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“As Close to Absolute Perfection as Possible” 5 of 5 stars
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2 Seaview Ave, Newport, RI 02840   |  
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Ranked #2 of 99 Newport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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158 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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“As Close to Absolute Perfection as Possible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I'm really not a gusher when it comes to giving out praise, but in this case I'll make an exception. We've stayed at over 100 B&B's over the years and this one just may the best 'Over-all' that we've found. Location is A+; just steps from Newport's famed Cliff Walk and only a few minutes from the historic waterfront and Bellevue Avenue's mansions (the latter locales can be reached on foot if you're in good enough shape, but are only five minutes by car). Decor is EXTRAORDINARY; perfectly done to the period. The house once belonged to recluse artist Beatrice Turner and is filled with both original and reproduction prints; her story is fascinating, so don't pass up the opportunity to spend some of your quiet moments reading the short book about her that I think is in almost every room at the inn. Attention to detail is evident everywhere you turn in this fantastic home; not one thing was done on the cheap. Bathrooms in restored houses that have been converted into B&B's almost always come off as an afterthought and are barely functional; not here; the tile work, the fixtures and the finish are all top notch. Plenty of off street parking. Fantastic cocktail hour with free flowing wine and hors d'oeuvres. You'll be joined by the hosts, Nancy and Bill, and they'll offer you several good choices for dinner and even make a reservation for you should you want. Breakfasts are well presented but not over the top. You can leave there full if you want, but they don't overdo the portions or the sweet content like some places do. If you already like B&B's, you'll absolutely love this one; if you're a first-timer; you'll be instantly hooked.

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  • Stayed March 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, April 3, 2013
It was such a pleasure to have you here and to get to know both of you! We are looking forward to reading your own story on Adele and the face in the mirror sometime soon. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments about the Inn. We love it very much and are so pleased when others do as well.

All the best,
Nancy and Bill

PS - heading to DC later this month and am looking forward to reading the story you send me on the plane!
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Bolney, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Thank you so much for a wonderful and memorable stay; we were all delighted with Cliffside, in the snow and out of it, the welcome was everything we could have wished for, we truly felt at home. We will have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone heading in the direction of Newport, RI or New England and have no doubt you will see us again. I have told everyone of the delight of your evening reception, the canapés and wine and the chance to get to know you, your staff and our fellow guests. Thank you so much for our box of almond chocolates, a lovely surprise; they will be 'not so slowly' devoured…! We have never stayed at an Inn or B & B before where we actually wanted to go back there to sit in the lounge and enjoy a bottle of wine as if we were at home, which we did, log fire crackling away in the background.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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, March 28, 2013
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Comments like that really make us happy that we do what we do. It was really lovely to get to know the three of you. There are no more hors d'oeuvres at the Cliffside Inn, only canapes! Just as good and easier to spell. We look forward to sailing out of the Sussex Yacht Club sometime soon, now that we are honorary members.

Thank you again for your stay and for your kind words.

Fondly,
Nancy, Bill and Koty!
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Oreland, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

My husband and I went to spend a long weekend away from the kids and what a wonderfully, relaxing time that we had! The Breakfasts were great and all of the staff was very nice and super knowledgeable and helpful about fun spots to see in the area. We were made the feel welcome by everyone there, and we loved all the special touches! We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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, March 28, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Cliffside Inn for your birthday long weekend. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay in the Beatrice Room. It is definitely a favorite for many of our guests. We are excited to welcome you back the next time you need a break from the kids.

Best regards,
Nancy and Bill
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New York, New York, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The Cliffside Inn surpassed all of my expectations. Nancy and Bill along with the rest of the staff are extraordinarily warm and welcoming as well as extremely professional. Everything, from the outstanding breakfasts (crab and gruyere omelets, cinnamon roll pancakes, etc.) to the beautiful bedroom suites, was perfect. I would recommend the Inn to anyone looking for a relaxing and inviting stay in Newport.

  • Stayed March 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, March 28, 2013
Thank you so much for posting a review. It means a lot to us, and to the whole staff, to know that you had an "unbelievable" stay with us. We truly hope that we will see you back at the inn soon.

All the best,
Nancy and Bill
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Robbinsville, NJ
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I decided to surprise my boyfriend for his 40th birthday. He asked for a relaxing romantic quiet getaway in Newport and we couldn't have been more happy with the Cliffside Inn. The innkeepers (Bill and Nancy) and the rest of the staff helped to make this one of our best weekends ever. I can't say enough about the hospitality and care we felt from the moment we walked through the door. They even had a birthday cake waiting in the room when we arrived. We stayed in the Garden Suite and it was incredible! We can't wait to back when it's warmer and enjoy our private patio. We were only there for 2 nights but wished we could have stayed longer. We are already talking about when we are going to go back. Thank you Bill, Nancy and Staff for all your recommendations and hospitality!!!!

P.S. The breakfasts were incredible! The cinnamon roll pancakes were the best pancakes I've ever had!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, April 3, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The patio off the Garden Suite is even nicer in the warm weather with the fountain on! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and chose the Cliffside Inn for your boyfriend's birthday.

We hope to see you back when the weather warms up.

Best,
Nancy and Bill
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Bill and Nancy, along with the members of their staff, were fabulous hosts. The property was lovely and the other guests were very pleasant. We received great recommendations about specific sights and restaurants and had fantastic time. I highly recommend the Cliffside Inn if you're looking for a memorable experience.

  • Stayed March 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, March 28, 2013
We are so glad you braved the snow storm and decided to come to Newport. It was great having you here at the Inn. We hope the next time you need a getaway we'll see you back here.

Best,
Nancy
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Danielson, Connecticut
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We recently spent our 6th year of visiting the Cliffside for our anniversary. We've enjoyed meeting people of all ages, the friendly style of Bill & Nancy (& Cody), the beautiful rooms and the wonderful food. We loved the Inn before Bill & Nancy bought & renovated it, but now, it is beyond wonderful. I cannot recommend visiting the Cliffside strongly enough - there is something for everyone. If you wish peace and quiet, it's there. If you want to see sights, they're out there. The Cliff Walk offers exercise with gorgeous views of the water. Every room is spectacular and offers something different - we are working our way through all of them. Our recent stay was in the Carriage House, very private. Thanks for our enjoyable experiences, and we will certainly return.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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, March 16, 2013
Thank you for your third stay with us an your sixth stay overall! It is always such a pleasure to have you here and to have you celebrate your anniversary with us. You were one of our very first guests and we are so thrilled that you continue to come back and visit us, and that you enjoy all the different rooms in the inn.

We look forward to seeing you next March, if not before.

Best,
Nancy and Bill (and Koty)
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Additional Information about Cliffside Inn

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 #2 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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