Ocean House

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

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.

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Location
Watch Hill, RI
Hotel Class
5.0-star
Property Type
Resort hotel, 67 rooms
Primary View
Ocean
Style
Traditional, Historic
Best For
Couples, Families

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  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating

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Other Awards

  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards
  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards

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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.

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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.

Other Awards

  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards
  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 873 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 873 reviews 4.5 (based on 873 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.
  • In-room Wi-Fi access is included in daily resort fee
  • 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
  • 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

Dining

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

Kids

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

Fitness

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)

Business

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

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