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“Good option for the unusual Block Island” 5 of 5 stars
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Chapel Street, Block Island, RI 02807   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Block Island
Beltsville, Maryland
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“Good option for the unusual Block Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

We took the ferry from the Narragansett area (2 people and car, about $80 each way) and got a little turned around trying to find the place. IMR seems to be a renovated motor court type hotel; there are 1 bedroom and studio options in 2 buildings. A very nice family is managing the property, and they do a wonderful job with hospitality, attention to detail, and quick response to requests.

We stayed in a studio with a Murphy Bed, a pull out sofa, decently equipped basic kitchen and immaculate bath. There was a covered front porch with chairs; a nice place to sit and read, or watch the fog roll in. Honestly, no view at the property...get in your car or your scooter or bike and go see the island! You can easily walk to Old Harbor and the shops/dining options there.

We loved the north end of the island and the beach there, and stopped at a bar-restaurant at New Harbor for drinks and sunset.

Gas grills were great; we shopped for food at the Stop and Shop in Narragansett (a few miles inland from the ferry.)Very good store (Giant Food in the MD/VA/DC) area. The appliances at IMR worked very well, and the kitchen was nicely equipped.

We really enjoyed the quiet at this property; no screaming kids, no parties, just nice folk and what appears to be a unique offering on the island. Since we only had 48 hours on Block Island, and it was very foggy for most of it, we would make the effort to go back and finish exploring.

Room Tip: First building is right on the parking lot. Second building is just across a courtyard from the park...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
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171 reviews 171 reviews
42 hotel reviews
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411 helpful votes 411 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2010

ver y small uncomfortable bed no air conditioning. stayed here for a timeshare exchange .was the worst timeshare ever glad i didnt own here.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

We stayed 4 days in Aug. We were the last ferry to make it over before the cancelled ferrys for 2 days, It was rainy and windy for most of our stay, But we had a great tiem. Island Manor was a very nice place to stay, Clean and friendly place. Close to down town so we sould walk and far enough away so it was quite.
I would recommend this hotel and would stay there again

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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NYC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

The Island Manor Resort is conveniently located, is well maintained and is a good value. I traveled with children <5 years old. I'd stay at the IMR again and would recommend it to other travelers. In reality the Island Manor Resort is a motel but a nice motel with a bit of charm.

The Good: The IMR is a 3-5 minute walk to all of the restaurants and shops in town and to the ferry. It is a 3 minute walk to the beach and to the grocery store (notably more expensive than the mainland but not as shockingly expensive as some people had warned). Sharky's, a restaurant, is a good choice for dinner and close too. Three Sisters serves good sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch and is right around the corner. The Red Bird Package Store (liquor store...I'm not sure how widely used "package store" is outside of New England) is a short walk. The bagel shop at the Old Post Office is next door to Sharky's and will meet your breakfast needs. Other good dining options that we found were Froozie's for a quick breakfast bite, Aldo's for breakfast, The Oars for dinner (nice waterfront setting on the Great Salt Pond and a good place to grab a drink too) and Harry's Block Island (excellent, interesting food and a diverse menu). Outside dining options abound. We brought our car this time but, most likely, would not during future visits even with the kids.

The IMR is well maintained and our room, a studio, was very clean. The full sized fridge, microwave and kitchen sink were useful. There are two buildings and the one facing the lawn is preferable to the one facing the parking lot. Both are close to the road but road noise was not a problem at all. The playground was a nice surprise offering a few swings, a slide and some monkey bars. The mostly fenced in lawn in front of one unit provided a small level of added comfort while the kids were running around. There were some beach chairs, boogie boards and beach toys for use on a first come basis.

The general managers at the IMR are a husband and wife. We dealt mostly with Tatiana. She was very nice and helpful providing several suggestions that made our visit to Block Island more enjoyable. The price that we paid for the room could not be beat. It was a great value.

The Not So Good: My wife noted that the carpet in the room felt damp and that the room smelled moist. I suspect most rooms on Block Island (nothing is really that far from the water at any location) suffer from a similar dampness. Ultimately, it was not a major problem. The wood paneling on the walls and some of the furniture gave the room a dated feel. It didn't appear worn or threadbare just dated. The towel exchange is only once a week which could be an issue for some people (an honor system drop off/pick up would solve this problem in my mind). There isn't daily maid service which could also pose a problem for some. Block Island offers so much to do that if you're hanging out in your room (assuming that it isn't pouring rain) then most likely you're missing an opportunity for having some fun.

The Bottom Line: The IMR isn't fancy and you're not going to be pampered but it is a great value, well located, clean and the managers are very nice and helpful. It is a good choice for those traveling with young children. I would stay at the Island Manor Resort again.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2008

We have a timeshare, and stayed for a week at Island Manor Resort. The hosts, Lee and Tatiana, are very warm and welcoming, and we appreciated Lee's warning about Hurricane Noel and its effect on the ferry schedule.

We had the 3rd room from the end closest to the road, upstairs. It was an efficiency, with a queen size bed, pull out sofa, bath with a tub/shower combo, and kitchen. The furniture is very dated, but clean. There was a small TV, and VCR. The resort has a small library of VHS tapes in a variety of genres. there are no laundry facilities on-site, and since we were there in the off season, there were not any open on the island.

This is just the place to meet your basic needs while on vacation.

  • Liked — Location, hosts.
  • Disliked — Furniture dated, not very comfortable for lounging.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2008

Took my three kids for a family event to BI. We had the downstairs end unit closest to town. While the room smelled like they'd had some water at some point, once I opened the windows it was fine, and it was much more convenient for us to be downstairs in that location (with our wagon and feet for transportation). The couple who manage the property are fabulous and were very helpful. Of all our relatives who stayed at the most expensive places, we had nicer accomodations than many of them--had CAC, our own bathroom, kitchen, tv, vcr, grill--and we were able to stay for the whole week where they could only stay a few days because their rooms were so expensive. We didn't have our car because we missed the car ferry to the island but we were able to hitch a ride with relatives to see the sights. My kids LOVED Block Island--I had been there several times years ago so I knew how great it can be. It is a quick walk to downtown, the ferry, the public beach or Ballards beach, the library with internet access. Of course, they loved Hurrican Beach with the big waves and the walk down to the rocky beach by that lighthouse that was moved several years ago, can't remember the name. Would love to go back soon but would get a larger unit.

  • Liked — Price, room amenities compared to other properties, and location.
  • Disliked — Room was a little smelly at first.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2007

We used our RCI membership to stay at the Island Manor Resort. I've been coming to Block Island for 33 years and already know what the Island has to offer. All we were looking for was a basic place to stay and the Island Manor Resort exceeded our expectations. (Our = my husband, 3 year-old son and me)

I am giving it 3 stars because while it is very nice there were some drawbacks. We had a studio unit with a bed and pull-out couch. The bed did not have a bedspread on it, just a blanket which I thought was kind of strange and which took away from the room's appearance. Also, the carafe that came with our coffee maker had a chip at the spout so making coffee was something of a painful process since coffee and water spilled everywhere each time you attempted to pour from it.

Also, while we had an adequate supply of towels, it was just that: barely adequate. 4 towels total. The only reason it was enough was because there were no other females in our group. Most women I know use 2 towels. Also, there is no maid service. They do have a "towel exchange" once during the week (Wednesday) where you have to manually bring your towels to the office and exchange them for an equal amount to take up to your room.

Although there is no maid service and a barely adequate supply of towels, management makes it quite clear that they expect to receive a tip at the end of your stay. For what? Because the room was clean upon arrival? Tips are for service that goes above and beyond. We laughed at the tip envelope and, of course, did not leave anything. We are not adverse to leaving a hefty tip but it has to be for actual service rendered during your stay!!!

Now for the good: The management is quite friendly. We were pleasantly surprised to find the array of goodies available for all guests to borrow: beach toys, movies, books, boogie boards, beach chairs, umbrellas. We actually left a huge assortment of beach toys with the resort that we had brought with us (so that could be our tip...ha! ha!). Also, there are gas grills spaced on the lawn which allowed for pleasant evening barbecuing.

Additionally, there is a small playground which is suitable for young children. There is a fence running around the perimeter of the property which allowed me to feel comfortable as my son ran around the lawn.

There is a huge deck running along the front of each building (2 buildings total). Each room has a swinging chair, plastic tables, and a huge (kitchen size) table complete with chairs outside of it, making it very inviting to hang around outside. Additionally, chaise lounges and picnic tables are located on the lawn by the barbecues which make it very pleasant to hang around on the lawn instead of the deck if you are so inclined. All of this was very handy since we had a ton of visitors throughout the week.

The resort itself is walking distance from town and the beach but does not afford any sort of view. However, I don't see this as a drawback. It is very quiet at night and they have a "no noise" policy after 9 p.m.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay and are already booked for next year. One tip: ask for rooms 21 - 25 since they directly overlook the barbecues. Our room was above the parking lot and next to the office. Because the owners are pleasant, this wasn't a problem but I did feel a certain lack of privacy.

  • Liked — Goodies management allows you to borrow.
  • Disliked — Lack of daily maid service and inadequate towel supply.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Chapel Street, Block Island, RI 02807
Location: United States > Rhode Island > Block Island
Amenities:
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Block Island
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
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