About Our Inn
At our location off Historic Bellevue Avenue, The Attwater Villa offers all the charm and romance of “The City-by-the-Sea”. Originally constructed in 1910 as a Bavarian Restaurant, this quaint building on then State Street, offered fine lodging for the discerning bachelor guests of Victorian Newport’s high society. After the First World War and through the Roaring Twenties, the “Hof-Brau”, as it was known, became a popular nightspot with the many servicemen who were stationed in the area. Here, enlisted men would come on “liberty” to enjoy an inexpensive meal, a few drinks and the comfort of the many “ladies” who also frequented the establishment. So popular was the “Hof-Brau” that the street was soon changed to “Liberty Street”.
During Prohibition, in an attempt to alter the image of the establishment, an elegant ladies Tea Room was resurrected. By day, society’s finest would make the tea room an integral part of their shopping excursions along Bellevue Avenue or as a respite from their afternoon of lawn tennis at the Casino. By night, however, it became an elegant “house of the evening”.
In the early 1980’s, the Villa was restored and renovated, thereby resurrecting the Grande Dame of Liberty Street, transforming her into a warm, comfortable European-style guest house, and in the process, gave yet another meaning to “Lady of the Night”.
Now, the Attwater Villa has been again renovated into a bed and breakfast with Victorian ambience and delightful fare. The Attwater Villa is a refreshing, light and comfortable respite where visitors can relax and enjoy an air of timelessness that surrounds this historic bed and breakfast.