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
We stayed in Hydrangea and the suite was wonderful.Very cozy with see through fireplace and two person jacuzzi tub. Breakfasts were delicious and creative. Wine and cheese in the afternoon was also excellent
Everything was wonderful from start to finish! The Carriage House room was clean, romantic, and had its own entrance with a parking spot. It is one block from the Cliff Walk where you can enjoy the beautiful ocean views and walk down to the end of the island, past some of the historic mansions. The wine hour with hor d’oeuvres (pizza bites, cheese/crackers, nuts, potato bites, etc.) was delicious, relaxing, and it was nice to meet the other guests. Breakfast every day was a splendid chef special (croque madam, bananas foster french toast) or your choice of eggs prepared any way. The staff was friendly and went out of their way to write us a Happy Anniversary card with roses on the bed! Definitely recommend the Cliffside Inn as one of the best bed n breakfasts you could find.
We took the Sun Room which faces the ocean. Breakfast was great and Innkeeper very friendly and helpful. The room itself had a great window bench, was bright and sunny and beautiful modern bathroom. The Inn had paintings by Beatrice Turner in every room - she was very accomplished and it was a fascinating story. Very convenient to Cliffwalk, we walked one morning to the Breakers, did the tour and walked back.
We had a lovely stay at Cliffside. The fireplace was just what we needed in a cold rainy night. It is just a block from Cliff Walk and a scenic way to get to the Breakers. The walk was perfect to walk off the delicious breakfast they served.
We were well taken care of during our stay.
The owner of this inn was on site and treated his guests like they were family. All of the staff were attentive and very accommodating. Breakfast was excellent and the complimentary wine and cheese in the evening was a good opportunity to mingle with staff and other guests. All in all an excellent experience. I will be staying there again.