Guests feel like Vanderbilts ensconced in velvet bedclothes at this luxurious inn, a converted oceanfront mansion that overlooks Newport's first beach, steps from the Cliff Walk. The location may be only a mile from downtown, but the elegance here transports visitors into the past (the building was built in 1873). Bathrooms are sublime and large, with whirlpool tubs and six-jet shower systems. Some have extras like sunken double Jacuzzis. Rooms are individually decorated in historical styles, with lavish interiors keeping to themes like "Renaissance," "English Tudor," "Gothic," or "Colonial Williamsburg." Eight rooms have outside entrances for guests who prefer more privacy; these rooms also have hot tubs, courtyards, and private saunas. Several units have private balconies overlooking what may be the best view in Newport (all but four rooms have water views, so be sure to specify). The house fine dining restaurant, Spiced Pear, is topnotch, as is the more casual Terrace Restaurant outside. The Spiced Pear also has a wonderful, elegant bar. There is free car service into town, a five-minute drive away.