MAY 2013

Hot List - The Best New Hotels in the United States: The Attwater, Newport, Rhode Island

The Attwater has recently become part of the small, stylish New England Lark chain and undergone a radical renovation of its interior decor by designer Rachel Reider. Boldly colorful yet classically New England. Reider juxtaposes ocean-evoking turquoise and navy blue in wavy patterns with crisp white on curtains, carpets, and throws and jazzes them up with eye-catching counterpoints of orange, lilac, apple green, strawberry, and black on fabrics patterned in smudgy boho-chic ikat, stylized chintz, and zebra stripes. Such gaudiness may, as the brochure proclaims, be "Newport Unconventional," but the French doors painted white, lamp bases formed of neatly coiled balls of nautical rope, luxurious headboards, plump pillows, overstuffed poufs, and traditional slipper chairs also evoke old-money Newport luxe.