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What We Love

  • Farm-to-table cuisine served in the dining room
  • Gorgeous sea-view spa and fitness/yoga studio with 20-meter indoor pool
  • A well-curated collection of fine art throughout the property
  • Resident jazz and blues pianist during Sunday brunch
  • Fifty art galleries within 50 miles of the resort
  • Wine tasting events
  • Views of Montauk and Block Island

What To Know

  • There is no kids' program; may not be appropriate for small children
  • This is a popular venue for weddings and parties, so there may be events on the property
  • Reservations recommended for the popular Sunday Jazz Brunch
  • No shorts or jeans allowed in the private members' Club Room

Amenities

  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

The Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, opened right after the Civil War, and the grand Victorian property welcomed generations of guests for whom “summer” was a verb. The original structure gradually crumbled beyond the point of renovation, but determined preservationists have now revived the property. About five years in the making, the reborn hotel replicates the design of the original, incorporating more than 5,000 artifacts, perfectly translating the tradition of the past into the luxury of the present.

The casually elegant design melds English country, American colonial and beach house styles in sun-bleached tones of yellow, blue, turquoise and cream. The 49 guestrooms are spacious and classic, with summer-house floral touches. The marble bathrooms are huge, with deep tubs and walk-in showers. All rooms have sea views and many have fireplaces as well. Despite the traditional touches, the technology is up-to-date with flat-panels, WiFi and a system that detects guests’ presence in rooms to prevent any ill-timed staff intrusions.

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For foodies, the resort puts on daily cooking demonstrations inspired by the farm-to-table menu that is the resort’s specialty. Away from the hotel, don’t miss a blustery walk along the idyllic white-sand beach or a day trip to the quaint seaside town of Watch Hill.

How to Get There

The Ocean House
One Bluff Avenue
Watch Hill, RI 02891 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 869 Reviews
Magical
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I brought my granddaughters for the "Dinner with Santa" event after Thanksgiving and decided to stay over. We were treated like royalty by all of the staff and our room was beautiful with an ocean view. Every detail was attended to including Sparkling wine at check in!

Lunch was fantastic!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Ocean House never fails to impress me. While I've yet to stay overnight, I've made multiple day trips here. Yesterday we had lunch in The Bistro for a friend's birthday. It was a quiet day and so we got a prime spot overlooking the water. The waitstaff was very attentive and polite. From our bread basket, drinks and meal, everything was top notched. The hotel is decorated for Christmas and I feel like they left no detail out. Thank you Ocean House for a memorable day, yet again.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very happy to attend the festivities as they were typical Ocean House, incredible and done well. There was complimentary beverages, carolers, bell ringers, readings, the Grinch, Santa, fireworks and the beautiful tree.

Luxury beyond!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in the Napatree suite which had incredible sweeping ocean views along the entire side of the suite. The decor was gorgeous, with a phenomenal kitchen with all the high end tools we needed plus treats! It was amazing having drinks on the enormous deck looking over the ocean. The bed was fantastic and the large soaking tub was heaven. Staff were professional and relatable. Ocean House is incredible and truly lives up to its name and the Relais and Chateaux standard of luxury. Unbeatable experience!

New England Beauty with Luxurious 5-Star Service!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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