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
I stayed at Cliffside Inn this past weekend to attend a birthday party for my brother who lives locally to the Inn.
The Cliffside is a magnificent, classy Inn, stunning rooms, immaculately clean, beautifully maintained grounds, gourmet “tapas” style breakfast and lovely daily wine & cheese hour! The aroma of fresh baked cookies, muffins fills the Inn daily.
Service is friendly and accommodating.
I look forward to my next stay at the Inn.
This is a very nice B & B. We stayed in the Cliff Suite which is part of the Carriage House and separate from the main B & B. Very spacious with all amenities and luxuries one would expect. Nice wine & cheese hour in the afternoon!!
Note, there is ongoing construction on another house behind our room that woke us up each morning at 7 A.M. Obviously, not the owner's fault but something to consider if you want to book one of these rooms this Fall.
Some would consider the following a bit hyper-critical but there were two things we didn't like that would keep us from returning to this B & B:
First, do not expect the usual full breakfast that most B & B's provide. Instead, the owners put out a variety of items and small plates (fresh fruits, muffins, pastries, yogurt, etc.), some of which were rather odd and very small (i.e. a half a hard boiled egg in a cup with a grape tomato on it, what looked like a poached egg in a tortilla cup with some potatoes on the side). I didn't see one piece of bacon or sausage on the three mornings we were there. I'm open to new and fresh ideas for meals but this seemed rather chintzy, especially when you consider we paid $1626 for three nights in October.
The other thing that bothered us was that one of the owners was semi-rude or perhaps, just impolite. One night we were outside sitting by the fire when it went out. We called the phone # on the door for after hours issues and he came out to try and fix it. He told us he pushed the remote control button about five times and hopefully, the fire would stay lit. It did not. It went on and off for the next 20 minutes we stayed there. No major problem. However, what bugged us was that we said "thank you" to him twice and he never responded with a "you're welcome" or a "thanks" back at us. He just walked away. It was 8:10 P.M. by the way, not late at all. We both felt as if we had bothered him.
The next day when I checked out and handed him the key, he said "you're leaving us?...safe travels". Again, no thank you at all for our business.
If I paid $300 a night for a room I wouldn't have cared so much about these things but I guess I expect more when the price is much higher.
We had a restful and very nice 4-day-weekend stay at the Cliffside Inn to celebrate our 45th anniversary. We were in the Garden Suite, which had two levels: the downstairs with a spiral staircase leading to it that included a fireplace and a two-person jetted tub, a"library" area where we played some board games, and the entrance to the private patio; and the main floor with the bedroom, fireplace, and sitting area. Both levels had flat screen TVs. Unfortunately, it was damp and rainy for two of the four days that we were there, so we didn't sit in the private patio. Breakfasts were small-plate delights. The amenities included afternoon cheese plates, bottles of water, and wonderful-smelling soaps and lotions by Lather. Although it advertises a warm cookie on your pillow at night, we never experienced this. There also was only ONE robe in the closet instead of two. The Cliff Walk is just steps away, and the Newport Mansions are close by. When our stay ended, the Lark, the hotel complex that now runs the Cliffside, gave us a $30.00 gift card that never expires to use at any Lark property.