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The Chanler at Cliff Walk 4.0

Newport, Rhode Island, United States

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Pros

  • One of Newport’s most luxurious accommodation options 
  • Incredible setting at the start of the Cliff Walk overlooking the beach 
  • Large, richly decorated guest rooms with a European flair 
  • Fine dining restaurant, Spiced Pear, serves dinner in an elegant setting with ocean views
  • Free car service to local Newport attractions and restaurants 
  • Free Wi-Fi, free valet parking, and free glass of Spiced Pear sparkling wine at check-in 
  • Popular wedding venue, with multiple wedding packages available 
  • Beach butler service available (for a fee)
  • In-room spa services available on request (for a fee)

Cons

  • Rates are expensive, even in the off-season 
  • Rates do not include breakfast 
  • No pool or fitness center
  • Only one room can accommodate more than two people 

Bottom Line

Mention to anyone in Newport that you’re staying at The Chanler at Cliff Walk, and you’ll likely be met with wide eyes and a serious nod of approval. The reaction is warranted: The Chanler, an upscale boutique with incredible ocean views, is nothing short of spectacular. Everything -- from the hotel’s mansion-like appearance, to its richly decorated rooms, to its acclaimed fine dining restaurant -- is superb. However, room rates are expensive, even in the off-season, and there is no pool, spa, or fitness center. Most rooms at The Chanler can only accommodate two people, and there is no elevator, making it difficult for guests traveling with small children or those with mobility issues. Travelers looking for more space can find it at Castle Hill Inn, which offers a similar level of luxury, often for comparable prices.

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Scene

Oceanfront mansion with a European flair 

The charming lobby of this oceanfront mansion feels like an upscale living room, with a dramatic fireplace, parquet floors, and fresh floral arrangements

Arriving at The Chanler at Cliff Walk feels a bit like arriving at a private estate. A stone gate marks its entry, and a long driveway leads to a small portico in front of the building. The hotel itself looks like a petit chateau that one might find in the French countryside. Inside, the warm lobby feels like the estate’s upscale living room, with its gorgeous parquet floors, dramatic fireplace, and fresh flower arrangements. Valets continually open the door for newly arriving guests, and whether they’re staying at the hotel or just stopping in for a drink at the bar, all are well heeled. There aren’t many children here, save for the few accompanying their parents to brunch; and the majority of guests appear to be older couples who have been here once or twice before, as the employees greet them by name.    

Location

At the Cliff Walk, overlooking Easton’s Beach

Map of The Chanler at Cliff Walk

There are few locations in Newport better than The Chanler’s. Located on the Cliff Walk, a lovely three and a half mile cliff-side path that meanders along the coast, The Chanler is ideally situated for visitors who would like to visit Newport’s famed mansions (which can be seen from the Cliff Walk). It also has spectacular ocean views, thanks to its location just above Easton’s Beach. Thames Street is about a mile down the road, but with the hotel’s free car service, guests never have to worry about finding parking if they choose to shop or dine in the area. 

Rooms

Individually decorated with luxury bathrooms 

The luxurious Martha’s Vineyard Suites includes a four-poster bed with intricate wood carvings, a lovely fireplace, and two armchairs

The European style so clearly displayed at the hotel’s entrance continues throughout the rooms. With names like “Greek Revival,” “Renaissance,” and “English Tudor,” it’s clear that the European motif is purposeful and well thought out. No matter the style, rooms are seriously luxe, and feature down pillows and comforters, fully stocked minibars, heated bathroom floors, and Molton Brown toiletries. The Martha's Vineyard Suite has a four-poster bed and two blue armchairs set at the foot, facing a flat-screen TV. A hot tub and furnished balcony are nice extras. Though there are multiple room types at The Chanler, only one can accommodate more than two adults. 

Features

Lots of freebies, on-site fine dining restaurant, popular wedding venue 

This popular wedding venue has several features on-site, including The Bar

Guests pay a premium to stay at The Chanler, but there are definitely some added perks to go along with the high price tag. Upon arrival, guests are treated to a glass of Spiced Pear sparkling wine, and receive a special baked good in their rooms. There’s free valet parking, and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, but no free breakfast. Breakfast is served each morning in the Veranda room;  guests will have to pay for the meal. In-room spa treatments are available. The hotel offers concierge services to plan custom itineraries for guests and can offer mansion tickets, organize private tours, and provide fitness center passes to gyms nearby. The hotel will also arrange for a beach butler service at the Newport beach of their choosing for an added fee. Perhaps one of the nicest features at The Chanler is the free in-house car service that will drop off and pick up guests from local Newport attractions. This is a particularly nice perk in a town where parking always seems nearly impossible to find. 

Food

Signature restaurant, Spiced Pear, serves dinner in an elegant setting 

Fine dining restaurant Spiced Pear serves fresh local seafood in an elegant space with ocean views

Spiced Pear, The Chanler’s signature fine dining restaurant, is worth a visit even if not staying at the hotel. Anchored by a bustling open kitchen and surrounded by windows offering endless ocean views, the dining room at the Spiced Pear is a feast for the eyes. A fireplace crackles in the center of the room, and chandeliers give the space a soft glow as the din of a dinnertime crowd rises above the sounds of a busy meal preparation. Menu items include fresh local seafood, as well as beef, chicken, and pork options. There is also a chef’s tasting menu available. 

Guests looking to dine at The Chanler outside of dinnertime hours can visit The Veranda, which is adjacent to Spiced Pear, and offers equally exceptional ocean views. The Bar at The Chanler, a dark wood paneled room with a library-esque feel, is where guests come to enjoy light snacks and a menu of seasonal cocktails.

Weddings

Popular wedding venue, especially during the summer 

The hotel remains a popular wedding venue thanks to the surrounding cliff-side views, and guests can mingle in spaces like the outdoor terrace

With its multiple lawns and stunning cliff-side views, The Chanler is a popular wedding venue, especially during the summer months. Though the hotel specializes in smaller weddings (up to 120 people) it can accommodate larger parties upon request. Larger parties often opt to rent out the entire first floor of the hotel, so that guests can mingle on the property’s lawns, dine on the outdoor terrace, and have additional space inside at The Veranda and Spiced Pear. The hotel offers full-service catering and on-site planning services.  

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117 Memorial Blvd, Newport, Rhode Island 02840, United States

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