The property is quite incredible, and what a beautiful venue for a wedding. Sunset over the bay during dinner was the perfect touch. If this area is an option for a wedding - you'd have to put it on the short-list for sure. Food was very nicely done. Wait staff was plentiful and top-notch.
We arrived a few hours before the wedding and they had a nice fire going in one of the front parlor rooms, with hot apple cider and cookies waiting. So we pulled up a couple of chairs and enjoyed the fire. Good living.
As for our hotel stay. We stayed in the primary hotel - not one of the Oceancliff 1&2 units on the property. We spent a few extra dollars for one of their nicest rooms, 1 & 7 are evidently their best ones. We were in 1. Nice corner unit, good size, gorgeous room (especially the ceiling), fireplace, and view. Great bathroom with jetted tub too.
Would have given it an excellent rating, but I think there were a few items a bit off the mark - not bad, just not excellent. 1) Tea - my wife loves her tea, and surprisingly they didn't have it as an option out with the hot cider, or even available with our continental breakfast the next morning? 2) Kuerig in the room - awesome, but no cream and sugar? 3) The Sunday am continental breakfast was very basic - and looks they dont' even serve a full breakfast (this time of year anyway). 4) the bed - mattress a bit firm, and as for the pillows, they could learn a thing or two from the bigger chains. We had a beautiful bed, with 4 pillows, but each was the same - BIG and FIRM. So if you like a soft, small pillow - out of luck.
Beautiful location, great place and wonderful staff.
- 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-four 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 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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- Also Known As:
- Oceancliff Hotel Newport
- Ocean Cliff Hotel Newport