What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- The bold vision by interior designer Jocelyn Chiappone
- Hanging out on the sundeck next to the heated outdoor pool
- Sunset drinks on the rooftop, complete with a water view
- All 16 rooms and common areas come have fireplaces
What To Know
- The hotel provides beach bags and chairs
- Bathrooms have heated floors and kimono robes
- Restaurant Chair 5 takes a creative approach to classic beach fare
- Free WiFi, Apple TV, iPads and iPod docking stations
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Nothing shouts beachside vacation quite like the upbeat decor of this 16-room newcomer, which has an irresistible Lilly-Pulitzer-goes-to-Rhode-Island vibe. Designed by Frank Karpowicz Architects, with interiors by Jocelyn Chiappone of Digs Design Company, the Break has a look that taps into the nostalgia for vintage surfer cool (local surfing legend Peter Pan rocked the waves here in the 1960s). Think lashings of turquoise, coral and sunshine yellow, with jazzy textiles and Danish Modern–inspired furnishings and light fixtures. Relaxation is the name of the game, with diversions like a spa and salon, a heated outdoor pool and a swanky ocean-view rooftop lounge where you can sip cocktails while nibbling on light bites. In the chillier months, get cozy by the fire in the plush lounge, with its Midcentury-style chairs and sofas, or curl up in your comfy room; you can luxuriate in the bathroom, which has a heated floor, before kicking back in your waffle kimono beside the fire.
In the Area
Enjoy all the preppy perks on offer within a stone’s throw of the hotel, in the laid-back but lively township of Narragansett. Tee off at the Rose Hill Golf Club, a nine-hole course that welcomes golfers of all skill levels and features a Cape Cod–style clubhouse, or learn to surf at the Peter Pan Surfing and SUP Academy, which, as the name suggests, also offers standup-paddleboarding instruction and rentals. Or sign up for a leisurely boat trip: Gansett Cruises offers harbor tours and sunset cruises on Narragansett Bay. (The adventurous and deep-pocketed can opt for the Sky & Sea package, which combines cruising with a chopper ride courtesy of Bird’s Eye View Helicopters.) Take in some wholesome fun at Theater by the Sea, a family-friendly local institution that hosts rollicking musicals during the summer season, then refuel at local favorite Matunuck Oyster Bar, which has a raw bar that features treats like littleneck clams and RI oysters, along with fresh-from-the-farm dishes such as goat cheese and beet salad, made with produce from the restaurant’s own garden.
How to Get There
My husband and I like to take a short vacation during the winter months. We especially enjoy places that tend to be off season as the prices are more reasonable and the areas less crowed. This place fit our wishes perfectly. Breakfast was over the top! Our room was spacious. Only downside was the bed...I was not a fan of the softness. A romantic time was had while we swam in the heated outdoor pool, sat in the sauna and had dinner upstairs.
This was our 2nd stay @ The Break. The Valentine’s Day escape package was nice this time. The ocean view room, sparkling wine, chocolate covered strawberries and $50 dinner voucher were a nice treat. All in all 4 out of 5 for the extra Valentine’s Escape portion.
The staff is charming and accommodating but it’s as though there’s just a little something missing that would make them top notch. Staff gets a 3 out of 5.
The rooms are nice. The fireplaces are a great touch. Nice bathrooms, balcony and plenty of comfy bedding and seating. The throw rug in our room was on its last leg as the corners are all curling up. Rooms 4 out of 5.
WiFi can be quite slow at times. It seemed to depend on which account you are logged into as there are a couple options.
For a boutique hotel there are some nice touches that can’t go unnoticed. The pool warmed to 95°, the comfortable seating options in the common areas and the fish tank to name a few. The Spa packages are a tad pricey so we declined both times, however it would have been nice. Amenities get a 4 out of 5.
Lastly...food. Happy hour and buck a shuck was great. Reasonable prices. Dinner in Chair 5 was decent. I got the scallop entree. Scallops were great but the polenta, arugula and veggie side were dry and bland. Cheese platter app was great. Overall, not bad however I wouldn’t get the scallops again. Dinner 4 of 5.
The buffet breakfast downstairs in the morning was troubling. Sure it was cute and quaint and simple-I get it. But very few foods were labeled which is problematic for specific food allergies and/or diets. Having to ask when more food will be coming or for some jelly for our toast, having someone check and receiving FIG jelly 10 minutes later! FIG?! This has to be the weirdest solution to our already extremely lacking breakfast. Breakfast 2 of 5.
All things considered I have to give The Break 3 out of 5 stars. I really want to give it a 4, but certain things were just enough of an inconvenience to leave a little sting.
I’d consider staying at The Break again but only after a slight change of things listed above. Maybe 2 more years will do the trick this time.
The hotel is beautiful. Nicely decorated, clean and close to the beach and restaurants. Staff was great and buffet breakfast included was excellent. Accommodated my gluten free diet. Would recommend and will definitely return.
We were looking forward to a five course vegan wine dinner at the Break Hotel on January 17th that was publicized on social media and on their website.
We booked and were never notified that the dinner was cancelled. We would have travelled from Connecticut for this special night. Thank goodness I called to confirm.
The Break needs to work on better businesses practices. How easy is it to inform a guest either by text, email, or voicemail?
We stayed in the off season (December), so I'm not sure how this place handles heavy traffic season, but our stay was fantastic! Immaculate room. The gas fireplace in the room was a cozy and welcome addition on a rainy and cold evening. The bed was enormously comfortable, and I wanted to live in the double-headed rain/pan-headed shower! There were chocolate-chip cookies in the hallway on our arrival, and the valet and concierge service were both very friendly and helpful.
I'm not sure if it's only in the winter season, but the concierge desk closes down at 10pm, but we didn't find that to be an issue. The only (small) criticism I have, is that when we went to the lounge for a drink, the bar service was a bit non-responsive for the number of waitstaff and guests that were there, but the staff were friendly. We did not go to breakfast the next day, but concierge rang our room to let us know that it was closing, and asked us if we wanted them to hold it open for a bit longer. Great service! We will be back!