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
We thought we’d try a last minute visit to the Watch Hill Inn. I called the day prior to inquire if they had any AAA or Senior Citizens Rates. I was told no but they’d be happy to extend a 15% discount off the rates on line. When we arrived at the property mass confusion as to how to check in. We pulled into the driveway and were told nastily to move our car and go to the Ocean House. When we got to the Ocean House they absolutely refused to honor the 15% discount I was told about over the phone. When our room was finally ready and we drove back to the property there were many open parking spots, however we were told specifically to park in between two pillars - an extremely narrow spot in which I would have surely damaged our car. I finally refused and we were begrudgingly allowed to park in a spot for registration.
Later in the evening we noticed we could not connect the iPad in the room to WiFi and the phone in the room didn’t work.
This property is incredibly overrated. While the location is very nice, the service is uneven and lacking. Check in at Ocean House was extremely pretentious. When we went to the beach there was no one there to help with lounge chairs until asked. The music in the kiosk there was blasting and I had to ask to turn it down.
Very very expensive for what it is. If this is Relais and Chateau you must be kidding.
This property has much to offer but make no mistake, it is not a budget hotel so don't let the "poor man" designation in the caption fool you. The property is affiliated with the Ocean House and there are many similarities but at more affordable prices. Still on the last day of September we paid over $600 for the night. You check in at the Ocean House and they get someone to come and escort you down to the property and show you where to park. I got the sense that each room had an assigned parking spot and that it wasn't just random parking. We got there early and were told by OH staff that they would call us when our room was ready--seriously? On the last day of September at 1 pm we couldn't get in to our room. I know it was early but there was no one there. Maybe one, or at most, two other rooms in the property were occupied. It was a beautiful September day, very much a beach day and that was what we were looking for so we settled ourselves in at the beach and had a delightful afternoon.
When you stay at the WHI you do get to use all the facilities at OH so that is very nice. We walked the beach, swam in the water and had some snacks of our own that we enjoyed. Well after 5 when we started to feel a bit of a chill, we wandered back up to the OH reception desk wondering if our room was now ready since we never got a call or a text. Off we went with our escort and then walked up a couple of flights of stairs to the reception desk there which doubles as a hospitality suite. There are complimentary beverages including wines and bubbly in the late afternoon along with the same snacks that are served at OH in the little canisters in each of the rooms. There is also a complimentary continental breakfast which we found to be more than adequate. There was fresh fruit salad, the same muffins, croissants and scones that are served at OH, individual cereal boxes including Cheerios and Raisin Bran, juice, coffee, milk, hard boiled eggs, yogurt and a couple of other things that I don't remember. The WHI is a suite concept and the extra room was much appreciated. We had a large living area along with a nice terrace. We didn't use the kitchen facilities but the suite is outfitted with pots/pans, dishware, flatware, along with stove, dishwasher, refrigerator -- all the comforts of home in case you wanted to have an extended stay and not have to go out to eat every day. The bed was very comfortable with lovely Matouk linens. The bathroom was modern but not the same luxury you get at OH--nonetheless the shampoo, conditioner and body wash are all the same amenities that you get at OH. The towels, however, were not of the same quality. Our suite had a fireplace which we didn't use but it added to the ambiance of the living room. Our biggest complaint was the HVAC--it is not central air but room air conditioners and they were quite noisy making for a bit of an interrupted sleep since we had to keep turning them off and on. We took advantage of the bikes on the next afternoon and then had a burger in the bistro before saying goodbye to Watch Hill for another season.
The Watch Hill Inn is a property that is affiliated with the Ocean House, a five star resort hotel. In contrast the Ocean House, the Watch Hill Inn offers condominiums for rent. Ours was a two level, two bedroom condominium with a kitchen, living room, and terrace with a harbor view. The unit was modern, impeccably clean, and well-appointed. The biggest benefit is that as a Watch Hill Inn guest, you had access to all that the nearby Ocean House has to offer including a first class spa, fitness center, and beach facility. There is a hospitality room with complimentary snack and beverages and the attentive staff is available 24/7. The Inn is located on Watch Hill's main thoroughfare with shopping and eateries at your doorstep. Parking is included in a gated lot.