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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

Terrible customer service
itravel81319

If you are looking for a high end experience to match the view — do not come here! It was the most awful service I have ever experienced. I am sure they will respond to this with some awful standard reply...

Poor Management & Lousy Food
Lily30

We’ve been coming here since 2013 but management has declined - they’re just not well trained and don’t have a customer service mindset (and these rooms are expensive). To the point where we skipped coming last year but gave it a try again this year, and don’t think we’ll return. This year, we asked for a quiet room and made a point to tell them when we checked in that we were sleeping late as were really tired from several grueling work weeks. The next morning (Saturday), we were woken up at 7:30am by loud voices and slamming doors. As it turned out, there was a wedding , and they put us in the room adjacent to the wedding party!!! Which genius did not manage the wedding rooms properly, I don’t know.

We complained over the phone twice, mentioned concerns for the next morning and asked for a solution. Management asked the wedding party to keep it down and didn’t inform us of anything. We had to go down and press for a room change and management refused by saying they were already quiet. So, management didn’t inform us of anything, we were woken up, and they also ruined the wedding party fun. Just poor management practices all around. We felt bad for the wedding party too - they should have blocked the rooms next to them.

Finally, they “conceded” to move us rooms to a “different” category (we travel with virtuoso so this was no favor). But the whole ordeal took us over an hour and lots of hassling and a ruined morning with no rest. Their management sucks. It’s been bad for a few years. They need to be sent to the Ritz or Disney for training.

Plus, the food at the restaurant has been going downhill - not as tasty and some items not even cooked through. When we sent a dish back (potatoes not cooked), they didn’t even take it off the bill.

Beautiful property, beautiful rooms but know it’s about them, not you - the customer.

Perfect Day Trip
Loves2Research

We love the Ocean House and have stayed multiple times but it is also a wonderful day trip. On a beautiful summer day the Ocean House was our destination for lunch on the Verandah. After valet parking the car we were seated on the beautiful porch with sweeping views of the ocean and gorgeous grounds.

Service was excellent as usual. In this lovely location we enjoyed a delicious leisurely lunch of oysters, shrimp and lobster rolls! After lunch we enjoyed a walk on the beach and a cocktail at the beach bar.

Best time ever!