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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We stayed in the grosvenor suite which was on the second floor away from the other suites which we liked. The room and the inn were spotless. The towels in the beautiful bathroom were as soft as silk. When we arrived on Friday there was a cocktail hour with wine and cheeses, gourmet pizza , nuts and some other finger foods. Since we had just snacked we decided to go to a local hangout for a lite dinner . When we arrived back at the inn our room had been turned down and we were pleasantly surprised to find 2 chocolate dipped cookies on the night stand.. We couldn't wait until breakfast the next day , what will we be served? Scrambled egg with ricotta in a wrap with a hint of pesto was amazing and the French pressed coffee yum! We set out for some mansions and the food truck festival and the cliff walk(bring your sneakers lots of walking) . Home in time for afternoon tea served at the inn . Bill and Nancy are very generous hosts. Dinner was at 22Bowens which is a steak and seafood place very good I might add. We came back to the inn after dinner because the town stores seem to close at dark . We met our new friends (the other house guests) at the stone fire place outside with a bottle of wine , they were drinking Martini's , we had a great time meeting new people . Only one more night and breakfast to go ... Breakfast was the orange French toast which was excellent and of course the famous coffee...the day was started with an early morning walk to cliff walk to watch the sunrise ( the past morning was foggy) well what a sunrise it was ! The perfect way to start our last day . We truly enjoyed every minute of Newport and would highly recommend this bed and breakfast We didn't want to leave. Thank you Nancy and Bill for letting us spend our anniversary at your inn our home away from home! Gina and Rob

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2012

Gina and Rob,

I hope that means that you will be back soon! Thank you for all of your wonderful comments about the inn. The martini night was pretty special. I've never seen a group of guests click as much as that weekend! We are so please that you enjoyed your stay.

All the best,
Nancy and Bill

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Everything about the Cliffside Inn is extraordinary...the Inn itself is well-appointed while being comfortable - every detail has been carefully thought about. Bill and Nancy and their staff are friendly and welcoming while allowing you to have your privacy. The breakfast had something for everyone - homemade granola (awesome), homemade muffins, fresh fruit, gourmet pancakes or eggs anyway you'd like them! Even an unexpected 'treat' (I wont spoil the surprise). This is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion or just enjoy a peaceful time. We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: The rooms are well described on their website.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2012

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. We love to make guest happy and we were so glad to have you stay with us for your special event. We do hope to see you soon.

Best,
Nancy and Bill

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Based on the reviews posted, this one may be a bit of a shock to most. My wife and I recently stayed at for an anniversary get away. The Cliffside Inn is in a PERFECT location on the edge of the Cliff Walk and it has recently been renovated. First the inn is gorgeous, perfectly decorated and very clean. The inn is HUGE with 16 rooms. We stayed in the St. George’s Suite, which is a bit larger than a standard bedroom. It had a separate sitting room with a fire place, but we found it to be very small & unusable, with two formal chairs and a very small TV. The bathroom is nice and had a very large oversized shower. The amenities of the inn are excellent, clean rooms, excellent breakfast, afternoon wine, tea and hors d'oeuvres.
Now, the main reason for my rating is more service related. On several occasions the level of service was not up to par for an Inn of this caliber. On the first day, we left after breakfast to enjoy Newport and returned to the inn at 2:45pm to find the room still had not been serviced. The following day, Sunday, we returned before dinner and bed was made, but no fresh towels. So we went to dinner and returned around 9pm to discover no turndown service, which we had on the two previous nights. My wife and I are experienced B&B patrons and maybe it was an off day, but when you pay the price we paid, I expect and deserve to hold the inn to high standards.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

We want to thank you both for selecting the Cliffside Inn as a getaway to celebrate your Anniversary. It means a lot to all of us at Cliffside to host guests for important events in their lives. We appreciate your thoughtfull comments about the quality of the inn. It did come as a bit of a shock to us, as you suggested that it might, to read your feedback on some of the service aspects of your stay. Nancy and I want to assure you that we, and the entire staff at Cliffside, do everything possible to make sure that every guest has an exceptional and memorable experience. It is our standard that all rooms are refreshed by 3:00 while guests are out enjoying Newport. On occasion, if we find that a guest has placed their "Privacy Please" sign on their door for some period of time, it could be later in the afternoon before the housekeepers are able to enter the room to refresh it. If we see that a guest is coming and going from the inn, we will try to confirm that the Privacy request was not left on the door in error. It is also part of our service standards to replace used towels every day and to provide nightly turndown service for everyroom. I did check our daily log and saw that the Privacy sign was on the door during turndown. We are sorry that you missed our Fondelé cookies and our Anniversary treat for you on your last night with us. The feedback is always helpful and will assist us in continuing to improve our service.

All the best,
Bill and Nancy

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We stayed at the Cliffside Inn for our anniversary and we could not have made a better decision. The inn is gorgeous, immaculate and cozy. The owners, Nancy and Bill, were wonderful and made us feel so relaxed and at home. Their attention to detail is outstanding. We would be hard-pressed to stay anywhere other than the Cliffside Inn on our next trip to Newport. We are already planning a return trip for next year's anniversary.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

We are so pleased that you decided to spend your first anniversary with us . . . and that you are planning the second one too!

It was great getting to know you and figuring out our NJ connections. We look forward to having you back soon.

Best,
Nancy and Bill

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We had such a great experience at the Cliffside. Bill and Nancy are very welcoming and entertaining hosts. We stayed in the Cliff Suite and it was beautiful. It's a very big suite, with a living room and separate library, both with fireplaces. Very romantic! Bill and Nancy delivered a bottle of wine to the room, and there was also canapes and wine served in the main house from 5-6pm. We walked the cliff walk in the morning - it is only a block or 2 from the inn.

If you're staying in Newport and want a romantic, pampering experience, you need to stay at the Cliffside Inn!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2012

We are so glad the two of you were able to stay with us. I also really love the Cliff Suite for the size and the amenities it offers. We are really pleased that you had a great stay and hope that your travels bring you back to New England and the Cliffside Inn sometime soon.

Best,
Nancy and Bill

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