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“A lovely getaway--home-away-from-home with gorgeous views!” 5 of 5 stars
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Beach Avenue, Block Island, RI 02807   |  
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Ranked #19 of 30 Block Island B&B and Inns
Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A lovely getaway--home-away-from-home with gorgeous views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Location, location, location!!! And gorgeous views! I loved the story of the renovation, and the family names for each of the unique rooms--Hygeia House feels steeped in history, yet the vibe is comfortable, relaxing, and laid-back. We used Hygeia House as a central location from which to explore the island on our bikes. Host Lisa helped with recommendations about what to see and do on the island. My one regret is that I did not have enough time to peruse the poetry and literary artifacts on display in the house, but even that has a silver lining--I will need to come back again!!!

Room Tip: both east & west sides of the house have amazing views, and rooms on higher floors will have few...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Tarrytown, NY
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011 via mobile

My kids and I enjoyed a long weekend here in September. Our room was perfect for a family - two bed rooms and on the lower level so we didn't bother others with our noise. Breakfast was good and filling. The atmosphere was very cordial and friendly. My kids loved Brother the golden retriever. The only consideration for a family- my sense is that the place is more for retorted and couples. We were the only family there and felt a little out of place.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Somers NY
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

We stayed at Hygeia House in August for 4 nights. We loved the relaxing atmosphere, friendly people, good breakfast and perfect location. Lisa Starr is a great host. The interesting books ( classics, poetry) all over the house and the beautiful antiques (old menus, photos, furniture) help you feel like you are part of history in this home. The house is very clean and livable. We walked easily to town (10 min) and bicycled all over the island from this location. The views from the front and back porches are lovely. We enjoyed coffee in the morning on the front deck and sunset on the back deck at the end of the day. There were several good restaurants just down the block. We Kayaked right down the street with Corrie at 'Pond and Beyond'.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, New Hampshire
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

When traveling with 2 grown teenagers, it's often difficult to find a room with enough space for everyone without breaking the bank. This B&B was perfect for us – we had two rooms with a view and a private bath for the same price, or even less, than most properties. And it's in a great location to boot! I want an easy walk to the beach, one wants to shop, and the other wants to bike and explore the island. Plus, you're an easy walk to the ferry so no need for a car. We'll be back.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Garrison,NY
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

It is charming.The owner and staff were very friendly .The rooms were clean. Breakfast was abundant.
Located a ten minute walk to the town beach and ten minutes from several places to eat.
We met other guests who were repeat customers.
Our room was one flight up with a view. There are rooms two flights up as well.
TV in the sitting room and wi-fi was well

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Towson, MD
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

After an hiatus of several years, we returned to the Hygeia House on Block Island. Lisa Starr remains the manager and it was a fun experience. She is poet laureate of Rhode Island and is a fascinating if frenetic hostess. The breakfast was solid with unusually good coffee and we had a few great conversations with fellow guests. We have been coming to Block Island for 27 years and know the island well.

Our suite was basic but very clean and a perfect place to crash after our busy days. the location of the Hygeia House is perfect and the place is just plain fun.

We will likely be back whenever we have a brief stay instead of our usual two week visit.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nashua, New Hampshire
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

We enjoyed the Hygeia House and will be back! The building was intended to be an Inn and is not a converted family home, so it has private baths and small sitting rooms, in addition to the public rooms. They also had some lovely landscaping. Yes they are small rooms furnished with antiques and charming old photos. This style is what can survive in a tiny niche market like Block Island. If you want a big chain hotel with bar and gym etc., then Block Island is not for you. The rooms, sheets and bathroom were very clean. No A/C, but big fans. The staff was very friendly as were the other guests, who were there for race week. We could walk to the beach, restaurants and shops in town, but did not have to suffer the noise and traffic.

Room Tip: The back side has the nice view of New Harbor
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Beach Avenue, Block Island, RI 02807
Location: United States > Rhode Island > Block Island
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Block Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
The Hygeia House Hotel Block Island

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