It's funny how my priorities change when heading to Block Island. Firstly, after visiting the island since I was a kid...I've yet to stay in a 5 star resort on the island and I seriously doubt those types of accommodations exist on the island. We spent 2 nights in the Christina Room, there was a large bathroom, decent sized room with Direct TV and AC...for creature comforts...having a room with AC is big on the island, most hotels & inns do NOT have it and sometimes you need it, especially if you're staying away from the ocean! Reading other reviews, I firmly believe they're simply not familiar with life on the Block. Part of the charm is that things aren't tainted--it's harking back to by-gone era. We had a great stay at the Ashley House, but I really didn't care that there was a piece of drywall tape hanging and that the walls were scuffed by the window seat? I was thrilled to have a convenient location just behind Water Street, a clean room with AC for a good night's sleep. Then again, I go to the island for a relaxing beach weekend not to spend all my time in the room? Still its nice to have the essential comforts and the Ashley House has those and has them at a price that on a weekend in high season can be a $100 less than the nearby hotels.
For morning coffee, Aldo's is right downstairs (and we even woke to the smell of the bakery in the morning)...Aldo's is also great for a little nightcap of gelato! The staff was polite, the check-in and check-out went smoothly. They have storage for your luggage in the Harborside Inn if you arrive or leave late and need to stash your stuff for another beach day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ashley House offers nine lovely guest rooms each with a queen bed and private bathroom. All rooms have air-conditioning and heat with TV. The Ashley House is located in the center of Old Harbor, Block Island's main town and walking distance from shops, restaurants, the Old Harbor Ferry landing and beaches. We look forward to welcoming you to the Ashley House! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Ashley House Hotel Block Island