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“Nicely updated” 4 of 5 stars
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Ballard's Inn
42 Water St, Block Island, RI 02807   |  
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Ranked #13 of 30 Block Island B&B and Inns
Kingston, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Nicely updated”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

We stayed here for a total of 3 nights. Because the deluxe room was occupied on the first night we opted to take a lesser room and make the switch. Both rooms were obviously very recently renovated. They were fresh and clean with new crisp white linens. The bathrooms were very roomy with large step in showers. The staff were super helpful in making our switch, coordinating with the maid to have the next room cleaned first. Since the site is located close, but off the main street there was no traffic noise, just the sound of the surf.

The difference between the first room and the second was that the deluxe has a balcony, which is critical to us. The balcony overlooks the harbor and not the ocean (The hotel has two views ocean and harbor as they are on a sort of peninsula-the water is close on both sides). The balcony is large and has nice wicker furniture.

I would have given five stars, but this location is first and foremost a beach bar and restaurant. Some of the things you would expect to see in a hotel are just not there. They do not have gym equipment, coffee pots or fridge in the room. There were some odors in the hallway, but not in the room. I don't think you can beat the location however!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011 via mobile

The new rooms are great.. We stayed there for for labor day weekend and the newly renovated rooms are beautiful..best rooms on the island ...

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

This was our first trip to Block Island. We had a wonderful time here. The entire staff could not have been more pleasant. The rooms were vey clean and inviting, a close walk to town, the beach was pristine. Our stay was cut shore by Hurricane Irene, but we will be back and have already recommended Ballards to our friends. Donna and Stan

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

We arrived at Ballard’s after many of our friends recommended the place.
It exceeded our expectations. The staff was very friendly and professional and the food was amazing. It is a casual restaurant by the beach with upscale food and a very casual and comfortable environment. We will be back!!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tiverton, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

I've been vacationing on Block Island for eleven years now. We have always loved spending time at Ballard's...whether it was for an overnight stay, a day trip to the beach or lunch on the back patio. This past weekend was our first trip of the season, and I am blown away with the changes they have made to the accomodations as well as the menu. The newly renovated rooms are amazing. Their new look is fresh and modern...yet still has the Block Island beachy charm. Their were seven of us who stayed the night, and we spent more time in our room than ever.....because it was so beautiful!! The menu has some new additions...and really captures that classic New England lobster house feel. All of the staff members that we met were so nice..and always had a smile. We're heading back out to the island soon....and we just cant wait to get back out to Ballard's and soak up the sun!!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ballard's Inn

Also Known As:
Ballard`s Hotel
Ballard`s Hotel Block Island
Address: 42 Water St, Block Island, RI 02807
Location: United States > Rhode Island > Block Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Block Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ballard’s is a famous resort on its own beach. Ballard’s was recently renovated and provides a distinct modern sophisticated design. Our rooms provide all modern amenities including air conditioning. Our dining area offers breathtaking ocean views. Our beach offers daily chair and umbrella rentals where you can lounge while servers bring drinks and food to you. ONLY BALLARD’S HAS IT ALL. ... more   less 

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