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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 817 Reviews
Fantastic Summer Vacation at Ocean House - highly recommend
Reviewed 1 day ago

We had a phenomenal stay at the Ocean House earlier this summer. The property and setting are stunning, the staff couldn't be more professional and helpful, and the property is great for both adults and parents. Would highly recommend the Ocean House to anyone. We stayed in the Hydrangea Suite which had direct access to the beach and was therefore great with 2 small children.

Great property- service needs a lot of work
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Ocean House is a beautiful property. It’s right on the ocean with stunning views. With that said- we walked away under whelmed by the level of service. To begin with the majority of workers seem to come in for the season and leave at the end. Meaning they don’t know the property at all. They are all smiles and willing to please but don’t know how the hotel runs. Or how to run the hotel. The numerous restaurants are confusing to the guests- and the servers! No one know what’s opened or who sits who where. When we were there on a gorgeous weekend in June all the outside space was either closed or didnt serve food. Here is a typical conversation with the hostess- “ can we eat outside? No, that’s the veranda and it’s closed. When does it open? In 2 hours. But it only serves a raw bar. Can we sit near a window? No- that’s the coast and it’s a 6 course restaurant and it’s booked so you can sit at the bar or the bistro.” Both of those choices are in the middle of the hotel with no views or windows- so with all that said, you might as well be anywhere else- not paying what you are paying for the gorgeous views at ocean House. Every breakfast we had was staring at a wooden wall. Another thing is that check in is at 4- Check out at 12. Would I return? Yes, probably. I would know better next time and expect less. Do check out the secret garden- the champagne deck. That is worth a visit.

Gracious Getaway
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stayed in a lovely, large ocean view suite (#315) to celebrate our joint birthdays. The suite had 2 large well-appointed bathrooms: one had a cool shower with ocean views and the other had an enormous soaking tub with all the frills. Both had TVs. We were gifted with a welcoming personal note from the manager along with a bottle of champagne and an assortment of charcuterie. Just the perfect touch for a special getaway. Compliments to the chef for our gourmet lunch and dinner in the Bistro. The bed was exceedingly comfortable. We relaxed and enjoyed all the pleasures of Ocean House and her gracious staff. We try to stay at Relais and Chateaux inns when possible. Thank you for your gracious hospitality.

Meh at best
Reviewed 1 week ago

Months ago we made a reservation for 15 in a private room to celebrate an 80th birthday at the Sunday Jazz Brunch.
It was confirmed via email a few days prior, but when we checked in, we had been bumped due to another guest needing the room. After much cajoling, the manager put us in a downstairs conference room turned into a makeshift dining room for the Sunday brunch. We had to walk up a set of stairs each time we went to the buffet and our elders had to use the elevator. The serving staff was amazing, patient and polite. Not the same can be said for the maitre 'd who kept stalling when we tried to check in. The manager did help,out in the end, but we had to wait an extra 25 minutes to get seated. All in all, our experience was frustrating. This is not the first time my family had eaten/stayed at the Ocean House, but I doubt we will return. Our experience was meh at best and not up to the $1000 plus tab. Obviously long time reservations carry not weight at this establishment.

A lovely memorable time at Ocean House
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and i had the lovleist time at Ocean House. The service, food, accomodations and the perks were outstanding. The feeling of being welcome with absolutely supreme service was present at every moment of our stay. Riding through Watch Hill as well as walking was so much fun! Although it was a little cool on the beach in mid May it wzs still fun! Try the avacado toast in the morning, yum!