We were visiting friends and family who rented a house on Block Island. We booked the Harborside Inn for two reasons: the rooms had A/C and its proximity to the ferry dock; unfortunately our ferry actually docked in New Harbor several miles away, but we made do.
We loved the old New England look of the hotel but a lot of the structure was warped and crooked, but that should be expected when you are situated by the water of a small island.
The lobby was small and quaint and check in was a breeze. The room had several pros and cons:
The room door had a huge gap at the top corner. We had to stuff a towel in the door at night to block out the hallway lights and sound travel. Decor was very quaint but it suited the room. The air conditioning was in the form of a portable A/C unit situated on a wood stool anchored to the floor next to the window. It made getting around the room a bit inconvenient but considering the alternative we again made do. I did not find the bed to be comfortable. Bathroom was simple but could have used a soap dish on the sink. The towels were clean but you could see the dried-in stains on most of them.
We ate at the Harbor Grill for dinner and breakfast. Dinner was not very good but the breakfast was much better (loved my American omelette) and guests are offered coupons for free continental breakfast (limit 2 items) or $4 off the regular breakfast menu.
We rented beach chairs and an umbrella for the beaches, but the items are rented through the moped rental behind the inn. The equipment was a bit shoddy but it did the job.
The best thing about this hotel is its location. You're right by a group of other hotel/restaurants with shopping and dessert places less than a 1/2 mile of walking distance. We did rent a car for our stay and while the hotel had no private parking, there is public street-front parking with a 2 hour limit from 8am to 8pm.
This hotel is by no means luxury. Rooms still use actual keys vs key cards, there is no elevator, and the staff is made of young people in their late teens or early 20's. But the staff were friendly and helpful and since the restaurants in the area closed around 9-10pm, it was fairly quiet at night.
We left just as Labor Day Weekend started so no comment on how the hotel was for that time period. Don't know if I would stay here again, but for a first time visitor to Block Island I would definitely recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Listed on the National Register of Historic Places this 36 room inn is located directly across the street from the Old Harbor Ferry landing and less than a five minute walk to the beach. Each of the rooms have a private bathroom and have undergone renovations including new furnishings, mattresses, and flat screen TVs with Direct TV. As of 2013 every room has air-conditioning! This charming property was built in the late 1800's and offers some of Block Island's most competitive rates. Other amenities include: luggage storage room, complimentary coffee & ice in lobby, complimentary WiFi in lobby, and onsite restaurant. We offer discounted rates for bikes, mopeds, beach chairs and umbrellas when reservations are made online. We also have great midweek packages including ferry tickets, bikes, dining vouchers with a two night stay! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Harborside Hotel Block Island
- Harborside Inn Block Island