Davidson Hotels & Resorts to manage Rhode Island's Hotel Viking

Davidson Hotels & Resorts welcomes the addition of Hotel Viking, a 208-room historic property in Newport, R.I., into its portfolio. The property is being added to Davidson under its luxury and lifestyle division, Pivot Hotels & Resorts.

Known as the “City by the Sea,” Newport once rivaled New York and Boston as a center of commerce and was the preferred vacation destination for “America’s First Families.” Today, it remains one of the most affluent summer vacation destinations in the Northeast and attracts nearly 3.5 million visitors annually. Hotel Viking is located in the heart of Newport on Bellevue Avenue, steps from Newport’s attractions. Davidson’s transition follows the acquisition of the property by an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners earlier this month.

Originally opened in 1926, Hotel Viking’s guestrooms are classically adorned. Egyptian cotton bed linens, pillow top mattresses and carved headboards create an elegant environment. Hotel Viking has offered gracious hospitality for over 90 years in a setting of style, comfort and modern amenities. Later this year, the hotel will undergo a multimillion-dollar update to its guestrooms and public spaces to further enhance the guest experience.

Virtual Event

HOTEL OPTIMIZATION PART 2 | Now Available On-Demand

Survival in these times is highly dependent on a hotel's ability to quickly adapt and pivot their business to meet the current needs of travelers and the surrounding community. Join us for Optimization Part 2 – a FREE virtual event – as we bring together top players in the industry to discuss alternative uses when occupancy is down, ways to boost F&B revenue, how to help your staff adjust to new challenges and more, in a series of panels focused on how you can regain profitability during this crisis.


“We are elated to add yet another historic landmark to the Pivot portfolio,” Albert Smith, SVP of Pivot, said in a statement. “We look forward to incorporating the Hotel Viking’s historic charm into our luxury division.”

Hotel Viking has multiple food-and-beverage outlets, including the One Bellevue Restaurant & Bar and the Top of Newport, a rooftop bar with spectacular views of the Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. The property also has nearly 15,000 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center, an indoor heated pool, a wedding chapel and a full-service spa with a selection of massage and skin treatments.

Suggested Articles

The partnership aims to help restaurants streamline online orders from apps like GrubHub, UberEats, DoorDash, Chownow, Caviar, Postmates and others.

Two conferences traditionally held in the first half of each year are rescheduling for the second half.

In October, visitor arrivals were down 90.4 percent compared to 2019 and hotel occupancy was below 20 percent.