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CASTLE HILL INN ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND (May xx, 2013) – For more than a century, Castle Hill Inn has captured the imagination of guests from around the world with its enchanting coastal setting, relaxed elegance and authentic Newport spirit. Today, this coastal haven, located on a 40 acre peninsula, is ushering in a new era with the launch of a multi-year investment and enhancement program designed to continue the legacy of the Castle Hill Inn name while elevating the guest experience to a new level of refined luxury. A new brand identity continues to evoke the spirit of years past while at the same time reflecting a contemporary luxury experience for future guests. The new website, logo, guest resources and marketing materials are timeless and elegant, while also feeling fresh and new. Addtitionally, Castle Hill Inn has already made a significant commitment to the renovation of the property’s famed open-air coastal restaurant, The Lawn at Castle Hill, as one of many property improvements planned over the next several years.

“Castle Hill Inn is embarking on a new chapter this year, starting with the highly anticipated unveiling of our new visual identity and expansion of The Lawn, just in time for summer season,” said Brian Young, Managing Director of Castle Hill Inn. “The Lawn is the top location in Newport to celebrate, watch the sunset and enjoy a cocktail, and the expansion will only enhance that experience for our guests. Along with the new logo and branding, these changes reflect the timeless yet also contemporary experiences that define Castle Hill Inn.”

THE LAWN  AND DINING ROOM AT CASTLE HILL INN

The epitome of classic New England al fresco dining, The Lawn at Castle Hill is a timeless Newport icon. After decades of entertaining, the outdoor restaurant opens on Memorial Day 2013 refreshed and ready to once again be an oasis of relaxation and escape.

As part of the renovation, the Dining Room now opens to the expanded Sunset Terrace, comprised of three tiered terraces cascading down the hill, bedecked with New England bluestone tile, outfitted with luxury teak furniture and linen-canvas umbrellas, and lit for dining until 10 p.m. each evening. Here, guests can enjoy Chef Karsten Hart’s elegant fine dining menu while taking in panoramic views of the property’s verdant rolling lawn festooned with Adirondack chairs as well as wrap-around views of Newport harbor. In the capable hands of Executive Chef Karsten Hart, a meal at Castle Hill Restaurant is elevated to an unforgettable experience. Combining seasonal, locally sourced ingredients with culinary techniques from around the world, Chef Hart and his talented team create dishes that are inspired, delicious and beautifully presented.

The newly expanded bar area allows guests to savor summer cocktails, unmatched vistas and ocean breezes from under a custom-made Sperry sailcloth awning. In addition to Castle Hill’s award-winning wine list, the nautical-inspired bar will feature a selection of artisan-crafted and aged sipping rums – the preferred libation of choice for sailing enthusiasts.

In addition, guests will be able to indulge in the ultimate Castle Hill Inn experience – reclining seaside in the Adirondacks while enjoying the newly created “chair snacks” menu. This delicious assortment of food and drinks features an elegant twist on American favorites, including lobster sliders, homemade salt & vinegar marble potato chips with horseradish cream and Parmigiano-Reggiano, and salt cod croquettes with chourico aioli. Guests seated at tables on The Lawn will enjoy a locally focused menu that showcases New England seafood, with a Narragansett Bay shellfish sampler, Maine shrimp and cucumber verrine, native swordfish with fava beans and summer succotash, and the beloved Lawn Lobster Roll.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Castle Hill Inn combines the luxury of a boutique hotel with the inviting comfort of a coastal inn, offering lodging options to suit the needs and preference of all guests – from families and honeymooners to solo travelers. In addition to the nine elegant rooms found at the mansion, Castle Hill Inn offers 24 stunning, private waterfront accommodations across the property. Queen-sized beds are adorned with Frette linens provide peaceful slumber, while the bathrooms feature rain shower heads and tumbled-marble heated floors. In the Beach Houses and Cottages, the kitchens have farm sinks and refrigerators for guests convenience.

 

  • The Turret Suite:  The Turret Suite captures the magic of a bygone era. With unobstructed 360-degree views of the surrounding Narragansett Bay, guests can spot up to 12 lighthouses and nearby Block Island from this bi-level private retreat. It features a king-sized bed on the first floor along with a gas jet fireplace and hardwood floors. The bathroom features a large marble walk in shower with glass doors and an oversized flat designer shower and body sprayer, while a soaking tub sits on the overlook in the bedroom. The suite also has a second level with a spiral staircase that leads to a viewing room with a 320 degree view of the water, books on astrology, telescope, fridge, and DVD player.

 

  • The Chalet Suite: Located above the function center in the historic Chalet, the Chalet Suite is decorated in a romantic moss green and goldenrod color scheme with hardwood floors and oriental carpets. The bedroom of the suite, which, in season, looks over the function tent to Narragansett Bay and Castle Hill Cove, holds an elegant king-sized platform bed beside a gas jet fireplace.

 

  • The Chalet Room: For an unparalleled view of Castle Hill Cove, the Chalet Room holds the exclusivity unique to Castle Hill peninsula. The romantic décor in goldenrod and burgundy, the hardwood floor, oriental carpet and king-sized platform bed create a graceful retreat.

 

  • Beach House Rooms: The Beach Houses embody classic New England coastal charm. Perfectly positioned between nature trails and the private beach, guests can easily hike out to the lighthouse or lounge near the ocean just steps from their room.
     
  • Harbor House: Harbor Houses offer some of the most intimate and cherished views on property. Offering 300 square feet of living space, the Harbor House rooms overlook a rocky enclave that actress Grace Kelly used to famously sneak down to reach the water’s edge; a staircase was built so she could climb back up from her secluded hideaway. Today, Harbor House guests enjoy access to this ruggedly romantic New England refuge.

 

  • Beach Cottages: Perched on the sand dunes of their private beach, the Beach Cottages open up to a quiet New England cove. Guests can watch the waves roll in from the porch and take a walk along the shoreline before retreating to the comforts of the seaside cottage.

 

LOCATION & HISTORY 

Nestled on a 40 acre peninsula overlooking the southwestern corner of Narragansett Bay, Castle Hill Inn is a picturesque enclave of dramatic vistas, lush grounds and elegant quietude. A 19th-century mansion that originally served as the summer residence of famed marine biologist Alexander Agassiz, Castle Hill Inn for 138 years has beckoned guests – including actress Grace Kelly and playwright Thornton Wilder – to relax, rejuvenate and play against a spectacular natural backdrop.  Located just minutes from the vibrant scene of downtown Newport, Castle Hill Inn is the perfect base from which to tour the historic Gilded Age mansions, explore Fort Adams State Park or enjoy the gorgeous beaches.

 

In 2008, Castle Hill Inn became the first hotel in Rhode Island to earn the distinction of belonging to the Relais & Chateaux family of properties. Widely regarded as the foremost authority on luxury hospitality, Relais & Chateaux recognizes hotels that combine one-of-a-kind accommodations with exceptional cuisine.

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About Castle Hill Inn

For more than a century, Castle Hill Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property, has captured the imagination of guests from around the world with its enchanting coastal setting, relaxed elegance and authentic Newport spirit.  Nestled on a 40-acre peninsula overlooking Narragansett Bay, Castle Hill Inn exemplifies the warmth and quiet luxury of 19th century seacoast life.  Combining the elegance of a boutique hotel with the inviting comforts of a coastal inn, the Inn offers resplendent lodging options to suit the needs and preferences of all guests.  Accommodations include nine guest rooms and suites in the original 19th-century Agassiz Mansion, and 24 private, waterfront accommodations in the Harbor House, Chalet, Beach Houses and Beach Cottages.  Within the mansion, indulgent meals are prepared by renowned Executive Chef, Karsten Hart, and the recently renovated Lawn at Castle Hill is the epitome of classic New England al fresco dining.  On property activities include stargazing, clambakes, bonfires, games on the lawn, kayaking, paddle boarding, yoga, surfing, sailing and much more.  Voted by readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure as one of the top hotels in the world, and lauded by the New York Times as ‘the best spot in town,’ Castle Hill Inn is the epitome of Newport elegance.
 

Castle Hill Inn is operated by Newport Harbor Corporation, an employee-owned (ESOP) hospitality corporation based in Newport, RI.  For more information on Newport Harbor Corporation, please visit the website at www.newportharbor.com.  For more information about Castle Hill Inn please visit www.castlehillinn.com.

 

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