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Clifford House

1810 W 28th Street , Cleveland, OH 44113 USA (Show map)
26 Reviews
$109 - $169
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"Jim...makes a mean pancake breakfast and is an expert on Cleveland" ~The New York Times. In the heart of an urban, historic, trendy neighborhood across the river from downtown. In walking distance to nationally acclaimed, locally owned restaurants and breweries. Walk to buses, train, the Cleveland Indians! This is a nice, casual, eclectic lived in "Private Home" B&B ! I live here, I work here, I have a cat and dog and I do not stop living while you are here! The home is professionally cleaned and in a constant state of improvement. Mostly quality furnishings abound amongst garage sale and trash picked "finds"! Good linens and well made beds are noted. There is a constant effort and search for improvement as budget permits. I am told I do have a good personality. I do not do well with princesses; the Ritz is downtown.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Dining4.8

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Happy Sweetest Day!

3.8 on October 19, 2013

My girlfriend has been wanting to stay at a B&D to my chagrin. I'm a private person and the thought of spending the night in another's home never seemed appealing to me. Nonetheless, she deserved a special Sweetest Day so I surprised her with a stay and I'm glad I did! Despite the house being mere miles from us it still proved to be a wonderful romantic getaway. Ohio City is a fantastic historic neighbor with lots to do. The old house is decorated with antiques creating a time machine effect while still providing all the modern conveniences The Schneider Suite was extremely comfortable, spacious and enjoyable. Jim and his pets, Sherlock (friend sly dog) and Wesley (curious cat,) were excellent hosts doing a great job of balancing privacy while being social. Breakfast was typical but not ordinary. The bacon from the West Side Market was to die for, the fruit was fresh, the coffee was gourmet, etc. The experience was more than positive and I sense my girlfriend and I will be trying more B&Ds. I just hope they are half as nice as it was here.

We LOVED Jim and Clifford House!

5 on September 30, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Clifford House for the first time this past weekend and we absolutely could not have been more pleased. Jim's hospitality is first rate and I would give his breakfast a bonus 6th star if the rating system allowed it. He made a wonderful breakfast of local and high quality foods (pastries, sausages, eggs, organic & fair Trade coffee, incredible fresh fruit, etc.). He does quite a bit of shopping at the Westside Market. The breakfast alone was worth at least a third of what we paid to stay. The house is charming in it's 150 year + splendor and the apartment/two level we stayed in had charm and loads of accommodations for our needs. Maintaining an old home like this is clearly a tremendous amount of work, but it is very clear Jim pours tons of TLC (not to mention expense) to continually upgrade the property. My wife (who is particular commented to me how amazing clean everything was (noting, especially the bathroom and kitchen in our unit. As pet lovers, we found Sherlock (the house's Ambassador Hound and seeming mascot) to be adorable. My wife got some pets on Wesley the cat too. Though Wesley was there, I detected no cat smells of any kind (he spends wuite a bit of time outdoors. Just steps from Great Lakes Brewery and countless great restaurants and local breweries, this place is a gem in a neighborhood with much to offer and staying with Jim is liking staying with a favorite uncle. We can't wait to find an excuse to come back. My wife and I even talked about bringing our boys next time. The suite has ample room and the "vibe" suits our personality and interests perfectly.

Bed and breakfast -yes please!

5 on May 05, 2013

Truly outstanding experience. I wanted to book another stay within hours of being a guest. The private apartment was comfortable, charming, and very relaxing. Within moments of walking through a beautiful neighborhood we were within a range of local breweries and restaurants. Will definitely go back again!

October Couple's Weekend Away

5 on October 17, 2012

We loved everything about the Clifford House! Jim was very knowledgeable about the neighborhood, pointing out great restaurants and places to shop. The Clifford House itself is homey and comfortable without being pretentious, which we prefer. We were made to feel welcome and couldn't have asked for a better experience! We loved Sherlock and Wesley, too - who were quiet most of the time and no bother whatsoever :-) Thanks Jim!

what a nice night!

4.4 on April 03, 2012

if you like breakfast, this is you spot. He makes delicious coffee, French toast, eggs, with fresh fruit, yogurt and pastries, all in a cozy atmosphere!!


4.8 on July 08, 2011

We spent a wonderful long weekend recently at the Clifford House. The breakfasts are magnificent, ample and delicious, served in a beautiful dining room. On Sunday we got the special china! The rooms are clean, comfortable and an excellent value and we felt very welcome there. We will definitely return. Also, the rejuvenated Ohio City neighborhood is a gem. Lots of lovely old houses, the West Side Market and many excellent restaurants are within easy walking distance.

Snowey Feb. Day at Clifford House

5 on July 06, 2011

Our visit to "Clifford House" on an icey day in Cleveland was warmed by the hosts smiling face & his great attitude. He led us to our rooms & we were impressed with the cleanliness & the homey atmosphere. This is our third visit to "Clifford House" & we find the breakfast & lunch delicious & plentiful & we are sure our host must be a former chef! Sherlock, the dog, is a quiet sentinel & never in the way but will appreciate a pat on the head or just a "talk".

Great food, Great conversation

5 on July 06, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Clifford House for a nice get-away weekend. Our room was larger than I expected and the conversation with Jim was superb. Jim knows the area extremely well and can give you direction and advice for anything you might like to see or do. There are lots of fun and interesting shops nearby (walking distance) and an open air market as well as some very good restaurants (try The Olde Angle...great Irish fare). Jim's breakfast was excellent and a much larger selection than anticipated. Vivian the cat is no longer with Jim, so if you are concerned about allergies, you don't have to worry. However, Sherlock is still there and enjoys the guest's company. Thank you for a wonderful stay Jim!

Ohio City Charmer

4.4 on July 05, 2011

Awesome historic home in a wonderful historic city. Jim is the perfect host who will give you excellent information about the local and greater Cleveland area. For 'Foodies' this is the ultimate place to stay in Cleveland...start at the Westside Market and work your way out to pleasing Ohio City restaurants and brew pub and onward to Cleveland's fine restaurants. I love staying here and plan to come back again and again!

A sweet surprise

4.6 on February 10, 2011

The Clifford house is warm, friendly, and inviting. The interior design of the rooms is fabulous and made me feel right at home. Breakfast was spectacular and there was enough variety for anyone to enjoy a meal. The location of the Clifford House is ideal, being close to the highway and within walking distance of a grocery store. My only complaint with the Clifford House would be the overly friendly dog Sherlock, but perhaps that was because I am not a dog person.

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Rooms & Rates

Madison Apt Suite

Attached separate entry 2 level Apartment Suite: 1.5 baths, kitchen (complete with cookware and dishes), dining doubles as a business conference are, living with a queen sleep-sofa w/extra comfort mattress topper. Upper level bedroom w/new queen mattress (2012) minus the foot-board at guests request. 42" flat screen cable TV, DVD, phone, washer-dryer available, window Ac units. Nightly, weekly and monthly rtaes. Breakfast included w/nightly rate downstairs in Bed and Breakfast dining room. Rate for couple, add $25 for additional guest.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $159 - $169

Nightly Rate: $159 - $169


The Withington shares my bath. Very comfortable 4 poster queen bed offered at a more modest price than my other two rooms. Fully equipped, clean, good sixed bathroom is right across the hall as per most standard residential layouts. There is a half bath on the first floor just in case. Since I do not have large amounts of guests at one time, this shared bath has rarely presented an issue. (there is always that one time!...another story)

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $119 - $129

Nightly Rate: $119 - $129

Schneider Suite

This large grand high ceiling room is the most popular for singles and couples. Almost like your own apartment and larger some New York Apartments as my guests comment! I need to update my photos soon to show the bed frame. Existing mattress is fine but planning on an upgrade this spring. Central air in summer. Fireplace use limited to dura-flame logs for safety.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $139 - $149

Nightly Rate: $139 - $149

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Location Type

Historic, City, Downtown


Cleveland, OH (CLE-Hopkins Intl.) 17 miles

Directions to property:

From airport take I-71 north to Ontario Street downtown, turn left on Carnegie by Jacobs Field (base ball stadium), West from downtown across Carnegie-Lorain Bridge to West 28th St, turn right on 28th, two blocks through light, The brick house on the left. Call for's only two turns from Downtown Cleveland..pretty easy !

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Rock and Roll Museum, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Zoo, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Flying Fig Restaurant, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, BBQ grill, CD player, Computer, DVD Player, Washer/dryer , Home-made cookies, Super market one block, West Side Market

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycles, Boating, Hiking trails, West Side Market-nationally known food stop, USA Today 1 of world's 10 best drinking spots!, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: By Appointment
  • Check Out:: 12-1PM Flexible
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited OK, however concern about steps and size of dog
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Reasonable type, size and quantity!
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One half of reservation charged to credit card as deposit. Deposit minimum one night per room.
  • Cancellations: One week for full refund; 72 hrs for half refund and one month for extended stays of one week or more. 10% cancel fee on amount charged. Holidays and holiday weekends non-refundable.



James Miner and Sherlock ( a most popular Coon Hound)

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About the innkeepers

Art, theater, acting, real estate, antiques, lap swimming, long walks with Sherlock. "Mostly" healthy home-made cooking, writing, people. Biographies and history; new people and places. All the furnishings have a Story: family, friends, life experience, garage sales or accomplishments, etc, etc

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  • Time Served: 9am Negotiable
  • Serving Location: Veranda, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , By Request

Signature Dish

Buttermilk Pancakes
Full breakfast, homemade cooking includes Buttermilk Chocolat Chip Pancakes. Mentioned in The New York Times!


1810 W 28th Street , Cleveland, OH 44113 USA (Show map)

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