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“Wonderful Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Cliffside Inn
2 Seaview Ave, Newport, RI 02840   |  
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

My husband and I had the opportunity to spend one night in Newport on a recent trip to RI and we chose to stay at the Cliffside Inn. What a great choice! We stayed in the Carriage House which was a delightfully charming room separated from the main house but very close to the back door with easy access to the wine reception and the delicious breakfast. The room was so cozy and comfortable with a spacious and comfortable bathroom, a great view of the water, a warm fireplace and a very inviting window seat. Everyone we met there was so nice and welcoming, with great information about restaurants and things to see and do. The wine reception was above and beyond the usual B&B offering, with delicious wines and a delicious variety of things to nibble on. Breakfast was delicious as well and the offer to cook eggs however you would like them again was above and beyond. Of course the breakfast that morning was do delicious, french toast with orange butter and warm syrup, no eggs were necessary. Because our time was limited we were thrilled the famous Cliff Walk was so close by. We were able to have a delicious breakfast and experience the Cliff Walk and not feel rushed since we had to leave that morning. I am afraid we don't have any more adjectives to add to all of the comments made by others, a truly special place that I would recommend to anyone.

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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, February 26, 2013
We are so happy that your visit to New England included a stay (albeit brief) in Newport and that you chose the Cliffside Inn for your one night here. A side get away from a business trip is always fun and we are thrilled that you enjoyed all that the Cliffside has to offer. We are having some spectacular end of winter sunrises these days! I hope the next time you are in New England you'll find time to visit us again.

All the best,
Nancy and Bill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

The Cliffside Inn in Newport, Rhode Island is truly an exceptional place to stay. There is nothing ordinary about it. The inn itself is lovely. Set on a quiet street close to the Cliff Walk, this Victorian mansion is impeccably decorated, filled with beautifully maintained antiques and paintings. Nancy greeted us at the door when we arrived and immediately made dinner reservations for us when she heard that we had not made plans. Her recommendation was exactly what we were looking for- an intimate Italian restaurant with delicious pasta dishes and more.
We stayed in St. George's Suite which is located on the third floor and features a view of the water. There were fresh flowers awaiting us as well as an adorable swan shaped towel positioned on the bed. Cliffside Inn offered a wine and cheese hour from 5-6 which provided an opportunity to socialize with other guests. There was not just wine and cheese, but several warm appetizers, proscuitto, salami and nuts. It was an unexpected and very generous buffet! When we returned from dinner, there were warm cookies waiting for us and ice in the ice bucket! A perfect way to end an enjoyable day in Newport. In the morning, the breakfast was also a
splendid affair with homemade granola, muffins, fresh fruit and a hot entree of an omelet,
sausages and breakfast potatoes. We really felt pampered at the Cliffside Inn!

We highly recommend the Cliffside Inn. Nancy and Bill go to great lengths to make your stay unforgettable.

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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, February 23, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. We are thrilled that we could make your stay special. The shower in the St. George's Suite is certainly one of a kind, and thank you for the suggestion of putting a bench in there. Bill has already taken care of it. We hope that you will come back to Newport again when the weather is a little warmer.

Best regards,
Nancy and Bill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

We had planned on a three day pre-Valentines weekend and were able to ,fortunately,secure a fourth night as Nemo approached. The exceptional warmth and charm of the Cliffside itself ,even in the midst of a major blizzard ,was unforgettable. The same can be said for the innkeepers ,Bill and Nancy. Their dining recommendations were spot on. Bill even rescued us one evening after dinner when the cabs were not responding and we were late returning. He tracked us down and then drove through the snow filled streets to rescue us.
The Beatrice room with its five tall windows on the harbor was a delightful haven offering a wonderful view of the storm. With the Cliff Walk only 100 yards below the Inn ( and having remembered at the last moment to include our snowshoes), we were able to enjoy several memorable hikes "post Nemo". Lest we forget, the breakfasts were some of the best we have had away in years. We have marked our calendar for a return next year.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, February 19, 2013
We have had many memorable guests since opening the inn, but I must say you two rank among the top! We so enjoyed having you here and it was great to see you and the other guests rally and enjoy the storm even with the power outage. The Dark and Stormy happy hour is one for the books. At least the generator kept us with heat and hot water. All of this while celebrating your 40th wedding anniversary. Well, I suspect you'll never forget that milestone.

We will definitely plan dinner the next time we are in Boston, and we look forward to your return here.

All the best,
Nancy and Bill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

We booked the Garden Room for the weekend of February 9th. How were we to know it would be the Blizzard of '13?

The inn is wonderful and Bill and Nancy are cheerful and resourceful innkeepers! The entire island lost power Friday night, but they had a generator and the weekend activities continued. Bill plowed out the 20" of snow from the parking lot and stairs, cooked us delicious breakfasts and he and Nancy kept the place spotless!

The rooms were great (we got moved due to the storm), the company was wonderful and the entire weekend (under difficult weather conditions) was magical!

We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, February 17, 2013
What a weekend it was! We didn't get power back until early Wednesday morning but with heat, hot water, hot coffee and cold wine we did ok. It was quite an adventure though. We'll have to repeat the Dark and Stomy tradition for all future storms. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during the blizzard. We do hope you will visit us in sunny weather.

Best,
Nancy and Bill
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Scarborough, Maine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We arrived on a cold night to Nancy's and Bill's warm greeting. They made us feel as though they already knew us. We are drawn to ambiance, authentic hospitality and charm. The Cliffside has all of this and more. Our room was cozy and the decor so appealing. The turn down at night with the cookies by our bed and the fireplace turned on were delightful. The evening wine and appetizers in front of the fire gave us a chance to mingle with the other guests. In the morning we greatly appreciated the library as a quiet place to read and write. And the breakfasts were too good. Hopefully we will be back.

Ellie M.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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, February 17, 2013
Ellie,

Thank you so much for staying with us and for writing such a thoughtful review. It was wonderful having the two of you here. One of my favorite thing about the slow season is that we have more time to meeting and talk with our guests. And our guests are the best! So glad that you enjoyed the Beatrice Room. I just love that bathroom and the tub in the bay window. . . so romantic.

We hope you'll be back to Newport again to see us soon.

Best,
Nancy and Bill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

From the moment we walked in the door we were greeted warmly. EVERYONE we met at Cliffside was so friendly and helpful. Nancy and Bill were the perfect host and hostess. You can tell they really love what they were doing. Our room- Garden View was just wonderful- heated floors!! in the downstairs bathroom area with heated towel racks and a delightful spa tub. We look forward to returning again and trying all the rooms!! We can't forget Cody, their very friendly dog.
Newport is a very fun place- lots to do and many wonderful restaurants.
You won't be sorry; you'll only be sorry you can't stay forever.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
I can't help but agree with your review title! But seriously, we really appreciate your great review and your kind words. I really love the heated floors in the Garden Suite too. The patio off the lower level is really great in the nice weather. There are even more things to do in Newport in the Spring and Summer so I hope you'll come back and visit us again soon.

Best,
Nancy
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Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

My sister and I recently celebrated her 60th birthday at the Cliffside Inn. Bill, Nancy and the kitchen staff made us feel right at home the minute we arrived. Soon after checking in, we found ourselves sipping tea, in a cosy room, next to a roaring fire. Served with the tea were delicious sandwiches and cookies. It hit the spot on a rainy and cold January day. The rooms at Cliffside are gorgeous. We loved the old world charm with modern amenities. We could have stayed forever, but unfortunately we had to return to New York the next day. We definitely are recommending this Inn to our friends and we hope to return soon ourselves. My sister said she could not have spent her birthday in a more lovely place than Cliffside. Thank you, Bill and Nancy!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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, February 17, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to host you and your sister for her 60th (I can only hope I look that good when I get there). I wish your dad could have been here for his 80th too and I hope they are feeling better. We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Newport.

Best,
Nancy and Bill
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Also Known As:
Cliffside Hotel Newport
Cliffside Hotel
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 101 B&Bs / Inns in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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