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Ocean House

Address: 1 Bluff Ave.

Neighborhood:

City: Westerly

Phone: 401-584-7000; 888-552-2588

Website: www.oceanhouseri.com

Expert Review

Forty miles south of Newport, the tony town of Watch Hill is home to one of the last Grand Victorian hotels, Ocean House. Opened in 1868, the historic estate reopened in June 2010 after a painstaking five-year restoration of the original building: The lobby fireplace was deconstructed stone by stone and reassembled, the multi-paned windows separating reception from the lounge were carefully cleaned and re-installed, and the original lobby chandeliers were repurposed in an atmospheric meeting room. The 49 guest rooms (and 23 private residences) expertly blend old and new – with clean, seaside color palettes of yellow, blue, turquoise, and cream complemented by luxe bed linens, flat-screen TVs, and spacious marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs. A private beach lets guests imagine a time when summer was all about just watching the ocean roll up on the shore – though now with the option of cabana massages. Other offerings include the 12,000-square-foot OH! Spa, Seasons fine-dining restaurant, the more casual Seaside Terrace and Dune Cottage grill, and croquet aplenty.

Tags: luxury | beach | romance | expensive | historic | smart splurge

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