Cliffside Inn

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

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About

The Cliffside Inn welcomes you to experience the best of Newport, RI in luxury. Our thoughtfully restored Newport bed and breakfast is just steps away from the renowned Cliff Walk, in a romantic and serene coastal setting. All of our rooms have luxury private bathrooms and the finest Italian linens. We offer a full gourmet breakfast in the morning and a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception in the evening for our guests. Free on-site parking and Wi-Fi throughout. 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.

Reviews

Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Charming inn

5 on September 06, 2017

Best part was hospitality of Bill and Nancy, the innkeepers. Will definitely come again.


Anniversary in Newport

5 on August 31, 2017

Wonderful Anniversary stay at The Cliffside Inn. Met Bill and Nancy Bagwill, the owners, and found 'so much in common' - 'Almost relatives ' !!! The Inn is lovely, service and amenities great, and a wonderful breakfast too...... The Inn is in a perfect location which is peaceful and quiet among the Mansions.... But not far from restaurants, beach and activities, We biked among the Mansions and walked along The Cliff Walk, which is right out the front door.... We will absolutely stay there again on our next visit to Newport. Thanks, Nancy and Bill. Love your Inn.


Great stay in Newport!!

4.2 on August 25, 2017

First B&B experience as I'm more of a hotel guy, but our experience was nearly perfect. Location, service, dining and hospitality were absolutely top notch!!


Impressive beautiful suite

5 on August 21, 2017

A very beautiful place and the staff are all very helpful and friendly

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to post your comments about Cliffside. We really appreciate the feedback. I hope your entire visit to Newport was a memorable one, and that you will allow us to host you both again when you visit Newport again. It makes us smile when a guest tells us that it is their first stay at a B&B! We hope you do so again. Best, Bill

- Bill Bagwill, Owner (innkeeper)


Garden Suite Stay

4.4 on August 15, 2017

The Garden Suite was fantastic with two levels, a Jacuzzi tub and private patio with a fountain! The location was within walking distance of the downtown area (about 1 mile) and very close to the Cliff Walk & ocean. We were celebrating a 50th birthday and really enjoyed the Cliffside Inn & interacting with the owners and staff.

Innkeeper Response
The Garden Suite is one of our favorites, especially for a romantic getaway. Thank you for finding us and for giving us the chance to help you with a very special birthday celebration. Our bet to you both. Bill

- Bill Bagwill; with my bride Nancy, the owner (innkeeper)


Excellent B & B

5 on August 08, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay -- the rooms are beautifully decorated, the breakfasts are delicious, and the staff is friendly and helpful. Great location within easy walking distance of the cliff walk.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments about Cliffside. Your feedback means a lot to all of us! I read your comments about "delicious breakfasts" to Sharyn, our chef, and her face lit up. We hope to see you both again. Kind regards, Bill

- Bill Bagwill - Owner & Innkeeper with my bride, Nancy (innkeeper)


Cliffside Inn review

5 on August 02, 2017

The room was outstanding,and the daily service was perfect. Breakfasts were as good as or better than ANY B&B we have previously experienced. Hosts were warm, friendly, excellent concierges, and always available. Afternoon hors d'oeuvre time was first class.


Cliffside Stay

5 on July 30, 2017

Incredible, relaxing romantic stay at the Cliffside Inn that takes you back in time. The moment you drive on to the property, the beautiful Inn and the incredible landscaped grounds you just feel like you belong. Wake to a delicious morning breakfast, late afternoon wine and a warm friendly attentive staff. If you are going to stay in Newport...this is your get away.

Innkeeper Response
Wow, "incredible...relaxing...romantic...beautiful...delicious", we are so happy that you left with those impressions! Newport is a great destination and we try to make our guests visits magical ones. Thank you for sharing your impressions, and we look forward to welcoming you back. Best regards, Bill

- Bill Bagwill, Owner and Innkeeper (innkeeper)


Great Getaway

5 on July 24, 2017

We spent two nights at the Cliffside Inn. Fantastic experience to say the least. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the entire two days was a grand slam thanks to the location, accommodations and especially the staff. We look forward to going back soon.


Best bed and breakfast in Newport

5 on June 29, 2017

This is our go to place to stay in Newport. Innkeepers Nancy and Bill as well as all their staff are wonderful hosts. They treat each customer special and go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. There isn't a bad room in the place but they all have their own unique charm. Next time your planning a trip to Newport you should check out the cliffside inn.


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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: $205 - $525

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: $165 - $430

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 - $430

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: $185 - $485

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: $205 - $525

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: $185 - $485

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: $165 - $430

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: $205 - $525

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: $205 - $525

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: $205 - $525

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: $185 - $485

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: $205 - $525

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: $345 - $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: $345 - $510

The Hydrangea 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 illuminated overhead rain shower. This suite can accommodate a third person. Dog friendly.

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

Nightly Rate: $345 - $500

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Location

Location Type

Island, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Village

Airport

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

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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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Policies

  • 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 (incl.tax) 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, and we are able to rebook your room(s) for the dates of your reservation then we will issue you a Rain Check for a future visit at the Cliffside Inn during the next year. If we are unable to rebook the rooms you had reserved, then your deposit is nonrefundable. In either case, a 10% cancellation fee is assessed when a Rain Check is issued for a cancelled or changed reservation.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Bill Bagwill and Nancy Stafford

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 8-10 am
  • Serving Location: 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 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.


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