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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 883 Reviews
Great stay
Reviewed 14 hours ago

We had a great stay at the Ocean House. Our room was very comfortable with great partial ocean views and the amenities were fantastic. We had a good dinner at the Bistro. We love all that the Ocean House has to offer (and we will definitely visit again during the summer when there is more going on). The only bummer is the 4pm check in time. Even though it was made known to us before our arrival, since we visited in the off season with less to do outside or in Watch Hill, it would have been great if we could have checked in earlier.

Overrated
Reviewed 4 days ago

Arrived in October for a weekend getaway. It was off season, so only 40% occupied, with minimal amenities available. The staff was pretentious to the point that we felt uncomfortable..the price was absolutely outrageous, especially since there were nearly no amenities. We were a party that needed 2 rooms, and were initially put in opposite wings of the hotel, until we complained a 3rd time. We were place in a double occupancy room, which came with 1 towel per person. Our parting gift was a small jar of lemon drops for 2 of us to share

Five Star X 3 All the Way
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am frequent guest at the Ocean House and it always is an experience of pure indulgence. I visited the spa which is first rate and enjoyed some of the “daily activities “ which included a wine tasting hosted by the hotel Sommelier, Jonathan. As an avid wine collector, I was very much looking forward to the tasting which took place in the hotel’s “culinary institute” which is located next to its impressive wine cellar. Not only was Jonathan very informative and knowledgeable, he was equally entertaining with his stories of his wine experiences. That night, we dined at the hotels “Bistro,” and Jonathan stopped by to chat about the wine I had chosen (which was a great value and reasonably priced) which complimented our mels perfectly. Our waiter, Ryan, was attentive and our dining experience was first rate. Special mention needs to be made of employees Danny-James and Lori Shipley, two of the hotels best who made our stay memorable and extraordinary.

Best hotel I've ever stayed in, would give 6 stars if I could
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Words can't express what an amazing time we had at Ocean House, but I'll try.

We stayed for 2 nights in early February as a birthday celebration, and I felt like I was living the life of a celebrity for a few days. The staff were so perfectly attentive, the whole place was stunning and clean, and the location and views were fantastic.

When we walked in we were greeted by every single staff member, there was live piano playing and the beautiful entrance area and hallway just made for an unforgettable first impression. We were poking our noses around the property and must have looked curious, so a member of staff offered to give us a tour, taking 10 minutes to walk us around and tell us some of the history.

Some more important points:

The bathtub in the room was deepest bathtub you've ever seen.
There's a tub of bombay mix in your room!
A harp player was playing at one point. Literally a harp.
They drove us around basically wherever we wanted and encouraged us to make use of their mercedes' (multiple). Casual.

We were asking one of the drivers about other Relais properties, and he left us a book about them as gift in our room the next day. After our stay they posted us a set of Ocean House branded cards to us as a gift, as we'd tried to buy them from the gift shop but they'd run out at the time. Shout out to Emily Kendall for killer hospitality skills!!

If you're thinking of going and can afford it - GO! And don't be afraid to go in the winter, there's still a lot to do and I imagine it's lots more quiet and peaceful than the summer months.

The best hotel stay we have ever had
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service was unbelievable. We cannot wait to stay at another one of your properties and we will definitely be back at Ocean House. Everyone knew the details of our stay; we were so impressed. Staff knew our itinerary, our names, our reservations were taken care of for a nearby restaurant, they took care of everything! My wife and I didn't have to worry about anything. The hotel stressed relaxation and we relaxed. We are particular on cleanliness and there was nothing anywhere to complain about. The food was amazing! The views were amazing! This was the first time we were able to truly relax at any hotel. Everyone was so great! The Ocean House tour on March 1 at 2:00 was awesome. We saw some cool rooms in the hotel. You all have customers for life. We will always look to stay in a R&C hotel.