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Howard Johnson Middletown Newport Area 2.5

Middletown, Rhode Island, United States

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  • Provides daily free breakfast of hot and cold dishes
  • Pleasant rooms with mini-fridges, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and outdoor spaces
  • Indoor pool with sauna, indoor and outdoor lounging spaces
  • Tiny fitness center with a handful of machines
  • Small business center with a computer and printer; spacious conference room 
  • Shuttle into downtown Newport (for a small fee)
  • Freshly baked cookies and flavored water on offer by front desk
  • On-site parking and small laundry area
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Pet-friendly 


  • Not much within easy walking distance of the hotel
  • Fitness center is cramped with only four machines
  • Pool tends to be overrun with families and kids 
  • Shuttle requires a reservation and costs a fee

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Situated on a main highway into downtown Newport and near government buildings, the Howard Johnson Middletown Newport Area is an ideal location for business and government travelers, especially with its spacious conference room. The two-pearl hotel has some nice features for families as well, including an indoor pool with an adjacent courtyard, daily free breakfast, and daily shuttle into downtown Newport (for a fee). The 115 rooms are spacious, but simple, and feature flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. All rooms feature a balcony or patio. Travelers looking to be closer to downtown Newport might consider the Newport Hotel and Marina which features a restaurant, convenient location on the water, and heated indoor saltwater pool; though there is a fee for parking and it’s a bit more expensive.

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Simple chain hotel, ideal for business and government travelers

From the outside, the Howard Johnson in Middletown is a long, ranch-style building extending down the side street. The lobby is the apex of the design, situated on the corner of West Main Street and High Street. Rooms are all located along the side street, away from the main highway and the main hub of the hotel -- the lobby and indoor pool. The design of the hotel is ideal for travelers looking for a quiet place to rest their heads after work or exploring Newport.

While the clientele at the hotel tends towards business and naval travel -- due to nearby government buildings -- there are also a fair amount of families as the hotel offers value compared to downtown Newport choices (especially during high season). The contemporary lobby is a particularly nice place to relax and socialize. Flavored water is set out all day, freshly baked cookies are provided in the afternoon, and there's a lovely stone fireplace. The indoor pool has a tendency to be a bit busy with kids playing, especially during inclement weather or low season. 

Travelers looking to be on the outskirts of Newport might consider Homewood Suites in Middletown. It has many of the same amenities, and a few nice additions like a modern backyard patio and grilling area, 24-hour convenience store, and a nicer fitness center. Those looking to splurge might consider Hotel Viking, located in the Historic District of Newport, it has all the bells and whistles of a spa, room service, and more in-room amenities.


In Middletown, a 10-minute drive to Easton's Beach and 15-minute drive to downtown Newport

The Howard Johnson in Middletown is located on the outskirts of Newport, and is within easy driving distance of many popular tourist and business attractions. Located on West Main Road, the hotel is a 15-minute drive into the harbor area of downtown Newport, known for its quaint cobblestone streets, popular restaurants, historic mansions, and lovely marina views. The Historic District of Newport is a seven-minute drive from the hotel, and guests will find Top of Newport  --  located within Hotel Viking. It’s the highest point in Newport and grants lovely city views. Travelers should note that many of the side streets in the Historic District tend to be easier to find parking on, and downtown Newport is only a 15-minute walk away. 

Popular Easton’s Beach is a seven-minute drive from the hotel and has several parking lots and snack bars. The Cliff Walk -- a three-and-a-half-mile pathway bordering the shore with stunning ocean views and featuring historic mansions -- is an eight-minute drive from the hotel.

Travelers looking for some history might enjoy the Naval War College Museum, located on Coasters Harbor Island, an eight-minute drive. The International Tennis Hall of Fame is a 10-minute drive. The Naval Station Newport PASS and ID is an an eight-minute drive away. The Newport State Airport is a six-minute drive from the hotel. 


Spacious rooms with simple decor -- all with balconies, microwaves, and flat-screen TVs 

The 115 rooms at the Howard Johnson Middletown Newport Area are spacious with a few nice features. Rooms all come with a balcony or walkout patio, though, like most hotels in Newport there isn’t much of a few other than the street. Flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves come with all the rooms. There are coffeemakers in the rooms as well as coffee provided. Bathrooms in the rooms are moderately sized with toiletries, plenty of towels, and a hairdryer. All bathrooms feature shower/tub combos and plenty of vanity space. 

The rooms range in size with either king or queen-size beds and plenty of pillows. The decor throughout the rooms is cookie-cutter, simple, and nice. Expect to see beige walls, green bed runners, and basic brown furniture. Rooms feature work desks with stationary and a few local brochures. There is a small sitting area with either cushioned wooden chairs or sofa chairs. Second floor rooms come with wooden rafter ceilings. Balconies come with basic lounge chairs. 


Indoor pool, free hot breakfast, small fitness center, free parking and Wi-Fi

The Howard Johnson Middletown Newport Area has a nice list of features for a value hotel. The indoor pool comes with a spacious pool deck, small sauna, and two outdoor patios set with lounge chairs. The pool has a tendency to be busy with families and kids. A tiny fitness center is located next to the pool. There are only a few machines, and the room is a bit cramped, though there are two flat-screen TVs. 

A free breakfast is served each morning in the modern lobby, and the meal includes a waffle and pancake station, cereal, and fresh fruit. There are a few areas where guests can hang out, including the lovely lobby with modern couches, a small waterfall wall, and fireplace. A small business center is available in the lobby for guests to use. There is a large and contemporary conference center on offer. Small laundry rooms are available throughout the hotel, as well as vending machines for snacks and drinks. 

There are a few nice extras like freshly baked cookies placed out by the front desk each afternoon, and flavored water is offered throughout the day. The hotel is pet-friendly for those who want to bring their four-legged friend. Laundry facilities are helpful for long-term guests. There is plenty of free outdoor parking available. A shuttle runs throughout the day from the hotel to downtown Newport, so a car isn’t necessary, but travelers should note that both a reservation and small fee are needed for the shuttle. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.

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351 W Main Rd, Middletown, Rhode Island 02842-6309, United States

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  • Howard Johnson Inn - Newport Area / Middletown