to make this boutique hotel the perfect setting for a romantic retreat.”,”viewport”:”DESKTOP”}]}”>

A stunning historic mansion hotel located on the famous Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island. Boasting 20 elegant guest rooms, each custom designed around a particular historical period or theme, this luxury hotel allows breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Easton’s Beach, setting the mood for a truly relaxing and enjoyable vacation.
The award-winning Cara restaurant and luxurious in-room spa treatments combine to make this boutique hotel the perfect setting for a romantic retreat.

The Chanler is quite the lovely place to stay. While it is pricey, it is worth every penny. The staff was friendly and helpful, the food was great and the room was beautiful. The view was to die for. We stayed in the Block Island room 18 — you walk to the back of the house and have a private entrance. We used the hot tub on the lower level which was charming. Up the steps you enter into the room. While it wasn’t the largest room on the property, it was the perfect New England decor.

The bed was extremely comfortable. We left the door open the first night and could hear the waves crashing on the shore all night long — great!! The view was amazing looking out onto the shore beneath the Cliff Walk.

Great views of the ocean and beach with a private entrance. It has a private hot tub and steam room too. We made use of the hot tub on the chilly night and could not believe how private it was. It is set in an alcove with thick curtains that kept the breeze and chilly air out. The bathroom floor was heated and that came in handy after the hot tub.

This room can not be accessed from the main house but the private path is well maintained and lit properly. The only problem we have now is which room we want to stay in. This hotel is cheap. It is a true luxury hotel with service and amenities to match. And the location is the best.

The Chanler on our first visit to Newport. We will certainly be back! We stayed in a garden villa room and enjoyed the privacy of the separate entrance and outside space. Our room was small in size but offered a great deal – wet bar, ample closet, fireplace, and a large bathroom with spacious shower.

The staff was very accommodating and helped get us where we needed to be at the last minute on a very busy day – we appreciated the assistance! I’d like to thank Demetrius in particular who welcomed us, showed us to our room and assisted us with dinner recommendations/reservations on our first evening there.

We had the opportunity to enjoy dinner at the Spiced Pear and were not disappointed – everything was excellent. There was a large private event going on at the property at the time, but we were never bothered by noise, crowding or anything else. Again, we will certainly be back to stay again when we return to Newport.

Gay Friendly Hotels Newport
Gay Friendly Hotels Newport

How much does a room costs at The Chanler at Cliff Walk ?

Prices start 489$/night for Federal Manor Guest Room. The Moroccan Guest Room is  627$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Moroccan is located on the 3rd floor and accessible via 2 flights of stairs. Offering a Moroccan-style décor, this suite features a fireplace, spa bath, and a flat-screen cable TV.

Where to book online – The Chanler at Cliff Walk –  Gay Friendly Hotels Newport – you can find the best hotels deals in Newport during Newport Folk Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Newport on  or  Agoda.comor  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Hotel Providence 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Providence Rhode Island

Hotel Providence
Hotel Providence

Located in downtown Providence’s arts and entertainment district, this 4-star boutique hotel offers an artistic atmosphere. The luxury hotel features free Wi-Fi in every room, creative workshops and a restaurant.

The bright, modern rooms at Hotel Providence provide classic novels and works of art. An iPod docking station, spacious desk and safety deposit box are also included.

With singing housekeepers, the Providence offers art exhibits in the lobby. Guests can also join a photography or screenwriting workshop.

Backstage Kitchen & Bar serves local cuisine made with fresh New England ingredients. Al fresco dining is available in the candle-lit courtyard. A-bar offers cocktails, along with indoor/outdoor dining.

Hotel Providence is located in downtown Providence’s arts and theater district. This 4-diamond boutique hotel boasts an artistic atmosphere, an onsite restaurant, and the city’s best location – within walking distance to shops, restaurants, art galleries, and theaters. We all have a passion…discover yours at Hotel Providence.

This upscale hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Rhode Island Convention Center, and a 4-minute walk from Johnson & Wales University.

The warm rooms have traditional furnishings, plus flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. Suites add separate living rooms with sofa beds; some offer whirlpool tubs.

Amenities include a posh restaurant and bar, a 24-hour business center, a gym, coin-operated laundry facilities and valet parking.

Room service is excellent. One of the best rs eggs benedict ever, enormous too. Hamburger wonderful. I wish the rs menu had more true entrees.

Housekeeping superb. (sidebar: Tip your housekeeper, folks, DAILY, and tip well for excellent service. They do so much, for so little.) Though they do chatter away in hallways…..more noise….

Hotel Providence is ground zero for great food : gracies, birch, figidinis, red fin crudo, oberlin. Good gay bars, if so inclined, nearby. All within walking, a block. Providence, unless an event going on at arts center, not only rolls streets up at night but scarcely puts them down in the day. It will feel empty and very quiet downtown, it may feel a bit sketchy but you’re likely not going to be accosted. It’s a fine small city.

Best service and the best room I’ve seen at a mid-range price ($207 for a two-room suite that was huge and well-furnished). Staff was very friendly, genuine, and prompt. Front desk picked up on second ring every time. Called down to find ice machine and person who answered offered to bring ice to the room and did in a matter of a few minutes. Bed was divine. Steps from everything in a young, vibrant, human-sized city located on a river and a harbor, a couple blocks from Brown University, RI School of Design. VERY gay friendly town and hotel. A real standout.

My partner, Melanie, and I arrived on a Friday evening to a very friendly valet attendant who informed us that overnight parking would be $26 – ouch! However, compared to a city such as New York, where parking can exceed $50 a night, this can be considered a bargain. Plus, since The Hotel Providence was kind enough to host us, I can’t really complain about the cost of parking!

Walking into the lobby I was amazed by the fine art and one-of-a-kind objects adorning each corner. The hotel describes its lobby as having an “Opulent Belle Epoch Salon style” with some truly gorgeous oil paintings. You know it’s good when Melanie veers off and starts observing!

Check-in was quick and smooth and before we knew it we were on the elevator heading to our room on the 5th floor, # 524. I don’t know about you, but I always feel like a kid on Christmas morning right before I open the door to my hotel room. You never know what you are going to get! Melanie and I were not disappointed when we stepped inside.

The first thing that struck me was the view. We had a truly spectacular view of Grace Church, which opened its doors in 1846. For a second I felt like I was in London, taking photos of the church tower, and watching the sky turn from a misty, gray to soft shades of pink and purple.

Providence, known as the Renaissance city, is home to 7 Universities, including RISD, Brown & Johnson & Wales. It is modern, hip, chic, sleek, sexy, eclectic and extremely gay friendly (over 7 gay & lesbian nightclubs in the city and consistently voted one of the top 10 places for lesbians to live). I have no doubt that the gay marriage bill will pass this year. When that happens this city will attract even more LGBT visitors.

Gay & Lesbians are pretty much intercepted everywhere. It is not uncommon to see same-sex couples strolling down streets holding hands. This is most evident on the East Side, such as Thayer Street and Wickenden Street, which has become known as our “Castro district.”

Walking down Westminster Street you can’t help but feel how all the shops compliment each other in almost a poetic way. I love that there is a bookstore near a cafe or a wine shop near a cheese shop. Westminster street is black v-neck sweaters, expensive jeans, thrift store sneakers, dark rimmed eyeglasses, coffee, wine, art, music and antiques. There is truly a heartbeat here. It is a mix of intellectuals, musicians and artists. It, like most of downtown Providence, has a distinct vibe. And did I mention how CLEAN this city is? I have traveled to 42 states and Providence is among the most clean cities – anywhere. Bravo, Providence.

Any gay & lesbian would feel right at home here.

I am hereby “OUTING” Hotel Providence as gay & lesbian friendly and worthy of our business.

Gay Friendly Hotels Providence
Gay Friendly Hotels Providence

How much does a room costs at Hotel Providence ?

Prices start 158$/night for King Room. The King Suite is  275$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite features one bedroom with a king bed, a large living room with a sofa bed, elegantly appointed furnishings, a 49” TV, a Keurig coffee maker, a safe, a bathrobe and a marble bath with jets.

Where to book online – Hotel Providence –  Gay Friendly Hotels Providence – you can find the best hotels deals in Providence during Rhode Island Pride which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Providence on  or  or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.