Fodor's Expert Review Ocean House

1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, Rhode Island, 02891, USA Fodor's Choice

High on bluffs overlooking Block Island Sound stands this extraordinary replica of the Victorian grande dame of the same name built here in 1868. After the dilapidated original was torn down in 2004, Ocean House was rebuilt for $140 million with the same warm yellow exterior, lobby fireplace stonework, and front desk mail slots. This new version has a third of the original's rooms, however, and more than twice the windows—the better to appreciate the stunning views. The spacious rooms have feather-top beds with luxury linens, marble bathrooms, plush towels and bathrobes. Deluxe rooms have deep soaking tubs, and Grand Deluxe rooms have fireplaces and terraces. Guests may take complimentary classes in wine, culinary preparation, and food foraging from experts at the resort's Center for Wine and Culinary Arts. Guests can arrange to golf at Lake of Isles, 19 miles away in North Stonington, Connecticut.


  • exceptional service
  • beach with private cabanas
  • championship croquet lawn
  • spa with 25-meter lap pool
  • complimentary wine and cooking classes
  • no-tipping policy


  • expensive during high season
  • three-night minimum on weekends


Romantic, Service, Views


Phones: 401-584–7000


49 rooms, 18 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

What’s Nearby