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 wine and culinary arts classes and can arrange to golf at Lake of Isles, 19 miles away in North Stonington, Connecticut, or The Preserve about a half-hour inland in Richmond.


  • exceptional service
  • beach with private cabanas
  • championship croquet lawn
  • spa with 25-meter lap pool


  • expensive during high season (and low season)
  • three-night minimum on weekends
  • an uphill walk from Watch Hill's shopping and dining




Phones: 401-584–7000 | 855-678–0364


67 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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