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“Honeymoon Suite” 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
Providence, Rhode Island
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Honeymoon Suite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Ballard's beach is better known as party central in the summer, but just after Labor Day when the crowds have vanished you may find the best of what Block Island has to offer in an unexpected place. The newly renovated Beach/Restaurant/Bar facility actually has 6 hotel rooms. While none of the rooms are facing the beach, most have balconies with walk in showers and more space than you get anywhere else on the island. At that price you may want to take advantage of short cruise to Block Island from New London, CT or Point Judith, RI and spend the day at Ballard's Beach which offers launches and umbrellas for rent. Have a nice dinner and enjoy your luxurious room.

Room Tip: We liked room # 6 the Honeymoon Suite. See the pictures that we uploaded. While this room goes for a...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's Inn, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Greetings AxelEpple:

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Ballard's Inn. We always appreciate that time that people take to share their experiences with us and others.

I am happy to hear that you were able to enjoy our off season rates. The off season is a great time to come and visit the island.

The balcony rooms are personally one of my favorite rooms because after a long day of lounging in the sun you can relax on the balcony with a beverage of choice and watch the sun set right over Old Harbor and town.

We hope to see you again the next time you come out to the island.

Sharon C.
Manager
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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
    5 of 5 stars
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Farmington, Connecticut
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18 hotel reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

My Husband and I stayed at Ballard's Inn on the weekend of Aug 2-4. We had stayed here previously years ago before the renovation and the difference was like night and day. We arrived on a early Ferry and they took our luggage for us and stored it right behind the Front desk as we departed for the beach. The Employees at the front desk and all Staff could not have been nicer. They gave us a ring to let us know the room was ready before actual check in at 3:00 which was most kind and appreciated. We had rented a Smart Car because we like to cruise all over the island, and are not big fans of the Mopeds or Bikes on a busy weekend, and unfortunately couldn't get our Car on the Ferry because we didn't book far enough ahead. (Like a year would be a good idea for a weekend.) The car was pricey but wonderful for parking, as we fit everywhere we went.. Our room was the Deluxe with 2 Queen beds, spacious with a huge shower and a good size balcony overlooking the Harbor and Water St. The AC was ice cold, the room attractive, clean and fresh and the Wifi and TV worked perfectly. Huge upgrade from previous stay. The Bar downstairs is of course a bit loud and there is a lot of partying that goes on all day and night. Surprisingly, it never disturbed us in our room at all. Its wonderful to stay right there and walk down to the beach, live music all day, a bit crowded but loads of fun. We also love going to the Town Beach where you can rent an umbrella and chair as well. We didn't eat here only because we like to eat at different places we've been going to for years, but the drinks were great. It isn't cheap, but the location is incredible, the beach beautiful and the Employees and Rooms were great. Highly recommend and we will return!

Room Tip: You want a room with a view, get one with a Balcony.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's Inn, responded to this review, August 31, 2013
Greetings:

Thank you for taking the time to write about your recent stay at Ballard's Inn. We always appreciate when our Guest's take the time to let us and others know about their experiences.

I am very happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay, and how the renovations we did helped in making it an even more pleasant visit than the last time you were here. We are very happy with how everything worked out.

It is amazing sometimes how you can not really hear much of the noise from the bar in the rooms. Also I am happy that you enjoyed the use of the free WIFI and Satellite television while you where here.

We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are on the island.

Sincerely,

Sharon C.
Manager
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Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Ballards was fantastic. We had a balcony room with a beautiful view of the harbor. The room was lovely. The restaurant was delicious. the drinks from the outside bar were great. The outside entertainment was fun. My only complaint is that I paid $500 a night to stay there & still had to pay $10 for each of our beach chairs. It just seemed like there should be some perk to staying there. Everyone else on the beach was from other hotels & they got the same deal we did. It was also very loud early in the morning. It sounded like the staff cleaning rooms upstairs and getting the restaurant set up downstairs. Other than that, the weekend was perfect! I would definitely recommend staying here to friends.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's Inn, responded to this review, August 31, 2013
Greetings Sharon T:

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Ballard's Inn. We always appreciate when our Guest's take the time to write about their experiences.

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your balcony room while you were here. I am sorry about the noise in the morning, and will talk with the staff about ways we can prepare for the day in a quieter fashion.

I am also happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and beverage and entertainment while you where here as well.

We hope to see you again the next time you are on Block Island.

Sincerely,

Sharon C.
Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

The staff made us feel extra special especially the girls at the front desk. Terry ann and Jannelle ... We already booked for 2013 and cant wait to enjoy the great rooms, wonderful beach and the excellent service.. ballards is a must for vacation for us now

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 2 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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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's Inn, responded to this review, August 31, 2013
Greetings:

Thank you for taking the time to write the review about your stay at Ballard's Inn.

I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

I know that we are very lucky to have Terry-Ann and Jannelle working our Front Desk and essentially being the face of Ballard's Inn. I am glad that they were able to make your stay just that much more enjoyable.

We hope to see you on the island again soon!

Sincerely,

Sharon C.
Manager
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We took a girls trip to block island last year (2011). My boyfriend and I decided to go for labor day weekend this year (2012). We decided to stay at Ballard’s Inn because the girls and I spent so much time at Ballard’s when we were on the island. It was the best decision I made. We had so much fun at Ballard’s and the rooms were like new. Ballard’s is on the beach - it made everything about your weekend FABULOUS. We had an amazing weekend and I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kingston, New York
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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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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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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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