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“Not bad and dog friendly” 3 of 5 stars
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P.O. Box 537, Block Island, RI 02807   |  
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Ranked #18 of 30 Block Island B&B and Inns
West Sayville, New York
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4 hotel reviews
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“Not bad and dog friendly”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

I've stayed here twice mainly because it is dog friendly, I was surprised to see it got such terrible reviews. Yes it's a bit warn, but in general clean and a good location minutes from the beach etc. You can also see the water from the rooms I've stayed in. As far as the no AC thing, I don't think many places on BI have AC...and it never really felt hot enough to need it since there was always a breeze off of the water. The front lawn is also very large and you can just sit out there relaxing in the adirondack chairs. Breakfast was simple but good. I found the bed to be comfortable. One real complaint is that there tends to be some noise at night on Friday and Saturday, so if you are an early bird this may bother you.

I'm going back for a girls weekend in August and I am looking forward to it!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

First off, Block Island is such a wonderful place in itself that I do not think it matters where you shack up…just as long as you’re there. My husband and I chose the Gothic Inn, mainly because it was within our price range and dog-friendly. However, we got much more than we thought. We stayed in one of the four guesthouse apartments, which had one large room with queen bed, pull out sofa, TV and a large private bathroom. We stayed in September, so the weather was just about perfect. No air conditioner or heat needed. The bed slept well, the water ran hot and the breakfast was simple but good. There is a beautiful view of the ocean from the back porch of the inn, where you can sip your coffee and take in the fresh air. Crescent beach is just a two minute walk from the inn, and the harbor town (and ferry) is also just a few-minutes’ walk away.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New London, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

It's the people that make the place...the owner Ben, the Innkeeper Cindy and the House keeper Ceyonie all went out of their way to be sure we had everything we needed. Everything's well worn, but very clean. Breakfast from hardboiled eggs to finely chopped Mellon and yogurt. We'll be back.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011 via mobile

No A/C. Noisy knuckle draggers in the morning. If u have a bad back. The bed will hurt you. No A/C. Bad bed. No A/C.....oh and no a/c and bad bed = terrible.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

The Gothic Inn was recommended to us by friends as being a peaceful and relaxing place to stay. After reading the past reviews I was a little nervous but booked anyway. Figured for a weekend trip it would be ok as most of the day would be spent at the beach or sightseeing. We were very pleasantly surprised. It a short walk from the ferry and very cute -sits a little further back from the street with pink chairs out front. There are three floors, each floor has a shared bathroom. We were greeted by Cindy the manager whom quickly checked us in. Explained the layout and other details... We had a room on the third floor - view of the ocan was amazing. Small room very clean and comfortable no tv or phone. There is a common kitchen on the second floor with a small fridge for guests to use and a main living room where breakfast is served. You can grab food and bring to your room or there is a lovely wrap around deck for sitting and eating outside. You do hear noise/ music late at night from a bar/reastaurant around the corner if the windows are open. No a/c so you do need them open to get a breeze, there is a fan in the room if needed. Thought the shared bathroom might be a problem but never seemed to be an issue if we needed to shower or clean up..only down part was bringing toiletries back and forth but really not a big deal. Plenty of towels in the room and they even have beach towels in the main hallway to pick up and use. Beach chairs also available if needed. Nothing out of the ordinary for the continental breakfast offered.. basics-- bagels toast juice, coffee. If your looking a modern amenties in your room then this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for somewhere to relax, enjoy in the sunset and make yourself at home then look into The Gothic Inn.
We spent the day one day at the beach and a second day exploring the island on a moped. Plenty of places to eat, drink and be merry. Many restaurants/bars have live music either in the afternoon or at night. Has the feel that everyone knows everyone.
We tried to book for antoher weekend in August but were unable to as they are booked. But we will be back to stay at the Gothic Inn.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011 via mobile

If the rate for these rooms was under $100 a night, I'd say you get what you pay for. The owners obviously can't or won't put any money into rugs, mattresses, furniture, screens for the windows, etc. I can't believe I paid what I did to stay here - and we were in one of the less expensive rooms. The location is very good and I guess that's what you're paying for.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2011

I read some of the other reviews and felt I had to share mine. We (two couples) stood in Apt #11. We found it pretty clean and the maid even hurried cleaning it so we could get in early. Cindy was very nice and accomodating. As far as the noise, well anyone who frequents Block Island knows it is a party island and the Gothic Inn is located between the two top nightclubs so it is a no-brainer that there will be noise. If you prefer quiet it is best you get a place in the middle of the island or at least a little ways away from the main attractions. The view from the Inn is awesome, the location is awesome, the breakfast was awesome. The apartment itself was just perfect for the four of us and we found it very comfortable. No complaints here and we will definately stay there again. Remember this is an island. You will not find 5 star accomodations. I have stayed at the National Hotel before which I thought was an upper scale accomodation and I was extremely disapointed (it was filthy) and I will never stay there again. The sea air and climate generally beat up both outsides and insides of properties and it is all property managers can do to keep up with the maitenance so judgement should not be so harsh.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Box 537, Block Island, RI 02807
Location: United States > Rhode Island > Block Island
Amenities:
Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Block Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
The Gothic Hotel Block Island

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