Photo via Cliffside Inn

Lark Hotels announced in a press release today that they will open the doors to its third Newport property, The Cliffside Inn, today (May 1st).

In addition to The Cliffside Inn, Lark Hotels operates sister Newport properties The Attwater and Gilded and more than 20 other properties in New England and beyond.

Originally a 1876 Victorian manor that was built for and housed former Maryland Governor Thomas Swann and artist Beatrice Turner, The Cliffside Inn was formerly known as Swann Villa.

Lark Hotels was brought in to reopen and operate The Cliffside Inn late last year and while it is the management and operations company, private owners own the hotel. The change of operation appears to have come around November 19th of last year, according to this post on Cliffside Inn’s Facebook Page.

Redesigned in 2019 by Boston-based Rachel Reider Interiors, each of The Cliffside Inn’s 16 guest rooms and cottages reportedly feature unique designs, furnishings, and amenities.

Photo credit: Read McKendree

“To me, Newport represents the essence of year-round New England travel,“ said Rob Blood, CEO of Lark Hotels in a prepared statement. “We’ve celebrated its nautical history and the star-studded Gilded Age at our first two Newport properties, and with Cliffside, we really wanted to embrace this iconic building’s historic roots and prime location To me, this thoughtful redesign communicates the best of Newport – both old and new.”

The Cliffside Inn is located at 2 Seaview Avenue in Newport. For more information, visit