The Andrea is a cute little hotel with its feet planted firmly in the sand of Misquamicut Beach, RI. It is cute, fun and even a little frisky.
The hotel was built around the turn of the last century, when it opened as a tea room/bed and breakfast. In 1938 the Great New England Hurricane wiped most evidence of human habitation off the landscape of Misquamicut and washed it out to sea. Along with present-day Paddy’s, the Pleasant View hotel, and the Atlantic Beach Casino, the Andrea was one of the only four buildings out of 400 that were not destroyed or swept away.
In 1946 the Ralph Colucci Sr. and his family bout the tea room and re-inaugurated it as The Andrea. The family continues to own and operate it today.
The hotel is fun and informal. All the rooms have balconies and either a side view or a front view of the ocean. The views are spectacular, in fact, especially at dawn and sunset.
On the first floor is a small game room and a fairly extensive lounge and dining area. For just under $10 you can score a reasonably good breakfast with unlimited seconds. You can eat it in the dining room or take it out to the patio café to inhale some salt air with your scrambled eggs, bacon and pancakes. For lunch and dinner the menu includes very good hamburgers and fries, flounder fish and chips, crab cakes, wraps, scallops fried or baked, a variety of salads, some interesting soups including clam chowder and a first-class lobster bisque. The wait staff was great. The guys were sunny and helpful and the girls were young, beautiful and charming, if you like that sort of thing.
From lunch to lights out there is an engaging party atmosphere pleasing to adult tastes and still well enough under control that you can bring your young children. The vino –and scotch, gin, vodka and Tequila— is constantly flowing to a background of well-chosen music. In weekend evenings there may be a live band playing with the general hilarity ramped up once the kiddies have gone to bed.
The rooms are pretty basic (and can be on the small side) but ideal for real beach vacationers. They include a shower, air conditioning, a comfortable bed and a mini-fridge. The constant roar of the waves makes a great white noise background for inducing slumber.
On the next round of remodeling (The Andrea remodels frequently) I think it woul be great to install a swimming pool and an elevator. The lack of those amenities was a minor annoyance. The visit was a major joy. The hotel closes in mid-October but will probably reopen for April of 2013.
Did I mention that the rooms were reasonably priced? If nothing else, The Andrea is a bargain.
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