Watch Hill Inn
What We Love
- A Narragansett Bay stay at one of only ten Forbes Triple Five-Star hotels in the world, with extrasThe spacious, modern suites, all with partial or full bay views
- Incredible Ocean House, the inn’s sister property, with its golf course and elegant restaurants
- The property’s status as one of only ten Forbes Triple Five-Star hotels in the world
What To Know
- The inn has access to Ocean House's facilities and beach but it is walk or short drive away
- It is not beachfront, but bay front with views of the Narragansett Harbor
- The seasonal property was last renovated in 2013
- Suite-style rooms have Apple TVs, full kitchens and modern decor
Watch Hill, Rhode Island is known as the kind of place where high-profile figures can get some peace and quiet. It’s as tranquil as destinations come, set on Narragansett Bay, with beaches lapped by cool Atlantic waters. This classic New England town houses a historic free-flying carousel, as well as its very own lighthouse (naturally). World-famous Ocean House stands on the bluffs over at the Atlantic, and colonial homes line the streets. You can see not only why stars like Taylor Swift and Conan O’Brien choose to hide out here, but how.
The best way to do the same is with a stay at Watch Hill Inn. A sister property of Ocean House – a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards pick for The Most Romantic Weekend Getaways in the U.S. – as well as of Weekapaug Inn, the property comprises spacious, contemporary suites set right on the bay’s shores. One of Forbes’ ten Triple Five-Star hotels in the world, Watch Hill serves a charming afternoon tea, but you’ll inevitably take a meal or two at Ocean House’s veranda, living room or Forbes Five-Star restaurant Seasons. You’ll also probably tee off at its golf course or get a wrap at its spa, but when you’re ready to call it a day, your discreet suite means that you, too, can escape from Watch Hill eyes.
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of $38 (plus tax) per room, per night will be added on the payment screen. The resort fee includes Wi-Fi, parking, Apple TV with Netflix and gratuities for the hotel staff at Watch Hill and Ocean House (excluding dining outlets).
Watch Hill Inn’s suites span the building itself and the neighboring Bay View building and feature spacious, contemporary design. The one-bedroom Harbor Terrace suite comes with a king-sized bed, full bathroom with a shower/tub combo, kitchen, living room with a gas-burning fireplace and – of course – a terrace, from which you can take in pretty partial bay views. Go for all-out luxury with a secluded and spacious Duplex suite. Located in the Bay View building, these split-level suites feel completely residential and boast full-to-partial views of Little Narragansett Bay. On the entry level, you’ll find a gourmet kitchen and a living room with a fireplace, plus a private terrace. Downstairs, there’s the master bedroom, with its king-sized bed, plus a second bedroom with the option of two twins or a single king-sized bed.
Thanks to partnerships with both Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn, Watch Hill Inn gives you lots of culinary choices. If you stay here, you’re able to sample from snacks and sandwiches or arrange private dining, but if you head over to Weekapaug Inn, you can dine at its intimate, modern seafood restaurant, enjoy traditional New England cuisine at The Garden Room and try casual fare at SeaRoom.Over at Ocean House, you’ll love Seasons, a Forbes five-star fine-dining Atlantic-view restaurant. You’ll be invited to pair lemonade in the warmer seasons, and warm cider or hot cocoa when it’s colder, with seafood and steak dishes, made from native-foraged and local ingredients. Find brasserie fare, such as grilled meats, at the Bistro, Bar and Lounge, sushi and cocktails in the Living Room, brick-oven pizzas at Dune Cottage and light bites at the sweeping oceanview Veranda. You can also choose from a healthy breakfast at the Seaside Terrace or Seasons’ Champagne Jazz Brunch. Also available are wine-tasting sessions, lobster boils and cooking classes.
Head over to OH! Spa at Ocean House, a fragrant, sunlit space where you’ll wear a cozy bathrobe and sip fruit-infused water, before skilled therapists give you a massage or wrap you in marine mud or lavender body butter. This relaxing space also features a salon, a fitness center, a yoga studio, an herbal steam room and a lovely pool on the other side of French doors from the Seaside Terrace sun deck.
Watch Hill is a quaint New England town on Narragansett Bay whose old-fashioned charm has enchanted such public figures as Taylor Swift. As a guest at Watch Hill Inn, you’ll be able to enjoy the facilities of Ocean House, Rhode Island’s first five-star resort, such as the Lake of Isles 90-acre golf course. You can also explore the area lighthouse and museum, ride the country’s oldest continuously operating free-flying carousel, go shopping or lie on any of numerous beaches – including the private ones at Ocean House.
How to Get There
My husband and I chose to stay with The Ocean House at the Watch Hill Inn during our Mini-Moon (mini-honeymoon). We had done a few nights on Nantucket, but needed to be back in Providence for an event, so decided to make one last stop at The Ocean House for one more night of pampering before heading back to Providence and back to reality! We both work in hotels in New York City and have both worked for 5-Star Hotels, therefore are very familiar with Luxury. Working in these hotels daily and providing this service to others, we were so excited to be on the receiving end of that level of service. And let me tell you, The Ocean House did NOT disappoint!
First, even prior to arriving, we were contacted by members of their team to confirm our reservation, request our arrival time, and assist with making dinner reservations. All very helpful, as we were coming from multiple days of traveling, so it was very comforting to know that this last leg of the trip would be organized, planned and ready for us to enjoy!
On the day we arrived for our one-night stay, we pulled up to the main drive and were greeted on both sides of the vehicle, with both doors opened at the same time to greet us by name, and assist with the check-in process. We were escorted inside the magnificent main building, where we were then greeted by Danny James, Chef Concierge. He was so friendly and seemed genuinely excited for our arrival. He and his colleagues offered us champagne, and gave us a wonderful tour of the main floor of the building. We were amazed by the grandeur, yet comfort; as well as the amazing service, and options such as the restaurant, spa and even nightly events!
From there, the Bellman escorted us (by driving his Mercedes, allowing us to follow behind) to the Watch Hill Inn, just down the street from The Ocean House. It's a beautiful extension of the main resort, with apartment-style quarters. Although down the street, it is still filled with the beauty, luxury and service that you get at the main building. Our room was absolutely beautiful and an amazing home-away-from-home for our last night away.
After relaxing in our beautiful room for a while, we decided to walk back up to The Ocean House and explore their grounds. From the beautiful green lawns (in October, still immaculate - truly showcases their attention to detail!) down to the beautiful, quiet, private beach, we did not want to leave! It was amazing to just stroll around in that luxurious atmosphere, along the sea.
We had to cut our walk short, as we needed to prepare for our dinner! The Ocean House team assisted us with making reservations at Weekapaug Inn. They also assisted us with transportation, and provided a complimentary Mercedes to drive us to dinner! Promptly at the requested time, instead of calling us to say he was downstairs, the driver knocked at our door and walked us downstairs to the warm and ready vehicle. He was kind and friendly, and made great conversation along the way while explaining the details of the car (heated seats, how we could adjust the temp or change the music, etc.). Once we arrived at The Restaurant (the name of the restaurant at the Weekapaug Inn), we were greeted and brought to our table by the most wonderful gentleman. I believe his name was James (he was British). He explained all of the dishes, was aware of my allergies, and aware of our celebrations! He knew that we had just gotten married, and knew that we were heading back to Providence for me to accept an award at my University. We had briefly mentioned this to Danny James the Chef Concierge upon check-in, but it was amazing to see he had passed along this information so that all whom we interacted with could relate to us with personal information and conversation along the way of our trip! Not to mention, the service and food were DIVINE and we loved every minute of our evening there.
Not only was this resort beautiful and comfortable, but it impressively hit every single Forbes Standard a 5-Star property should hit, while being comfortable, related, friendly, enjoyable and beautiful (not stuffy or stuck-up). I would HIGHLY recommend this property, and absolutely CANNOT WAIT to go back! :) <3
The suite was clean, well equipped, with a balcony and view of the bay. Breakfast included was an extended continental choice with a number of choices. Parking is ground level underneath and easily aceassed by elevator. Use of facilities at Ocean House is included in room rate
When you compare the inn to the ocean house there really is no comparison. The room was very new and good for my family but the bedroom was very small. The living room was a fantastic size and having a kitchen was very nice. We had a partial bay view but much of it was parking lot. I was disappointed by the very limited room service (literally frozen pizza). House keeping was also OK as they left our room service box in the room and didn’t replenish water (all things I would expect for the price). We could hear the kids running around on the floor above us very clearly. I know this sounds very negative but we did have a good time, I just do not think it is worth the price, especially off peak. The town is beautiful and getting the amenities of OH is a huge bonus. I would return to the town of watch hill again when it was a bit warmer and more lively.
I recently stayed at a new Hampton Inn in the midwest. The room was large and comfortable, the bed reasonably comfortable, the pillows a bit lumpy and the sheets clean but un-ironed. The free buffet breakfast was decent.
Fast forward a few weeks to the Watch Hill Inn, adjacent to and managed by the Ocean House, a luxurious grand hotel which is a member of Relais et Chateaux, the France-based group of luxury properties. The Watch Hill Inn does not say it's a Relais et Chateaux member, but, starting with the fact that one checks in at the Ocean House, they certainly would like people to think they are. At over $850 per night (including "resort charge" and tax) it ought to be in that class, but is decidedly not.
Our "suite" in the 50s motel style structure (on stilts over the parking lot) was shaped like an oversized shoe box, about 12 feet wide by 30 or so feet long. The bedroom and bathroom are carved out of one side, with the foot of the king sized bed literally touching the front wall of the bedroom; truly like sleeping in a closet. Like the Hampton Inn, the pillows were lumpy and the sheets unironed. Towels were mediocre. Fittings in the bathroom and the appliances in the kitchenette were the type available in the bargain bin at Home Depot.
There were two TVs mounted on walls. Both had a cable box literally hanging from the TV by its wires. The remotes didn't work and the reception was so bad that the quality of the picture was 1950s grainy.
I must add, also like the Hampton Inn, the limited number of people we interacted with could not have been nicer (although they were unable to fulfill even a request for an ice bucket the chill some wine!!).
Bottom line, in this tony beach resort (albeit out of season), the room would have been fine at $200, maybe $250, per night. At $850 it was a complete joke!
We decided to visit Ocean House and treat my wife and I to their 5 Star Sunday Bruch.
As luck would have it, our vehicle became disabled so we ‘had’ to spend an overnight stay.
A birds eye view of Taylor Swift’s water front mansion and 5 Star accommodating suite. Wow!
A treat for sure and a romantic getaway.