With a few weeks under their well-designed belt, the historic Vanderbilt Grace Hotel in downtown Newport is operating at full swing and ready for summer. There are still plans to transform the current restaurant, Monty’s, into Muse, a fine dining experience under the guidance of the acclaimed Chef Jonathan Cartwright, best known for orchestrating the success of the lauded White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, Maine.
The hotel, built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt in 1909, still has 33 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, and that killer rooftop deck. Though I had been there before, I never knew the hotel had such a lovely spa area, with some great lines. For facials, including the Alpha-Vitale naturally resurfacing facial, the spa uses Yon Ka of Paris. West Coast-based Lather, an all natural line, is used for seasonal body scrubs (spring: lemongrass and bamboo) as well as Mommy-to-Be Massage Oil with monoi and blue tansy. Estheticians will incorporate a Musclease product for deep tissue and hair treatment as well. For manicures, the spa uses Spa Rituals, a vegan nail care line with sassy contemporary shades.
I’ll be sure to update readers when Muse opens, but in the meantime, stop by to see the stunning hotel.