Cliffside or Francis Malbone


Jun 29th, 2001, 10:21 AM
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Cliffside or Francis Malbone

We are going to Newport for our vacation. I can't decide between Cliffisde or Francis Malbone. I have heard great things about them. I know there are expensive, but this is our special holiday. There is a small room for $140 at Adele Turner inn (sister of Cliffside with exactly same services), and a similar size room at Francis Malbone for £215, which would you choose. Base on price, i would choose the Adele Turner. The people i spoke to at Cliffside were not as helpful over the phone to answer my questions about their inn. When I spoke to the Innkeeper and one of the owners at Francis Malbone, they were much more helpful, even their email replies are helpful. Cliffside staff seem less approachable. So, i am kind of confused as to whether I should choose Cliffside (Adele) for the lesser price for that particular room or or choose Francis Malbone for their more personal service. Is Francis Malbone really worth the money - is the service that good?

If anyone's stayed at Cliffside, could you tell me that my impression over the phone of Cliffside could be wrong?
I am in a dilemma here, because if i could get the same level of service and comfort at Cliffside for that lesser price for that particular room, then why would I want to go to Francis Malbone, unless it's better service there and breakfast there?

Could someone reply quick, i need to book in the next 24 hours before rooms run out.
Michelle ([email protected])
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Jun 29th, 2001, 10:56 AM
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Michelle: I am not familiar with Cliffside but I can tell you that we stayed at the Francis Malbone House last November and loved it--everything about it. The location is great for walking around; breakfast is gourmet and hardy (not always the same thing); and the staff, as you already know, are warm and welcoming. And the afternoon tea--ohmigoodness.
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Jun 29th, 2001, 05:21 PM
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We were at the Francis Malbone in Oct and it is one of the, if not THE loveliest B&B I have ever stayed in. The house has an elegant feel (I love B&B's but they get carried away with the Laura Ashley, chintz and flowery look!) but at the same time is very comfortable. The breakfast is delicious and as the poster above stated the afternoon tea is scrumptious with all types of baked goods, chocolate cake etc, and so beautifully presented that I took a photo.
Another great thing about the Malbone is the location. You are right in the middle of the town but it is very quite and private. Newport is fabulous...I want to go back and will most definitely stay at the Francis Malbone.
You will not be disappointed.
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