Post # 1
Just joined because this seems like a great resource! I actually found my photographer thanks to so much info I found on weddingbee 🙂
Anyway, we are getting married @ the OceanCliff in May 2012. I was told that because it is before Memorial Day, it’s still “off season” but boy was I wrong. After making some phone calls and stopping into some hotels, I am getting the impression that it will be a huge feat to find a hotel room for under 200 bucks a night. I’ve accepted the 2 night min, but does anyone have any ideas of other reasonable places? I am planning on also doing the Holiday Inn Exp, but we wanted to do a nicer one in Newport too. (We also have all of OceanCliff blocked off but almost all of our guests are out of towners so we need options) Any feedback/input would be wonderful! (Ps – even the Newport Beach Hotel & Suites in Middletown quoted me $259 a nite, ugh!)
Post # 3
@newport22: Hello! I just went through this nightmare for Labor Day Weekend, so I was in the same boat. I’m also having an Oceancliff wedding 🙂 I have scouted out all of Newport and I can honestly say that these are your best bets for room blocks:
1) Quality Inn
2) Comfort Inn
3) Courtyard Marriott
4) Royal Plaza
None of these are very fancy, but all of these are around or less than $200 and allow room blocks. The Quality Inn and Comfort Inn are in a great location, right across from the beach, Atlantic Beach Club, the Cliff Walk, and are very close to town. The Courtyard and the Royal Plaza are a bit outside of town (less than 10 mins), but are just another couple of options. The Royal Plaza is THE ONE hotel ANYWHERE near Newport that will allow a one night stay. Seriously, you won’t find another!
There are tons of other really nice hotels and B&Bs in Newport (check Trip Advisor), but you can’t block rooms at them without some ridiculous requirements – like having a catered event there and spending X amount of dollars (might work if you want to do rehearsal dinner or day after brunch there). The Marriott, Hyatt, and Viking are the biggest hotels and then there are tons of great boutique hotels. Unfortunately most will be above your price point and won’t let you block. B&Bs have some less expensive rates, but not a ton of rooms, so you could always send your guests a list of some really nice and affordable ones and just encourage them to book early.