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Cliffside Inn
2 Seaview Ave, Newport, RI 02840   |  
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Ranked #1 of 99 Newport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
São Paulo - Brazil
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“The most beautiful place in a beautiful town!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

The Cliffside Inn is truly a gem! It is a very different experience, because it is not just a hotel, but a beautifully decorated home, with the most nice and welcoming hosts. The carpeted staircase (absolutely no noise!), the salon with its soothing music, the furniture, the decoration, everything was carefully thought to give the guests a relaxing and upscale experience.

We stayed two nights at the Sun Room, a small cosy room, with a bay window (just as can be seen in their website), everything impeccable and very romantic. The shower/sauna is a surprise: technology at the service of comfort. Classical music in the room! And the nightly turn-down service with two delicious cookies!

Breakfast was delicious, with different home-made treats prepared by Bill on the spot (omelets, pancakes, toasts, muffins...). The decor is amazing!
Besides breakfast, there is also the tea at 5 pm and the wine at 4:30 pm (on alternate days), with plenty of exquisite hors d'oeuvres. That is a nice way to make guests meet each other and exchange experiences, always under the charming presence of Nancy and Bill. They are wonderful hosts, who work a lot, but who are always helpful and attentive. They made us feel completely at home, and gave excellent indications for dinner (Mamma Louisa is a must!).

Newport, even in the rain, is marvelous! The mansions cannot be missed (we visited only two of them), and the Scenic Ocean Drive has wonderful views. We hope to be back soon and stay longer, trying another of the lovely rooms, preferably in a sunny weather...

Room Tip: All the rooms must be excellent, because everything in The Cliffside Inn is charming.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, May 24, 2012
We are so pleased that you picked the Cliffside Inn for your stay in Newport - all the way from Brazil! It was great to see you interact with the other guests at wine and tea, and enjoying our treats. That steam shower in the Sun Room really is fabulous, especially on cooler or rainy days. I hope the next time you are here the weather will cooperate and we will be able to sit by the firepit at night.

All the best,
Nancy and Bill
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Overland Park, Kansas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

I recently traveled to Newport with my sister and had the opportunity to spend 5 nights in the Cliff Suite, one of three suites in the Seaview Cottage. To say we were pleased that we chose to stay at Cliffside Inn is an understatement. From the spaciousness of our accommodations, the tastefulness of the décor, to the nightly turn down service that included a chocolate dipped oatmeal cookie, every aspect of our stay far exceeded expectations. My only regret of having stayed there is the bed. It was SO comfortable that it makes me hate my own bed now!!!

In addition to loving our suite, we thoroughly enjoyed the scrumptious breakfasts that were served each morning. It was always a treat to see what was being served and we liked having the opportunity to visit with people from other parts of the country and world. As for our time in Newport, we found the location of the Inn to be perfect for getting around. We especially loved that it was only steps away from The Cliff Walk. We very much appreciated the suggestions Bill and Nancy gave as for things to do and places to eat. Their input was invaluable!

I highly recommend staying at Cliffside Inn. You’ll find the service and attention to detail impeccable and will be amazed at how friendly Bill, Nancy and their staff are. We couldn’t have felt any more welcome and couldn’t have enjoyed our stay more!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cliffsideinn, Manager at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, May 23, 2012
Thank you so much for your review, and the hand written note you send (the staff was thrilled). It really makes us happy to know that we are able to provide guests with a great stay and to know you and your sister had a wonderful time. It was fun to watch you interact with the other guests and explore all that Newport has to offer. I know it's a big trip from the mid-west, but we do hope you'll make it back here again to visit us.

Stay well,
Nancy and Bill
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

We loved our short stay at the Cliffside. Warm, welcoming staff members, gorgeous room, great location and excellent food! Could not ask for more :)
Thanks for a great stay to help us celebrate our engagement!
Warm regards,
Melanie and James

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, May 23, 2012
Melanie and James,

We are so happy that you chose the Cliffside Inn to celebrate your engagement. It is such an exciting time and we are glad that we could be a part of it. You will have to come back after the wedding to do the post marriage drink from the wedding cup! We are thrilled that you liked the Grosvenor Suite and that it provided you with a great romantic getaway.

Hope to see you at the Cliffside again soon.

Best,
Nancy and Bill
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Chatham, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

The Cliffside Inn is the perfect place to stay in Newport! It has the perfect combination of modern luxury and comfort and old world charm and hospitality. You get the comforts of a five star hotel with the extra little touches in service that you would only find at a B&B. It also has free parking. The location is great - steps to the cliff walk and walking distance, about a mile, to Thames St area. We walked to dinner. The Inn has a wrap around porch with tables. We were able to enjoy breakfast and coffee outside one morning. The new owners recently did a major renovation on the whole place...including amazing new bathrooms! We recently stayed in the Blue room and loved it. The room was very clean and spacious enough for us, bathroom was beautiful and spotless and the bed was super comfortable. Bill and Nancy are a sweet couple and they really make you feel welcome and at home. In fact, everyone who works there and even all the other guests we met were so nice. It was our first visit to Newport, and we didn't really have our weekend planned out, but Bill was so kind and helpful with his info and suggestions. He was spot on with all of his dining recommendations! The breakfast they served at the Inn was delicious too! Nancy even offered to share the recipe for the Morning Glory dish. The wine/tea time they host is cute. The wine and hor dourves were a tasty treat. Overall we had a wonderful time and really enjoyed our stay. It is a top notch B&B. We found all the amazing reviews on this place to be accurate. We hope it stays as excellent and look forward to staying there when we visit Newport again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, May 23, 2012
We are so pleased that you chose the Cliffside Inn for your 10th wedding anniversary. It was great to have you here and share some of our Newport experiences with you. The Blue Room really is quite charming and cozy with the fireplace and the bay window sitting area. Chatham is not very far from here and we do hope that when you need another relaxing break you will come visit us.

All the best,
Nancy and Bill
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

My mother and I stayed at the Cliffside for two nights in May. We stayed in Beatrice's Room and it was absolutely fabulous! Nancy and Bill are wonderful and so welcoming! They gave us great recommendations for sightseeing/dining in Newport and just made us feel so at home. The Cliffside is very easy to get to and there is generous parking right outside the house, which is great if you are carrying heavy luggage. The breakfast each morning was top-notch - from the fresh pressed coffee to the delicious homemade muffins! Nancy and Bill have truly thought of every detail and it really makes the experience so fun and special. We will definitely be bringing our family back to the Cliffside again soon!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, May 23, 2012
How great to have you both here and learn about our shared legal/King & Spalding connections! It was wonderful to see the two of you sharing a short holiday together and would love to have both of your husbands visit us on the next trip.

Warmest regards,
Nancy and Bill
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New York City, New York
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

Had to be at Roger Williams University early on Friday morning to help my son pack up his dorm room and decided to treat myself to a night in Newport first. After an afternoon of shopping, I checked in to the Blue Room at the Cliffside Inn. The room was beautiful - window seat and all. The Cliffside Inn has managed to offer a step back in time via the beautiful decor yet offer what many of us consider "must haves" in 2012 (like a flat screen TV in the room). We were treated to a lovely spread of scrumptious stuffed mushrooms, cheese & crackers and gourmet home-made, thin-crust pizza between 5:00 and 6:00, which I ate out on the porch before I set out for my two-hour walk on the Cliff Walk (just steps from the Inn!) The bathroom was brand new, yet did nothing to take away from the Victorian feel of the room. Wish I could have stayed longer but will definitely return!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, May 23, 2012
It was really great to have you here and I too wish you could have stayed longer. You were up and out even before breakfast - it must have been a big move! I am glad you had the opportunity to enjoy a little of Newport, and of course, the Cliff Walk. The next semester is just a few months away and hopefully you will be able to spend some more time with us.

All the best,
Nancy and Bill
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

We recently spent our 20th Anniversary at The Cliffside Inn and it couldn't have been a more wonderful experience. Innkeepers, Bill and Nancy, really made you feel at home with the upscale surroundings, fresh pressed coffee every morning, gourmet delicacies, and the little personal touches that an experienced B&B could offer. You really have to experience it for yourself and once you do, you'll keep going back...just like we will!

Allison
New Jersey

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, May 11, 2012
Allison,

It was wonderful to have you both here and to be part of your anniversary celebration. That was a great weekend, and one of the first that guests were able to sit on the porch for breakfast! I know you two enjoyed it too. What a great way to start the day. We appreciate all of your comments about the inn and look forward to having you back with us soon.

Best,
Nancy and Bill
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Address: 2 Seaview Ave, Newport, RI 02840
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Location: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 99 B&Bs / Inns in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the best of Newport in a romantic and serene coastal setting at this romantic Rhode Island inn, just steps from the historic Cliff Walk and Easton's Beach. Each of the beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites in our restored 19th century Victorian mansion, offer all of the amenities of a luxury hotel while retaining the unique charm and character of a New England country inn. Our Newport, RI bed and breakfast has earned an international reputation for gracious hospitality, epicurean delights, attentive service and special touches - making it one of Newport's most sought after destinations. Welcome to the Cliffside Inn - a AAA four diamond and Select Registry property. ... more   less 
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