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The Breakers

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Marble House

Both The Breakers and Marble House are highly recommended by reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, The Breakers ranks slightly better than Marble House. The Breakers ranks #1 in Newport with endorsements from 5 reviews like Lonely Planet, Frommer's and Fodor's.

Both The Breakers and Marble House are highly recommended by reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, The Breakers ranks slightly better than Marble House. The Breakers ranks #1 in Newport with endorsements from 5 reviews like Lonely Planet, Frommer's and Fodor's.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in Newport
location

44 Ochre Point Ave., Newport, RI 02840

endorsements
  • 6 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    The 70-room summer estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, president of the New York Central Railroad, was built in 1895. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    If you have time to see only one of the cottages, make it this one. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Inspired by 16th-century Genoese palazzos, Breakers is the most magnificent Newport mansion. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet

    These former stables and carriage house belonging to their eponymous mansion now house a museum of Vanderbilt family memorabilia, restored carriages and a fascinating model railway. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    Used as a summer retreat for the family of shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Full Review →

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93
#4 in Newport

596 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840

  • 5 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    One of the most opulent of the Newport mansions, Marble House contains 500,000 cubic feet of marble. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    Architect Richard Morris Hunt outdid himself for his clients William and Alva Vanderbilt. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet

    The gaudy Marble House – built of many kinds of garishly colored marble – is a whorish building. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    The Gold Ballroom—Newport's most ornate—decked with gilt chandeliers, panels and mirrors, is modeled after the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Full Review →

  • 59

    Where

    The seaside Chinese Tea House on the property was constructed later and used by Alva to host rallies during the women’s suffrage movement. The estate is now a National Historic Landmark. Full Review →

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