For a family of 4, Oceancliff condo (the time share/rental, not to be confused with hotel/wedding property next door operated by different group) provided vast space (and 2 bathrooms!) for a last minute 4 day stay in Newport at a great price. Two bedroom condo with large balcony was less than the cost of a one bedroom hotel room at Hyatt.
Ground level of our tower unit had a living room with comfy furniture including a sleep sofa, 2 arm chairs, dining table and 4 chairs, kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave and coffeemaker, so called second bedroom with queen bed (really walk-in closet size; don't know if adults would be happy in it given size, very little drawer space, no closet), bathroom with stall shower, and balcony furnished with table and chairs for 5 where we had breakfast each day while watching boats in the bay. Master bedroom upstairs was large, with plenty of drawer space, and a bathroom with jacuzzi tub. Units are basically clean but not new or lush. Housekeeping must access unit by 11 am each day. Location is right next door to Inn at Castle Hill, easily drivable to mansions, state parks, beach. You will have to drive to all restaurants and to downtown Newport (where parking is available but usually for a fee).
Be aware that you will climb 28 stairs to reach tower units and another long flight to second bedroom. Stairways could use a thorough cleaning, and outside property upkeep is not fabulous. There is a small indoor pool with outside deck seating, tennis courts, volleyball net. Central reservations gave us inaccurate information originally about what features the unit contained; suggest checking directly with property to confirm all information. But - if you know limitations of this property, you are getting a lot for the money in an otherwise pricey resort area!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- OceanCliff Resort was designed and built in 1864 by the architectural firm Peabody & Stearns from Boston who designed the original Breakers and Doris Duke's Rough Point both located on elegant Bellevue Avenue. A wealthy industrialist and member of Mrs. Astor's 400 Club originally used OceanCliff as a private summer residence during the Gilded Age. The estate remained a private summer home until 1954, when it was sold and later converted into an oceanfront retreat to host lavish parties and society affairs.Located on 10 acres of rolling lawns with spectacular ocean views, OceanCliff offers a truly unique blend of breathtaking beauty, world-class cuisine and a professionally trained staff to ensure meticulous attention to every detail of your stay.Twenty-five distinctly stylized guest rooms whisk you back to the 19th century with modern conveniences and stunning oceanfront views. OceanCliff's grand ballroom accommodates from 75-250 guests for dinner and dancing, while a variety of smaller rooms allow for more intimate gatherings.Set amidst the breathtaking splendor of the Narragansett Bay, OceanCliff has inspired generations of brides with some of the most enchanting landscapes in Newport, Rhode Island. Whether you prefer a romantic summer sunset celebration or a unique crystal winter white wedding, OceanCliff offers a variety of wedding and reception options.OceanCliff is located on historic Ocean Drive with easy access to downtown Newport and is only a 90-minute drive from Boston and Hartford. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Oceancliff Hotel Newport
- Ocean Cliff Hotel Newport