when I was akid we always drove to Florida from NYS and stayed in little family run motor courts where I would save the glassine "sanitized for your protection" bags on the glasses as some sort of souvenir. These motels were nice but once my father splurged and we stayed at a Holiday Inn which had (gasp) free shoe shine cloths. I added that to my glassine bag collection thinking "This place is a step above" and ever thereafter when we stayed at one of our little motor courts I would think," it's nice, but it's not like that Holiday Inn."
The Ocean House is the, place that has forever spoiled everywhere else for me:so that now it will always be "It's great, but it's not the Ocean House.". I have stayed in some great hotels but nothing will ever compare to this place. I won't go on about all the great things as it would just be reiterating the other reviews here (although I will say that my fiance, and a friend of his who was here a couple of weeks before us, were most impressed by the chilled water left in the car cup holders by the valet staff on checkout - a subtle but lovely touch I don't remember reading about).
as a suggestion I would simply say, take advantage of all the place has to offer, and the staff's willingness to serve, which is memorable. when you book they will send an email asking you about things you want, if you are celebrating an occasion, etc. If you are celebrating an occasion, they will acknowledge it very nicely. They will honour your requests - extra pillows, only diet soda in the fridge, lemon slices for tea - whatever...so ask. Morning wake up calls come with a complimentary beverage - it was great to sip iced tea in the early morn on the terrace and watch dawn over the atlantic.
The morning beach walk was invigorating. during it I mentioned I needed to get a postcard of the place to send and Renee, the spa director leading the walk, told me she had some cards. I forgot about it, but the next day when we were checking out (late afternoon - you can use the facilities after check out) she ran into my fiance and told him she was looking for me. Lo and behold she had a selection of note cards with beautiful photos of the hotel on them. Unbelieveable service.
Food (tasting menu especially) at seasons was wonderful and the spa services were also wonderful. Just sitting in the relaxation room and being served a tray of tea and snacks put it that notch above destination spas which I have visited and loved.
Everything about Ocean House puts it that notch above the best of the best. On a scale of one to ten, as spinal tap would quip, an eleven!
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