Cliffside Inn

2 Seaview Ave. , Newport, RI 02840-3627 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


The Cliffside Inn welcomes you to experience the best of Newport, RI in luxury. Our newly restored Newport bed and breakfast is just steps from the renowned Cliff Walk, in a romantic and serene coastal setting. The beautifully appointed rooms and suites offer the amenities of a luxury hotel while retaining the unique charm of a New England country inn. Lovely antique furnishings, a mix of historic prints and New England paintings by local artists, the finest Italian linens, and luxuriously appointed bathrooms are the signature of our 16 distinguished guest rooms. Our Newport inn has earned an international reputation for outstanding hospitality and ranks among the most romantic bed and breakfast destinations in New England. RECOGNITIONS: TripAdvisor #1 Inn in Newport, "Thirteen of the Most Amazing Bed & Breakfasts in the World", Buzzfeed Travel, "Top U.S. Ritzy Weekend Retreat," Forbes Magazine. Top 5 New England Getaway, Fortune Magazine. "Top 10 Classic New England Inn," Travel+Leisure. Frommer's "Top Newport, Rhode Island Luxury Inn". AAA Four Diamond.



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  • Guest room5
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining5

Can't wait to go back!!!

5 on February 22, 2015

Top notch!! Wonderful rooms, wonderful people and beyond wonderful food! We cannot wait to go back! Without a doubt this is now my favorite Inn to visit! Thank you so much for a wonderful birthday weekend!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for reviewing the Cliffside Inn. We are so glad you chose us for your birthday celebration. We look forward to having you back with us soon.

pure perfection!

4.8 on May 23, 2014

first time in newport, love loved it! everything about this establishment was perfect! i wish it was closer to my home! they even accommodated my 6lb pup, gracie! all owners,innkeepers and staff were amazing! bottle of wine,bottles of water,wine and apps in the evening,fresh baked cookies at night,firepit and toasting marshmallows for smores,delicious breakfast and friendly smiles! thanks everyone for making our trip fantastic! :) xo

"This Cliff's for you"

5 on August 14, 2013

The Cliffside Inn was just lovely. Bill and Nancy the owners were so sweet, helpful - even gave me recipes without asking. The entire staff feel like family. The Inn is so special right down to the plates, tea cups you drink from. Location, location is perfect - walk everywhere. 2nd time can't wait for 3rd!

Lost In Heaven

5 on May 28, 2013

We had never been to a B&B prior to our stay at the Cliffside Inn. The Cliffside Inn was by far the best hospitality venue one could imagine. Visiting Newport, during the Memorial Day holiday, seemed the perfect thing to do for someone who grew up there; but never had the opportunity to enjoy the Island's Inns. Bill and Nancy's graciousness, hospitality and warmth was an unexpected, yet welcomed touch. We were taken care from the time we departed Washington, DC until the time we departed the Inn. On more than one occassion Bill called prior to our departure to ensure everything was OK and asked if there was anything he could do to make our stay pleasant. He made restaurant reservations for us and assured our special dietary menu was set.There was never a request that was too hard (whether it was ticket arrangements, special events coordination, or recommending things to do) or one that they could not fulfill. Our inital thought was "no one does this!" Upon arrival we were welcomed, as if we were family. The Inn's breakfast menu was filling and delightful and the nightly wine and small bites gave all guests an opportunity to meet and share experiences of the day. The Cliffside Inn's staff was absolutely amazing--the desire to ensure our stay remained pleasant was unbelieveable. The nightly room "turn down" service with its very special treats was an added touch of excellence. It was if the staff was on a personal mission to make sure we were completely and totally taken care of. These were the small, yet moving touches that made our stay special. We have stayed at 5 Star hotels in Europe and high-end resorts in the US-- we had to admit the Cliffside Inn is right up there with the best. However, what makes them better, in many ways, is something we could never find in these hotels--we found friends and family.

Exceptional in Every Way!!

5 on May 24, 2013

Our stay at the Cliffside Inn was the most enjoyable, relaxing and amazing weekend. The Inn is exceptional in every way. It's beautifully decorated, immaculate, comfortable, warm and inviting. We stayed in the Carriage House which is more than spacious and has a top notch bathroom. The whirlpool tub for two was so relaxing. The accommodations are exceptional, the food is delicious, the staff is warm and welcoming, the wine and cheese hour is terrific, the location is perfect and the Innkeepers make it all worthwhile. They are the most gracious and down to earth couple who make you feel so welcome and part of the family within moments of your arrival. When you leave the Cliffside Inn, you do so knowing you will return.

An Enjoyable Stay

5 on November 06, 2012

We visited the city of Newport and found a perfect place to stay. The atmosphere was great, innkeepers friendly and breakfast good. Enjoyed ourselves very much and the area kept us busy. A place to return to for sure.

Innkeeper Response
We really appreciate you taking the time to review the inn and are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at the Cliffside and in Newport. Hope you will be back soon.

We'll Be Back!

5 on March 23, 2012

Our stay was wonderfully comfortable, warm, and relaxed. The surroundings were lush and rich. Breakfast fulfilling and our innkeepers sweet, attentive, and knowledgeable regarding the history of this grand place. You will not regret your stay in any form.

Two wonderful stays!

5 on December 27, 2011

This elegant inn has the best in both accommodations and service. The rooms are beautifully decorated, down to the smallest detail. The bathrooms are incredibly top-notch and spacious. The renovations throughout the inn are both visually stunning and yet oh-so welcoming. Food is delicious and made-to-order. Nancy and Bill are outstanding innkeepers and hosts. Can't be beat!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your review. We are thrilled that you had a good stay and look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Newport.

Exquisite Newport Inn

5 on November 07, 2011

Absolutely beautiful setting. Gorgeously renovated. Lovely high tea and gourmet full breakfast. We tried to visit the Inn in 2010 but it was being sold/ under renovations. We were excited to learn from the Visitors Center in Newport that there was still a room available. The gas fireplace and beautifully renovated room and bathroom was beyond expectations. The innkeepers were very nice and accommodating. You will not be disappointed in this choice.

Innkeeper Response
So glad that you like the renovations we've done and that you tried us again. I hope you will be back often to see all the rooms.

Wonderful Stay

5 on September 28, 2011

The Cliffside Inn is just beautiful. Totally renovated and Bill and Nancy have really done quite a lot. All the rooms and bathrooms have been redone. The outdoor space was fabulous withthe outdoor fire pit going most of the evening. The food and individual service was much appreciated. We will definitely be back!

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Rooms & Rates

The Garden Suite

Our most popular suite, unfolds over 2 levels connected by a spiral staircase. Upstairs: features a bedside fireplace, bay window sitting area with wingback chairs, Queen size pine bed. Downstairs, features a large whirlpool tub, a second fireplace and a cozy library area. French doors open to an enclosed garden patio with a waterfall, table and chairs. Modern amenities include a whirlpool tub, spa shower, central air conditioning, 2 gas fireplaces, 2 flat screen TVs and an iPod® music system.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $305 - $510

Carriage house

This lovely room is constructed in the style of a Victorian carriage house, with a private courtyard entrance. Incorporating elements reminiscent of its carriage house function, the room features bead board wainscoting, a sliding barn door to a large marble bath, an antique double bowl pedestal sink, antique heart pine flooring, Oriental rug, vintage furniture and a cozy window seat overlooking the front yard and ocean beyond. Modern amenities include a 2 person whirlpool tub, spa shower, central air conditioning, gas fireplace, flat screen TV and an iPod® music system.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $198 - $465

Victorian Room

This first floor room retains much of its original 19th century character such as antique heart pine floors, Oriental rugs, carved fireplace mantel, plush wing chairs and a large bay window. Other amenities include an antique Queen-sized mahogany cannonball bed, gas fireplace and private spa bathroom with walk-in shower, tiled bench, rain shower head and body spray.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $200 - $388

The Blue Room

One of our guests' favorite rooms, the blue and white décor takes its styling cues from the French countryside. Sunlight filters through the cut lace curtains and the bay window featuring a comfortable upholstered window seat. The room is appointed with an antique armoire and chest of drawers, antique heart pine floors, an antique carved mahogany Queen-sized bed, and a gas fireplace. The bathroom features a two-person spa shower with rain shower head and tiled bench seat.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $165 - $388

The Sun Room

Located on the southeastern corner of the inn overlooking our perennial gardens, outdoor fireplace and the ocean beyond, the Sun Room is bathed in warm sunlight. The room features a lovely bay window with a cozy upholstered window seat, the warm glow of antique wood floors and an antique stained glass transom. The serene décor features an antique Queen-sized bed and wingback chairs. The private bathroom features heated towels, a two-person steam bath and spa shower with aromatherapy, chromatherapy and an iPod® audio system.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $175 - $415

Beatrice's Room

The bedroom and studio of Artist Beatrice Turner is one of our most romantic rooms. The Beatrice Room features views of the ocean and our perennial gardens and fire pit from each of the two bay windows. Other amenities include an upholstered window seat, antique heart pine floors, a vintage oriental rug, gas fireplace with carved stone mantel, and an antique mahogany Queen-sized bed. Italian Carrera marble and black granite define the large private bathroom that boasts a two-person whirlpool bath set beneath a bay window and a separate two-person spa shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $220 - $465

Adele's Room

Located on the second floor, Adele's Room is a primer in Victorian style. The room is appointed with a hand carved antique oak Queen-sized bed, plush Victorian fainting couch, and a gas fireplace with a soapstone mantel. The private bath features an elegant marble tile floor, a deep claw foot slipper tub, and a separate spa shower with rain shower head.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $175 - $410

The Swann Room

One of our Classic Rooms; bright and airy with 3rd floor windows facing south and west. This cozy corner room is a relaxing retreat featuring sloped mansard walls, inlaid hardwood floors, a bay window and cozy window seat, and corner gas fireplace. The Swann Room is furnished with an antique Queen-sized four-poster bed. French doors lead to your private bathroom with a two person spa shower bathed in light by the skylight above.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $155 - $388

The St. George's Suite

The regal red and black décor of this third floor suite honors St. George’s School, whose 1897 origins can be traced to this property. The suite features 3 mansard dormer windows, a Queen mahogany plantation bed, skylights and a petite library with fireplace, and wing back chairs. The Bathing Salon features an enormous sky lit spa shower with multiple shower heads and tropical plants.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $230 - $465

The Turner Suite

This spacious 3rd floor corner suite is furnished with a Victorian Queen-sized bed and features sloping mansard walls, hardwood inlaid floors, oriental rugs, skylights, and scenic views of the formal perennial gardens and ocean beyond. The parlor is distinguished by a raised hearth gas fireplace, sofa and cozy reading nook. Skylights illuminate the marble bath featuring a vintage slipper tub with a rain showerhead and skylight above.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $230 - $465

The Grosvenor Suite

Honoring Newport’s beloved family of award-winning artists, the Grosvenor Suite is a spacious light-filled retreat showcasing a collection of original Newport paintings by members of the Grosvenor family. The suite features an elegant antique four-poster King-sized bed, raised hearth fireplace, and a Victorian fainting couch. The spacious travertine marble spa bathroom boasts a double Queen Anne pedestal sink, whirlpool bath, and spa shower with rain shower head and body sprays.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $230 - $465

The Loft

Cliffside's classic mansard roof provides a distinctive architectural element to the Loft Room situated on the inn’s third floor. A series of skylights set in the handsome wood-beamed ceiling heighten the room’s visual interest. Furnished with an antique Singapore King-sized bed and butler’s armoire, this romantic retreat features a gas fireplace and French doors leading to an elegant bathroom with a large sky lit whirlpool tub and spa shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $175 - $435

The Tower Suite

A dramatic 2-level room in the Victorian turret, with a private courtyard entrance, make this a unique hideaway. The upstairs bedroom features an expansive, bay window with built-in seating and a raised fireplace. The room is furnished with an antique Eastlake Queen bed and armoire, flat screen TV/DVD and iPod music system. Soaring overhead, the dramatic 20 foot cupola with its octagon ceiling, mansard dormer windows, and architectural lighting make this a one-of-a-kind experience. The 1st floor spa bathroom has a 2-person whirlpool, spa shower and hardwood floors. Refrigerator en-suite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $200 - $465

The Atlantic Suite

Private entrance off a sunny deck with bistro table and chairs. The suite has 15 foot cathedral ceilings with skylights, and a see-through fireplace in the living room and bathroom. The large bedroom features antique English pine Queen bed, armoire and desk, plus a large, sun-filled southeast window, and large fieldstone fireplace wall. The living room is made for relaxing with sleeper-sofa, slipper chairs, library and gas fireplace. The enormous spa bathroom has hardwood floors, Italian tiles, gas fireplace, large whirlpool tub and a spa shower. Dog friendly. Refrigerator ensuite.

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

Nightly Rate: $365 - $510

The Cliff Suite

Cliffside's largest suite offers a private entrance off a sunny deck with bistro table and chairs. The suite is comprised of a separate bedroom, living room, and study with a fireplace. The bedroom and living room feature cathedral ceilings, a raised brick hearth fireplace and skylights. Furnishings include a King-sized bed, writing desk, a pull-out sofa and comfortable antique and upholstered seating throughout. The marble and tile bathroom has a 2 person whirlpool tub illuminated by a skylight, and a separate shower. Dog friendly. Refrigerator ensuite.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $365 - $510

The Seaview Suite

Located in the Seaview Cottage, this suite features sun-filled bedroom with an antique French King mansion bed, butler's armoire, wood floors, Oriental rugs, and a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone wall. The living room has a unique see-through fireplace, pull-out sofa, and comfortable seating in front of the hearth. The spa bathroom offers a heated towel rack, gas fireplace, antique pedestal sink, whirlpool tub and lighted overhead rain shower. Dog friendly.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $280 - $485

Luxury Room

Grand Queen Bed, Italian Bed & Bath Linens, private bath with whirlpool tub, Fireplace, TV/DVD/VCR, Acclaimed Afternoon Tea, Multi-Course Breakfast, Turndown Service, Parking.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Island, Oceanfront, Vista oceano, Village


Providence, RI (PVD-T.F. Green State) 35 miles

Directions to property:

Take I-93 South to Route 24 South. Once you cross the Sakonnet River Bridge, take Exit 1 (Rte. 138S to Middletown and Newport Beaches). Follow Rte. 138S for 7.1 miles to Rte. 138A (there will be a stoplight and you will see a Bank of America and Dunkin Donuts on your right.) Turn left onto Rte. 138A, following sign to "Newport Beaches" and “Salve Regina University”. Continue on Rte. 138A for 2.1 miles, at the second set of stoplights, turn left. Continue for 1.2 miles past Easton's Beach (now “Memorial Blvd.”) and up the hill. After passing Easton’s Beach, make your first left turn, near the top of the hill, onto Cliff Ave. (you will see the “Chanler at Cliffwalk Hotel” on your left at Cliff Ave. and Memorial Blvd.). Continue down Cliff Ave for 2/10ths of a mile to Seaview Ave. Turn left onto Seaview Ave., and left into the Cliffside Inn parking lot. The Cliffside Inn is at the corner of Cliff Ave. and Seaview Ave

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Newport Gilded Age Mansions, Tennis Hall of Fame, Touro Synagogue, Newport Art Museum, Yachting Museum, Redwood Library, Newport Historical Society, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Private entrance, Videos , Flat screen LCD TVs, Aveda bath amenties, iPod sound systems, Fine Italian bed & bath linens, Fire places in every room, Spa showers

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Hiking trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited 13+
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Well behaved dogs under 30 lbs in the Seaview Cottage rooms
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Some weekends require a two or three night minimum stay.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's advance deposit or half the total due for more than 2-nights ( with the balance due on arrival. Two-night minimum on weekends. Three-nights on some holiday and summer weekends.
  • Cancellations: If you must cancel your reservation, please contact us directly at 401-847-1811/800-845-1811. If your reservation is cancelled at least 15 days prior to your arrival date, we will issue you a Rain Check for a future visit at the Cliffside Inn during the next year. If you must cancel within 15 days of your arrival date, your deposit is nonrefundable. In either case, a 10% cancellation fee is assessed for a cancelled or changed reservation.



Bill Bagwill and Nancy Stafford

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  • Time Served: 8-10 am
  • Serving Location: Victorian Parlor and the Library, Veranda & Outdoor Tables, Breakfast/dining area

Signature Dish

Gourmet Breakfast and Afternoon Receptions
Start your day with a delicious breakfast celebrating freshly prepared foods and the finest ingredients. The seasonal menu varies daily, and features one of our renowned breakfast entrées. Breakfast also includes fresh juices and fruit, cereal, our home-made granola, our fresh baked muffins and breads, yogurt, and our renowned French-press coffee. In the afternoon, we welcome you back from your day exploring the best of Newport to join other guests for afternoon tea (served on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4:30pm - 5:30 pm) and during the rest of the week, for a relaxed wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. Our daily reception is a wonderful way to meet other guests and unwind before heading out to enjoy one of Newport's fine restaurants. Later in the evening, retire around our outdoor fireplace to enjoy conversation...and maybe a bottle of wine, while you reconnect with other guests; sharing your adventures and planning your next day's activities.