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#ONALARK – Staying at The Attwater Newport


Lark Hotels provided me with a complimentary stay at The Attwater. All opinions are my own

The other weekend Agnes (of Spoons and Stilettos) and I headed down to Newport, Rhode Island for a girls’ getaway. A Galentine’s weekend, if you will. We had an absolutely fun time and fell in love with our hotel The Attwater, a Lark Hotels property. You might remember that I stayed with Lark Hotels in Salem about this time last year and loved The Merchant. The Attwater was no exception and further proof that Lark Hotels knows how to host.

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The History

Allegedly one of the first hotels in Newport, The Attwater is located just off of historic Bellevue Avenue and a brief five-minute walk to the water front. I loved that we were walking distance from the main drag but had a bit of peace and quiet. If you’re into history, the hotel is between the Newport Art Museum and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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The Decor

Inspired by the nautical Newport culture, The Attwater is light, bright and colorful. The hotel is filled with whites/beige, blues, greens and pops orange. It’s also flooded with loads of natural light and the front sitting room is perfect for photos. I’m only guessing, it’s not like Agnes and I spent 15 minutes in the room taking photos of each other …

The Attwater is also brimming with nautical nods – painted coral on the side tables, water-themed paintings and so much more. It’s just the most cheery place to rest your head at the end of the night.

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The Guest Rooms

With 17 guest rooms, The Attwater has something for all of your hotel needs. Just like at The Merchant, my bed in our Junior King Suite (room 33) was absolutely heavenly. The mattress was the perfect level of soft and our pillows were fluffy little clouds. What I loved most about our room was that there was a separate sitting area, which meant that we could use the bedroom just for sleeping. It was so nice to have a closed off area where we could keep our suitcases and spread out during the day.

As with the other Lark properties, our bathroom came with complimentary Lather shower products. I always bring my own personal shower products, but it’s nice to have a high-quality option if you want to save the space when packing. And the best part of the bathroom? The sink is in a seperate room from the toilet and shower, which meant that Agnes and I could keep getting ready while the other one was doing their business.

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The Service

As always, the service at The Attwater was just perfect. The staff was friendly and accessible. Upon checkin they provided us with a iPad preloaded with staff picks for where to eat and drink and what to do in Newport. The Attwater serves a (delicious!) small-plates breakfast from 8-10AM and has some sweet treats at the front desk throughout the day.


#onalark – Staying at The Merchant Salem

Lark Hotels provided me with a complimentary stay. All opinions are my own

The other week my arch nemesis sister and I headed north for 24 hours in Salem, MA. We ate, toured and shopped our hearts out, but one of the main highlights of the trip was our stay at The Merchant Salem. I teamed up with Lark Hotels to experience The Merchant, their first Salem location, and share my thoughts with you lovely readers. And boy, do I have some serious thoughts!

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Upon walking up, you’ll notice that The Merchant is not a typical hotel. Like the rest of the Lark Hotel locations, The Merchant is a small boutique hotel that values design and comfort over cramming as many customers into a building as possible.

The History

Plus, it boasts some serious history. First built in 1784, The Merchant was originally home to Joshua Ward, Salem’s richest sea merchant. Prior to Ward’s home, the plot of land also once held the home of Sheriff George Corwin who played a major part in the tragic with trials of 1692. There is the rumor of a few ghostly guests, if you’re into that, but we didn’t experience anything supernatural, so no need to fret if you aren’t. I’m no historian, so if you want to learn more, you can read on here.

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The Decor

Once you step inside, you’ll be greeted by some seriously gorgeous and fun interior decor that would make HGTV jealous. I don’t know how the interior decorator did it – there are so many colors, patterns and textures in each room, but none of them clash. They all work together perfectly and make my own design efforts feel seriously lacking.

I was so busy admiring everything that I forgot to take entryway photos until after the sun went down, so I apologize for the less-than-perfect snaps above. They get better, I promise!

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When you check in, take a moment to look at all of the little touches in the entryway and sitting room, which I think is my favorite space in the building. The rich blues and purples make the room beyond comfortable and inviting. It’s hard to pry yourself away and explore outside.

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The Guest Rooms

The Merchant boasts 11 guest rooms, each almost more gorgeous than the last. We were lucky enough to stay in room #4, which overlooked Washington Street and the sights of downtown Salem. With four large windows, our room was filled with insane natural light and lovely views.

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Just like every other room, we had a LED Smart TV, free WiFi, a seating area, USB ports for charing all of my devices and a gas fireplace. I wish I could have taken the gas fireplace with me – nothing is more luxurious and relaxing than binge-watching reality TV while in bed next to a gas fireplace. It’s made even more romantic when you’re sharing a bed with your sister. #livinglarge.

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Each bathroom has a heated floor, which I was excited to use but too technologically challenged to figure out. I didn’t want to bother the staff so late in the evening, so I went without, but I’m sure the heated floors are amazing.

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Our room was so much more spacious than I expected and just as gorgeous as the rest of the hotel. If I could move right in, i absolutely would.

The Service

The only thing more beautiful than the decor at The Merchant was the staff. Leah, who checked us in, was so welcoming, friendly and helpful. Along with your room keys, you’ll be handed an iPad equipped with recommendations on what to do, see and eat while in town. It’s little things like that that set The Merchant apart from the large chain hotels out there.

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What The Merchant lacks in a few amenities (on-site parking and restaurant) they make up for in options. You’ll be provided with a free parking pass to use at the lot one block away. You can park in the driveway while dropping your bags and checking in and then move your car for the night. It’s not ideal, but it’s easy and free, so a good compromise given that Salem is starved for parking.

The Merchant also doesn’t have an on-site kitchen or restaurants, which means you won’t have room service. However, there is a small pantry with complimentary drinks and snacks available 24 hours a day. Plus, they provide you with gift certificates for breakfast at a local cafe, so free breakfast for everyone! Like the parking, it’s not perfect but The Merchant goes above and beyond to deliver an amazing guest experience.

I do not have enough positive words to describe my stay at The Merchant and the Lark Hotels team. I can’t wait to visit again, check out the next Salem location when it opens and explore Lark locations in other cities. Thank you again to the folks at Lark Hotels for hosting me and my sister.

Tell me: What do you think of The Merchant?

Travel Vlog: 24 Hours In Newport, RI

Verizon loaned me with a Google Pixel XL for my travels. Lark Hotels provided me with a complimentary overnight stay. All opinions are my own

Hi friends, I’m back talking about my girls’ weekend in Newport, RI again. You can read the full blog post here, but I’m sharing an award-winning travel vlog for your viewing pleasure as well. I hope you enjoy!

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