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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 901 Reviews
Excellent service
Reviewed 3 days ago

On a whim visited the Dune Cottage Restaurant at the Ocean House. Staff member Rushell provided excellent service to us. I say this because when I encounter staff that goes above and beyond, they certainly deserve to be noted as such. Thank you again Rushell and Dune Cottage. We will defintely be back!!

Pretty inn with a panaromic view of the Block Island Sound
Reviewed 6 days ago

Quintessential New England Inn located on top of a bluff with easy access to a beautifully curated beach. Arrival was met warmly by hotel staff who shepherded us (and luggage) to our assigned room efficiently. Room was of a good size and luxuriously decorated and stocked with expected amenities (for the rates charges) including unrestricted access to snacks and drinks. Wifi access was free and the signal robust and reliable. View was of the Inn's beach and Block Island Sound and a renowned singer's abode. Room was also well appointed with a good selection of power outlets at the work desk and next to the bed, which was very comfortable. Bathroom came with a deep soaking tub and walk-in shower that invited an extended stay (to make sure one took full advantage of the great products). Common areas were well kept (beautifully) and serviced by attentive staff. Inn provided daily offerings of interesting activities and food (restaurant) that were of good quality and taste. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit - made more relaxing and rejuvenating by the beautiful venue and great staff.

Customer service has gone down hill.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For years my husband and I have been staying at the Ocean House for birthdays and anniversaries. We have stayed with and without our children and even stayed with extended family. I have even stayed at the sister property, the Watch Hill Inn with friends. In addition I do an annual day trip with girlfriends to use the spa, have lunch and dinner and spend time at the beautiful beach.. In the past few years the policy has changed and day guests are no longer allowed to use the beach. I found this out last year and when I spoke with the manager she apologized and gave us a key card for the beach. This year when I booked our spa appointments and dinner reservations I brought up the new policy and was assured that using the beach wouldn’t be a problem. When I arrived however. I was told that we were not allowed to use the beach even though we were spending over $800 between the spa and dinner. When I spoke with the manager who had previously granted me the beach access she had no memory of the situation and would not grant us beach access for the day. I promptly cancelled my dinner reservation and don’t plan to return.

Too many misses!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Planned for weeks for a special getaway for my 50th birthday. Unfortunately, the Ocean House missed not once or twice, but throughout our stay.

The positive is the location is fantastic. It feels like a special getaway and the resort is breathtaking as you arrive. The dinner in Coast was also outstanding. The valet staff also were terrific. The town is super cute and the short walk to the lighthouse is worth it.

The negatives are the service every where else!
- Upon arrival, we were told our room was going through final check. The woman at the desk brushed us off and said she would text when our suite was ready. Hours later we never had a text.
-We booked the Napatree suite because of its privacy and upper floor. The resort decided to put us in another suite which they said was an upgrade and bigger but we wanted privacy and the suite they put us in was directly adjacent to outdoor dining on a beautiful day and it had another guest’s balcony hanging over our outdoor space. I appreciate the intent but when we expressed that we didn’t want to move, we were told too bad. They already gave our suite to someone else while we were waiting for the text that never came. I asked for a manager to call - that also never happened.
-The amenity we ordered wasn’t there upon arrival. It showed up hours later.
-After supposedly checking the room, they missed cleaning the outside. We cleaned off the table and scrubbed down the outdoor chairs which were covered with bird droppings.
- We decided to go to the beach. No one there to help with chairs so we pulled them out and carried them to a spot.
- Unfortunately, my brother in law stepped in dog droppings on the resort’s beach. The stuff was everywhere on the Ocean House beach. Ick!
-We went to the outdoor restaurant window to order drinks. After waiting in a long line, it took 10 minutes for 2 margaritas!
- We went to dinner at Coast and the hostess didn’t greet us. She barely looked up. When she finally looked up and then said nothing except she would be back and turned and walked away. We waited and waited. Finally, she came back and asked our name again. Goodness.
-To add insult to injury, I asked at check out to use a specific credit card. I was assured they would. They didn’t.

Last but not least, we were only once greeted by name. If it wasn’t their ‘thing’ I wouldn’t mention it but it just didn’t happen.

Generally, thousands of dollars for a sub-par experience on a special day. I can’t get that day back and my memories will always be mixed.

VERY DISAPPOINTED - RUINED MY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Let me first start by saying ... While staying at The Ocean House off season in January, I was so impressed, that I decided to reserve 4 nights (hotel policy) the week of July 4th.
Fast forward to my wedding anniversary weekend, Memorial Day 2019.
I checked in to a beautiful terrace king room with a great view of the Atlantic Ocean.
It was all down here from there.

Lunch on the deck was good, but nothing special.
Please know that when I asked for a Roll or bread with my salad, I was told "we do not serve bread outside, only Cape Cod Chips or Pita Chips"
At $1,300.00 a night, NO BREAD OUTSIDE !!!
My son came to join us later in the day, and again no bread for his Salad and Shrimp Cocktail
(with lunches combined, 3 entries, oysters, cocktails, $350.00

Anniversary Dinner at The Bistro ... Our server brought over two complimentary glasses of champagne, after I had ordered a bottle of my own. Although this was very much appreciated, a little late on the draw.
Apps ... 1 chicken Spring Roll (delicious) and 1 Ceasar Salad (Great) both arrived 35 minutes after ordering ... bit too long for me.
Entree ... ordered Whole Sea Bream, which was not a special, yet they "ran out", decided on another fish dish, and a Filet with Pom Frittes.
30 minutes later entrees arrived, Filet undercooked (which is not a big deal, but it is) asked server to return and ask kitchen to cook to proper temp.
left my entree where she dropped it. ..
20 minutes later I finished my entree, and still no Filet.
I cancelled Filet, and Happy Anniversary Honey, hope you enjoyed the Anniversary Fries!
Asked for check, sever informed me that the steak was not on the bill.
I should hope not, no one ate a steak !!!
FYI, server had to get permission to no charge an entree, which means some manager had to OK it ... yet no manager took 1 second to come to our table, or follow up.
No one seemed to care, no one at all !
2 Apps, 1 Entree, bottle of Champagne, about $200.00

Next Day
Breakfast -In room Dining 10:00am
Asked the In Room Dining Server if he could be back in 30 minutes to remove food cart ""no problem sir".
1 Omelet with Salmon and Tomatoes, 2 Soft Boiled Eggs, 3 orders of GF Toast.
Omelet arrived without Salmon, Eggs were Hard Boiled, 2 orderers of toast were hardly toasted, and the 3rd order was not toasted at all, just 2 slices of GF bread.
Reminded me of something they would serve on Death Row !!
Happy Anniversary Breakfast Honey !

When we returned to our room at 3:00 from a bit of shopping in town, Food Cart was still in my unmade room.
FYI,,, House Keeping Sign was still lite, and informed House Keeping twice that we were leaving our room, and it was OK to clean

Enough is enough ... called "Guest Relations Manager" very nice lady, but unfortunately has no decision making abilities,'Asked to speak to whoever can make a decision.
Between waiting for GM on duty to call, and wheeling my Food Cart into the hallway, I decided there was no way I was paying another $1,300.00 to be treated like crap.

Time to Go ...
Received a call from GM on Duty, filled her in on my very disappointing Anniversary stay.
Informed her I was not staying another night, and ask for a Bellman and my car.
Left 15 minutes and headed to castle Inn in Newport RI

Before leaving, stopped by checkout and asked for a copy of my bill.
Front Desk was great (coming and going) I was informed that GM on Duty had removed my dinner breakfast from bill.
It would have been impressive if she was actually at check out, or had the Customer Service Skills to make an appearance to my room and try to convince us to stay.
Again, no one could care less.
No biggie I guess ... one night, Terrace King Room, Lunch,and a baseball cap $1,900.
5 Star Hotel Price, at 2 Star Hotel service!

And yes, of course I cancelled my 4 day July trip, 4 dinner reservations at The Bistro, and 4 days of Beach Cabanas.
If they treat guest like this on a slower weekend. imagine 4th of July week!!