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“Meticulous Innkeeper - doesn't come better than this.”
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Cliffside Inn
Ranked #2 of 95 Newport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hartford, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Meticulous Innkeeper - doesn't come better than this.”
Reviewed April 20, 2012

Ultra quiet climate control and gas fireplaces in every room is just the start of what could be a long list of items of what makes this Inn so good. This was my first stay there, but it won't be my last. This innkeeper is not only the master of his domain, but also of all of Newport.

Just steps from Newport's famous cliffwalk.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, May 1, 2012
We enjoyed meeting you both and having you as guests at Cliffside. You were one of our first guests in the Carriage House room, and I am glad we were also able to let you enjoy the Grosvenor Sutie during your stay as well. I know that you are frequent visitors to Newport, and we were pleased when you told us that you "had found your new home". Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Cliffside on Trip Advisor...I see that you have earned the distinction of a "Senior Reviewer" on Trip Advisor, and we appreciate the time you took to post a review on your stay.

We look forward to having you back...your room will be waiting.

All the best.

Bill
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

Beautifully romantic Inn! The Loft room at the top floor of the inn, is absolutely beautiful. What do the housekeepers use to clean this room, a microscope? It is so imaculate, especially the bathroom. Beatrice would be so proud of the way this inn seems to invite it's guests to her home. Well done, Nancy & Bill. This visit was in celebration of our 32nd wedding anniversary. See you for our 33rd. By the way, breakfasts during our 2 day stay were delicious.
Steve & Karen L.

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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, May 1, 2012
It was a pleasure for us to have you as our guests to celebrate your 32nd wedding anniversary! Again...congratulations to you both for such an important event. Our housekeeping staff really enjoyed your comment about how they must clean with a microscope, particularly when I bought them a toy one to add to their housekeeping supplies so that they can continue to live up to your accolodates! Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you next year for your 33rd anniversary...if not sooner.

All the best.
Bill
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Clark
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

Gorgeous B&B right by the sea! The Cliffside Inn is even better than the photos on-line! Our room was spacious, clean, and had so many luxuries...two fireplaces, a jacuzzi, a private patio w/ a waterfall, flat screen TV's, heated towel racks, a spiral staircase, and great views! The Inn itself and the grounds were beautiful...I loved the fire-pit and quaint decor! Bill, Nancy, and the rest of the staff were so friendly and accommodating! They truly waited on us hand-and-foot and made our trip very personal! Breakfasts were gourmet and the "happy hours" were a great way to get to know the other guests and staff! Out stay was excellent, the Inn so memorable...we can't wait to go back! :)

Room Tip: The Garden Suite was spacious and very romantic
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, April 25, 2012
Nancy and I really appreciate your taking the time to tell others about your stay with us at Cliffside. The feedback means a lot to all of the staff, and Nancy and I are especially happy when we hear back from our guests that that they are looking forward to a return visit to Newport and the inn. There is so much to see and do here. Thank you Andrea for for letting us know that we made a difference.

We look forward to seeing you again.

All the best.

Bill
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Assonet, Massachusetts
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Cliffside for two nights during Newport Restaurant Week 2011. We live approximately 45 minutes from Newport and this was the first time we have stayed at B&B there. Our goal was to relax and enjoy some delicious cuisine.

The Inn Keepers were very pleasant during our entire stay- even with the Inn being nearly at full capacity. The public interior and exterior areas of the Inn were in perfect condition. We stayed in the St. George Suite which was tastefully decorated and in immaculate condition. The room size was just right with a small sitting area and cozy fireplace, an adequate bedroom area with the bed positioned directly under a sky light and great window views, and a huge, very well appointed bathing area with another sky light. The room was dotted with small finishing touches such as towels turned in an origami fashion into swans with intertwining necks and chocolate dipped cookies by the bedside.

We had ordered the romance package and waiting for us on the bedroom armoire was a good labeled champagne on ice, flutes, chocolate covered strawberries, and a boquet of roses. There were also rose petals sprinkled upon the bedding. It was a wonderful treat after the drive in. We also indulged in the spa package and enjoyed duel in-room massages- a very professional and very nice experience.

While we were at the Inn we appreciated the fantastic multiple body spray shower with plenty of hot water as well as the interesting book selection in our sitting area and games in the music room. We also partook in the afternoon tea and evening wine reception which was filled with pleasant conversation from the Inn Keepers and the guests. Lastly upon returning from dinner we were greeted by an outdoor fire in the garden area and home-made smores! It there were any down side, it would be the breakfast- which was 'average' meaning on par with other B&Bs and was certainly adequate. This Inn compares with some of the best B&Bs we have visited and we would not hesitate to return for a getaway.

Visitors who are not familiar with the area should note that this Inn is located along the Cliff Walk area and not close enough to walk to the "downtown" area of Newport; it is approximately ten-fifteen minutes by car to the wharf and restaurant area- depending on where you are traveling to.

If staying in Newport for dining, we would highly recommend Bouchard's, Tallulah on Thames and The Grill at Forty 1 North. We also thoroughly enjoyed our glass blowing lesson at Thames Glass and continued on with several more sessions after we had returned home.

Room Tip: We found the St. George Suite on the third floor to be very secluded, quiet, and comfortable- howeve...
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, April 25, 2012
A very thoughtful review...thank you. I recall Newport's fall Restaurant Week celebration quite clearly, in particular because of the s'mores we made with our guests out at the firepit after dinner on the last weekend. I will tell you, once you've tried a s'more made with homemade marshmallos and homemade graham crackers...you'll never go back! That was a fun weekend, and we're about to start our marshmallo making again.

Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again on your next visit to Newport.

All the best.

Bill
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Rocky Hill
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

The Cliffside is by far the most amazing B&B we have ever stayed at! My husband and I are newbies to the B&B world. We started staying in the Ivy Lodge B&B in Newport, and we swore we would not stay anywhere else, boy were we wrong! Though the Ivy Lodge is very nice, very clean, has updated/modern bathrooms, and is cheaper, you do not nearly get the type of A+, First Class service/treatment like the Cliffside Inn! This past visit we were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary and decided to splurge and stay at the Cliffside Inn. We wanted to stay in the Tower Suite both nights, (4/13 and 4/14 - our anniversary), but the suite was only available on 4/14. We were able to stay in two seperate rooms, staying in the Blue Room Friday night and then the Tower Suite Saturday night and it was not a problem at all. We did not even have to worry about moving our belongings, as the staff moved everything over for us and all we had to do was pick up the key. Amazing! Both rooms had beautiful views of the ocean and both rooms were very bright and cheery, the emaculate bathrooms are stocked with wonderful AVEDA soap/S&C/lotions. Though my favorite of course was the Tower Suite. Friday night there was wine and apps and Saturday was tea and sweet treats. AT NO EXTRA COST! And get this...They turn your bed down at night with homemade cookies on your bedside table. Yum! There is also a wonderful fire pit outside where you can sit around and enjoy a nice drink or just relax. And you are literaly STEPS away from the Cliffside Walk. That was really a treat to be that close to the ocean. And for breakfast, well, top notch! The food was homemade and everything was so fresh. Great way to start the day. And we cannot say enough about how hospitible Nancy and Bill are. They truly have a passion for their business and you can see that in every little detail. And if you are into history, like we are, it was a huge treat to discover that this house was the house of the famed Beatrice Turner. And if you have no clue who she was like we did, no worries, there is a book about her in nearly every room. I couldn't put it down! So to sum this all up, yes, the Cliffside Inn is more money than most B&B's in Newport,if you think about it, it's not considering what incredible extras you get. We will never stay anywhere else in Newport again! The only bad thing about it? LEAVING! Nancy and Bill are amazing and we cannot wait to get back...soon!

P.S. - for the people who really do not enjoy to stay anywhere else but your own home, and sleep in your own bed and use your own shower because you think nothing can be as clean as your house like I am (its very hard for us to go anywhere, and for me to completely relax because I am a complete germaphobe and hate the 'thousands of people have slept/showered here feeling') let those worries fly out the window. You feel like you are right at home, cleanest/nicest/most breathtaking place we have ever stayed at!

Ashley & Patrick R.

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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, April 25, 2012
Thank you for staying with us, for your very detailed review, and your passionate "...just stay here already" recommendation. That made us smile.

We enjoyed having you stay at Cliffside and are happy you left with such a positive experience. Nancy and I do enjoy the business and a large part of the enjoyment for us the people we meet as guests and helping them get the most out of their visit to Newport.

PS...to your PS... our housekeeping team was very proud when I read them your comments about how clean your room and the inn felt, and how relaxed that made you feel while staying with us. Thank you from all of us for posting your comments.

We look forward to seeing you both again.

All the best.

Bill
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Brookline
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

After reading many of the earlier reviews, there's not much else to say except "Ditto" and "I agree." We stayed in the Turner Suite on April 13 and 14 and it was perfect. While we didn't take much advantage of the sitting area with its gas fireplace and TV/DVD player, it was still very nice to have. Bill and Nancy have done an outstanding job in renovating the entire inn. Every design detail was obviously well thought out and beautifully executed, from the paint colors to the fabric on the furniture, right down to the decorative door hinges. For the wine and cheese gathering on Friday evening, I expected a plate of cut up cheese and enough wine offered for each guest to have a single glass. But I was so pleasantly surprised to see and then enjoy a beautiful table set out with different cheeses, crackers, nuts, candied fruits and other delicious treats. Both a good red and white wine were offered and while I stopped at a glass and a half, there was more if I'd wanted it. The afternoon tea on Saturday was equally impressive with a good selection of fine bagged teas along with cookies, scones with cream, little sandwiches and other wonderful things. Bill and Nancy are both wonderful hosts. I would return to Newport again just to stay at the Cliffside Inn.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, April 22, 2012
Your feedback is really appreciated, and we are happy that you took notice of the "little" things that we did during the renovation to bring this "grand dame" back to her glory days. It just would not be right to overlook the door hinges, after all the other restorations!

Nancy and I share the reviews that our guests post with the staff so everyone knows what an important part they play in creating a memorable visit for our guests. Lori...who spends most of her time in the kitchen...really appreciated your comments on her preparations for our afternoon receptions. Many thanks!

We look forward to your return. Our best wishes.

Bill
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

The Cliffside Inn combines the warmth and intimacy of a classic Bed and Breakfast experience with the superb attention to service of a high-end hotel. Their recent renovation is just the icing on an already delicious cake! Nancy even very kindly and promptly returned an iPad charger I accidentally left in our room.

The next time we're in Newport we'll definitely stay at the Cliffside Inn. I see no reason to go anywhere else.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, April 22, 2012
Thank you for staying with us, and for your review. We are glad to know that you enjoyed Cliffside's hospitality! Nancy and I look forward to your return visit the next time you are in Newport.

All the best to you both.

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
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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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