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“Traditional charm with amazing updates”
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Cliffside Inn
Ranked #2 of 95 Newport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New Haven, Connecticut
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Traditional charm with amazing updates”
Reviewed October 10, 2011

My partner and I stayed in the Cliffside after reading reviews here on Tripadvisor. Although there were limited pictures online because of the renovations, I'm glad I trusted the reviews because it was exactly what I would've wanted, and more. Just steps from the Cliff Walk with views of the harbor. We stayed in the Atlantic Suite in the cottage. At first I thought I would be disappointed that I wasn't staying in the main house but our room was spacious, clean and beautiful. We LOVED the skylights and the wood paneled ceiling, made us think we were in a tree house! Our bathroom was enormous and both fireplaces were appreciated. Bill and Nancy were wonderful hosts. We enjoyed amazing weather and were so thankful since we enjoyed the firepit SO MUCH! Bill found us lounging by the firepit after enjoying some of the Oktoberfest activities and mentioned how he should invest in some outdoor pillows, perhaps we'll enjoy them the next time we visit!
I love the idea of a bed and breakfast (this was my first experience) and love antique/vintage architecture/furniture but was hesitant since so many other B&Bs online looked dingy and worn out, not the Cliffside. They did such an amazing job maintaining the history of the building both inside & out but it felt fresh and updated from the paint on the walls to the bedding. Excellent job, we're going to recommend this wonderful inn to our family & friends.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, October 16, 2011
Thank you for staying with us, and for the thoughtful comments about your visit. We're glad you enjoyed relaxing by the fire pit. With the cool fall evenings now upon us, it's a nice place to gather for a sundowner or to meet after dinner. ...Great suggestion about getting some outdoor pillows, next time you're back, you will be able to lie back next to the fire and enjoy the night sky - with your head on a pillow!

All the best.

Nancy and Bill
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

This Select Registry B&B is a charming, historically significant and completely renovated property whose new owners proved to be gracious hosts. My wife and I had an unexpected two-day detour to Newport during an East Coast family visit last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed our chance encounter with the Cliffside Inn. It's conveniently located with easy access to the Cliff Walk, the mansions on Bellevue, the downtown area or the waterfront. The concierge service was unexpected and arranged restaurant reservations, a pedicab tour of the mansions and downtown area and other suggestions for a short but very enjoyable stay. We'll be back for a longer visit.

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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, October 8, 2011
Thank you for choosing the Cliffside Inn. It was such an unexpected pleasure when you called looking for a room and we are so happy we could accommodate you. The St. George's Suite is a wonderful room and I'm happy you were able to take advantage of the mega spa shower! Next time you are back East visiting the family, please come see us again.

All the best,
Nancy and Bill
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Albany, New York, United States
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

My husband and I were looking for a relaxing, comfortable place to get away and stumbled upon the Cliffside Inn. It was perfect! Recently completely renovated, it was absolutely beautiful with attention to every detail. The breakfast and late afternoon snacks were fantastic, and the hospitality was refreshing. We will be back! It was exactly what we were looking for. Thank you for the perfect getaway.

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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, October 8, 2011
You are welcome. It was really great having you both here. I'm thrilled that you liked the steam shower in the Sun Room - I love the aroma therapy and am glad others do too. Albany isn't that far, so we hope we will see you back here soon.

Best,
Nancy and Bill
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

Both my husband and I work in the hotel business and we always have high expectations of the places we stay at on every trip. Well, The Cliffside Inn absolutely surpassed all of these! I am not usually a fan of bed and breakfasts on trips but this one was way better than many hotels we have stayed in and we typically stay in luxury properties. The owners Nancy and Bill were beyond hospitable and there new renovated property is impeccable. We ended up switching rooms as the same room was not available for our two night stay. That was such a great experience as we got to see two of their amazing suites (St. George Suite and the Tower Suite). There breakfasts in the morning was gourmet and everyone on their staff we encountered was friendly. The Inn was so conveniently located to the Cliffwalk and a short walk to town and the wharfs. We will absolutely plan to stay here on our next visit to Newport.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, October 8, 2011
Thanks so much for your wonderful comments. They mean so much to us, especially coming from people in the business. We look forward to having you back in Newport and at the Cliffside Inn soon.

Best,
Nancy and Bill
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

After paying a pretty price for our room, it was not even cleaned upon our return of being out of the room the entire day. No fresh towels, bathroom was not cleaned and check your gift certificates if you have one that has just expired they don't want to hear it.

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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, October 3, 2011
When you mentioned that you are a close personal friend of one of our competitors, we were curious but delighted that you chose to stay at the Cliffside Inn instead.

We are a 5-Star luxury romantic inn. When a guest tells us that they do not want to be disturbed, and hangs their "Privacy Please" sign on their door, we respect their request not to be disturbed. We checked back on your room throughout the day and as part of our nightly turn-down service to inquire about refreshing your room and complied with your request for privacy.

With regard to the gift certificate you presented for payment, it expired in 2004, as was indicated on its face - over 7 years ago - hardly “just expired”. We recently completed a total restoration of the Cliffside Inn earlier this year, and as a result of the Inn being closed for a few months, we have been extending all recently expired certificates without hesitation.

Best regards,
Bill and Nancy
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

What do you get when you do a ground up renovation paying attention to every detail---Cliffside Inn. From the moment we drove in you could begin to appreciate the owners commitment to making this the BEST!!! The bathrooms are luxurious, the decor throughout blends the old with today's modern conveniences, and the landscaping completes the picture. But what truly sets the Inn apart are Nancy and Bill the owners and their assistant Marilyn along with their superb staff. It was no surprise that Bill came from the hotel industry and knows what today's guest have come to expect from facilities striving to be #1. The breakfast and afternoon wine/tea and hors d'oeuvres were exquisite. The hospitality sensational and definitely what sets it above all others. If this is not the top rated Inn within a year I'll be shocked. We'd go back without question as it was a truly unique experience. Tom G

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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, October 1, 2011
It was so great having you both here . . . and your kind words make our work truly worth it. We love what we do and are thrilled that not only did you notice, but it helped make your stay great. We hope to have you back.

Best,
Nancy and Bill
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Franklin, Massachusetts
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

The inn was a wonderful getaway to experience Newport. We recently attended the wine and food festival and these accommodations were a perfect tie in to the weekend's festivities. The charm and attention to detail is notable as is the food and snacks and appetizers. We stayed in the loft which is charming and offers every level of comfort with 4 skylights making it feel open and airy. Your choice of fresh air through windows, or cooler air via A/C, with a ceiling fan to boot, provided comfortable room temps. The quick access to the Cliff walk is definately a plus. Can't wait to see photos of other rooms too!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, September 28, 2011
We can't wait to see the pictures too. I am assured they will be here soon and then it should just be a couple of days before they are on the new site! The Loft really is a great room (thanks for your review of it) but they all have unique features that make them special. You will just have to come back 15 more time so you can stay in all of them.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
Nancy and Bill
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Property: 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 95 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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