Clifford House

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


Welcome. I offer one room and two suites in the heart of the urban, historic, trendy, artisan Ohio City neighborhood across the river from downtown. In walking distance to nationally acclaimed restaurants, buses, train, the Cleveland Indians! A nice, grand yet casual, eclectic lived in "Private Home" B&B ! Known for my breakfasts; "Jim...makes a mean pancake breakfast and is an expert on Cleveland" ~The New York Times. I live here, I work here, I have one cat and one dog. The home is professionally cleaned and in a constant state of improvement. Quality furnishings abound amongst garage sale and trash picked "finds". I love to collect and everything has it's story! Good linens and well made beds are noted. Hope you become one of my thirty per cent repeat guests.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.9

A Gem in Cleveland

4.8 on August 29, 2015

My wife and I just stayed at the Clifford House and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Jim was a welcoming host and terrific. The food he made for breakfast each day was delicious! We especially loved the breakfast for our second day: spinach quiche, fresh fruit, homemade chocolate chip and walnut pancakes with juice, and coffee. Mmmm. Our room was very nice and clean. We had the 2 floor apartment with the private back entrance. The first level was like a family room with board games, tv, dvd, and movies to watch. There was also a 1/2 bath and kitchen. The 2nd floor had the master bath, a small bed, and the master bedroom. The master bed was very comfortable which was great because typically I don't find the mattresses at lodging places very comfortable, but this one certainly was. The location of this B&B is awesome. It is so close to everything! We went to the Zoo and to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame along with multiple of Michael Symon's restaurants and it took only minutes to get to any of these places. For us this B&B, simply felt like a home away from home. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and our host along with his playful coon hound Sherlock! I would highly recommend staying here.

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!

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Rooms & Rates

Madison Apt Suite

Attached 1100 sq ft separate entry 2 level Apartment Suite: 1.5 baths, kitchen (complete with cookware and dishes), dining doubles as a business conference area, living area with a queen sleep-sofa w/extra comfort mattress topper. Upper level bedroom w/new queen mattress bed minus the foot-board at guests request. Large flat screen cable TV, DVD, phone, washer-dryer available, window AcCunits. Nightly, weekly and monthly rates. Breakfast included w/nightly rate, served downstairs in main formal dining room. Rate for 2, add $25 for additional guest.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $173 - $173


The Withington Room at front of house, second floor. Comfortable space w/4 poster queen bed, seating area, flat screen TV, Fridge. Most modestly priced w/shared bath across the hall (also a half bath on first floor). With the minimal amount of guests at anyone time, the large shared bath has not been an issue.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $133 - $133

Schneider Suite

With large space, grand high ceiling, this suite is the quite popular for singles and couples. Almost like your own apartment and larger some New York Apartments as my guests comment! Central air in summer. Fireplace use restricted for safety Private bath, 40" flat screen, wi-fi. Coffee area. Full bath in suite has tub; many guests walk down to the shared bath w/shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $153 - $153

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Location Type

Historic, 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

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, 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, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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:: 1130-Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Consider steps, size of dog. Madison Apt best for family.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Restrictions apply, ask.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Minimums for some holidays and special events.
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One half of reservation, minimum one night, charged to credit card as deposit. Professional, detailed confirmations sent through quickbooks on-line. Can call, text or email with card or pay on-line. No reservation valid until deposit paid. Being a private home, I prefer personal contact as opposed to reservation service.
  • Cancellations: 1 week notice or reservation amt due unless rebooked. Special Events and Holiday weekends not refunded unless rebooked. $25 taxable fee for cancel or date change. 1 week or longer term reservations: 1 month notice & higher cancel fee. Early departure considered a cancellation. Cancellations are a big deal to a small business; your consideration is appreciated. Refunds will be in the same form as original payment; i.e. credit card is credit, gift card is gift card, etc.
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James Miner, Sherlock the Coon Hound, Wesley the Cat

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

My emergency plan in 1996 when downsized from a corporate job building shopping malls. With malls located mostly in the South, we stayed in all the bed and breakfasts on business travel. Now have one third repeat guests. Like people, travel, adventure, food, "collecting stuff" for the home, PBS, movies, acting, biographies, writing and swimming laps. Was an art teacher in one life; I am also a Realtor. 3 cures for a bad mood: grocery shopping, swimming, a trip to the art museum.

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  • Time Served: 830-9am typical
  • Serving Location: Veranda, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian By request, within reason, tell me in advance, I try but this is a home not restaurant. lol

Signature Dish

Buttermilk Pancakes among others.
Guests tell me I have one of the best breakfasts offered among all their B&B stays. My homemade Buttermilk Chocolat Chip Pancakes were mentioned in The New York Times! I make tasty Asparagus Omelets, egg casseroles. Have done Rice Flour Pancakes for the gluten free. Homemade hash browns with added sweet potatoes, Cheese Grits w/ egg and spice, sour cream coffee cake, banana bread, oatmeal with cranberries and almonds. The pepper-coated low-sodium bacon from Apple Cured Meats at WSM is the best. Fresh bread from Christopher's Bakery. My Homemade Cheese and Sausage Rolls are a really popular.

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