What We Love
- Ordering a bottle from the wine cellar directly to your room
- Gas fireplaces can be controlled by remote
- Taking a soak in the tub in the Beatrice room, which has a view of Easton Bay
- Sitting on the porch and snacking on the hors d'oeuvres and wine that appear each day at 5 p.m.
What To Know
- The Carriage House is a separate building with its own entrance and parking space
- Dogs are permitted in Seaview Cottage
- Free WiFi
This Victorian-style bed and breakfast has all the service-y benefits you’d expect in an actual Victorian house, with fresh cookies delivered with turndown service, winsomely delicious breakfasts, nightly gatherings for wine, charcuterie and cheese, and an excellent wine cellar guests can pilfer. It’s got a quiet location but it’s still close to the action in Newport—though you may want to drive the mile or so to Thames Street and Bowen Wharf in cold weather. The décor is delightfully ornate, with a Victorian fainting couch here, an oil painting there, and a four-poster bed for later on. The bathrooms are firmly in the 21st century, though, with steam showers (one with aromatherapy), giant tubs, and, in some rooms, dual sinks that face each other rather than the mirror—good for grinning goofily at your paramour through a mouthful of toothpaste.
In the Area
Cliffside has a nice little residential spot in a homey neighborhood that’s tranquil and perfect for reading on the porch on a lazy afternoon. The closest attraction is Cliff Walk, a block away, a fabulous three-and-a-half-mile trail that passes along the rugged shoreline and behind the town’s famous Gilded Age mansions. Easton’s Beach (called “First Beach” by locals) is a half-mile walk and it’s popular even in the winter, when runners, walkers and dogs hit the sand for exercise and fresh air. On Bowen’s Wharf, a 25-minute stroll west, soak in harbor views over oysters Rockefeller and panko-battered fish and chips at the Lobster Bar. Or try a more adventurous take on Eastern Seaboard classics at White Horse Tavern, a 17th-century building with a modern menu of local fish and artisanal cheeses. Newport’s also festival central: book a room advance if you’re planning to be in town for the Jazz and Folk Festivals, the Food and Wine Festival and the Newport Boat Show.
How to Get There
My wife and I spent two nights at this lovely establishment to celebrate our Anniversary. Everything from the Inn’s location to the town and the cliffs, to the warm welcome and service, and the comfort and beauty of the Inn made for an unforgettable experience. When I think about my expectations of a Victorian Era Bed & Breakfast, this fits it to a tee. I wouldn’t change anything about this Inn, and hope that the new ownership understands the importance of continuity vs trying to put their mark on it. We’d like to return back to what is familiar and wonderful.
My wife and I have visited Cliffside and absolutely adore its Victorian charm, especially the claw-foot soaking tub and fainting couch in our favorite room.
We are very afraid about its future under new owners, a hip, trendy hotel chain that is closing it for March and April to remodel — we hope not ruin.
We couldn’t say enough good about the staff and hope that their friendly, attentive service remains a hallmark of this inn.
I have always wanted to stay at the Cliffside and finally got my chance. The room we stayed in was beautiful and spacious. The bed was very comfortable, too comfortable. The bathroom was huge. I especially like the wine and cheese that was put out in the evening. Staff was very accommodating. The cliff walk was amazing ❤️Definitely will stay again!
This is the second time we stayed at Cliffside during Winter Fest. This year, we chose the beautiful Sun room on the second floor. It has nice wood floors, a gas fireplace, and a decadent bathroom with a huge steam shower. Everything is clean, attractive, and well maintained. We really loved the bay window seat, which is a perfect place to relax with a book and look at the bay. The 5:00 wine and app happy hour is a great bonus. The breakfast is fresh and delicious. We share the sadness and concern that Nancy and Bill have sold the Inn. Thankfully, it looks like many of the employees will be retained. We have stayed at two Lark Hotel properties and they do have a knack for blending modern style with historic charm. We will be watching with great Interest what the Cliffside looks like after the renovation. Hopefully, they will honor the artistic legacy of the beautiful and mysterious Beatrice Turner!
Have just returned from a wonderful 3 days at The Cliffside Inn. From the moment you enter the lovely mansion you feel at home. The Blue Room was so romantic. Breakfast was delicious and evening cocktail hour was a great way to meet the other guests and share our day's adventures. The innkeepers are so welcoming and accommodating to every wish. Will definitely be coming back this summer. Only hope new owners keep the charm after they do their renovation next month.