House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 8 Sleeps
About Sondra Banford
Sondra Beaurivage Banford is a successful Realtor with Coldwell Banker working in the Gold Coast area of Connecticut. She has purchased and restored properties in Newport RI since 1998 and is passionate about ensuring that every detail is perfect. She is a fan of Downton Abbey and loves to share her little piece of the Gilded Age through keeping as much of the history of the home as possible for guests to enjoy.
Sondra Banford purchased this House in 2013
Why Sondra Banford chose Off Broadway
There are many reasons this property is better than others to rent. First and foremost is the location. Everything of importance is walking distance--town, shops, restaurants, attractions and more. Secondly, the house are maintained and updated regularly to ensure guests will be comfortable. Thirdly, we have tried to think of everything that you would need for your stay from DVD's, books, fully equipped kitchens, grills and more.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Enjoyed our stay!
Short walk to everything. The layout of the house was perfect for a family. It had what we needed for the 4 days that we stayed. Sondra was very helpful when we had questions. I would recommend this house to those traveling to Newport!
What a great family--they were so amazing that I'm offering them a discount if they come back!!!!
Overall, the location of the house was very nice and the rooms were spacious. There was only one bathroom as access to the outside bathroom was not given. It was inconvenient to have to bring your own towels and sheets as you have to pay quite a hefty cleaning fee. There was only one roll of toilet paper in the bathroom. In addition, there was only one roll of paper towels and no napkins. Information regarding the need to bring these items was not mentioned in the description. In the kitchen there was only one bowl and some of the other glassware had stains on them. There was garbage outside by the garbage cans that looked like it had been seen there for a few weeks. In addition, there were very few mirrors in the house making getting ready a challenge. The location was great, however the accommodations and amenities could certainly use some improvement for the price you are paying.
We are an alternative to an inn so to expect bed service such as sheets and towels would drive the cost up but we do offer sheets/towels to traveling guests and ask they be laundered or a service will pick them up for 45.00--I call each guest to remind them. The COST is much lower than an inn so I feel its unfair to expect the same service--this is a house rental. We supply paper towel, a new sponge, dish clothes, dish soap, hand soap in the bathroom as well as the kitchen, hair shampoo and conditioner to start (same as a hotel) and a bath mat and have blow dryers. My glassware is brand new and was not dirty as we washed each new piece prior to this rental--all our dishes are new William Sonoma and we have plenty of everything. Tina is upset because she was charged for some damage--in 12 years we have only had 2 issues which are photographed and explained to VRBO. Partiers need not apply! This is a quality home for families and wedding groups.
Great place...questionable service
We stayed a weekend in May, the house is beautiful, location incredible and the owners seemed nice and understanding...at first. During our stay we did damage a rug. The owner was there and said no problem, just take it to the trash...she didn't seem bothered and told a story of how she had done the same in college. So we took the rug out to the trash. Both days we had 5 people cleaning the apartment from top to bottom. An hour after we left she took all of our deposit (significant), claiming she had to hire a mover to take the rug out, and the apartment was disgusting. Obviously we wanted to pay for what we had damaged so all I asked for was a receipt for what she bought. I would have asked fora receipt whether it was a small amount or all of the deposit. She never responded. After 3 weeks of dealing with VRBO she was finally able to supply a receipt to them. If that's not strange, the receipt was for a rug that cost $700. Again we want to take responsibility for what we damaged, we own that. However wouldn't someone be a little more upset if they had to pay a lot out of their own pocket for a rug, instead of saying, "no problem." The whole situation was a little sketchy, so make sure if you stay here, you check the tags on everything and if you don't feel like cleaning yourself, maybe hire cleaners. But again, amazing space, perfect location.
I do my best to screen anyone coming in to stay. In 12 years of renting thru VRBO I have NEVER kept a security deposit until now. This group said they were going to a reunion but instead partied all weekend in the house until 3 in the morning each night although they knew others were in the house. The damage to the rug was vomit on the rug, bedding and floors. The rug was hung over the railing by the tenant but to my shock and horror the bedding was bunched up and left on my wood floors for days. I asked them to remove the rug since they had a truck and they threw it next to the trash which the city does not accept (it has to be in a container). I had to hire my contractor to remove the rug and dispose of it, pay the cleaning service more to launder and scrub for DAYS to remove the odor, replace the rug and pillows which was MORE than the deposit. The renter released my phone number and they harassed me for weeks--I supplied ALL the receipts to VRBO and PHOTOS per their policy and STILL the tenant complained. Take responsibility for your actions if you damage a persons home--we give you a beautiful place and you abuse it, what do you expect? A horrible experience!
Great area, easy parking a bonus! Tv was disconnected when we arrived . Otherwise great property
Great location, clean accommodations
The location of this house is really fantastic. It is on a quiet street just a few minutes' walk from great coffee shops and restaurants. The house is clean and spacious. We were on the second floor of a three story house. The host Sondra is attentive and available if you need to reach her. Our party forgot sheets and towels and she very graciously lent some to us, no questions asked. The only downside I'd say is that we learned we did not have access to one of the bathrooms, so we were sharing one bathroom for eight people. This may just be temporary, but worth noting. Overall it was a lovely stay and a convenient location. I would recommend staying here. Just remember to pack towels and sheets!
We loved having these guests stay with us. The bathroom is available for summer guests and this group was pre-season and heavily discounted. I hope they come back to stay!
Great place Great location
Host was very accommodating and the beautiful old building adds to your stay. Comfortable furnishings. Well decorated. Really a nice place.
Its always a pleasure to have such fun and gracious guests.
Enjoy the historic Newport Mansions, beautiful beaches, the famous Cliff Walk, Tennis Hall of Fame, shopping, numerous restaurants, surfing and so much more.