"BEST ROOM WITH A VIEW" - Yankee Magazine Best of New England 2014, Editors Choice
Private Houseboat in Newport, Newport Harbor, 600 sq ft, Spend a lovely summer vacation upon a restored houseboat - the Belafonte! Perfect location - in town!
"BEST ROOM WITH A VIEW" - Yankee Magazine Best of New England, Editors Choice
Finally telling the truth while singing I’m on a boat.
Bed & Breakfast, Dinner Parties, Spa Days, Summer 2015.
Enjoy a day on the water or a night’s stay with panoramic views from the center of Newport, Rhode Island’s picturesque harbor upon the Belafonte. This newly restored (2012) vintage houseboat by designer Kristen Coates and artist Chris Wyllie features a built-in queen size bed and separate sleeping quarters for 2 in the convertible wheelhouse, an Eco-friendly electric head and alfresco dining on the upper deck for 10 guests!
Our unique floating apartment allows guests of all levels of boating experience to enjoy entertaining as the Belafonte remains on the mooring. Shuttle in and out of downtown Newport with complimentary launch service (water taxi) provided by Old Port Marine.
• sleeps 2-4
• fully stocked with towels, linens, glasses and dishes
• all natural toiletries.
• galley includes an ice chest for refrigeration
• brand new paint, linens and cushions for 2015 with lots of decor updates!
In an effort to be more conscious of island living and our impact on the environment, the Belafonte is primarily powered by solar panels and batteries thus removing home luxuries such as hot water, refrigeration and 9 volt outlets. On board, we offer a Mophie battery block to charge your cell phone along with a solar panel to plug into - please bring your charger cable.
Local Transportation: From NYC: Amtrak to Kingston, RI and we can provide a list of taxi companies servicing the area. We can direct you to overnight parking (please note this is different than previous years - we no longer have a designated parking space!).
We host sunset cocktail parties, spa days, traditional bed and breakfast for overnight stays or just rent it for a day on the water!
Private Houseboat in Newport, Newport Harbor, 600 sq ft, Spend a lovely summer vacation upon a restored houseboat - the Belafonte!
Available: 5/28/2015 through 10/10/2015
Sleeps: 2-4 Guests, $50 fee per additional guest per night. We recommend 2-4 guests for the most comfortable stay. There is one built in queen size bed and one convertible bed in the wheelhouse that sleeps two additional guests. Check-in Time is 3:00pm - 7:00pm. Check-ins later than 7:00pm will incur $150 late fee - special exceptions can be made in advance (1 week). Check out is at 12:00pm on your departure date. We appreciate a call/text 30 minutes to your arrival so we may meet you at the dock.
Interaction with Guests
We communicate with guests prior to arrival about where and when to meet. All guests are escorted to the boat via water taxi (complimentary for Belafonte guests, gratuity encouraged for great service!) and shown the boat, accommodations, safety and amenities. Enjoy the boat and maybe we might see you out on the town, but we won't be back to Belafonte until after our guests depart! We are 100% available via text and telephone for guests with questions and of course emergencies.
Enjoy the privacy of having your own boat in the middle of the harbor, but a quick water taxi away from everything Newport has to offer - shopping, dining, a great nightlife! Looking for something special to do - be in touch about a week in advance and we will be happy to arrange reservations and help with itineraries. Forgot to do that? Text Kristen anyway, she has a way of having a lot of last minute fun in town!
Take the water taxi, complimentary for guests of the Belafonte, back to the dock. From there you are within walking distance to almost everything one might want to visit in Newport, but if you want to take the trolley, there is a stop just on America's Cup Ave at the corner of Bannister's Wharf. Don't forget to stop at Coffee Grinders for a coffee first and a great photo op at the end of Bannister's Wharf!
Other Things to Note
Belafonte is a newly restored, award winning houseboat. To manage expectations, we encourage all prospective guests to read through the entire listing (nope, we do not have a home shower - only a cold water, handheld spout...like camping, but cleaner - and right, no where for a hair dryer to plug in, but you can stop by Seaman's Institute for a hot shower and 9V outlets! And there is a solar charger and battery block on board to keep your cell phone charged - please bring your own cord!). Belafonte is a special place and a total labor of love. We wish only for our guests to enjoy their entire stay and love it as much as we do when the sun is hitting the water just right and you find the perfect place to sit and watch the sailboats pass... paradise. If something doesn't seem right or you're having a tough time on the open seas (harbor), let us know. We know traveling can be a little tough and even rougher on the water. We are here to be good hosts and hope we have a quick fix, but we won't know unless you let us know!
Belafonte Captains are Kristen Coates (phone number hidden) and Chris Wyllie (phone number hidden) should you need to reach us, but we are certain you will have such a great time you won't have time to call us! To radio in to Old Port Marine for a pick up (or in the rare case of emergency) radio in on channel 68.
*No one under 21 permitted aboard.
*DO NOT TURN THE BOAT ON OR TRY TO NAVIGATE THE VESSEL. There are locks in place for keeping the boat at the mooring – trying to move the boat off the mooring or starting the engine could risk serious damage or injury. We will also bill to you $25,000 plus the cost of all damages to your credit card for this act. Please, unless you are in a life or death emergency, do not turn the boat on and even in that case we would prefer you call one of the boat captains or signal someone nearby for help. Kristen Coates (phone number hidden) and Chris Wyllie (phone number hidden)
*Please do not have more than 10 people upon the boat at any time.
In addition, please do not have more guests on board than you can safely monitor. Although Belafonte is set up for guests with all levels of boating experience, there are wet decks, narrow walkways and an upper deck. It's a fun place to be, but with all boating, it's best to keep safety in mind first.
*No smoking. Please do not bring any illegal drugs aboard as our boat could be confiscated without any further reason!
*There are fire extinguishers throughout the boat in case of fire. One by the wheel, one by the bed on the floor.
*Absolutely no swimming at dusk or later. The water is a dangerous place at night and you could risk serious injury or death by swimming at night. It sounds so romantic, but really, snuggle up in bed, lay out on the upper deck or look up to the stars from the bow – no night swimming, please!
*All guests must sign a waiver of liability and this page saying that you have read and understand the houseboat rules. By boarding the boat you acknowledge everything listed here as true and you agree to board at your own risk.
*For overnight guests, contact Kristen at (email hidden) and we will give you a list of lots for overnight parking. *This is different from summer 2013 as we no longer have a designated parking spot.
*Let us know your intended time of arrival. We will pick up some ice and meet you at the launch to get you out to the boat. The Old Port Marina launch (water taxi) picks up at 1 Sayers Wharf (this is inside the parking lot of The Mooring Restaurant). Standing at the end of the dock and waiting for a launch is the best way to get the taxi. It typically runs 8:30am – 1:00am, but please confirm with the captain before leaving the dock for late night returns!
*Once aboard, we will show you the following:
- Safety first! Life jackets (inside benches in the wheelhouse and on the upper deck), what to do in case of emergency (life jackets, fire extinguishers, radio) and how to radio in to Old Port when you're ready for a pick up (turn on the radio and hold the handset on station 68 and speak!).
- How to turn the power on and off (there’s a red switch inside the closet). This is essential for running water and using the head (toilet).
- Where all of the linens are what to do with wet stuff and how to set up an extra bed for guests!
*Please close all of the windows and turn the power off when leaving the boat. Even if you think you might only be away for an hour or so, please close the windows and turn off the power. Sometimes the power will go after a short period of time (unlikely, but can happen – think of it as leaving the lights on in your car overnight) and more often, we will get hit with an afternoon rain shower or storm… and who wants to come back to a damp, wet boat or bed?! Bring in all cushions and close and lock all windows – except for the bathroom – which somehow benefits from a good rain shower!
*All linens, towels, warm clothing, dishes, utensils, electronics, sunscreen and toiletries are on the boat for your use while staying upon the Belafonte. Should you like to take them home with you, we will charge upon check out.
Complaint: The toilet does not work.
Remedy: Turn the grey knob inside the closet from red to green. Gently press the button inside the water closet.
Complaint: Where are all of the lights?
Remedy: There are battery operated candles and push button safety lights in the first drawer of the credenza. Use these to find your way around the boat and you will see several flameless/battery operated lights throughout to turn on creating a cozy atmosphere. We like to clean up food and dry the floors just before the sun sets and then turn on lights before it gets dark.
Complaint: The VHF radio does not work.
Remedy: Turn the key to 2:00pm on the dashboard, then make sure the volt switch is at 12 volt on the dashboard. If this still does not work and you need to reach Old Port, call (phone number hidden).
I booked Belafonte for a romantic weekend for my boyfriend and I at the end of the summer. Kristen was a fantastic host! She communicated frequently and checked in with us to make sure we had everything we needed. Upon arrival we were met by Captain Nichole who brought us out to the boat on Old Port's launch and gave us two bags of ice to keep our drinks cool. Belafonte herself is beautiful-spacious, modern, and cozy. I loved that I could *stand up* in the cabin-a luxury I'm not often afforded at 6'2". We loved the battery powered tea lights for when it got dark, and the boat's external battery and solar charger are great for making sure your gadgets don't die overnight. Everything is clean and organized. This is by far the best stay in Newport; we will definitely be coming back!
Our stay on the Belafonte was absolutely amazing!!! Before arriving, Kristen was really communicative and helpful. Nichole, who took us out to the boat when we arrived, was really nice and let us know everything we needed to know about the boat. The water taxi service was so convenient and really quick. Last, but not least, the views from the boat were stunning. It was wonderful to stay on the water while in Newport. I can't wait to go back!
I hate to be a voice if dissent, but I didn't feel as though my stay on the Belafonte was even nearly worth the rental rate of $600/night. Let me start by saying that I'm both a boat person and a camper. I have a boat, and have and will continue to spend lots of time on boats, and I live in the mountains, and spend a lot of time in a tent. I know boats and love them... and the photos of the Belafonte are beautiful. The actual boat, however is certainly not "restored"... it's an old boat with new-ish paint. You have to fight the door open, and the boat is basically stripped. It's essentially one room with a split level, so there is absolutely no privacy if you're staying on it with a friend. Also, if you have a formal event to go to, be warned... between the very cold "shower" and the fact that there's only one mirror on the boat, and it has a fish-eye bulge... it makes getting ready for, say, a wedding, extremely uncomfortable. On the upside, I did become very familiar with the restaurants nearby... as I had to go find a place to charge my phone for an hour several times a day. Knowing boats as I do, things like hot water and being able to charge your phone are extremely easy fixes... it seems like the boat is generally neglected, but people keep renting it out, so why make it more comfortable? The closest thing I can equate my stay on the Belafonte to is camping. If that's what my expectations were, I'm sure I wouldn't have a bad taste in my mouth. But, at almost $1400 for two nights, I don't want to feel like I'd be better off in a tent. Oh, and the battery died, leaving the toilet not working. So, there's that. And parking is an absolute nightmare... as in there is none. The hosts were accessible and nice, as far as I could tell through our limited interaction.
My Husband and I had a blast celebrating our 10th Anniversary on The Belafonte! The decor is fabulous and the bathroom was very nice and clean. Jumping off the boat to swim is so much fun!
Belafonte was a beautiful houseboat. My family stayed there for the weekend, and we didn't want to leave. The interior decor was so unique. During the day, we just relaxed on a cozy bed reading and listening to music while enjoying the panorama views of the Newport harbor. Our favorite thing was to go up on the deck to look at the sunrise and sunset. It was stunning! Kristen was such a good host, she provides what you need and always keeps in touch. Thank you for sharing Belafonte with us. We will be back!
Our stay on the Belafonte was fabulous. The boat is absoluetly lovely and had everything we needed.
Kristen and Chris were super easy to get hold of at all times, before we arrived, upon arrival and throughout the weekend. They helped with everything we needed boat related or otherwise (amazing ice cream and taco recommendations being one of those).
Every time we wanted to get back to shore the water taxi was easy and very quick to arrive and the drivers were so lovely,plus it very very fun to have to call someone to come get you on the radio.
For us no electricity was not a problem at all. I love the fact that everything is so environmentally friendly. The solar panels for charging phones etc, the romantic battery candles for the evening when the natural light goes and even the water. For anyone slightly nervous about that don't be...The bathroom was great, easy to use, plenty of water pressure (and while it wasn't a boiling hot shower it was absolutely fine...even for a girl to wash her hair :-)
All in all a stay on the Belafonte will ensure a wonderful weekend and if you want a special adventure beats a hotel any day.
We will definitely be staying again next time we are in the area.
Thanks again K and C.
I am just getting back on my Airbnb grind and although this review is long delayed, I felt is absolutely necessary to write since 1- the Belafonte was my first Airbnb experience and 2- even though it has been nearly 5 months since our stay aboard this gorgeous boat, my boyfriend and I still cannot stop talking about what an INCREDIBLE time we had. Kristen and Chris were super accommodating and communicative. They were waiting for us when we arrived in Newport, provided parking, ice and transportation to the boat, and even met us at the dock early the next morning with our car since we needed to get an early start. Kristen was even sweet enough to check in via text throughout the stay to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. Getting to and from shore was simple and fun.
Now for the boat itself: the Belafonte is unlike anything I have ever experienced. It is a floating piece of paradise. The color scheme and decor are nautical, trendy and relaxing. We loved having a few drinks on the deck and watching the sun set on the beautiful Newport Harbor. It was absolutely breathtaking; one of those moments where you just feel lucky to be alive. The bed was comfortable, the candlelight was romantic and the solar-powered chargers made everything super convenient. This was by far my favorite night of my (very eventful) summer. We made memories that will last a lifetime and cannot wait to stay aboard the Belafonte again.
We have our beautiful boat in Newport, Rhode Island, where we also have our art gallery, but love working in NYC, traveling to LA and anywhere warm or in Europe. We're painters and builders... we consider our houseboat and our home to be works of art!
If you want to learn more about us or for additional photos check out Chris Wyllie and Kristen Coates on Apartment Therapy - we have a house tour as well as a houseboat tour on their brilliant design blog!