Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to get a firsthand look at the Vanderbilt Grace, the first stateside location for the family-owned Grace Hotels Group (other Grace properties are in Mykonos and Santorini). And it is everything you would expect for its location. Housed in a quintessential ivy-lined, brick Newport mansion built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt in 1909, the hotel is more a grand home away from home than a hotel with 33 guestrooms, each one slightly different than the next (mine had a stairway that led to the lofted bedroom and skylights in the bathroom), an indoor pool that once played its part when the hotel was a YMCA, a rooftop with heady water views, and a quaint garden patio for dining or lounging. The newest addition to the hotel is Muse restaurant by Jonathan Cartwright, which has a more modern flair, but more of that to come in the September issue of HD.
Apparently the Vanderbilt Grace is just the first of other expansion plans for Grace Hotels—others are planned in Panama, Argentina, Kea in Greece's Cyclades Islands, and Kennebunkport, Maine.
Here are two shots of the patio and the rooftop.