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.
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I have just left this B&B after spending 3 days , both my wife and I thought this place has everything that you would want for a short break . The staff are extremely helpful and always pleasant , nothing seems to be an issue.
The place is extremely well kept and the beds are extremely good ! The staff seem to be a new management team , they are great ( Jim & Josh ) well done keep up the good work . I have a special mention to Elizabeth who was just so caring and professional , coming from the hospitality industry she knows her business inside out !!
If I had a negative comment I would mention the breakfast , when you stay in a place like this you would like something more substantial and not as sweet etc the self service just takes the edge of what is a superb facility. Last but not least the young chap who has just started a week ago, if he remains within this industry he will be running his own place before long . I would suggest that you go with his food recommendations ( Italian was superb ) ! If anyone is looking for the perfect restaurant with a sunset go to the Cliffside Inn , expensive but good !
Cliffside Inn has been beautifully renovated, however the breakfasts were a huge disappointment. When you go to a B&B of this price, you expect to be SERVED a delicious breakfast, in addition to having buffet choices that you serve yourself. How about a large bowl of cut up fresh fruit where you can scoop as much as you like, rather than 3 mini pieces on a toothpick? Breakfasts at the new Cliffside Inn consisted of micro sized tapas plates with tiny servings, making it very cumbersome to carry to your table. We have stayed at the Cliffside a number of times with the former owners and their breakfasts were outstanding!!!! Perhaps the current staff should check with Nancy and Bill for advice and maybe they will share some of their recipes. They have the answer sheet for a successful B&B and how to provide an memorable breakfast experience.
My husband and I stayed at the Cliffside in May to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary with a "just-the-two-of-us" destination Vow Renewal. We could not have been more pleased with the package the inn offered. Everything we needed for a wonderful celebration was provided--officiant, photographer, cake, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, flowers, even a gift certificate to an outstanding restaurant for dinner. Elizabeth worked with us during the planning over several months and went out of her way to see that we had the special touches in place that we desired to make our important day personal and memorable.
When we originally researched and selected the inn, it was still under the management of the former owners, Bill and Nancy. We loved the idea of a beautifully decorated Victorian B & B filled with antiques and the ample full breakfasts that other reviewers mentioned. Once we learned that it had been sold, we were more than a little concerned about entrusting our momentous occasion to people who might not share our vision of a first-rate romantic getaway spot. We viewed some of the other properties held by the same corporation and found them to be far too modern for our tastes. However, our conversations with Elizabeth were so reassuring, we decided to take the risk.
We are so glad that we did. The Cliffside we encountered was full of turn-of-the-century charm while still incorporating some modern amenities like an in-room flat screen tv and high-speed internet that made our stay more comfortable. We spent our time in The Garden Suite, located inside the main house. It was tastefully done with a gorgeous fireplace, comfy queen-sized bed, and lovely bay window overlooking the courtyard where we held our ceremony. The Garden Suite had two levels with a luxurious two-person Jacuzzi tub, fireplace, large walk-in shower, cozy reading nook, and private patio on the lower floor. While this worked out perfectly for us, as we wanted space for both the "bride" and "groom" to get ready separately, the space is connected by a very narrow spiral staircase that might not be easy for some to navigate.
Admittedly, we did miss the big, sometimes "made-to-order," breakfasts that we had read about, but the breakfast offerings we did have were imaginative and quite delicious. While they were small plates, there was a big enough variety to satisfy even my husband's hearty appetite. Also, it might have been nice to have some more substantial pieces of furniture in the room. Though the bedside tables and occasional table were updated and appropriate from a decor standpoint, it was hard to find flat surfaces big enough to hold many of our necessities. The few small things that were lacking in the new design were more than made up for in service. The entire staff at The Cliffside was so accommodating. The employees went out of their way to make us feel welcome and to help make every moment of our time there unforgettable. They snapped pictures for us upon request, decorated our room for our "honeymoon" while we were out to dinner. On the day that we checked out, they even let us keep our leftover wedding cake and our flowers in their refrigerator until we came back by at the end of the day so that they wouldn't get too hot in our car while we were out enjoying the amazing scenery.
We fell in love with this bed and breakfast and with the friendly people there. We hope we can return to visit it again on future anniversary trips. Please don't hesitate to book a room--or a wedding--here.. Though changes are evident with the new ownership, we feel sure that you will still come away feeling as though you have had a first-class stay.
Thank you Josh, Will, Marsha and Christopher for a cozy and truly relaxing stay this Memorial Day weekend! Thank you also for welcoming our rescue dog, Toby. The location of the inn cannot be beat as it is a short walk to the beach, the Cliff Walk and a few minutes driving to downtown. The grounds are well kept, the rooms newly renovated and the breakfast amazing and home cooked. There is round the clock tea/coffee service and French press coffee available in the morning ...just grab one yourself. I am so glad we paid little attention to the negative reviews. We stayed in the Atlantic suite which had an ocean view, bathed in sunlight and gas fireplace for the chilly nights. Definitely will come back!
We stayed here for two nights. The home is very well decorated and in great shape. What a fun experience! We woke up had a nice home cooked meal and great service. Bed was extremely comfortable. We opted for the Turner suite so we had ocean views. House was calm and quiet. Climbing up the 3 flights of stairs was a bit challenging, but to be expected. Thanks for the great time Will and Josh!