Ocean House

1 Bluff Ave | Watch Hill, RI 02891  [SEE MAP]Watch Hill, RI  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Recent guests loved the private beach, spa and friendly staff
The on-site restaurants and bars are very pricey, according to past guests
You'll feel like you stepped back in time once you've stayed at the Ocean House's classic New England retreat. This historic resort has been lovingly restored to its original design, down to window placements and interior wall hues. But recent guests don't visit for nostalgia's sake. Rather, they come for the courteous and attentive service staff and the secluded feel of the resort's grounds and beach. They also come for the luxurious accommodations, equipped with high-end amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, wooden furnishings and luxury toiletries. Recent guests also reported returning year after year to indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments at OH! Spa and to treat their taste buds to award-winning cuisine and signature cocktails at Ocean House's several dining venues (though many visitors said that food was expensive here). You'll find the Ocean House located in Watch Hill on the south coast of Rhode Island, about 40 miles south of Newport.
Watch Hill, RI
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort hotel, 67 rooms
Primary View
Traditional, Historic



  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • EXCELLENTCritic Rating


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  • Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2019
  • Fodor's Choice
  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards 2019
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2019



The Ocean House is a luxury resort, with the rates to match, located on a private white-sand beach in the sleepy coastal town of Watch Hill. The hotel offers a slew of amenities, including a full-service spa, large fitness center, indoor pool (that opens to the outdoors), and plenty of dining options.



Once a summer home for America’s wealthy in the early 1900s, Ocean House now welcomes guests year-round to a beautifully renovated Victorian hotel perched atop the marshes in picturesque Watch Hill.

Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2019

Other Awards

  • Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2019
  • Fodor's Choice
  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards 2019
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 953 have reviewed the Ocean House, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 953 reviews 4.5 (based on 953 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Standard rooms at Ocean House, which are bright and airy, feel like a private beach retreat. All rooms include at least a partial ocean view and have bathrooms with marble counters, fog-free mirrors and a stand-alone shower. Some rooms have private terraces, and the larger suites have deep-soaking tubs.
  • Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi
  • All rooms have complimentary snacks

Standard room size375 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Situated atop Watch Hill, the Victorian Ocean House sits near the border of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the property, which was originally built in 1868, has views of Block Island and Little Narragansett Bay. The village of Watch Hill is small and offers a few restaurants and shops, but for more variety, guests may choose to drive to nearby Newport or Providence, which are both less than 50 miles away.
  • Ocean House is a gratuity-free property; all tips are included in the daily resort fee, except those meant for food and beverage
  • 42 miles southwest of T. F. Green Airport
  • Mercedes-Benz partnership program lets guests borrow cars for excursions
  • About 43 miles from T.F. Green International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


COAST offers a seasonal four-course menu featuring the highest quality ingredients available that day. For those looking for a more casual environment, The Bistro offers a twist on traditional New England-style dishes and uses only locally sourced meats and seafood. The Verandah, which is open in the summer, offers casual food and a raw bar in an outdoor setting. Seaside Terrace is adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and serves breakfast and lunch. Dune Cottage is perched above the resort's private beach and serves lunch on a seasonal basis.
  • Guests can enjoy coffee, cocktails and afternoon tea in the Living Room
  • Champagne Jazz Brunch offered every Sunday
  • Below Deck is open seasonally and serves pastries, candy and gelato

Number of restaurants6

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


Ocean House offers a heated, indoor saltwater pool on the property's lower spa level.
  • Pool area has large windows and deck chairs
  • Pool guests can order from spa menu
  • Adult swim hours offered from 8 to 10 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. daily
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


OH! Spa at Ocean House is the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Rhode Island and offers a wide variety of services, including massages, facials and body treatments. The 12,000-square-foot spa includes large locker rooms and an herbal steam room. OH! Salon offers haircuts and coloring services.
  • Seasonal treatments available
  • Spa packages available for purchase
  • Manicures and pedicures available
  • Services available for guests ages 16 and older

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Ocean House is a kid-friendly property with a variety of activities to keep kids occupied throughout the day. The hotel’s summer program, Sand Castles, offers morning and evening babysitting programs for kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. The program is led by counselors from the local YMCA, which partners with Ocean House to put on the program. The cost for Sand Castles varies depending on the day and offered activities.
  • Reservations required for any childrens program (hotel recommends booking at least seven days in advance)
  • Babysitting services available for an hourly fee
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


Ocean House has an on-site fitness center with cardio machines and strength-training equipment. In addition to the traditional fitness center, the property also has a movement studio that allows guests to work out with a virtual fitness instructor on a large screen. Use of the fitness center and movement studio is complimentary.
  • Two championship-level squash courts and tournament-level croquet lawn on-site
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


Although there is no on-site business center at Ocean House, the property offers 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including the Seaside Ballroom, which can seat up to 250 people.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access in all function spaces

Number of meeting rooms10

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Pets are welcome at Ocean House, but cannot weigh more than 35 pounds. Guests are required to pay an additional fee of $195 per stay. There are a limited number of pet-friendly rooms available, so guests should call ahead when planning on bringing them.
  • Only one pet allowed per guest room
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


Ocean House has 10,000 square feet of space available for weddings. Venue options include a ballroom that can accommodate up to 250 people, plus smaller spaces for more intimate gatherings. Rooms are equipped with built-in technology, which can be used to customize wedding celebrations.
  • Custom menus available through on-site catering staff
  • On-site event manager available

Maximum wedding guest capacity250

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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