Groom’s Room at Kay Chapel Is A Wedding Day Man Cave


The waiting is the hardest part. That’s especially true when you’re the groom and it’s your wedding day.

Kay Chapel Grooms Room Newport

With that in mind, Hotel Viking in Newport, R.I. created the Groom’s Room. A comfortable salon located in the hotel’s on-site non-ecumenical chapel, the Groom’s Room is a wedding-day man cave outfitted with comfortable seating, a 55-inch flat-screen television, XBOX with over 15 games and wireless controllers; a poker set and playing cards; and an indoor putting green. Groomsmen can pre-order snacks and stock the mini-fridge and bar with the groom’s favorite beverages. It’s a private hangout where the groom and his groomsmen can kick back while they await the bride’s arrival.

“No one else in the area offers this kind of space designed specifically for the groom,” said Keith Chouinard, director of sales and marketing, Hotel Viking. “It’s a place to relax before the wedding and makes a unique backdrop for pre-ceremony photos of the groom and his friends.”

“It’s fun to watch the grooms’ reactions when we’re showing the space,” said Nancy Rusiloski, catering sales manager, Hotel Viking. “Their eyes light up when they realize the Groom’s Room is designed specifically for them.”

“Having the Groom’s Room on site definitely tilts venue selection in our favor,” agreed Linda Ferguson, catering sales manager, Hotel Viking.

Dating to 1869, Kay Chapel is a historic Newport landmark. After it was officially closed in the 1970s, Hotel Viking purchased and restored the non-ecumenical chapel. Today, it’s one of Newport’s most unique private settings for intimate weddings.

Located adjacent to Hotel Viking at One Bellevue Avenue in Newport, R.I., Kay Chapel accommodates in excess of 200 guests. In addition to weddings, the space is available for retreats, concerts and seminars. For information, contact Hotel Viking’s catering sales managers at 401-847-3300.

Grooms photo credit: Bellafoto Studios