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OceanCliff Hotel
Ranked #18 of 21 Hotels in Newport
Reviewed March 19, 2007

My husband and I have been returning to the "Oceancliff" in Newport for nearly thirty years. We go as far back with this Inn to when it was called "Shamrock Cliffs." At that time, the main house and gate house were the only buildings on the property, and the pool was operational. We have seen owners and management teams come and go. We hated when they built the time share units; we were spoiled by the way it was without them, but our love for the place has kept us coming back. I have read mixed reviews about the Oceancliff, but I can honestly say that my husband and I have never experienced anything other than a wonderful stay. The rooms are spotless, the views and grounds are beautiful, and although the continental breakfast can be upgraded a bit, we have always enjoyed other meals we have had here, especially lunch outside on the patio. You can't beat the ambiance. (I must mention that we are in the restaurant business, and are very fussy.)
I would like to share with you what occurred on our last visit. This is what makes a great inn:
We last visited in September of 2006. My husband had to go home a day early and my daughter (8) and I stayed for an extra day, just the two of us. We were the only guests in the hotel. It was like the place was ours. Late that afternoon, while in my room, I became seriously ill. I felt I might be in need of an ambulance. My daughter was very scared. I told her to call the front desk for help. The staff arrived immediately. They could not do enough to take care of me and my daughter. Any request I had, they happily obliged. I ended up not needing the ambulance, but was sick for the next few hours. I could not tend to my daughter. I am the type of mom that never lets my daughter out of my sight, and felt I was at the mercy of the hotel staff. They went out of their way to help me and my daughter during that time. One of the female employees gained my trust and took my daughter to the kitchen, made a meal made for her, and kept her company the whole time. I was far away from home, without my husband, horribly ill, and in need of assistance. The staff made all the difference in how the experience turned out. We continue to love the Oceancliff and plan to return regularly for the next thirty years!

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled with family
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5  Thank MrsNJ
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Reviewed October 25, 2006

We traded ino this resort through our timeshare program. Compared to other timeshare condominiums, this one is resting on it's location alone. Our one bedroom , 2 bath unit was spacious enough and faced the water, however was dingy and dreary in appearance. Carpeting was stained, appliances are old, doors stick. The aged mini blinds provide the only window covering. Paint peeling--overall shabby and depressing feel. We were here18 years ago when it was well kept. Very disappointing to see that it has not retained the previously high standard.

Stayed: October 2006
7  Thank NJHB
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Reviewed August 14, 2006

For a family of 4, Oceancliff condo (the time share/rental, not to be confused with hotel/wedding property next door operated by different group) provided vast space (and 2 bathrooms!) for a last minute 4 day stay in Newport at a great price. Two bedroom condo with large balcony was less than the cost of a one bedroom hotel room at Hyatt.

Ground level of our tower unit had a living room with comfy furniture including a sleep sofa, 2 arm chairs, dining table and 4 chairs, kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave and coffeemaker, so called second bedroom with queen bed (really walk-in closet size; don't know if adults would be happy in it given size, very little drawer space, no closet), bathroom with stall shower, and balcony furnished with table and chairs for 5 where we had breakfast each day while watching boats in the bay. Master bedroom upstairs was large, with plenty of drawer space, and a bathroom with jacuzzi tub. Units are basically clean but not new or lush. Housekeeping must access unit by 11 am each day. Location is right next door to Inn at Castle Hill, easily drivable to mansions, state parks, beach. You will have to drive to all restaurants and to downtown Newport (where parking is available but usually for a fee).

Be aware that you will climb 28 stairs to reach tower units and another long flight to second bedroom. Stairways could use a thorough cleaning, and outside property upkeep is not fabulous. There is a small indoor pool with outside deck seating, tennis courts, volleyball net. Central reservations gave us inaccurate information originally about what features the unit contained; suggest checking directly with property to confirm all information. But - if you know limitations of this property, you are getting a lot for the money in an otherwise pricey resort area!

7  Thank soresident
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Reviewed June 10, 2006

We just got back from our two week honeymoon after our wedding at Oceancliff. I am pleased to say that our special day was absolutely perfect. The food was exceptional but we entirely expected that after eating at the Safari Room on multiple occasions.

It was the service, however, that exceeded our expectations. Everything was perfect and we could tell that an extraordinary amount of time and care went into planning our wedding. The weather was perfect and we had the service outdoors overlooking Naragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. I can't wait to get our pictures. We went with the hotel's reccommendations for all of our vendors--band (Synergy), florist (Goldengate Studios), photographer (Bristol Workshops) and cake (Sweet Sophistications) and each was excellent and exceeded expectations.

Most of our guests have told us repeatedly that it was the most beautiful and enjoyable wedding they've been to in some time. If you're looking for a perfect place to have an event, Ocean Cliff is it.

Stayed: May 2006
7  Thank BostonLegal
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White Plains, New York
Reviewed November 8, 2005

The grounds are beautiful as is the view of the water. The photo I posted was the view from my balcony. Oceancliff II (the Timeshare rental buildings) are old and need work! Our second bedroom looked like a converted walk in closet. It had a double bed (not twins like in most other Timeshare resorts) and it was very hard and uncomfortable. The Master Bedroom was on the second floor and was very large. The bed was comfortable, but, since it was on the top floor, the ceiling was pitched in most areas. The bathroom off of the master was big, but again, was in need of a much needed renovation! The Kitchenette has a sink, coffee maker and under cabinet refrigerator. The Microwave was on a counter on the other side of the Living Room. Oceancliff is located off of Ocean Drive, so it's not too close to the center of Newport. Plan on driving everywhere, since nothing is in walking distance. The price for the rental was extremely reasonable, so I'd recommend it just for that reason alone. We paid less for this 2 bedroom unit than the hotels were charging for 1 room.

  • Stayed: November 2005
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11  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed November 2, 2005

My husband and I were married at Ocean Cliff November of 2004. We loved it! It was a spectacular event and we would do it all over again if we could. Half of our guests also stayed at the hotel and had wonderful expereinces also.

  • Stayed: November 2004
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4  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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A TripAdvisor Member
Providence (area) RI
Reviewed June 8, 2005

I chose to have my wedding at the OceanCliff and can not say enough good things about the wedding staff and the entire setting of the OceanCliff. All of my guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves, including the several guests that occupied 18 of the 19 guest rooms in the main building. There is no elevator which was braught to my attention prior to booking, however there is only 3 floors.
On the flip side, I have to agree with some other reviews concerning the retaurant staff in the "Safari Room" and the bar. On my wedding day I ordered lunch in the bar for myself and asked for food to be delivered to my soon-to-be wife. It took over 90 minutes for the delivery of food. By that time it was crunch time and was unable to enjoy it. I would highly discourage anyone to stay at this location while a wedding is happening unless you are attending.
Overall... Beautiful Location. Superior service and catoring staff for "special events". Otherwise, the rooms are very nice and contrary to popular belief the prices are very reasonable for Newport. The downside... the Safari Room for anything but beverages.

  • Stayed: June 2004
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8  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Additional Information about OceanCliff Hotel

Address: 65 Ridge Rd, Newport, RI 02840
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 #18 of 21 Hotels in Newport
Price Range: $189 - $334 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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-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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