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National Hotel

Water Street, Block Island, RI
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Ranked #2 of 5 hotels in Block Island
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The National hotel is a Victorian style hotel that is in terrific condition. Our room was small, double bed, one dresser, and a small bathroom. It was very charming, and most importantly, very clean. The view from the front is fabulous- Old Harbor at its best. The back of the hotel has fire pits in the evening- very popular spot... More

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Stamford, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and just came back from a very nice stay at The National Hotel on BI. We picked the National on recommendations from friends and we (she) wanted wanted a room with a private bath. The room was on the third floor and was described as a small room, which is fine, the room was as described. The room... More

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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed two nights here and it's like stepping back in time. The rooms do not have ac so if you want to sleep in a cold room this is not the place for you. We stayed in a room on the back corner so we had a great breeze coming through and were comfortable. This is definitely the hub... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The national hotel at Block Island was a perfect midweek getaway for our family. We have 3 teenagers so we got a suite (room 301) which was cheaper than renting 2 rooms and it also included a light breakfast. We enjoyed our breakfast on the front porch with the beautiful view of the harbor. The best thing about The National... More

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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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493 reviews 493 reviews
29 hotel reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A dog friendly outside deck and great seafood make this a must stop while on the island. However, the service was glacially slow and surly. Eating with our dog, we were seated in the back deck, but no waiter came to us for over 20 minutes and when the manager fianally did, they were not super friendly. Other than that,... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed there for two nights this week. Hotel was old but realatively clean. Staff were adequate and cordial. I do have to mention that their gift shop did not gouge on the prices and the staff were very friendly. Had dinner there the first night. I sent my dinner back twice. I ordered a steak but it was obviously frozen... More

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NationalJulie, General Manager at National Hotel, responded to this review

I am sorry that you did not enjoy your meal at the National Hotel. The manager on duty that evening did inform me the next day about your experience. I would like to say that our steaks are neither frozen or microwaved. We cut our own steaks and grill them to order. We have had issues with lighting on the... More

Stamford, Connecticut
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This hotel reeks of Block Island history and has a superb location - right on the harbor. The antique furniture and old photos and menus are from a different era. We had lunch on the front porch and it was very good. You can't expect elegant cuisine on Block Island, and everywhere you go, the prices seem high (they have... More

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
4 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We stayed 2 nights July 9-11, 2014. We had a wonderful time, we had breakfast and one dinner and it was very pleasant. The room was small but sufficient and clean. The young people who worked there from all over the states and the world were very nice. It was great to be so close to everything and we had... More

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New York City, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The only good thing about the National Hotel is the location - it's right on the main strip and close to the ferries and taxies, etc. The rooms are MUCH, MUCH smaller than described, the "free breakfast" is just fruit, anything else is extra - for how much a room costs, this is ridiculous - especially when there is a... More

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Alexandria, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews 74 reviews
9 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

We had an ocean front queen room. The views were fantastic. The room was not large, but was nice. The location was fantastic, an easy walk to anywhere in town. We were there early in the season, and the front desk staff were a bit green, but got the job done.

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Address: Water Street, Block Island, RI
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Location: United States > Rhode Island > Block Island
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