Summer 2020 Opening of Hammetts Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island
Upon arrival, guests enter through double doors into the expansive lobby lounge. Sun-drenched with floor to ceiling windows, the space welcomes visitors with abundant seating artfully arranged for individuals to linger and small groups to socialize. The Murray and Sullivan rooms add equally inviting flexible meeting space of up to 800 square feet overlooking the Hammetts Hotel courtyard with doors that open up to the 9,000 square foot deck, but also offer privacy as needed. Rain's Room is an elegant guest lounge at Hammetts that honors Lorraine Kane (Rain), the remarkable matriarch of the Kane family, developers and owners of Hammetts, who passed away in 2019. A commissioned portrait of Rain by Nicholas Lima will hang in Rain's Room.
Designed by Union Studio Architecture & Community in Providence, RI, the top two floors of the hotel house forty-two guest rooms per level ranging in size up to 560 square feet for suites. Room categories include: Queen Twin Room, King Room, The Maritime Suite, The Commerce Suite, The Exchange Suite, and The Mercantile Suite.
With interiors by international design firm DiLeonardo, the guest rooms draw from Newport's seafaring heritage with a fresh color palette of grays, crisp whites, unfinished woods, and pops of reds and navy. Adding an industrial chic style are antiqued black iron sconces, polished nickel pendant lamps, and touches of wood to accent the room décor. Statement headboards are upholstered in dark navy fabrics then framed with black iron and distressed leather straps. The beds are Serta Presidential Line outfitted with luxury Mascioni linens. Wood sliding pocket doors provide access to private bathrooms with sleek subway tiled walls, luxury wooden plank vinyl floors, and contrasting black matte fixture finishes. The walk-in showers feature Lockwood New York organic hand-crafted bath products.
The restaurant Giusto at Hammetts Hotel is scheduled to open this summer. Chef Kevin O'Donnell, a Rhode Island native, returns home after working in Boston as a chef and partner at SRV, which won numerous accolades including a nomination from The James Beard Foundation for Best New Restaurant in the USA. Giusto will be open seven days a week and features a private dining room, semi-open kitchen and an outdoor bar. The cuisine will focus on regional Italian dishes with playful Rhode Island touches. To complement the food, the bar program will offer a mix of classic and freestyle cocktails, beer from local breweries, and a predominantly Italian wine list with plenty of natural selections. The restaurant is partnering with local farms and producers to support as many small businesses in the area as possible.