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 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.
Everything about this inn was amazing. The location was perfect right along the cliff walk to go to the mansions. We stayed in the tower suite and it was luxury and character all in one. The place was immaculate and beautifully decorated. This should really be classified as a 5 star hotel. They also host a wine hour which was complimentary.
I had a wonderful stay at the Cliffside Inn. I was in the Governor's Suite, which was on the second floor. It was a large room with a king side bed and sitting area. The common areas were cozy and I enjoyed both the wine happy hour and breakfast in the morning. The walk to restaurants is about a mile, but the location has easy access to the Cliffwalk - just a block down the road.