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“The Best In Newport ”
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Cliffside Inn
Ranked #2 of 95 Newport B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Rhinebeck, New York
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20 reviews
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“The Best In Newport ”
Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile


This was our 5th visit to Newport, but our first stay at the Cliffside Inn. Friends of ours had raved about their visit, so we decided to break our tradition with another property in town and give Cliffside a try. We love the location, and I think we have found our new home in Newport! When you stay at a 5 star B&B you expect excellence, and Cliffside certainly had everything, and more, than we expected. There was something else about our stay here that just made it feel special. It is hard to put your finger on it – it’s just a feeling you get when everything has been so well thought out, and there are pleasant surprises at every turn, and it all feels very natural. We stayed in the Carriage House, a detached building with a private entrance. After getting a tour of the inn and a description of the day’s activities, we were escorted to our room. We just smiled to each other as we walked in; the four poster bed (very comfortable sleep), the fireplace, the classical music playing, the sliding barn door to the enormous bathroom, the cathedral ceiling and an antique ceiling fan, soothing colors, comfortable furnishings, the bay window looking to the ocean by day and the fire pit by night – nicely done! I don’t want to make this sound like an Academy Awards speech, but thanks to everyone who made this our best stay in Newport -Tamara, Nancy, Jackie, Debby, Bill (the owner), “T” and Nichole. We have already booked our next visit this fall.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, 6 April 2014
Well, we can't wait for the Duke and the Dutchess to return. It was so wonderful having you here. Your love for each other made the whole staff smile. It is just a fabulous feeling to know we made you stay so great.

Looking forward to having you back with us this summer - it will be Cliffside Inn, the Sequel!

Warmly,
Nancy and Bill
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

You really have to try the Cliffside Inn if you are going to Newport. We read all the reviews for the top inns before making our choice to stay here for our mini-moon. From the moment we arrived, everything just felt right. The inn is beautiful and the attention to detail is apparent everywhere you look. We were welcomed like returning friends, by Tamara who escorted us and our bags to the Beatrice Room and gave us a brief description of all of the amenities in our room so that we would get the most out of it. When we came back downstairs an hour later, we were just in time for a delightful gathering of guests for a wine and delectable hors d’oeuvres reception hosted by Bill and Nancy, the owners. Everyone was so comfortable and there were conversations, as among old friends, taking place everywhere. Nancy and Debbie were helping guests select restaurants for dinner and Bill was answering questions about the history of the home. When we returned from dinner, our room as turned down, with a hand-painted tablet on the dresser congratulating us on our marriage. There were rose pedals on the bed, soft music playing and their decadent Fondelé cookies bedside (ask for the recipe). The breakfasts each day were plentiful, varied and beautifully presented. My husband avoids gluten so Chef Jackie prepared gluten-free muffins and a gluten-free version of the day’s breakfast special. The inn is super clean, (more like immaculate), and the staff is attentive, friendly and well informed. Our only regret is that we hadn’t arranged to take a little more time off from work to extend our stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, 13 April 2014
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We really enjoyed having you both here for your mini-moon. It was great hanging out at the fire pit with you and the other guests as well. You had one of the funniest wedding cup stories we've ever had. Debbie will never be able to tell the story the same again.

Looking forward to many more visits.

Warmly,
Nancy and Bill
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

The reason why my husband and I picked this bed & breakfast was due to the overwhelming number of "excellent" reviews on trip advisor. Everything positive you read about this place is true. My husband and I have been to several b&bs, but Cliffside Inn has by far been the best experience we've had. The owners were nothing but inviting, personable, helpful, accommodating and great people to be around. The room we stayed in was unbelievable. Pure bliss. The location is perfect. Although we went in the winter, we walked into town each day and walked right down the hill to the cliff walk. The breakfast was absolutely delicious. Everything about this bed and breakfast was truly amazing! We will definitely be back again!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, 6 April 2014
How delightful it was for us to read your review a few months after your stay with us. Winter is indeed a unique time in Newport - but I don't think the town has a bad season, there is always something special and spectacular to do, see or eat.

We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Hopefully, you will return soon in the warmer weather. The rest of the Cliff Walk is set to reopen on June 13th and I know you will enjoy completing it.

All the best,
Nancy and Bill
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Stayed for a night and felt like we were fed with homemade deliciousness the entire time. Afternoon tea was accompanied by a scones, mini-quiche squares, macaroons and cucumber cream cheese squares. In addition to a full hot breakfast, there was a buffet with muffins, granola and fresh fruit salad.

The location is also excellent-- just a one block walk down to the Cliff Walk which is an enjoyable evening, morning or mid-day excursion. Less than a half mile to a good restaurant or two. If you enjoy walking, it's a nice stroll along the Cliff Walk to the Breakers (where the Cliff Walk is under construction until summer, but you can still make it to the mansion).

Bed not the most comfortable I've stayed in, but definitely adequate. The bright bathroom was terrific with great water pressure, sparkling clean and very hot water. With lots of skylights the rain at night was quite loud, but that's to be expected with skylights.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, 6 April 2014
Thank you for your wonderful review of the Cliffside Inn. We are so glad you felt like you were "fed with homemade deliciousness the entire time". It was nice to get to speak with you during the afternoon tea.

The Loft is quite a unique room with the wonderful skylights and the wood ceiling. Most people find the rain very relaxing on the skylights, but sometimes the storm is stronger than the enjoyment!

We hope you will come back to visit soon.

Best,
Nancy and Bill
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

My wife and I stay in B&Bs wherever possible both in the USA and abroad. Many have been wonderful and inviting - the Cliffside is our favorite for many reasons. Nicely located in a quiet spot by the sea, steps from the cliffwalk and an easy walk into town, the inn exudes charm and hospitality. The owners, Nancy and Bill, and the staff could not have been more accommodating and eager to please - which they did with ease and grace. We selected our room via the website and loved it. Bright, airy and cozy. We used the gas fireplace while enjoying a wine and cheese tray delivered in the late afternoon. Bill made reservations for us following great advice on restaurants.

The SHOWERS! The bathrooms are amazing. The beds so comfortable.

As it was not too busy when we departed, so Bill gave us a tour of the various rooms - all are inviting! We will have a tough time selecting which one to stay in on our next visit - which we hope will be soon...if only to enjoy another of those fabulous breakfasts!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Thank you for your wonderful review and your kind words. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your night in the Loft! It is a great room with wonderful skylights. Bed and breakfast - that's what we are all about and we are so glad you enjoyed both.

We are looking forward to a return visit.

All the best,
Nancy and Bill
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North Haven, Connecticut
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

My husband and I just got home from three days and two nights at this gorgeous b&b. The owners and staff were terrific and went out of their way to make our stay there memorable. From a flameless candle to macadamia nut muffins, one couldn't ask for anything more. Most of all, we met many new and interesting people and have hopefully come away with a few new friends. We walked away from this experience feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and extremely content. And Koty was a treat as well! Walter and Gwen

Room Tip: The soaking tub in Beatrice's room was devine.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Walter and Gwen,

It was such a pleasure to have you both with us. I'm glad Walter was able to practice a little Russian with Tamara! It was great watching you enjoy Newport and get along with the other guests. Many new friendships were made!

Koty misses the scratches. We all hope you'll be back with us again soon.

Best,
Nancy and Bill (and Koty).
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Somers, Connecticut
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

I surprised my wife with an Anniversary Getaway to Newport at the Cliffside Inn. It couldn't have been "more perfect". The Inn is within walking distance of the Cliffwalk, the Mansions and the downtown harbor / restaurant area. We stayed in the romantic Blue Room where we enjoyed an evening drink by the fireplace after returning from our special dinner celebration. We really felt pampered by the service, the breakfasts and the afternoon wine & cheese gathering with other guests. The hosts, Bill and Nancy, were great. Beyond making the guests comfortable, they added a personal touch. Nancy provided insite to the local attractions and Bill told of their motorcycle tour in the Adriatics. We will definitely return to the Cliffside Inn on a future visit to Newport.

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Cliffsideinn, Owner at Cliffside Inn, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
How wonderful it was to have you here for your 40th anniversary! That is quite a milestone and we are honored that you chose to spend it with us. Newport is such a romantic place and the perfect spot for an anniversary celebration. I'm glad you enjoyed the Blue Room - it is so cozy and warm - it is a unique room for sure.

We hope you can find some time to visit us again soon - even if it is not an anniversary.

Best regards,
Nancy and Bill
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Property: Cliffside Inn
Address: 2 Seaview Ave, Newport, RI 02840
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Region: United States > Rhode Island > Newport
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 95 B&Bs / Inns in Newport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the best of Newport in a romantic and serene coastal setting at this romantic Rhode Island inn, just steps from the historic Cliff Walk and Easton's Beach. Each of the beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites in our restored 19th century Victorian mansion, offer all of the amenities of a luxury hotel while retaining the unique charm and character of a New England country inn. Our Newport, RI bed and breakfast has earned an international reputation for gracious hospitality, epicurean delights, attentive service and special touches - making it one of Newport's most sought after destinations. Welcome to the Cliffside Inn - a AAA four diamond and Select Registry property. ... more   less 
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