The Chanler at Cliff Walk

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The Chanler at Cliff Walk
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
The Chanler at Cliff Walk
The Chanler at Cliff Walk

You’re invited to experience The Chanler, where Gilded Age elegance and gracious hospitality provide a tailored experience that is quintessentially Newport.

Spend your days lounging in our private oasis of manicured gardens while you take in breathtaking ocean vistas. Every evening, indulge in a long soak in your tub or enjoy an after-dinner drink at our crackling fire pit under a sky full of stars. This is your moment to take it all in.

The Chanler offers unparalleled serenity among Newport, Rhode Island luxury hotels. Step into our storied mansion on Cliff Walk and you’ll find yourself in a world of architectural beauty, polished service and relaxed refinement.

Housed in a mansion on Newport’s famed Cliff Walk, The Chanler offers twenty distinctive Newport hotel rooms elegantly decorated in various period styles. Amenities such as our complimentary house car service and free Wi-Fi provide you with comfort and convenience throughout your stay.

Or if you prefer to walk, rest assured you will find plenty to see and do within easy proximity. Accommodating service is a quiet presence as you settle in to enjoy our serene oceanfront setting and the many attractions Newport has to offer. Our signature restaurant, Cara is a celebrated culinary gem in Newport.

Welcome to a unique blend of contemporary serenity gilded by the elegance of Newport’s historic past. Welcome to the World of The Chanler.

Imbued with a visceral sense of history and gilded with architectural reminders of decades past, The Chanler at Cliff Walk is one of the most historic mansions in Newport, Rhode Island and one of the top landmarks in Rhode Island.

The story of The Chanler begins in 1870, when New York Congressman, John Winthrop Chanler started construction on the “cottage” that would one day become The Chanler at Cliff Walk.

Completed in 1873 for the steep sum of $300,000, the mansion was built as a summertime retreat for Chanler and his wife Margaret Astor Ward, great granddaughter of the distinguished businessman and millionaire John Jacob Astor.

As similarly grand Newport “cottages” sprung up along Cliff Walk, the Chanler mansion remained a summertime retreat for the family for over five decades. Prominent visitors of the time included poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and President Theodore Roosevelt. During this period, the mansion became an emblem of Newport history and was known as Cliff Lawn.

From the time it left ownership of the Chanler family until the 1940s, the building went through many incarnations yet was still primarily referred to as Cliff Lawn.

For a brief period, it functioned as the Tolethorpe School for Girls, served as a summer home to Bishop Francis Patrick Keough, operated as an apartment building to house Naval officers, and was even used for a short time as a historical museum, among others. Some of the artifacts from its days as a museum have actually been integrated into the current décor.

On October 28, 1944, while the structure was operating as an apartment building for Naval officers, a fire broke out on the third floor from an oil heater in the main section of the house, causing moderate damage to the third floor.

After the damage from the fire had been repaired, the building then opened as a hotel for the first time shortly after World War II. In its original state, the structure was a 30-room hotel. It was sold in 1956 and was subsequently renamed Cliff Walk Manor, as it remained for over 40 years.

The Cliff Walk Manor was sold in June 2000 to Detroit businessman John Shufelt, who temporarily closed the hotel to embark on an extensive three year renovation and refurbishment to the building.

Shufelt sought to bring attention to the history and original elegance of the mansion, while at the same time creating a luxury hotel and restaurant experience as had not been seen before in New England. Along with his wife, Jeanie, Shufelt reopened the hotel in 2003 in its current format as The Chanler at Cliff Walk.

The Chanler is located on Newport’s famed Cliff Walk, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by some of the most famous mansions in New England. As one of the most conveniently located luxury Newport, Rhode Island resorts, we are within close proximity of all the top attractions in the area, including Easton’s Beach, The Breakers and other historic mansions, and Newport’s town center.

Our convenient complimentary chauffeur service is available to provide guests with easy transportation around Newport, and we are within walking distance of most mansions and other attractions. Come discover the most refined choice in Newport, RI hotels on water.

As the only hotel situated alongside the famed mansions of Cliff Walk, The Chanler provides one of the most unique stays among the area’s luxury hotels and some of the finest lodging in Newport, RI.

Our twenty guest rooms and villas, featuring custom linens and upholstery, as well as distinguished designs, are imbued with a variety of different styles characteristic of Newport’s rich history.

From the seaside serenity of our Nantucket Ocean Villa to the quaint colonial charm of the Williamsburg Room, all of our rooms are thoughtfully-furnished according to those historical periods. Whether you’re seeking a romantic retreat or a luxury getaway, The Chanler at Cliff Walk has a room destined to meet your needs.

Nested on the edge of the cliff, our Ocean Villas at The Chanler feature a private exterior entrance with courtyard garden, private outdoor hot tub and sauna, as well as a private upper deck overseeing Cliff Walk and the Atlantic Ocean.

Each of our exquisite Newport, Rhode Island Villas feature the privacy of a villa along with breathtaking ocean views. Inspired by New England seaside islands, our luxurious Ocean Villas exude timeless elegance with French doors and windows overlooking Easton’s Beach. Immerse yourself in seaside sophistication in one of these graciously appointed villas at one of the top Rhode Island hotels on the water.

Martha’s Vineyard is one of our most popular ocean villas, provides a welcome retreat from the every day. Bask in natural light and ocean breezes in your sand, sea, and sky-toned guest room. Wake beside a glowing fireplace in a canopied, four-poster king bed decorated with plush linens.

After a day full of exploring, retreat to the most tranquil of Newport hotel rooms to soak in your private hot tub, relax in your courtyard with a great book, or order a cocktail to enjoy on your private deck while listening to the sound of the ocean. The Martha’s Vineyard Room has a short staircase to climb to get onto the deck with an entrance to the room.

Nantucket ocean villa is decorated in antique pine complemented by nautical pieces evocative of its namesake whaling town. The bedroom features a king bed atop a wide-planked, antique wood floor, walls trimmed with ships lathe paneling, a tongue and groove wood-paneled ceiling, and hand-milled fireplace.

The bathroom features a beautifully marbled over sized shower with multiple jets. As was often done in the elegant homes in Nantucket, a toile de jouy in a blue and cream oriental print adorns the bed and windows.

The exterior of the villa features a deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean above a private hot tub and steam sauna. Adorned with harbor scenes and the nautical design of early 19th century Nantucket, this peaceful hotel room in Newport offers an enhanced oceanfront experience. The Nantucket Ocean Villa has a short staircase to climb to get onto the deck with an entrance to the room.

Boasting beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, Cara is the crown jewel of The Chanler providing guests a memorable, curated dining experience. Translating to “dear one” in Italian and “soul friend” in Gaelic, Cara’s name conveys a simple, yet beautiful, juxtaposition to the restaurant’s creative dishes.

Executive Chef Jacob Jasinski has carefully crafted menus that draw influence from his personal experiences and travels. From France to New England, Cara’s menu and vibe is a modern interpretation of fine dining.

Using the abundance of ingredients found in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and farms throughout New England, each customized gastronomic journey involves your choice of an a la carte 3-course Prix Fixe menu or a 6-course surprise Degustation Menu.

Guests are encouraged to share dietary preferences, restrictions and allergies with our culinary team before their arrivals for the most personalized dining experience.

Serving as the property’s more casual dining space, The Café offers breakfast (in-house guests only), lunch and dinner daily. Enjoy modern New England cuisine in an energetic and casual setting alongside stunning views of the ocean.

Seasonally, seating for The Café is offered on our outside covered terrace, where you can enjoy ocean breezes just steps away from Newport’s Cliff Walk. This space does offer clear siding and heat during inclement weather.

New England has a long history of locally influenced foods. We keep these traditions in mind and hold them near to our hearts each day when cooking for our guests. Our ingredients are sourced from local farmers, ranchers, gardeners and fishmongers whenever possible.

We believe that the artisans that have been working the same earth, fishing the same waters & feeding the same grass to their livestock have perfected their craft & provide a truly exceptional product that we want to share with our diners.

This yields the best possible starting point and allows us to create our version of New England Cuisine. Our outdoor covered terrace at The Café is now open year-round.

A newly installed heating system, clear siding and socially distanced seating creates an environment of comfort so you and your guests can relax, look at and listen to the Atlantic Ocean waters. Enjoy seasonally crafted menus by Executive Chef Jacob Jasinski along with a custom cocktail or mocktail from innovative mixologists.

Like pages from a handwritten cookbook left from previous generations, we study, we learn, we cook. We rely on the past and our own global, culinary journeys to experience deep, rich histories with people, their traditions and culture. We learn from them their intense love for indigenous food ingredients and way of cooking. The friendships we make are real and life lasting.

We bookmark, and bring that knowledge and relationships home to our own working ethos, joining New England’s freshest, local and often rare ingredients to pass on to our Cara extended family of chefs, sous chefs, interns, artisans, fishermen and foragers. Together we cook, we learn, we taste and celebrate.

Our Cara story is complete when our collective desires for our passions for cooking are artfully shared and celebrated with our guests and we too, become friends. And then, we begin again.

A stunning waterfront destination in itself, The Chanler Lounge offers hotel guests, Newport visitors and locals a central rendezvous to dine and imbibe in. Dark rich woods, soothing gas fireplace and distinctive wall art are offset by sparkling Atlantic Ocean views overlooking Newport’s Cliff Walk.

Relaxing sofas, plush banquettes and lounge chairs offer comfortable seating in which to indulge. Our delectable menu is famous for Chanler handcrafted cocktails, vintage spirits, champagnes and fine wines. A highly refined, yet lively atmosphere with customized, attentive service makes The Chanler Lounge experience a Newport classic cocktail spot.

Like Scandinavia, Newport is known for its natural beauty and vast coastlines. Our two outdoor heated yurts are inspired by the Scandinavian concept of Hygge (pronounced hue-guh). From the Norwegian word meaning “well being” and the feeling of coziness, we’ve created an experience to warm your belly, heart and soul.

The private Nordic setting overlooks the moonlit waters of the Atlantic Ocean and our 150 year old statuesque mansion. Our staff will provide each guest with bespoke, unobtrusive service throughout your experience in a heated candlelit yurt.

The culinary team, led by Executive Chef Jacob Jasinski, has crafted two 4-course Prix Fixe menus based on traditional Scandinavian cuisine with a focus on game and fish or locally grown winter vegetables.

Traditional Scandinavian cuisine isn’t terribly different in theory than the approach we take to traditional New England cuisine. We look to our immediate region and cook the food that is available when it is its most delicious.

They are paired with ingredients that make sense, available during the same season, grow in the same general area, share a similar flavor profile and then use those ingredients to accent one another to make a flavorful dish.

The techniques applied use methods of preservation like curing with salt and sugar, brining, smoking, storing in fats/confit and fermenting. These techniques have been around for centuries and provide a depth of flavor and a level of authenticity to the foods we are serving.

Wintertime provides just the excuse to indulge in the ultimate creamy cold-weather drink: hot chocolate. We have added two artisan quality, signature Chanler hot chocolates to our daytime menu.

You can enjoy these warm cups of joy indoors, outdoors or take it to-go. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays take it outdoors on our Adirondack chairs to sip hot chocolate bundled up with an ocean view.

There is no other place in Newport quite as elegant as The Chanler to host memorable events and storybook weddings. Our mansion on Cliff Walk offers an exclusive oasis for grand occasions for over 120 guests.

Offering a full range of event planning services, our seasoned professionals are experienced in coordinating events of all sizes and will ensure your special event is handled with the utmost care and attention.

Weddings at The Chanler are truly beyond compare. Regarded as one of the best Newport wedding venues, our range of accommodations, facilities, lush landscaping and upscale services go above and beyond.

We offer spaces for both ceremonies and receptions, in addition to luxury accommodations and special services for wedding parties and guests. Learn more about our wedding services on our Weddings page.

If you’re looking for an impressive event venue, the luxury and elegance of our Gilded Age mansion is sure to deliver. From small social or business meetings to formal galas, The Chanler offers a wide range of event spaces perfect for any occasion.

The distinguished beauty of a Gilded Age mansion. Breathtaking ocean views. Weddings at The Chanler at Cliff Walk are unforgettable affairs that fulfill and surpass all expectations and dreams. Our open air terrace, expansive lawns, and grand interior rooms provide storybook spaces for elegant ceremonies and receptions, all with a backdrop of sparkling views of the Atlantic.

The Chanler specializes in weddings of up to 120 guests, offering reception space throughout several different Newport, Rhode Island wedding venues and areas within the mansion. For weddings of more than 120 guests, we can accommodate your party as a tented event on our oceanfront lawn. For larger weddings, some or all of the guest rooms may be required.

The Chanler at Cliff Walk offers a selection of meeting venues, each one offering a refined setting for memorable meetings and special events. Events at The Chanler range from small and mid-size business meetings to social gatherings and formal dinners.

We specialize in small overnight groups of up to 20 guestrooms, but are able to accommodate groups of up to 200 for larger events. Review our different event venues below and be sure to visit our gallery for a glimpse of our breathtaking spaces.

A major 18th century port city, Newport, Rhode Island is now best known as a delightful fall retreat and home to the famous Newport Mansions. Newport, Rhode Island has a longstanding history ranging back to its founding in 1639 through the American Revolutionary era.

Home to picturesque coastal scenery, an exciting downtown area, and a variety of things to do in Newport, RI, the area is thought to be a gem in coastal New England.

The perfect destination for relaxing getaways, special events and weddings, anniversaries or extended vacations, Newport offers a number of interesting activities combined with distinctive stories that tell an enchanting tale of this legendary beach town.

At The Chanler at Cliff Walk, you’ll find an environment that is quintessentially Newport, showcasing panoramic waterfront views, several acres of manicured gardens, and stunning architectural details in our lobby, halls and each guest room. It is your very own little slice of paradise.

Our pristine waterfront location, just a short drive from either New York City or Boston, offers an unforgettable experience for our guests who want to take advantage of all that Newport has to offer.

The yachting capital of the world places our guests alongside beautiful Easton’s beach, quaint boutiques, and charming restaurants that make Newport an enchanting location with a sense of European refinement.

Enjoy a variety of Newport activities including tours of mansions and museums or discover the timelessness of the area on a walking tour to view precious landmarks in New England. There’s never a shortage of activities ranging from art, film and dance to fishing, biking and sailing.

Make the most of your escape by indulging in shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques or mouthwatering finds at a number of diverse restaurants. Come visit the City by the Sea.

Rooms: 20
Price: from 378 EUR per night


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