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“Not worth the price” 2 of 5 stars
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Oceancliff Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   65 Ridge Road, Newport, RI 02042   |  
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Ranked #13 of 21 Hotels in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Upton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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“Not worth the price”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2003

My husband and I stayed for two nights in August. My husband booked the rooms in July and asked for a private and romantic room. with a view. We were given a room with a view but it was located, right above the wedding reception area.

Apparently, there are weddings in the high season (May, June, July, August, September) every Friday and Saturday night. Not only could we not keep our shades open from dinner to late evening, as the wedding guests could see directly into our room, but we heard loud dance music right beneath us and outside our window into the late evening.

This facility is really more appropriate for weddings and wedding parties than a relaxing overnight, or a romantic get away. We wish we had been told in advance about the location of the room and the fact of the weddings.

In addition, the breakfast room on both Saturday morning and Sunday morning was packed with overnight wedding reception guests. We felt like we were outsiders to a family event, on both mornings.

During the time that we stayed, the air conditioning was set on some automatic timer ALL NIGHT. We froze and had to sleep one of the nights, in sweats...very romantic!

We did complain about the situation on the first night, and the staff though apologetic, was unable to do much about it because we froze on the second night as well. The manager brought up flowers and a nice desert as an apology, but at $350 a night for two nights and after having a birthday group for dinner and drinks one night, which my husband also paid for, that just didn't seem to be enough for our troubles. No one seemed willing to offer any more than the apology and flowers.

At the very least we thought it might have been more appropriate to have offered another, more comfortable room with a view at some other time. We really wanted the hotel to prove to us, at some other time that they really were worthy. They never offered.

We go to Newport often and will go to the Oceancliff again...for a drink with a great view, brunch or if we are invited to a wedding. However, we will definately stay overnight somewhere else.

Dr. M and wife

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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about Oceancliff Hotel

Address: 65 Ridge Road, Newport, RI 02042
Location: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 21 Hotels in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Oceancliff Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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 
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