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A Love Letter to Newport

The Wayfinder Hotel is set to open this May in Newport, RI, after an extensive renovation.

The boutique property was created by a group of local chefs, bartenders, artists and designers who banded together to create a fresh take on the traditional Newport hotel.

The renovation design is inspired by that fresh take. “For the Wayfinder, we wanted to depart from the feeling of formulaic hotel design and create the feel of a well-curated home by the ocean,” said Carrie Dessertine of Reunion Goods & Services, the design team. “We took inspiration from coastal colors and set out to give the space a bright, airy sensibility with a modern New England vibe.”

The hotel was created as a love letter to Newport and its artisans, entrepreneurs and residents, according to the developers. Each of the 197 guestrooms is individually furnished with vintage trunks repurposed as nightstands from Rhode Island antique markets, and all public spaces and guestrooms include a collection of local art, totaling 500 pieces of artwork all sourced or commissioned from Rhode Island artists.

“With their residential feel, the guestrooms are elegant and sophisticated as well as approachable,” said Dessertine. The public spaces are an extension of the rooms and provide further areas to spread out and feel comfortable in a relaxed yet elevated environment.”

“With the Wayfinder Hotel, we’re reimagining what a Newport hotel can be, rethinking the basics, and engaging local talent who genuinely care about their craft and community,” said Phil Hospod, The Wayfinder Hotel developer and CEO of Dovetail + Co.

Newport-based restaurant group Mission Group will lead the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Nomi Park. Mission also will oversee a solarium/lounge adjacent to the restaurant with a local craft brew/spirits program from Ragged Island Brewing and Newport Craft Brewery and Distillery.

The hotel will also have a focus on the environment by aiming to have as close to 0% single-use plastics as possible. Guest will be provided with in-room glass water bottles with hydration stations and recyclable in-room coffee pods. The property will also partner with Save The Bay on beach cleanups and other guest experiences.