Hyatt opens Rhode Island JdV hotel

Hyatt Hotels Corp. has opened its new boutique hotel, The Pell, a part of the JdV by Hyatt brand. The property, which is managed by Highgate and just completed a $9 million renovation, is located on Rhode Island’s historic Aquidneck Island, close to Newport.

“We are thrilled to finally be introducing The Pell, which is the first JdV by Hyatt hotel in Rhode Island, to the Newport market,” GRJ co-founder Graham Jones, owner of the hotel, said in a statement. “We have put a lot of time, effort and love into this project and know The Pell will have an enormous impact in both Newport and Middletown.”

Originally built in 1989, ownership engaged architecture and design firms A4 Architecture and Stoa Design Collective to renovate the guestrooms and public spaces. Inspired by local surroundings, the hotel has a neutral palate and incorporates natural elements. Wicker and wooden touches bring the upscale coastal feel indoors alongside modern interiors. 

The Pell has 127 guestrooms and suites. The bathrooms have marble vanities, tubs and walk-in showers. Deluxe rooms and suites have a separate sitting area and two suites offer kitchenettes. 

The hotel’s signature restaurant, The Helmway, serves breakfast and dinner with tables and bar seating and offers in-room dining for guests. The menu itself and cocktail list will change with the seasons. “The menu reflects my passion for local, sustainably sourced high-quality ingredients,” Executive Chef Will Wallbank said. “We work with local farms and fisherman to deliver fresh options for guests and visitors of Aquidneck Island.”

With 1,250 square feet of customizable meeting and event space, The Pell can host a wedding receptions, pre- and post-wedding events or small business meetings for up to 40 guests. The property also has a business center and exercise facility.