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Ocean House

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Located in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, Ocean House sits regally overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There’s a blue chip patina and upscale New England feel that captures the ambiance of the area’s old-money summer estates. With dignified service, impeccably appointed guest rooms, and delectable boat-to-table cuisine, this property has all the bells and whistles the most discerning guest could desire. 

What You Need to Know

The Look at Ocean House

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Ocean House is known for its sunny yellow façade, a wide veranda, and grand Victorian-era architecture. The current hotel is a new structure that replicates the original 1868 exterior design. Authentic artifacts and furnishings have been carefully harvested and merged with state-of-the-art amenities such as sensory technology to alert the staff to housekeeping needs, iPads fully loaded with entertainment, and HD flat-screen TVs. 

Spacious guest rooms and swanky suites all have water views. Many of them also have fireplaces. The 19 signature suites take it to another level with perks like private terraces, full kitchens, and Jacuzzis. The sun-drenched color palette is rich in shades of yellow of blue with accents of cream. Soaking tubs are as deep as small swimming pools and beds cradle in the finest linens. Lie down and listen to the sound of waves crashing so close, you may as well be on a boat (sans the seasickness). Cottages are also available for rent. 

The Vibe at Ocean House

The coastal aesthetic seamlessly meshes with aristocratic service. Guests are greeted with a glass of bubbly upon arrival, so it’s top-notch from the moment you enter. Step outside, and you’re on a spectacular stretch of white sand fringed with dune grass. Watch the waves crash, listen to a chorus of seabirds, stroll along the shore, or take a dip in the ocean. It’s an intoxicating immersion in the beauty and power of the sea. 

Art is also a pivotal part of the guest experience. The hotel features a permanent collection of nearly 250 works spanning from the 19th century through the 1990s. Ludwig Bemelmans' series of drawings, "Farewell to the Ritz," as well as the original illustrations from his Madeline children’s book series, are both highlights. 

Who Will Love Ocean House

Ocean House is a refined shoreline vacation. Those who crave pampering will be delighted. Children are catered to with age-appropriate programming. If the beauty of the ocean isn’t enough, the art collection offers additional visual stimulation.

Who Might Not Love Ocean House

The traditional Champagne and pearls splendor may not be a fit for everyone. 

Best Amenity at Ocean House

The 12,000-square-foot OH! Spa is one of the best on the East Coast. Services lean local, utilizing organic ingredients and native elements harvested from land and sea. The relaxation room offers stellar sea views and custom-blended teas, while the adjacent fitness center is complete with a gorgeous indoor lap pool.

What’s Included at Ocean House

Guests have access to a stylish fleet of Mercedes vehicles to motor around in via the hotel's Mercedes-Benz Program. If you prefer two wheels, loaner bikes will do the trick. The in-room fridge is stocked with complimentary soft and hard beverages, plus snacks. Resort activities (including yoga, wine, and culinary classes) at the property's renowned Center for Wine and Culinary Arts and afternoon tea are some of the many experiences offered to guests without charge. Access to the fitness center and pool make it easy to stick to your exercise routine. Beach chairs and croquet — as well as weekly squash classes — are welcome options in warmer months. 

Money Matters

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About at Ocean House

There is a $40 resort fee per room per night. 

How to Get a Deal at Ocean House

The hotel website offers special rates in low and shoulder seasons.

Getting There 

In the Neighborhood at Ocean House

Watch Hill is an upscale summer colony. It’s home to high-end galleries as well as casual old-fashioned treats like the antique flying-horse carousel, an ice cream shop, and a picturesque lighthouse. Westerly is just a few miles away. It’s a low-key village with restaurants, an independently owned bookstore, and the respected Granite Theatre.

Nearest Airport to Ocean House

T.F. Green Airport in Providence is 45 minutes away. The resort can arrange transportation with advance notice. 

Nearest Public Transit to Ocean House

The Amtrak station in Westerly is only minutes away. The hotel will happily arrange pickup, which makes Ocean House an easy, car-free getaway. 

The Bottom Line

With service and amenities fit for a king and an unmatched coastal setting, a getaway to Ocean House is a worthy splurge. 

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