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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
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Overview

Gilded Age ambiance with the kind of thoughtful comforts you imagine Victorian servants would provide, just a block from the Cliff Walk

The Lowdown

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

Cliffside Inn
2 Seaview Avenue
Newport, RI 02840 United States

Reviews

Fab B&B in great location
MCBS1984

Fantastic B&B, beautiful house and our room " The Turner Suite" was awesome- the bed was super comfy and the linen was fab.... so soft & now i want a yellow velvet bed :) we had the most beautiful bathroom with a fab roll top bath. Staff were super friendly and went out of their way to explain to us the local attractions and discussed restaurants etc with us. As we chatted we learnt that the world is indeed a small place as we chatted about Ireland.
Awesome location for the cliff walk and easy walk into town- however we got lazy a few times and got uber back which was super quick and cheap.
Lovely breakfast with a great front portch to enjoy it on. If we ever find ourselves back in Newport ( fingers crossed) i wouldn't hesitate to book here, our friends stayed after us and they loved it also.

Great Updated B&B
Eric F

Really great updated B&B with hip but tasteful furnishings and decor. Grounds were well manicured, had a nice fire pit, porch and a bunch of cozy looking places to sit that we didn't really utilize.

Breakfast was pretty good, though I wasn't super sold on the small plates - to get a good amount of food, you had to take more dishes than would comfortably sit on a plate. Also, it would have been nice if some of the heartier dishes (e.g. potatoes, eggs and bacon) weren't served together by default, makes it difficult for people with dietary restrictions - though one of the of the guys cooking breakfast nicely made me modified version when I asked. Wine and cheese hour was nice, and there were fresh cookies left out at night, which we definitely helped ourselves to on our way to bed.

Stayed in Adele's room, which had separate bathtub and shower and a working gas fireplace. The room was on the second floor above another, and right off the staircase, but it was pretty quiet.

Location isn't ideal to get to 'town' if you don't have a car, but it's walkable depending on your fitness level. Walked once to get dinner and also once to the mansions via cliff walk, which was beautiful, but took Ubers after that, which weren't hard to get even though it seemed like peak tourist season.

4 Night in Newport for 20th anniversary
Redleg326

The Cliffside Inn was the absolute perfect spot for our trip to Newport! Located a block from the Cliff Walk and within walking distance of the numerous mansions, the Cliffside Inn was central to our experience. This is the first time my wife had ever stayed at a B&B and the team at the Cliffside Inn set the bar HIGH!