Gateway Bed & Breakfast

326 East 6th Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071
Innkeeper(s): Ken and Sandy Clift
  • Enjoy Riverboat Cruises

    Enjoy Riverboat Cruises

  • Welcome to Gateway Bed and Breakfast

    Welcome to Gateway Bed and Breakfast

  • Enjoy a Full Country Breakfast

    Enjoy a Full Country Breakfast

  • Camille Room $145 + tax

    Camille Room $145 + tax

  • Nancy Room $129 + tax

    Nancy Room $129 + tax

  • Henry Schriver Room $169 + tax

    Henry Schriver Room $169 + tax

  • Henry Schriver Room

    Henry Schriver Room

  • Henry Schriver Room

    Henry Schriver Room

  • Relax in the Outdoor Garden Area

    Relax in the Outdoor Garden Area

  • The Parlor

    The Parlor

  • Spinach Quiche

    Spinach Quiche

  • Guests celebrating 10th anniversary

    Guests celebrating 10th anniversary

  • The Garden

    The Garden

  • Delicious Breakfast

    Delicious Breakfast

  • Pineapple Bread Pudding

    Pineapple Bread Pudding

  • Charming Rooms

    Charming Rooms

  •  The staircase was restored by a local craftsman.

    The staircase was restored by a local craftsman.

  • This home is filled with Victorian charm.

    This home is filled with Victorian charm.

  • Breakfast is served in the formal dining room.

    Breakfast is served in the formal dining room.

  • Newport/Northern Kentucky

    Newport/Northern Kentucky

  • Camille Room

    Camille Room

  • Introduction

    Gateway Bed & BreakfastNewport (Cincinnati area), Kentucky "Victorian Charm that promises you a memorable stay!"

    A warm welcome awaits you at the Gateway Bed & Breakfast in historic Newport. This beautifully restored 1878 Italianate Townhouse was built by Henry Schriver and restored by the present owners, Ken and Sandy Clift.

    Gateway Bed & Breakfast is located next door to the Water Tower Square in the East Row Historic District, approximately five minutes to downtown Cincinnati, Ohio and 4 blocks to Newport on the Levee.

    The house has been restored and is exquisitely decorated with antiques. When visiting, you may hear the player piano or the victrola spinning the old records as you stroll through this home filled with Victorian charm.

    When Ken and Sandy Clift purchased this circa 1878 house in 1989 it had been through fire, tornado, conversion to a multi-family rental, and years of neglect. Go to our History section for more information about the history and restoration of this beautiful home.

    Your comfort is assured in one of our spacious rooms whether your visit is for business to the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area, a vacation, get-away weekend or a honeymoon retreat.

    Every morning, be awakened by the aroma of fresh coffee and homemade breads. A full country breakfast is served in the formal dining room.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ken and Sandy Clift for sharing their secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Guests often visit for leisure and because of our close location to venues and events.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are known for our beautiful restoration, wonderful antiques, and friendliness.  We are unique because of our friendliness and customer service. What we love most about our inn? It is fun and we enjoy the quests.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Rest and relaxation are great reasons to visit. We are close to a small town and a large city with activities all year round

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    So clean.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    It is the 2nd largest historic district in the state of Kentucky.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Visit the aquarium, museums, symphony, art, MLB and NFL teams, and festivals in the summer.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Yes, several venues.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Cincinnati Chili. Our favorite restaurants would be York Street Cafe and Pompilios.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?  and

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    3 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    No - Cincinnati Radissson Riverfront in Covington, Ky is a good option.

  • Dining Room

    Gateway Bed and Breakfast MorningsGateway Bed and Breakfast Dining Table

  • History of the Inn

    Gateway Bed and Breakfast HistoryWhile restoring the house, the Clifts' philosophy was to retain as much of the original as possible, adapting their present needs to the existing structure. There were no changes made to the building, with the exception of updating the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry facilities. As walls and dropped ceilings were removed many original details were found, such as plaster moldings and ceiling medallions. Wallpaper over 100 years old was discovered in places that were covered up many years ago.

    The restoration involved removing 70 years of insensitive remodeling and reviving the original character of the house. This included reopening the transoms, milling trim to exactly match the original, installing reproduction gas/electric lighting, restoring two large parlor doors which were found in the garage, sanding and finishing 3200 square feet of pine flooring, opening up and cleaning six fireplaces and replacing five missing mantels with antique mantels of the period.

    All 27 windows were reglazed, repaired, restrung, and repainted, but the biggest challenge was the restoration of the stairway and halls. The staircase was restored by a local craftsman based on an old baluster and part of the old railing which were found in the attic.

    The Gateway Bed & Breakfast is an example to the community of sensitive rehabilitation and adaptive re-use as well as a successful business. Ken has served on the Newport Historic Property Advisory Commission for the State of Kentucky. Newport, one of the largest historic district in the state of Kentucky is a wonderful and convenient place to live.

  • Area Activities

    Gateway Bed & Breakfast-Newport Aquarium,

    Newport/Northern Kentucky

    • Newport on the Levee,
    • Newport Aquarium,
    • BB Riverboats cruises,
    • Newport Gangster Tour
    • Purple People Bridge,
    • Ride the Ducks ,
    • Main Strasse Village,
    • Turfway horse racing,
    • Northern Kentucky Convention Center,

    Local Restaurants

    • York Street Café,
    • Pompilios,
    • Dixie Chili,
    • Newport
    • Mokka’s Grill,
    • Chart House,
    • Mitchell’s Fish,
    • JerZees Pub & Restaurant,

    Gateway Bed & Breakfast-Riverboats Cruises


    • Cincinnati Zoo,
    • Cincinnati Reds Baseball
    • Cincinnati Bengals Football,
    • Cincinnati Art,
    • Cincinnati Museum Center,
    • Cincinnati Convention Center,
    • King's Island,
    • Regional Tourism,
    • Riverbend Music Ctr,
    • River Downs horse racing,
    • Taft Museum,
    • The Banks,

    Antique Shops (Northern KY/Cincinnati)

    • Florence Antique,
    • Duck Creek,
    • Grand Antique,
  • Outdoor Garden Area

    Gateway Bed & Breakfast-Outside Patio

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