We stayed one night in the Northwest Room of the Bellevue House on a Friday night in August 2012. We chose the Bellevue House in part because it was one of the only places that offered one-night stays on the island, and in part because it seemed reasonably priced compared to the other options on the island.
I can't say that I was disappointed because my expectations were extremely low, but it's never a good thing when extremely low expectations are met. About the only positive was the location - it's a 5-7 minute walk from the Point Judith Ferry and is just far enough from town to be quiet. Everything else was pretty bad. The staff are from Block Island Accommodation Service and seemed like high school/college students with no real interest or training in hospitality. Don't expect anything close to "B&B" style service - think more Motel 6.
The North East room was small and cramped, with two uncomfortable beds scrunched up together. There was a closet and a fan, but that was about it. Bathroom was shared with the East Room. This was fine in most cases, except that there was absolutely no alternative in the house (if you needed to use the bathroom and it was occupied, your only option was to go out to the kitchen area to a scary, dark room with a shower and toilet - this room was filthy beyond belief with wet toilet paper and insects crawling on the toilet). The wireless Internet didn't connect in the room and barely connected in the kitchen area, and the staff weren't able to fix this.
The worst/funniest part of the entire experience was the so-called "breakfast," which consisted of store-bought muffins, bagels, fruit, cereal, and toast. There was supposedly "home-made muesli", which we actually saw being home-made (a staff member throwing a bunch of stuff from the store together into a bowl). [I'm not sure why TripAdvisor considers this place a B&B at all -
I've stayed at crappy motels that offer better breakfasts and TA certainly doesn't consider these B&B's].
In summary, I can't recommend the Bellevue House at all (and I imagine the other properties run by Block Island Accommodation Service, like the Windmere House, offer a similar experience). I'd be more inclined to be more lenient if the place was run by a family that was trying hard, instead of a for-profit institution that has no real commitment to the idea of hospitality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Block Island Accommodations is a magnificent collection of Bed & Breakfast, rental homes, and apartments on Block Island, RI, offering beautiful hilltop lodging and accommodations. Located just up High St and off Center Rd, you will find gracious hospitality, superior service, and comfort in a meadow-like setting that recalls Block Island's farming tradition. Boating, fishing, and kayaking are all just a few minutes walk from our inns and homes. We are open May through October. The Ferry landings to the island are only a 2-hour drive from Boston and New York City and 45 minutes from Providence and Hartford. Our homes are all conveniently located via both car and foot from the ferry dock.Our grounds are one of the best places on the island to just relax. Sit back in our Adirondack chairs, grill up lunch, and enjoy looking over the ocean, watching planes take off from this island's only airport. Most of our accommodations are only a short walk to town where you will find the shops, restaurants, movie theatre, beach, as well as the best island nightlife. There is so much to do and see throughout the summer months, from shopping, hiking, sailing, boating, parasailing, lighthouse tours, cruises, and fishing charters, that our accommodations offer a great central location for couples and families alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bellevue House Hotel Block Island